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Committee on the Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial. Records

The committee’s records reflect the work done to create a vehicle for crafting projects and resources for parishes to celebrate the role of religion in marking the country’s bicentennial of independence. Records were also generated by two subcommittees of the Bicentennial Committee: Budget and “Forward Look”, to define future directions for the Church, especially in relation to the Bicentennial theme, "liberty and justice for all.” The latter committee met in 1975 and was chaired by Hodding Carter III. The committee’s records show their full engagement in a planning agenda. Emphasis was given to a special issue Anglican Theological Review (55:1) and the plans for the General Convention program and exhibit. Other publications relating to the Bicentennial are present, including writings on the topic by Presiding Bishop John Allin.

Committee on Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial

Joint Commission on Renewal. Records

The records of the Joint Commission on Renewal are comprised primarily of meeting minutes, correspondence, reports drafted by the Commission, and printed materials about renewal written by members of the Commission. There is also a small amount of correspondence and records about financial matters.

Consultation on Renewal

National and World Mission. Anglican Communion Records

The Anglican Communion Records largely document the communication between staff of the National and World Mission office and representatives of other provinces and dioceses of the Anglican Communion. Included are reports, correspondence, meeting materials, and financial statements.

National and World Mission Office

Ecumenical Office. Records

This fonds documents the work of Ecumenical Officer Peter Day in representing the Episcopal Church on various external Christian bodies engaged in consultation on common liturgical and social matters, as well as discussions of unity. Of particular note are the Episcopal Church's files on the Consultation on Church Unity (COCU). Correspondence, reports, newsletters, articles, questionnaires are also found in the records.

Ecumenical Office

Office of the Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces. Records

This archive consists of materials that document the Office of the Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces from when General Convention established the Office of the Suffragan Bishop to 1975. Earlier materials collected by the office relate to the history and legislation on military chaplains date back to 1924. Included in the collection are meeting minutes, correspondence, diocesan files, topical files, records of grant applications and conferences, and publicity materials.

Office of the Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces

Department of Finance. China Mission Records

Mostly correspondence and some financial records make up this set of records, which dates from 1941 to 1951, excluding the period from January of 1947 through November of 1948. They capture an important record of the activities of the Episcopal Church in China during World War II and during the last days of its work in the early 1950s. The correspondence contains far more than a record of financial transactions, since Allen wrote detailed letters recording the events taking place in China. There is some correspondence with the Bank of China, 1941-1944.

Department of Finance

Special Committee on Theological Education in the Episcopal Church. Records

This collection consists of the Committee’s records as kept by Dr. Charles Taylor, the director of the study, and includes official minutes and reports, correspondence, data on seminaries, and planning and working documents of the Committee. Of note are copies of Nathan M. Pusey’s 1966 Report of the Special Committee titled “Ministry for Tomorrow,” which helped inform the study of theological education undertaken by the Committee and directed by Charles Taylor. Taylor’s work from 1957 to 1967 is well documented and there is correspondence from his time as the director of the American Association of Theological Schools from 1957. Correspondence and reports were generated and collected before, during, and after visits to a number of seminary and theological schools, including Berkeley Divinity School, Episcopal Theological Seminary, and Sewanee.

Special Committee on Theological Education in the Episcopal Church

Forward Movement. Records

A small and somewhat artificial collection of the organization’s records are maintained as Series 4 of the Records of Forward Movement. It includes early records, especially the Joint Commission’s report, a scrapbook (compiled by the Bishop Edward L. Parsons), correspondence and some ephemera. The Parsons scrapbook was left intact for its artifactual value. It serves as a record of the early years of Forward Movement from 1935-1937. Catalogs make up a large part of the records and document the agency's publication run. Some promotional materials exist from 1934-1943.

Forward Movement

Forward Movement. Publications

Amounting to approximately 25 cubic feet, the Forward Movement Publications Collection currently spans the period 1934-2021. The print publication record begins in 1935. The collection is defined by four series: (1) Serial Publications: Out-of-print Publications; (2) Serial Publications: Forward Day by Day; and (3) Books and Pamphlets. (A fourth series of records is separately cataloged). The Out-of-print Publications in Series 1 are organized alphabetically by serial name and then chronologically by year. Series 2 consists of one Forward Movement serial publication which is still in-print – "Forward Day by Day,"and is arranged chronologically by year.

Forward Movement

Advisory Commission on Ecclesiastical Relations. Records

This is a small group of the Commission’s minutes and reports. Of note is a 1931 report by Frank Gavin on the condition of the Church in Europe and the Middle East, which was filed with the Committee on Ecclesiastical Relations as it was then known.

Advisory Commission on Ecclesiastical Relations

Bishop Payne Divinity School. Records

The DFMS archive on the American Church Institute (ACI) is largely focused on the years 1906-1967, although documentation on individual schools dates from 1867 (see AO-00-R0061-02 through AO-00-R0061-02-12). This set includes records of the oversight of Bishop Payne Divinity School, Petersburg, Virginia. Records in this series consist mainly of correspondence, especially from the ACI Treasurer’s office concerning the school’s building fund (1932-1948, 1951), and also correspondence of the Rev. George A. Wieland, Home Department Director and later ACI Director (1929-1930, 1942-1951). Board of Trustees meeting minutes and correspondence (1938-1944, 1947-1948), financial documents (1939-1965), and two school catalogs (1945, 1946) are also present.

Bishop Payne Divinity School

National Graduate Training Center (Windham House). Records

The records comprehensively cover Windham House's entire history and include minutes, director’s reports, and correspondence. Administrative files document Windham House's inception through its final director Johanna Mott. There is a solid set of financial records (1931-1973) with building plans, and records relating to the disposal of property. Alumni lists and correspondence exist as does a set of student records (1928-1967). A series of publications and typescripts about Windham House includes yearly catalogs and bulletins on the schools curriculum and academic life. The records also include a set of photographs.

National Graduate Training Center (Windham House)

St. Agnes Hospital and Nursing School. Records

The records of St. Agnes Hospital and School consists of correspondence (1924, 1927), documents relating to building requirements (1944, 1946-1949), and audits and financial reports (1945-1952). Correspondence is also present from ACI’s Director (with the Bishop of North Carolina, 1942, 1944-1947) and its Executive Secretary (with St. Agnes’ administrator, 1953-1955, 1958). A pamphlet and articles (1923, 1929, 1933) provide historical information of the hospital and school. This series includes a survey report of the school by the George Peabody College for Teachers (1946). While St. Agnes was a separate entity, it resided on St. Augustine’s campus and thus references to St. Augustine’s College can be found in these records.

St. Agnes Hospital and Nursing School

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