The J. Gordon Chamberlin Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Chamberlin, J. Gordon (John Gordon)
Dates: 1960-1980
Extent: 4 Boxes (4.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Scope and Content

These materials relate to a study conducted by J. Gordon Chamberlin, Professor of Religious Education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1960 to 1979. The study was concerned with determining the reason for the collapse of national conferences for church education workers, which had been sponsored by the National Council of Churches until 1969. This study was made possible by a grant from the Association of Theological Schools. The study began in 1974, with most of the interviews conducted in 1977. The final report of the study was not published until 1994. This collection includes correspondence, tapes, convention materials, and transcriptions of interviews provided by Chamberlin, including his final report entitled "Church vs. Education: A Battle Lost."



Chamberlin, J. Gordon (John Gordon)--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was organized in the winter of 1996 by Douglas F. Denné, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin in March of 2009.


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The J. Gordon Chamberlin Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the Guide to the J. Gordon Chamberlin Papers, Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.



Box 1
1:1 "Church vs. Education: A Battle Lost"
1:2 Class-length Tapes
1:3 Convention, St. Louis 1960
1:4 Convention, St. Louis 1961
1:5 Convention, St. Louis 1962
1:6 Convention, St. Louis 1963
1:7 Convention, Cincinnati 1964
1:8 Convention, Louisville 1965
1:9 Convention, Louisville 1966
1:10 Convention, Dallas 1968
1:11 Correspondence 1966-1969
1:12 Correspondence (1978-80s)
1:13 Evaluation Letters
1:14 Financial Records
1:15 Fund-raising Efforts
1:16 Individual Information Sheets
1:17 Interview Schedule
1:18 Invitation to be Interviewed
1:19 Journal 1976-1977
1:20 Materials Needed
1:21 Major Quotations Releases
1:22 Preparing Manuscripts
1:23 Project Equality Campaign
1:24 Related Publications
1:25 Reports
1:26 Scheduling Interviews
1:27 Study Packet Sales
1:28 Texas Council of Churches
1:29 Views on Major Themes
1:30 Reposes to Inquiry about Renewing Annual Meetings
Box 2
2:1 Archival Notebooks Material 1964-1966
2:2 Archival Notebooks Material 1967-1968
2:3 Archival Notebooks Material 1968-1969
2:4 Archival Notebooks Material 1969-1974
2:5 Correspondence 1974-1977
2:6 Personal Information
Box 3
3:1 Personal Information
3:2 Transcriptions of Interviews: Ansley - Cober
3:3 Transcriptions of Interviews: Colman - Frears
3:4 Transcriptions of Interviews: Genne - Lawson
3:5 Transcriptions of Interviews: Lemon - Powers
3:6 Transcriptions of Interviews: Prignitz - Wyckoff
Box 4
4:1 Cassette Tapes of Interviews
4:2 Slides of Interviewees
4:3 8 Cassettes of Study Report
4:4 3 Sets of Microfiche of Archival Material


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