Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, Mich. records: 1930-2008
Summary Information
Title: Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, Mich. records
Creator: Canterbury House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1930-2008
Extent: 5 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Episcopal student chaplaincy established in 1945 as the Episcopal Student Foundation to minister to University of Michigan students. The activities of the ministry were centered in Canterbury House (various locations). The Canterbury House ministry functioned both as a coffee house and as a performance hall for folk and jazz artists. The record group divides into three series. History and background materials include histories, promotional materials, and newspaper articles. The Episcopal Student Foundation Board of Trustees series consists of minutes, financial records, correspondence, and files relating to building facilities. The Canterbury series documents non-administrative activities, including staffing, chaplain activities, and programs and performances sponsored. This series also includes photographs, sound recordings, and files relating to the Institute of Public Theology and the conferences sponsored by it.
Call number: 0648 Ba 2; Ba Out
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Ursula Arnold, 2006

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The records came from Canterbury House Episcopal Campus Ministry (donor no. 9670) on November 22, 2005. Additional materials were received in June 2006.

Access Restrictions:

The record group is open to research.

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Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, Mich. Records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

Bishop Samuel Harris first proposed the idea for an Episcopal Student Church at the University of Michigan in 1885. This led to the building of Harris Hall, the creation of the Hobart Guild to manage the hall, and a series of Episcopal lectureships in Ann Arbor. Until 1935, the parish of St. Andrew's, the nearest Episcopal Church, oversaw the activities of the Hobart Guild and the Hall. In 1935, the Church began to employ a full time Counselor for Women's Students and in 1939, it employed a full time Chaplain. After the war, members of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, St. Andrew's Church and other lay members and clergy formed the Episcopal Student Foundation. This formation created a formal and separate vehicle for Episcopal student work at the University of Michigan. In the summer of 1946, the board hired its first full time Chaplain. In 1947, the Board bought a property at 218 North Division Street, directly across the street from St. Andrew's Church. This house became known as Canterbury House and Episcopal student ministry continued through the 1960s. In 1953, the ESF Board was given ownership of a portfolio of stocks called the Church-Nichols Trust. The presence of this Trust gave the Board a much larger and secure budget.

In 1967, Canterbury made the move to an old print shop on Maynard in downtown Ann Arbor. There it functioned as a campus ministry and coffee house during the day and converted to a concert hall on the weekends, attracting a great deal of attention and big-name performers like Odetta, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Gordon Lightfoot. The ministry represented a convergence of the turmoil of the time and the role of the traditional Church. After 1971, Canterbury moved back to 218 North Division and a more subdued ministry. In the 1970s, the ministry took an interest in the growing Gay and Lesbian movement and was the site for homosexual support groups. In 1978, hoping to invigorate the student body and the ministry as they had in the 60s, the House moved to a location on South State Street and became Canterbury Loft. Though the Loft was the site of a number of presentations and performances, it did not garner the same level of publicity and social effect as had the Coffee House. In 1984, Canterbury once again moved back to their old location across from St. Andrew's and was again called Canterbury House.

The chaplaincy of Virginia Peacock beginning in 1987 represented another big change for the house. As a female chaplain, Peacock took a special interest in women's issues, especially the role of women in the church. Peacock was also herself a PhD and was interested in bringing more academia to the House. In the 1990s, she helped found the Institute of Public Theology. When the Reverend Matthew Lawrence replaced Peacock in 1996, he took over the Institute and organized a number of events. The element that Lawrence helped invigorate was music coupled with worship. He began inviting musicians to accompany masses that eventually led to a highly successful Jazz Mass. However, during his tenure and especially after he left, the Institute seems to have faded from view. The focus of the Canterbury House since the departure of Chaplain Lawrence has been on sustaining the Jazz Mass and increasingly on fundraising. When choosing a new Chaplain in 2003, the main focus was on obtaining a chaplain skilled in fundraising.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Canterbury House records contain the records of the Episcopal Student Foundation and the Canterbury House, the Episcopal Campus Church at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The records are divided into four series, History and Background Materials, Episcopal Student Foundation Board of Trustees, Staff, and Canterbury.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Church history.
  • Coffee houses -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Photographs.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Canterbury House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Episcopal Church -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Episcopal Student Foundation.
  • Institute of Public Theology.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Religious life.
  • Canterbury House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Religious life.
  • Canterbury House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Religious life.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
History and Background Material circa 1930-2005 [series]

The History and Background Materials series (0.3 linear feet) contains documents telling the history of Canterbury House, promotional materials, and newspaper articles dating from the 1930s to 2005.

Box   1  
Histories of Canterbury House
Box   1  
Duties of the Chaplain at Canterbury House
Box   1  
Promotional Materials 1950-2005

(also in oversize folder)

Box   1  
Newspaper Articles 1930-2005
 
Episcopal Student Foundation Board of Trustees 1945-2005 [series]

The Episcopal Student Foundation Board of Trustees (ESF Board) series, (1.7 linear feet) covers the administrative business of the Canterbury House and contains five sub-series. The Foundational sub-series contains the mission statement, by-laws, and state documents for the ESF Board. Board Meetings contains lists of board members, agendas, minutes, reports, and all other documents associated with meetings of the ESF Board arranged by fiscal year from 1945 until 2005. Financial documents are arranged by the traditional fiscal year until the end of 1992 when the ESF discovered a canon in the Episcopal Church dictating that the fiscal year was to be the calendar year. After that point, documents are arranged by calendar year. Correspondence is organized alphabetically by subject, when applicable, and correspondent. Finally, the Buildings sub-series contains folders organized chronologically by property of the real estate and buildings owned by the ESF Board and Canterbury House.

 
Foundational
Box   1  
Mission Statement
Box   1  
By-Laws
Box   1  
State Documents
 
Board Meetings
Box   1  
July 1945-June 2005

(9 folders)

Box   1  
Lutheran-Episcopal Partnership 1991-1994
 
Financial
Box   1  
July 1946-June 2004

(3 folders)

Box   2  
Church-Nichols Trust Founding 1953
Box   2  
Church-Nichols Trust Correspondence 1953-1967, 1990
Box   2  
Coffee House Fundraising 1966-1971

(9 folders)

Box   2  
South African Divestment 1978-1979
Box   2  
Requests to Special Ministries Committee 1980-1985
Box   2  
General Correspondence 1957-1998
 
Correspondence
Box   2  
Board Members 1961-1996
Box   2  
Danforth Foundation 1968
Box   2  
Chaplain Foster 1974-1984
Box   2  
Chaplain Lawrence 1997-1999
Box   2  
Chaplain Peacock 1987-1996
Box   2  
Chaplain Taylor 1986-1987
Box   2  
Tim Wittlinger 1990-1997
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
 
Buildings
Box   2  
617 East Huron Property (Harris Hall) 1960-1966
Box   2  
506 Maple Ridge Property 1962-1963
Box   2  
330 Maynard Property (Coffee House) 1966
Box   2  
218 North Division Property 1966-1970
Box   2  
332 South State Property (Canterbury Loft) 1978
Box   2  
Moving Plans 1984
Box   2  
721 East Huron Property 1995-circa 2003
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Properties 1962-1966
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
 
Staff 1959-2004 [series]

The Staff series contains three sub-series. Correspondence contains letters to and from Canterbury House chaplains and staff from 1959 to 1999. Chaplain Selection contains four folders covering part of the selection process for a new Chaplains from 1962 to 1996. Finally, Chaplain Activities is organized by chaplain, covering Chaplain and Canterbury House relations with other institutions, the University of Michigan community, the public at large, and the worship activities of the chaplains.

 
Correspondence
Box   2  
Chaplain Edward Roth 1959-1961
Box   2  
Chaplain Lester Dobyns 1962-1963
Box   2  
Associate Chaplain Robert Hauert 1963-1964
Box   2  
Chaplain Daniel Burke 1969
Box   2  
Chaplain Andrew Foster 1983-1985
Box   2  
Interim Chaplain Jim Taylor 1986-1987
Box   2  
Chaplain Virginia Peacock 1987-1996
Box   2  
Chaplain Matthew Lawrence 1996-1999
Box   2  
Staff 1963-1993
 
Chaplain Selection
Box   2  
Lester Dobyns 1962
Box   2  
Craig Hammond 1967
Box   2  
Virginia Peacock 1987
Box   2  
Matthew Lawrence 1996
 
Chaplain Activities
 
Andrew Foster
Box   2  
Calendar September 1973-December 1974
Box   2  
Province V Conference Activities 1977-1985
Box   2  
Association of Religious Counselors 1983-1986
Box   2  
Study of Campus Ministries undated
 
Virginia Peacock
Box   2  
Diocese of Michigan 1987-1996
Box   2  
Newsletters 1987-1996
Box   2  
Mailings to Faculty and Staff 1987-1996
Box   2  
UM Involvement 1987-1996
Box   2  
Collaborative Work 1987-1996
Box   2  
Sermons 1993-1994
Box   2  
Women's Liturgy 1989-1990
 
Matthew Lawrence
Box   3  
Newsletters 1997-2001
Box   3  
Homelessness Activism 1996-1997
Box   3  
Publications 1999, 2001
Box   3  
Sermons 1997
Box   3  
Liturgical Principles 1999
Box   3  
D. Rebecca Deinsen 2003
 
Reid Hamilton
Box   3  
Newsletters 2006-2008
Box   3  
Editorial 2004
Box   3  
School of Social Work Internship, Mary Mengel 1992
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 1974-2004
 
Programs
 
Coffee House 1966-1971
Box   3  
General
 
Performers
Box   3  
6th Street Theater
Box   3  
David Ackles
Box   3  
Luther Allison
Box   3  
The Botolph Group
Box   3  
Tim Buckley
Box   3  
Buddy Guy Blues Band
Box   3  
The Byrds
Box   3  
Guy Carawan
Box   3  
Carnal Kitchen
Box   3  
Len Chandler
Box   3  
Michael Cooney
Box   3  
Jack Elliot
 
Canterbury [series]

The Canterbury series (3 linear feet) contains the non-administrative activities of the Canterbury House organization. This series includes five sub-series, Programs, Institute of Public Theology, Topical Files, Photographs, and Sound Recordings. The Programs sub-series contains the records of the famous Coffee House that Canterbury ran from 1966 to 1971. The records of the performers are arranged alphabetically by artist. After 1971, the records are arranged by event. These records show the types of programs held at Canterbury throughout the years in an effort to reach out to University students. The Institute of Public Theology sub-series represents the work of Canterbury House in bringing a dialog about the meaning of religion in 1990s. This sub-series contains the founding and sustaining documents of the Institute and the programs sponsored by the Institute. Topical Files contains 6 folders of material gathered by Canterbury House for their own research. Photographs are arranged chronologically by subject. Finally, the Sound Recordings sub-series contains 33 reel-to-reel tapes from 1964 to 1972. These tapes include recorded performances at the Coffee House, musical religious services, and other religious services.

 
Programs [subseries]
 
Coffee House 1966-1971
 
Performers
Box   3  
Steve Elliot
Box   3  
John Fahey
Box   3  
Jesse Fuller
Box   3  
Good News
Box   3  
Odetta Gordon
Box   3  
John Hammond
Box   3  
Janis Ian
Box   3  
James Cotton Blues Band
Box   3  
Jim and Jean
Box   3  
Jim Kweskin Jug Band
Box   3  
Janis Joplin
Box   3  
"Spider" John Koerner and Willie Murphy
Box   3  
Gordon Lightfoot
Box   3  
Little Feat
Box   3  
Joni Mitchell
Box   3  
The New Lost City Ramblers
Box   3  
Penny Nichols
Box   3  
Steve Noonan
Box   3  
Paul Phillips
Box   3  
Radical Theater Reparatory
Box   3  
David Rea
Box   3  
Judy Roderick
Box   3  
Tom Rush
Box   3  
San Francisco Mime Troupe
Box   3  
Skip James
Box   3  
Mike Seeger
Box   3  
Sorry Muthas
Box   3  
The Spike Drivers
Box   3  
Mark Spoelstra
Box   3  
Jeremy Steig and the Satyrs
Box   3  
Roosevelt Sykes
Box   3  
The Times Square Two
Box   3  
Dave Van Ronk
Box   3  
Doc Watson
Box   3  
Neil Young
Box   3  
Correspondence
Box   3  
Publicity
Box   3  
Event Booking Fall 1970
Box   3  
Services
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
Box   3  
Register of Church Services November 6, 1966-September 1, 1975
Box   3  
All Saints Day November 1, 1970
Box   3  
David Tracy Lecture 1991
Box   3  
Miserable Offenders 1995
Box   3  
Parker Palmer Lecture 1998
Box   3  
Liturgy and Sacred Music Project Grant 1999
Box   3  
Jazz Mass 1999-2003
Box   3  
Meet the Composer Grant 2003-2004
Box   3  
From Narnia With Love 2003, 2004
 
General
Box   4  
July 1975-June 2005

(6 folders)

Box   4  
Undated
 
Institute of Public Theology [subseries]
Box   4  
Founding and Sustaining Documents 1992-1996
Box   4  
Purpose and Goals 1992-1996
Box   4  
Jonathan Edwards Conference 1993
 
Jonathan Edwards Conference Papers

(2 folders)

Box   4  
Bearce, Jeff
Box   4  
Bensick, Carol M.
Box   4  
Cernich, Chris
Box   4  
Chironna, Paul
Box   4  
Conkin, Paul
Box   4  
Daniel, Stephen H.
Box   4  
Ellingsen, Mark
Box   4  
Hoopes, Jim
Box   4  
Laskowsky, Henry J.
Box   4  
Lowance, Mason
Box   4  
Marini, Stephen A.
Box   4  
McCoy, Genevieve
Box   4  
McDermott, Gerald
Box   4  
Peacock, Virginia
Box   4  
Pierce, C. S.
Box   4  
Ryder, John
Box   4  
Spohn, William
Box   4  
Storlie, Erik F.
Box   4  
Stuart, Bruce W.
Box   4  
Taylor, John A.
Box   4  
Wainwright, William
Box   4  
Value Seminars 1993-1994
Box   4  
Conflict & Community Seminars 1994-1995
Box   4  
Trinity Institute Downlink: Jesus at 2000 1996
 
Topical Files [subseries]
Box   4  
Changing Campus Ministry 1968
Box   4  
Ethics
Box   4  
Feminism
Box   4  
Sex
Box   4  
Sexuality
Box   4  
Weapons, Kellerman Research
 
Photographs circa 1950s-1990s [subseries]
 
Coffee House 1967-1971

(also in oversize folder)

Box   4  
Performances
Box   4  
Audiences
Box   4  
Artists Publicity
Box   4  
Miscellaneous
Box   4  
721 East Huron Property 1997
Box   4  
Jazz Mass undated
Box   4  
House Gatherings circa 1950s-1960s, 1990s

(2 folders)

Box   4  
Winter Retreats undated
Box   4  
Chaplains Lawrence and Peacock undated
Box   4  
Miscellaneous undated
 
Sound recordings [subseries]

(all 7 in. reel-to-reel; 7 1/2 ips except where noted)

 
Performances
Box   5  
The Fantasticks February, 1964

(tape nos. 1-2)

 
Coffee House 1966-1971
Box   5  
David Ackles

(tape no. 12)

Box   5  
Guy Carawan

(tape no. 21)

Box   5  
Len Chandler / Jon Miller

(tape no. 7)

Box   5  
Al Finney

(tape no. 17)

Box   5  
Music of Bob Franke (Tape No. 9) 1968 September 15 (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 7 1/2 ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([0648-SR-9-1])
(Music of Bob Franke including Celebrant and Room Pickup by Craig Hammond and Parables read by Chaplain Dan Burke, (Coffee House).) [access item]
  Online  
[Part 2] ([0648-SR-9-2-1-2])
((Music of Bob Franke including Celebrant and Room Pickup by Craig Hammond and Parables read by Chaplain Dan Burke, (Coffee House).) (mp3 file) [access item]
  Online  
[Part 3] ([0648-SR-9-2-1-2])
((Music of Bob Franke including Celebrant and Room Pickup by Craig Hammond and Parables read by Chaplain Dan Burke, (Coffee House).) (mp3 file) [access item]
Box   5  
Good News

(tape no. 14)

Box   5  
Jim Kweskin Jug Band

(tape no. 3)

Box   5  
Jim Kweskin

(tape no. 13)

(5 in. reel to reel)
Box   5  
"Spider" John Koerner

(tape no. 8)

Box   5  
Steve Noonan

(tape no. 11)

Box   5  
Odetta

(tape no. 6)

Box   5  
Paul Phillips

(tape no. 4)

Box   5  
David Rea

(tape no. 10)

Box   5  
Ed and Pat Reynolds

(tape no. 16)

Box   5  
Judy Roderick

(tape no. 5)

Box   5  
Mark Spoelstra

(tapes nos. 18-20)

Box   5  
David Von Ronk

(tape no. 15)

(3 3/4 ips)
 
Services
Box   5  
Communion Services March 10, 1968, March 24, 1968

(tape no. 22)

Box   5  
Service at Canterbury House, Commander Cody & LPA (Huron Valley Gospel Aires) October 27, 1968

(tape no. 23)

Box   5  
Service at Canterbury House January 19, 1969

(tape no. 24)

(5 in. reel to reel)
Box   5  
Tape for Movement Mass April 5, 1970

(tape no. 25)

Box   5  
Andrew [Foster]'s Ordination February 21, 1971

(tape no. 26)

Box   5  
Spirit Retreat October 16, 1971

(tape no. 27)

Box   5  
Christmas Eve, The Alley (Tape No. 28) 1971 December 24 (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 7 1/2 ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([0648-SR-28-1])
(Christmas eve concert.) [access item]
Box   5  
Christmas Eve Service, C. Hammond undated

(tape no. 29)

Box   5  
Liturgical Workshop Tape March 4, 1972

(tape no. 30)

 
Miscellaneous Tapes
Box   5  
WCBN 11th Hour September 11, 1968

(tapes nos. 31-32)

Box   5  
Canterbury House Tape, Outcue "Words by Pete Seeger," undated

(tape no. 33)