Office of Ethics and Religion (University of Michigan) records: 1860-1991
Summary Information
Title: Office of Ethics and Religion (University of Michigan) records
Creator: University of Michigan. Office of Ethics and Religion.
Inclusive dates: 1860-1991
Extent: 16.3 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize volume
Abstract:
University of Michigan office established in 1973 to counsel students in matters of faith and morality, successor to several organizations concerned with student religious activity. Records are mainly of predecessor organizations, the Student Christian Association (1860-1937) and the Student Religious Association (1937- 1956), but does include some records of the Office of Religious Affairs (1956- 1973) and of successor organization, the Office of Ethics and Religion (1973- 1991); also records of component and related organizations, including the University of Michigan chapters of the Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association and the Association of Religious Counselors.
Call number: 87292 Bimu F27 2
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid prepared by: Bentley Historical Library Staff

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Acquisition Information:

The record group (Donor 1717) was received beginning in 1951.

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Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., University of Michigan. Office of Ethics and Religion., Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

The records have been divided into three principal organizational subgroups with two smaller groupings of genre (photographs and printed materials) that overlap the three organizational divisions. The bulk of the collection is almost equally divided between the records of the Student Christian Association and the Student Religious Association with a much smaller grouping of records for the Office of Religious Affairs.


History

Although the University of Michigan was never intended to be a sectarian school, from the beginning religion played a key role in its activities and curricula. Most of its first administrators and faculty were clergymen, starting with John Monteith and Gabriel Richard and continuing with Henry P. Tappan and Erastus Haven. In 1845, students formed the Union Society of Missionary Inquiry, which started out with a religious character but soon evolved into a kind of sectarian debating society. The students who were dissatisfied with the Union Society later formed a chapter of the Young Men's Christian Association. Established in January 1858, this association of the Y.M.C.A. was perhaps the first college chapter in the country.

In 1859-1860, the organization rewrote its constitution and changed its name to the Students' Christian Association (name later changed to Student Christian Association in 1920). The SCA affiliated with the national Y.M.C.A. in 1866, but because of its willingness to accept women into its activities, the University of Michigan association never really fit the national Y model. Nevertheless, the SCA flourished, becoming the most active student organization at the University of Michigan in the period before the turn of the century with a broad-based program that included religious meetings and lectures, a monthly news bulletin, a program to orient new students to the university, an employment bureau, and a foreign missions program.

The facilities used by the SCA in this early period were located in the South Wing of University Hall. In the period 1886-1890, funds were raised for a new building for SCA activities. This building - Newberry Hall - was dedicated for use on June 21, 1891 and was to serve as a center for campus religious activities for the next half century.

The national Y.M.C.A. made repeated efforts to divide the SCA into a Y.M.C.A. and a Y.W.C.A. In 1895, some Michigan men did form a Y.M.C.A. chapter, but in 1897, an effort to restructure the SCA by dividing it into separate branches for men and women was defeated. Thus in 1901, to balance the Y.M.C.A. chapter, a Y.W.C.A. chapter was formed, giving the university community three student religious organizations, all of which prospered as separate entities for a time. But as they all needed separate funding for their support, they soon realized their need for cooperation. So in 1904, the 1897 plan of organization was revived and the SCA became the parent body to the two Y's with responsibility for the organization's home, Newberry Hall and with the university's Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A. chapters becoming program centers. With this organizational restructuring, the religious focus of the SCA and its component organizations underwent a change. Discontinued were the prayer meetings, chapel services, and the monthly newsletter; in their place emphasis was given to secular projects such as a Freshman Handbook, a rooming agency, an employment bureau, and sex hygiene lectures. Because of the inadequacy of Newberry Hall for all of SCA's programs, a building campaign commenced in 1915 and with some support from John D. Rockefeller, enough money was raised for a new home for SCA. In 1917, Lane Hall, named in honor of Victor H. Lane, was opened.

Ironically, just at the time of its greatest influence, the SCA experienced pressures that would eventually lead to its later restructuring and transformation into an entirely different kind of organization. The SCA now faced competition in its program offerings. Area churches began forming guilds to provide programs and services for students of their own denomination. The university, as well as the newly opened Michigan Union and Women's League took over functions that had gone to the SCA by default. The demise of SCA was a gradual one however as the organization sought to carve out a unique role for itself. During the 1920s, the organization managed a summer camp program for youngsters - the Fresh Air Camp - and began the Freshman Rendezvous retreat program to orient students to the religious resources of the campus.

In the late 1920s, president Alexander Ruthven sought to define the role of religion at a secular state university. Realizing the importance of religion, the university created the position of Counselor in Religious Education (filled by Edward W. Blakeman) as a kind of mediator between the university and various religious groups and to counsel students on religious matters. In effect, the university was taking over some of the functions previously performed by the SCA. Because of its own financial difficulties, the SCA could no longer support Newberry Hall and Lane Hall and thus transferred these properties to the university. Although there was no stipulation about their use, it was hoped that they would continue as centers for religious study and activities. In 1936, the regents of the university agreed to take over the activities of SCA, creating a Board of Governors for Lane Hall and a new student organization, the Student Religious Association, established to stimulate and encourage interest in religion.

The creation of the Student Religious Association was a signal that the university was now willing to accept responsibility for a student religious program. The change of name of the organization was also a reflection that the university had students of many faiths and that this new organization would strive to meet the needs of all of them. The constitution made clear that the work of the SRA would be separate from the counselor in religious education that President Ruthven had established, and that the board of governors of Lane Hall would have no jurisdiction over course offerings in religion. Although the distinctions in function were not always clear between the two units, the counselor in religious education was a university position with responsibility (as the name implied) for the religious counseling of students, while the SRA was (as the name also implied) a student organization whose responsibility was in the less easily defined areas of faith, values, and a student's spiritual life.

The first director of the SRA was Kenneth Morgan. During his five-year tenure from 1937 to 1942, the SRA introduced a broad base of activities designed to provoke thought and discussion on religious issues. A series of formal lectures -- including a series on "The Existence and Nature of God," given by Bertrand Russell, Fulton Sheen, and Reinhold Niebuhr -- brought fifteen to eighteen speakers to campus per year. Additionally, SRA sponsored a freshman round table, a weekly discussion group, work holidays, local speakers, choirs, a music society, and book groups. Within the SRA was a bureau of student opinion, which surveyed students regarding their views about politics and religion in the period immediately prior to, during, and after World War II.

As the SRA lost its exclusive Christian focus, Morgan sought to foster a spirit of cooperation among the major faiths on campus. Before that could take place there had to be a cohesive voice to speak for students of the Catholic, Jewish, or Protestant faiths. While Catholic and Jewish students had their own student centers, Protestant students were divided into various denominational guilds. Morgan sought to bring some unity to Protestants with the formation of the Inter-Guild Council. In addition, he created an Advisory Board consisting of representatives of the three major faiths to meet with SRA's Board of Governors to discuss religious problems of the university and to clarify relationships between the university and local religious groups.

In 1947, the SRA underwent an organizational change. Lane Hall was recognized as the center for religious study and activities under the supervision of a Board of Directors. The board was to encourage student interest in religious study and was to maintain co-operation on behalf of the university with off-campus religious groups. The board was also to encourage and maintain within its jurisdiction the Student Religious Association as the student organization. In 1949, Edward Blakeman resigned as counselor in religious education, and his responsibilities were transferred to the Director of Lane Hall. In 1954, the title of the Director of Lane Hall was changed to Co-ordinator of Religious Affairs. The year 1955-56 brought a further re-evaluation of the university's provision for the religious life of its students by establishing the Office of Religious Affairs. The ORA was under the direction of the Co-ordinator of Religious Affairs who was responsible to the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Board of Governors for Religious Affairs. One of the Office of Religious Affairs' major activities was the Freshman Rendezvous, an orientation camp for incoming students to the university. Although the Rendezvous began before both the Student Religious Association and the Office of Religious Affairs were founded, it grew to its largest point under the direction of the Office of Religious Affairs. The Office of Religious Affairs also coordinated a committee on religion in the curriculum, which studied a degree program in religious studies, a program of university lectures on religion, a faculty colloquium on religion, and an improved library collection of religious works.

The purpose and function of the Office of Religious Affairs was to provide the University of Michigan with a program of educational services in the field of religion. The office provided faculty and students with the opportunity to understand one's own faith as well as the faith of others in order that they be prepared to live in a multi-faith world. During the academic year 1971/72, the functions performed by the Office of Religious Affairs were folded into the Office of Special Services and Programs of the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. During the mid-1970s, the Ethics and Religion program was established to counsel students in matters of faith and morality. Specific areas of concern included sexuality and the male/female relationships of Afro-American students. The five areas of principal activity included: counseling, group education, public events, advising and advocacy, and community relations. In 1978 all religious counseling services were transferred to the Counseling Services Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The focus of the Office of Ethics and Religion shifted to include religious, spiritual and ethical development of the student through group facilitation and education programming. In 1993, the office was reorganized and down-sized. Currently the office is staffed part-time and the major focus is to serve as liaison with the campus ministries.

Office of Religious Affairs Directors

1955-1954 DeWitt C. Baldwin, Director
1955-1966 DeWitt C. Baldwin, Coordinator
1966-1968 DeWitt C. Baldwin, Director
1968-1970 Lloyd W. Putnam, Acting Director
1970-1973 A. Theodore Kachel, Director

Office of Ethics and Religion

1973-1974 A. Theodore Kachel, Director
1975-1977 Leonard Scott, Acting Director
1978-1993 Robert Hauert, Coordinator
1993- Leonard Scott, Liaiso

Collection Scope and Content Note

Although the name given to this group of records is the University of Michigan Office of Ethics and Religion, the researcher should note that the records consist primarily of predecessor organizations, the Student Christian Association (SCA), the Student Religious Association (SRA), and the Office of Religious Affairs, as well as component and ancillary organizations such as the University of Michigan Young Men's Christian Association, the Young Women's Christian Association, the Association of Religious Counselors, and the Christian Federation Advisors.

The record group begins with a summary history of the organization written by C. Grey Austin and entitled A Century of Religion at the University of Michigan (1957). Covering the period up to the establishment of the Office of Religious Affairs, this history provides solid information about the role of religion at the university and the activities and restructuring of the SCA and the SRA. Written by the same individual who wrote the sections on the two organizations in The University of Michigan; An Encyclopedic Survey, this volume is more detailed than those summaries and should be consulted first for background information.

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.


  • Young Men's Christian Associations.
  • Young Women's Christian Associations.
  • Camps.
  • College publications.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971.
  • Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970.
  • Sheen, Fulton J. (Fulton John), 1895-1979.
  • Student Christian Association (University of Michigan)
  • University of Michigan. Student Religious Association.
  • University of Michigan. Office of Ethics and Religion.
  • University of Michigan. Office of Religious Affairs.
  • University of Michigan -- Religion.
  • Young Men's Christian Association (University of Michigan)
  • Young Women's Christian Association (University of Michigan)
  • Fresh Air Camp (University of Michigan)
  • Freshman Rendezvous (University of Michigan)
  • Lane Hall (University of Michigan)
  • Student Christian Association (University of Michigan)
  • University of Michigan. Student Religious Association.
  • University of Michigan -- Buildings.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1931-1940.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1951-1960.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Student Christian Association 1860-1937 [subgrp] (6 linear feet)

The first subgroup consists of the records of the Student Religious Association (1860-1937; 6 linear feet). This subgroup is divided into the following series: Historical File, Administration, Financial Records, Program Files, Component Organizations, Topical Files, and Scrapbooks and Clippings. The folder listing will make clear the contents of these various series, but the researcher might find the following of noteworthy interest. Within the Program Files are files of correspondence and other papers relating to the Bushrah mission, 1910-1916. The Student Christian Association, as was noted, had a powerful inclination toward missions work. One manifestation of that was its efforts through students to provide the people of Bushrah in the Persian Gulf with schools, a hospital, and a program of public health instruction. Unfortunately, the Bushrah program was interrupted by the coming of World War I and after that the energies of the SCA were focused on its own at-home needs for a new building and for programs directed specifically toward U-M students.

The Component Organizations series is noteworthy for the records of the two Y organizations which during the first two decades of the twentieth century directed the programmatic efforts of the SCA. This series includes minutes of the two organizations as well as minutes of the SCA cabinet.

 
Historical File [series]
Box   1  
Background information: A Century of Religion at the University of Michigan by C. Grey Austin (1957)
Box   1  
Historical information
Box   1  
Charters, by-laws and related material (2 folders)
 
Administration [series]
Box   1  
Secretary's record book 1860-1893 (3 volumes)
Box   1  
1860-1879
Box   1  
1879-1890
Box   1  
1890-1893
Box   1  
Board of Directors minute book 1879-1883
 
Board of Trustees minute book 1883-1937
Box   1  
1883-1914
Box   2  
1914-1916

(also includes minutes of Finance Committee)

Box   2  
1917-1919
Box   2  
1919-1923
Box   2  
1923-1927
Box   2  
1927-1937

(scattered)

Box   2  
Board of Trustees miscellaneous 1915-1936
Box   2  
President's Reports 1922-1936 (scattered)
Box   2  
Jule Ayers reports/proposals 1932-1933
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
Box   3  
Combined officers correspondence file 1903, 1907-1937 (33 folders)

(includes correspondence of secretary; chairman of the Executive Committee; and President of the Board (Trustees))

 
Financial Records [series]
Box   4  
Financial statements 1908-1938 (6 folders)
Box   4  
Annual audit of accounts 1918, 1923-1935
 
Program Files [series]
Box   4  
Busrah Mission 1910-1916 (13 folders)
Box   4  
Fresh Air Camp 1925-1937 (9 folders)

(files for 1925-1927 relate in part to funding for the camp provided by the Virginia R. Ives Memorial Camp Association)

 
Freshman Rendezvous
Box   5  
General information 1926-1936 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Self-discovery tests 1935/36-1936/37 (2 folders)
 
Component organizations [series]
 
YMCA
 
Cabinet minute books 1895-1920 (5 volumes)
Box   5  
1895-1902
Box   5  
1902-1909
Box   5  
1909-1911
Box   5  
1911-1915
Box   5  
1915-1920
Box   5  
Reports, etc. 1905-1917 (scattered)
Box   5  
Papers re YMCA relief work in the near east after World War I circa 1918-1920
Oversize Volume   1  
Scrapbook 1906-1908

(contain announcements of lectures, clippings, brochures, etc.)

Oversize Box   13  
Scrapbook 1915-1916
 
YWCA
Box   5  
Advisory Committee minutes 1916-1927 (1 volume, 1 folder)
Box   5  
Cabinet minutes 1914-1924 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Correspondence 1917-1927 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Annual reports 1911-1924 (scattered)
Box   5  
Miscellaneous
Oversize Box   13  
Scrapbook 1925-1926
 
SCA cabinet
Box   6  
Minutes 1922-1936 (7 folders)
Box   6  
Miscellanea
 
Topical Files [series]
Box   6  
Building Committee minutes 1915-1916
Box   6  
Calendar/Summary of Activities
Box   6  
Foreign students miscellanea
Box   6  
International House Project
Box   6  
Lake Geneva Student Conferences
Box   6  
League of Nations Model Assembly
Box   6  
Newberry Residence Hall
Box   6  
Presidents of SCA [biographical information]
Box   6  
Religious Census (2 folders)
Box   6  
Report/prospectus 1914/15
Box   6  
School of Religion
Box   6  
School of Sacred Literature 1891-1892
Box   6  
Spring Parley
Box   6  
Student Volunteer Band minute book 1914-15
Box   6  
Student Volunteers
Box   6  
University Service Committee
Box   6  
Miscellaneous (3 folders)
 
Scrapbooks [series]
Box   6  
1900-1906
Box   6  
1920-1921
 
Clippings [series]
Box   6  
1915-1936 (scattered dates) (6 folders)
 
Student Religious Association 1936-1956 [subgrp] (6 linear feet)

The second major subgroup the in collection is the records of the Student Religious Association (1936-1956; 6 linear feet). The series within the SRA records include Administration, Program Files, Topical Files, Related Organizations, and Scrapbooks.

Of special interest in the Program File series are files relating to the SRA's Lecture/Speakers Series and to the activities of its Bureau of Student Opinion. The SRA, particularly under the leadership of Kenneth Morgan was remarkably successful in bringing to campus many of the leading intellectuals of the day to speak on topics relating to religion. The Lecture/Speakers subseries in the Program File contains information about these lectures, including some transcripts of the papers delivered. Included are papers by Bertrand Russell, Fulton Sheen and Reinhold Niebuhr on "The existence and nature of God." The subseries "Bureau of Student Opinion" contains files of public opinion polls and student surveys regarding the student body's attitude toward a number of issues. Survey topics generally focus on an aspect of student attitudes toward people of different faiths, church attendance, or similar topics. The polls conducted immediately prior to and during World War II are especially interesting as they provide insight into public opinion on the political ideology of the Nazi regime concerning persons of the Jewish faith.

 
Administration 1937-1956 [series]
Box   7  
Board of Governors 1937-1956 (5 folders)
Box   7  
Secretary's notebook 1946-1948
 
Council and executive committee
Box   7  
Minutes 1937-1942
Box   7  
Minutes 1944-1945
Box   7  
Minutes 1948-1954
Box   7  
Student executive committee minutes 1947-1948
Box   7  
Program reports 1939-1955
Box   7  
Miscellaneous 1938
Box   7  
Miscellaneous 1946-1954
 
Program Files [series]
Box   7  
Freshman Rendezvous 1937-1956
 
Lecture/Speakers Series 1938-1954
Box   7  
"The Existence and Nature of God" 1938/39

(Speakers: Bertrand Russell, Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen, Reinhold Niebuhr)

Box   7  
"The Existence and Nature of Religion" 1939/40

(Speakers: Anton J. Carlson, Paul H. Furfey, Walter M. Horton, Louis L. Mann)

Box   7  
"The Nature of Man" 1940/41

(Speakers: Martin H. Fischer, Robert Calhoun, Abba H. Silver, Robert Slavin)

Box   7  
James G. Heller, "The Judaistic Interpretation of History" Lane Hall Lecture Series 1948
Box   7  
Reinhold Niebuhr, "The Christian Interpretation of History-A Protestant View circa 1948
Box   7  
And unidentified Undated

(includes undated World Student Service Fund Address by Reinhold Niebuhr)

Box   7  
Speakers correspondence 1937-1944 (7 folders)
Box   7  
Lecture Series, This I Believe 1952-1953
Box   7  
Lecture Series, Religious Symposium 1953-1954
 
Bureau of Student Opinion
Box   7  
Survey of Activities 1938
Box   7  
Church Attendance Summary 1938
Box   8  
Bureau of Student Opinion 1939
Box   8  
Public Opinion Polls March 1940
Box   8  
Student Surveys 1940
Box   8  
Survey of Jewish and Gentile Student Relations 1940
Box   8  
Student Surveys 1941
Box   8  
Administrative miscellanea 1941, 1947
Box   8  
Religious Life of University of Michigan Students 1948
 
Topical [series]
Box   8  
Annual Banquet 1946-1948
Box   8  
Barnaby Club (Little Men's Marching and Chowder Society)
Box   8  
Book Group 1937-1939
Box   8  
Brotherhood Banquet 1946-1956
Box   8  
Carol Sing 1950-1955
Box   8  
Chinese Student Club
Box   8  
Christian Student Conference 1941
Box   8  
Christian Student Conference 1942
Box   8  
Church Advisory Committee 1939
Box   8  
Colloquium on Religion in Higher Education 1946
Box   8  
Committee on Cooperation 1945-1948 (2 folders)
Box   8  
Committee on Friendly Relations Among Foreign Students
Box   8  
Committee on Religion in the Curriculum
Box   8  
Conference, National Conference of College Chaplains 1949
Box   8  
Conference on the Cell Group 1947
Box   8  
Conference on the Cell Group 1948
Box   8  
Conference on Religious Journalism 1946
Box   8  
Conference on the Unification of Religious Work in the University of Michigan
Box   8  
Conference Planning 1953
Box   8  
Conference, Social Action 1947
Box   8  
Conference, Youth Retreat 1945
Box   8  
Constitution and By-Laws
Box   8  
Day of Prayer 1938-1943
Box   8  
Departmental Project reports
Box   8  
Discussion Groups
Box   8  
Displaced Persons Committee
Box   8  
Faculty Conference
Box   8  
Fireside sessions 1938-1939
Box   8  
Foreign Student Speakers/International Banquets
Box   8  
Forums
Box   8  
Freshmen 1938-1944
Box   8  
Graduate Student Luncheon Group
Box   8  
Hazen Foundation
Box   8  
Heifers for Europe
Box   8  
Human Relations Workshop 1954
Box   8  
Insight (Student Magazine) 1945-1947
Box   8  
Institute on Cultural Conflict
Box   8  
Intercultural Outings
Box   8  
Inter-Faith Symposium
Box   8  
Jewish Student Problems
Box   8  
Leadership Retreat 1947
Box   8  
Leadership Retreat 1949
Box   8  
Leadership Retreat 1950
Box   8  
Library, Books, etc.
Box   8  
Marriage Relations Course
Box   8  
Membership Lists 1940-1943
Box   8  
Michigan Student Christian Vocation
Box   8  
Military Units
Box   8  
Morning Watch 1937-1938
Box   8  
Music Seminar 1944
Box   8  
Music Seminar and Carol Sing
Box   8  
Nation and World Committee
Box   8  
National Youth Administration 1937-1943
Box   8  
Office of the President
Box   8  
Office of Student Affairs
Box   8  
Personnel 1939-1944
Box   8  
Personnel Director 1944
Box   8  
Professional Religious Work Students
Box   8  
Programs 1939-1943
Box   8  
Protestant Consultant to Students from Other Lands
Box   8  
Preaching Mission
Box   8  
Radio Program
Box   8  
Reconciliation Trips
Box   8  
Relief Drive
Box   8  
Religion in Life 1950-1952 (3 folders)
Box   9  
Research Consultant on Religious Education-E.W. Blakeman
Box   9  
Retreats
Box   9  
Retreat Planning 1952-1953
Box   9  
Round Table
Box   9  
Seminar, Art
Box   9  
Seminar, Bible
Box   9  
Seminar on Comparative Religions 1946
Box   9  
Seminar, Oriental Religions
Box   9  
Seminar-Sociology of Religion
Box   9  
Seminar, Theology
Box   9  
Social Service Work
Box   9  
State Student Christian Conference
Box   9  
Student Town Hall
Box   9  
Theology Forum
Box   9  
United Peace Committee
Box   9  
United Student Christian Council
Box   9  
University Choir 1938
Box   9  
Vesper Services
Box   9  
Veterans' Organization
Box   9  
WHRV Radio Broadcasts 1948
Box   9  
Willow Village Program
Box   9  
Work Camps
Box   9  
Workshop for Understanding Between the Faiths 1946
Box   9  
World Students' Christian Federation
Box   9  
World Student Service Fund 1940-1948 (5 folders)
Box   9  
Worship Services
Box   9  
Y.M.C.A
Box   9  
Mimeographed flyers and mailings 1937-1948 (4 folders)
 
Related Organizations [series]
 
Inter-Guild

(succeeded by the University Christian Federation, Inter-Guild started out as SRA committee but later became semi-independent agency)

Box   9  
Minutes and other papers 1937-1955 (6 folders)
Box   9  
Conferences 1939-1943
Box   9  
Constitution, etc
Box   9  
Michigan Student Christian Consultation
Box   9  
Miscellaneous
Box   9  
News Bulletins
Box   9  
Retreats 1947-1953
Box   9  
Campus Religious Council 1945-1954

(succeeded by the Association of Religious Counselors)

Box   9  
Christian Student Directors Association minute book 1944-1955
 
Scrapbooks [series]
Box   10  
1944-1949
Box   10  
1949
Box   10  
1950-1951
Box   10  
1953-1954
 
Visual Materials [subgrp]
 
Photographs [series]

The Photographs are mainly from the period of the Student Religious Association (1937-1955) with a scattering of photos from the period of SCA.

Box   10  
Album of photographs of participants and activities of the Freshman Rendezvous Camp 1936
Box   10  
Photographs of retreat at Fresh Air Camp 1950s
Box   10  
Lake Geneva conferences 1920s
Box   10  
Miscellaneous (2 folders)
 
Office of Religious Affairs 1955-1968 [subgrp] (1 linear foot)

The office of religious Affairs subgroup (1955-1968; 1 linear foot) consists of two series, Topical Files and Related Organizations. Within the latter series are notebooks of records documenting the activities of the Association of Religious Counselors, the Christian Federation Advisors, and the Board of Directors of Religious Affairs.

In 1993, additional records were received from the Office of Ethics and Religion. Spanning the years 1912-1991 (bulk, 1965-1991), this accession includes records relating to predecessor organizations as well as the Office of Ethics and Religion. The records are divided into four series: Topical Files, Program Files, University Values Year, and Printed Works.

 
Topical Files 1956-1966 [series]
Box   11  
All-Campus Conference on Religion 1956
Box   11  
All-Campus Conference on Religion 1957
Box   11  
All-University Counseling Study Committee 1957
Box   11  
Alumni and Commencement Breakfast 1961
Box   11  
Centennial Celebration 1958
Box   11  
Commission on Curriculum 1963-1964
Box   11  
Committee on Studies in Religion
Box   11  
Conference, Martin Buber 1957
Box   11  
Conference on Vocations in Religion (Seminary Days) 1963
Box   11  
Curriculum
Box   11  
Ecumenical Ministry
Box   11  
Freshman Rendezvous 1957-1963 (2 folders)
Box   11  
Human Relations Workshop 1958
Box   11  
Lane Hall
Box   11  
Organization/establishment
Box   11  
Programs 1958-1963
Box   11  
Purpose and function
Box   11  
Student Counseling Services
Box   11  
Student Government Council
Box   11  
Workshop in Religious Counseling 1958
Box   11  
Workshop in Religious Counseling, Financing
Box   11  
Workshop on Religions 1957-1958
Box   11  
Writer in Residence, Louis Lomax 1966
 
Related Organizations [series]
Box   12  
Board of Governors of Religious Affairs
Box   12  
Record books 1955-1964 (2 volumes)
 
Association of Religious Counselors
Box   12  
Record books 1956-1968 (2 volumes)
 
Christian Federation Advisors (name changed in to Ecumenical Campus Staff) 1962
Box   12  
Record books 1955-1964 (2 volumes)
 
Scrapbook 1958-1959 [series]
Oversize Box   13  
1958-1959
 
Printed Material [series]

The Printed Works series (.3 linear feet) contains annual reports spanning the years 1949-1982. Also included are two newsletters entitled Circuit and Interim, and miscellaneous bulletins and pamphlets. This series has been combined with printed works received prior to 1993.

Box   14  
Printed material

(not further described)

 
Topical Files 1962-1985 [series]

The Topical Files (.8 linear feet) are composed of an alphabetical run of working files. The researcher will find the files sketchy, but indicative of the kinds of religious activities on the University of Michigan campus. Particularly well documented are the files of the University Interfaith Center, a corporation formed by the Association of Religious counselors in 1963. The files document the unsuccessful attempt to construct a religious facility on the north campus of the University of Michigan, which would have provided worship services, religious education, and counseling. Related information on this topic can be found within the "Association of Religious Counselors" files. For a complete summary of the activities of the OER on an annual basis, the researcher should consult the "Annual Reports" in Printed Works (box 14).

 
Association of Religious Counselors
Box   15  
General 1962-1970
Box   15  
Minutes 1961-1971

(1964-1968 missing)

Box   15  
North Campus Development Committee 1966
Box   15  
Black Religious Experience (seminar) undated
Box   15  
Commission on the Role and Function of Religious Groups on Campus 1965
Box   15  
Completing the Circle 1984-1992

(Black student enrichment event)

Box   15  
Ethics and the University Project 1974
Box   15  
Historical Materials 1912-1977
Box   15  
Last Lecture (lecture series) 1976-1977
Box   15  
Latin American Lecture Series 1972
Box   15  
Male/Female Relationship Workshop 1975-1983
Box   15  
Paper, 1970: Value Trends and Religious Trends at University of Michigan
Box   15  
Political Correctness Conference 1991
Box   15  
Programs (listing) 1966-1978
Box   15  
Religious Census (U of M campus) 1919-1975
Box   15  
Report, 1974: A Survey of Student Religious Needs: A Review of the Ongoing Work in the Office of Ethics and Religion
Box   15  
Student Christian Association (history) 1948
Box   15  
Student Religious Organizations Survey undated
Box   15  
Teaching Ethics and Values, Conference on 1988
Box   15  
University Christian Federation 1956-1957
Box   15  
University Council on Religious Affairs (minutes) 1975
 
University of Michigan Interfaith Center
Box   15  
General 1966-1971
Box   15  
Board of Trustees (minutes) 1965-1971
Box   15  
Board of Trustees Roster 1967-1970
Box   15  
Building Campaign 1967-1970
Box   15  
University Planning Committee on Religion in the University 1972-1976
Box   15  
Vietnam Conference 1965
Box   15  
Women and Religion 1975-1980
Box   15  
Women 1970-1971
 
Program Files 1965-1992 [series] (0.9 linear feet)

The Program Files (.9 linear feet) are arranged chronologically by academic year. The files are a very rich source on the programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the Office of Ethics and Religion. These programs, which facilitated awareness of religious and ethical issues included lectures, conferences, workshops, and movies. The researcher will find fliers, brochures, and memoranda describing the various speakers and events. Themes include world hunger, human rights, U.S. policy in foreign affairs, concerns of women and minorities, and religions of the world.

Box   15  
Undated
Box   15  
1965-1972
Box   15  
1975-1976
Box   15  
1976-1977
Box   16  
1977-1978
Box   16  
1978-1979
Box   16  
1979-1980
Box   16  
1981-1982
Box   16  
1982-1983
Box   16  
1983-1984
Box   16  
1984-1985
Box   16  
1985-1986
Box   16  
1986-1987
Box   16  
1987-1988
Box   16  
1988-1989
Box   16  
1989-1990
Box   16  
1990-1991
Box   16  
1991-1992
 
University Values Year 1973-1980 [series] (0.6 linear feet)

The University Values Year series (.6 linear feet). contains information regarding the two-year cooperative venture that was concerned with the ethical dimensions of university life. Funded by President Robben Fleming, proposed by the University Council on Religious Affairs, and administered by the OER, this university-wide program was concerned with educating students about the ethical issues arising from scholarly life and practice. Through these files, the researcher can trace the program from "Imparting Values," a speech delivered by Robben Fleming (General, 1973-1974) to the several evaluative reports of the program.

 
General
Box   16  
1973-1974
Box   16  
1975-1977
Box   16  
Conferences (miscellaneous) 1976
Box   16  
Coordinating Committee (minutes) 1975-1976
Box   16  
Decentralization and the Values of Authority and Autonomy 1976
 
Grants in Aid
Box   16  
Correspondence 1974-1975
Box   16  
Proposals 1974-1975
Box   16  
Institute of Public Policy Studies 1976
Box   16  
Library Values Seminar 1976
Box   16  
Medicines, Use of 1976
Box   16  
Narcissism in Modern Society (conference) 1977
Box   17  
Peace and Conflict Studies Program 1976
Box   17  
Program on Human Issues and Values 1976
Box   17  
Religion 1976-1980
 
Report of the Coordinating Committee
Box   17  
1974-1975
Box   17  
1975-1976
 
Reports
Box   17  
Cotman undated

(evaluation of university values program)

Box   17  
Cotman, Background Materials 1975-1976
Box   17  
Asking Questions in a Large State University: A Case Study 1978
Box   17  
Decentralization and the Values of Authority and Autonomy: A Study of Reciprocal Effects circa 1977
Box   17  
Report of the Coordinating Committee on the 1974-1975 Values Year and Futures Proposal 1975
Box   17  
Report of the Coordinating Committee on the 1975-1976 Values Program 1976
Box   17  
Report on the University Values Program undated
Box   17  
Seminar on Values and Decision Making (final report) 1976
Box   17  
Seminar Survey 1975
Box   17  
Social Learnings: Issues and Methodologies of Values Education (course proposal) 1976
Box   17  
Study of University Future 1975
Box   17  
Weekly Seminar 1974-1975
Box   17  
Working Drafts 1975
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

For additional information on the Office of Ethics and Religion at the University of Michigan, the researcher should consult the records of the University of Michigan. Vice President for Student Affairs.

The researcher should also consult the Bentley Historical Library's printed works catalog under the heading "University of Michigan - Office of Ethics and Religion" for descriptions of other printed materials.