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Department of Religious Studies Records

UPB 1.9RS

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Summary Information

Prepared by
Prepared by Kaiyi Chen
Preparation date
May 1993
Date [inclusive]
1957-1984
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

The collection transferred from the Department of Religious Studies in 1992.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection has been divided into the following series: 1. Department Records, 1958-1984 2. Robert Evans File, 1957-1974 3. Robert Kraft File, 1982.

The Department Records series is fundamentally in its original order. It was organized alphabetically by subject.

AGENCY HISTORY

The College of Arts and Sciences established the program of Religious Thought and appointed Edwin E. Aubrey as its first chairman in 1949. From his first semester, however, Aubrey taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, and beginning in the 1950 Bulletin, the graduate courses are cross-listed in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The program developed into a department in 1960 under the chairmanship of Claude Welch, who remained chairman until 1971. Succeeding Welch from 1971 to 1983 were Van A. Harvey (1971-1976), and Robert Kraft (1977-1983). Robert F. Evans was Chairman of the graduate program from 1971 until his death in 1974. The department name changed to Religious Studies in 1977.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Department Records series documents the department administration from 1958 to 1984. The series is a mixture of material concerning the department in general and material concerning the individual department chairmen (or chairman of the graduate program in the case of Robert F. Evans) of different periods. Included is a folder of the correspondence of the department chairmen correspondence, which covers the period of 1961-1982.

The Robert Evans File consists of material of both personal and professional nature. Researchers interested in his role in Penn’s undergraduate admissions, specifically in the capacity of Chairman of the University Council Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, will find a resource in this series.

Finally, the Robert Kraft File relates exclusively to an inquiry about his publication interest.

Related material may be found in the Edwin E. Aubrey Papers (UPT 50 A895). Aubrey served as the first professor in the Religious Thought program from 1949 to 1956.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
American Society of Church History.
Crozer Theological Seminary. — Geographic subdivision–Pennsylvania;
University of Pennsylvania. Academic Planning Committee.
University of Pennsylvania. University Council. Committee on Undergraduate Admissions.
Genre(s)
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Minutes.
Publications.
Personal Name(s)
Aubrey, Edwin E., 1896-1956
Evans, Robert.
Harvey, Van Austin.
Kraft, Robert.
Welch, Claude
Subject(s)
Religion–Study and teaching (Higher)–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia.

Inventory

 

DEPARTMENT RECORDS, 1958-1984 

Box

Folder

Affirmative Action program, 1972-1976 

1

1

Afro-American Studies 

1

2

Ambrogi, Thomas Eugene, 1966-1969 

1

3

American Association of University Professors, newsletters, 1969-1972 

1

4

American Council on Education, newsletters, 1973 

1

5

American Guild of Organists, newsletters, 1964-1971 

1

6

American Professors for Peace in the Middle East, newsletters and pamphlet, 1968-1969 

1

7

American Society of Church History, correspondence, 1967-1971 

1

8

American Society of Church History, programs, newsletters, and brochures, 1969-1974 

1

9

American Society for the Study of Religion, newsletters, 1979-1984 

1

10

Association for Jewish Studies, [1973] 

1

11

Ben-Herin, Meir, biographical data, [1972?] 

1

12

Bibliographic Information Bank in Patristics, 1981 

1

13

Blackwell’s, correspondence, 1969 

1

14

Bookstore of Penn, correspondence, 1968-1969 

1

15

Bookstore of Penn, inventory of books in philosophy and religion 

1

16

Buck, Henry, 1967 

1

17

Callahan, Daniel, 1969 

1

18

Catholic University of American Press, 1972 

1

19

Christian Association, Penn, Memo, 1979 

1

20

Church and State, journal, 1971 

1

21

Church Society for College Work, Executive Director report and newsletters, 1962-1970 

1

22

Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles, 1982 

1

23

Common Cause, 1970 

1

24

Comparative literature, 1982-1984 

1

25

Contemporary Theology Institute, 1968 

1

26

Correspondence Almanac, general, 1981 

1

27

Correspondence Committee on Iranian Studies, 1977 

1

28

Correspondence Department chairmen, 1961-1982 

1

29

Correspondence General, 1967 

1

30

Council on Religion and International Affairs, publications and brochures, 1968-1971 

1

31

Dolan, Jay Patrick, 1968 

1

32

ECKANKAR, seminar announcement, 1980 

1

33

Educational testing services (GRE), 1972-1973 

1

34

ELIHU Directory of Graduate Chairmen, 1964-1969 

1

35

Enslin, Morton S., 1965-1967 

1

36

Equal Opportunity policy, 1976 

1

37

Faculty Committee on War and Peace, [around 1970] 

1

38

Faculty-Freshman Day, 1973 

1

39

Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 1972-1976 

1

40

Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Ad Hoc Humanities Coordinating Committee, 1977-1980 

1

41

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Minutes and correspondence, 1976-1977 

1

42

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Tenure, 1982-1983 

1

43

Faculty Senate, minutes, agenda, reports, 1972-1974 

1

44

Senate Advisory Committee, 1974 

1

45

Folger Institute, 1979-1981 

1

46

General Honors program, correspondence,1972-1974 

1

47

General Honors Program on Darwinism, [1982] 

1

48

Global Congress of the World’s Religions, 1982 

1

49

Graduate Center, 1964 

1

50

Harvey, Van A., 1971-1974 

1

51

History graduate program poster, no date 

1

52

Honorary degrees, 1968-1973 

1

53

Honors system, 1964-1972 

1

54

Humanities at Penn, 1974 

1

55

Humanities Coordinating Committee Mellon Fellowship, 1979 

1

56

Humanities Coordinating Committee NEH grant proposal, 1977 

1

57

Humanities Coordinating Committee NEH grant proposal, 1977 

1

58

Independent study sponsorship, 1974 

1

59

International Association for the Study of Prehistoric and Ethnologic Religions, 1973 

1

60

International services, [1974]-1979 

1

61

Introduction to the study of religion, syllabus, 1969 

1

62

Iran-Penn venture, 1974 

1

63

Mueller, William, 1969-1970 

1

64

News clippings Abortion, 1974 

1

65

News clippings Israel-Zionist, 1970 

1

66

News clippings Pantoscope, 1968 

1

67

News clippings Papal Encyclical, 1968 

1

68

News clippings Radical theology, 1966 

1

69

News clippings Vatican Council II, ecumenism, 1964 

1

70

News clippings Vietnam, 1967-1969 

1

71

O’Dea, Jamet, 1970-1975 

1

72

Penn-Israel Project Committee, 1974 

1

73

Personnel policy and procedures, 1973-1974 

1

74

Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins, [1970] 

1

75

Professional societies, miscellaneous, 1970 

1

76

Provost’s Committee on Pre-medical Requirements, report, 1974 

1

77

“Reflection,” journal, 1968-1969 

1

78

Revision of the undergraduate major in religious thought, 1972 

1

79

Roman Catholic studies, 1966-1975 

1

80

Russian literature, 1981 

1

81

Scholarship and fellowship posters, 1981 

1

82

Scholarship programs for students, 1968 

1

83

SCUE (Student Committee on Undergraduate Education) reports, 1970-1981 

1

84

Seabury series, [1958] 

1

85

Seltzer, Robert, 1965-1970 

1

86

Seminars, lecturers and meetings, announcements, 1980-1981 

1

87

Sexual harassment, 1983 

1

1

Sit-in, 1969 

1

2

Society for Religion in Higher Education, newsletter, 1968-1972 

1

3

Sociology of religion program, 1983 

1

4

Student fellowships, 1963-1967 

1

5

Student financial aid office, 1973 

1

6

Summer Sessions Executive Committee, 1973 

1

7

Swearer, Donald, 1967-1973 

1

8

Syllabi and reference material for Humanities courses 222 and 223, 1960-1963 

1

9

TANTUR, 1981-1982 

1

10

TOIL, 1982 

1

11

University of Pennsylvania Academic Planning Committee Appraisal of President Meyerson’s progress report, [1974] 

1

12

University of Pennsylvania Academic Planning Committee Questionnaire, 1972 

2

13

University of Pennsylvania Ad Hoc Committee on the Reorganization of the Faculty, 1971-1972 

2

14

University of Pennsylvania Center for Urban Research and Experiment, report, 1969 

2

15

University of Pennsylvania College of General Studies, Executive Committee, minutes, agenda, and correspondence, 1971-1974 

2

16

University of Pennsylvania College of General Studies, correspondence, 1982 

2

17

University of Pennsylvania General, 1969-1972 

2

18

University of Pennsylvania Task Force on University Governance, correspondence and report, 1969-1970 

2

19

University of Pennsylvania University Council Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Appointment and Promotion, 1971 

2

20

University of Pennsylvania University Council Minutes, 1971 

2

21

University of Pennsylvania University Council Minutes, 1972 

2

22

University of Pennsylvania University Council Minutes, 1973-1974 

2

23

University of Pennsylvania University Development Commission, 1972 

2

24

University of Pennsylvania University Press, 1979-1981 

2

25

University of Pennsylvania Vice provost for undergraduate studies, report, 1972 

2

26

University of Pennsylvania Women’s Studies Office, 1973 

2

27

Villanova Theology Institute, 1980 

2

28

West Philadelphia Corporation, newsletter “University City,” 1962-1963 

2

29

 

ROBERT EVANS FILE, 1957-1974 

Box

Folder

Book review on Church in a Changing World, [1971] 

2

30

Conference of Anglican Theologians, meeting file, April 1973 

2

31

Conference of Anglican Theologians, meeting file, March 1974 

2

32

Fellowship, 1962 

2

33

King’s College, Cambridge, England, correspondence, 1964-1967 

2

34

King’s College, Cambridge, England, publications, 1957-1968 

2

35

Miscellaneous 

2

36

Recommendation letter re University Scholar Program, 1974 

2

37

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Admission policy, 1967-1972 

2

38

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions 1970-1974 

2

39

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions News clippings, 1973-1974 

2

40

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Minutes, 1971-1972 

2

41

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Minutes, 1973-1974 

2

42

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Policy statements on admissions, 1972 

2

43

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Profile of Class 1975 

2

44

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Reports, 1971-1974 

2

45

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Statistics of Student Admissions and financial aid, 1973-1974 

2

46

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Subcommittees, memo, 1973 

2

47

University Council, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions Subcommittee report to Educational Policy Committee re Teaching Fellows, 1974 

2

48

University, Guidelines for admissions and financial aid, 1972-1973 

2

49

University, Office of Admissions Correspondence, 1972-1973 

2

50

University, Office of Admissions, Selection Committee (student recruitment), 1973 

2

51

University, Office of Admissions, Selection Committee (student recruitment), Statistics of Class 1976, 1972 

2

52

University, Office of Admissions, Selection Committee (student recruitment), Summary reports, 1974 

2

53

University, Office of Admissions, Tuition and financial aid at the Penn, 1972 

2

54

University, Office of financial Aid, student financial aid statistics, 1970-1973 

2

55

 

ROBERT KRAFT FILE, 1982 

Box

Folder

Publication requests, 1982 

2

56