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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 555

Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture. Records, 1961-2004.

This collection includes minutes and proceedings of meetings; by-laws; correspondence; files on various people, information on symposiums and lecture series; financial records; development and business files, program planning documents, membership records; newsletters, and audiovisual material.

Dates

  • 1961-2004.

Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Extent

41 boxes

This collection includes minutes and proceedings of meetings; by-laws; correspondence; files on various people, some well-known, which include photographs, writings, and biographical information; information on symposiums and lecture series; financial records; development and business files, program planning documents, membership records; newsletters, and audiovisual material such as photographs, audioreels, videocassettes, etc. which document many of the programs, lectures, and other events sponsored by the Society.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1961 by by Marvin Halverson, the Society's "purpose and program are based on the belief that the roles of the arts and religion are decisive. They reflect the struggle to conserve and to recover depth and wholeness, to reaffirm personal responsibility in the face of dehumanization, to define the ground for human freedom and creativity in a culture which tends increasingly to impose impersonal tyrannies over mind and spirit. Religion in isolation from the arts is starved of concrete embodiment of its insights into the fullness of human life. Art gives religion the eyes to see ourselves in all our dimensions, the ears to hear the voice of our inner lives and the instruments with which to communicate with each other. At the same time, the past suggests that the arts realize their potential most fully within that transcendent, unifying vision which is the heart of religion." (from the SARCC website, 2004.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Administrative records: minutes and proceedings of Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Annual meeting of the corporation; incorporation and statement of purpose; correspondence.
  2. Series II. Financial and business records: accounting records, correspondence of the treasurer, tax records, , budgets, legal and business documents.
  3. Series III. Membership records: nominating committee records, lists of members.
  4. Series IV. Program records: committee records, ARC chapters, program planning files, event file (see Series VI. for further program records).
  5. Series V. Publication records: publication committee, ARC newsletter (Seedbed).
  6. Series VI. Audiovisual records: photographic prints and negatives, audiocassettes, audioreels, videocassettes. This material documents many of the programs, lectures and other events sponsored by the Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 580.
Title
Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture. Records, 1961-2004: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00555

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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