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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 577

American Society for the Study of Religion. Records, 1959-2014.


Collection includes meeting announcements and minutes of meetings, correspondence, and newsletters.


  • Creation: 1959-2014


There are no restrictions on access to this collection, with the exception of the membership nomination forms which are restricted for fifty years from the date of creation.


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Collection includes correspondence, minutes, newsletters, and programs. Some of the programs for annual meetings include transcripts of talks and memorial minutes for deceased members of the ASSR. There are also legal documents, attendance records, reports, lists of officers, and the institutional constitution and bylaws.

Biographical / Historical

The American Society for the Study of Religion was established in 1959 as a learned society for the study of religion, with the assistance and support of the American Council of Learned Societies. Past presidents include Erwin Goodenough, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell.

Acquisition Information

Records donated by Judith Berling, President of the American Society for the Study of Religion in 2004.

American Society for the Study of Religion. Records, 1959-2014: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School 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. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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