Judson Memorial Church Archive 1838-1995


Judson Memorial Church Archive 1838-1995

The Judson Memorial Church's (Washington Square, New York, New York) archive spans nearly two centuries (1839-2001). During that time, it has been a center of worship and of social activism such as civil rights, anti-war, reproductive rights, and the women's movement. In addition, it became a center for avant-garde art ranging from its role in the artistic revolt against Abstract Expressionism, to postmodern dance at the Judson Dance Theater, to the Judson Poets Theater. These aspects are documented in the papers, photographs, and other materials that comprise the collection. Items include various church records and meeting minutes, as well as materials regarding such artists as: Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono, Meredith Monk, and many others.

173.0 linear feet; (135 boxes)


SNAC Resource ID: 6330365

Fales Library & Special Collections

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Spoerri, Daniel, 1930-....

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Katzman, Don, 1937-

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Oppenheimer, Joel

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Moody, Howard, 1921-

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Judson Memorial Church (New York, N.Y.)

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In 1838, a small group in Greenwich Village, dissatisfied with local churches, founded the Berean Church on the corner of Bedford and Downing Streets. Fifty years later, under the direction of Rev. Edward Judson (1844-1914), a new church was built and named Judson Memorial Church in memoriam to Edward's father Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), the first missionary to Burma. Edward Judson chose as the new location of his church the south side of Washington Square Park, because he wanted t...

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Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008

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Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was a painter and photographer from New York, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with Robert Rauschenberg, 1965 Dec. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646398681 Painter, photographer; New York, N.Y. Born 1925. Died 2008. From the description of Robert Rauschenberg interview, 1965 Dec. 21 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78470377 ...