Records, 1857-2000.


Records, 1857-2000.

The CA records reflect the history of a hundred-plus-year-old institution with strong ties to the Protestant church, which has been engaged in a wide range of programs and activities. The History, Bylaws, Mission Statement series provides a cursory but comprehensive view of the history of the organization. It includes some historical documents of the early years, bylaws, mission statements, the CA's annual reports to the University Chaplain, and information on the administrative structure of the institution. The Board Records series comprises all formal records of the Board of Directors as well as correspondence of the Board and its members. The minutes of the early years include one minute book, 1857-1859, of the institution's predecessor--the Christian Society of the University of Pennsylvania. The Committee Records series contains records of the Executive Committee as well as various standing and ad hoc committees. Major operational committees include Student Cabinet, Camp Committee, China Medical Committee, Development Committee, Finance, Investment, Personnel, Program Committee, Property Committee, Rambo Committee, and Women Advisory Committee. The Administration series includes such major sub-series as the building of the institution, clippings, correspondence, development file, executive director file, donation and fund raising files, International Student House records, and a large staff file. The Program series contains records of all programs and projects undertaken by the CA. Programs run by the standing committees include settlement houses, summer camps, student loan, and numerous activities sponsored by the Women's Advisory Committee. Other major subseries are: bisexual, gay and lesbian oriented programs, Art Exhibit, Craft Fair, Cultural Harvest, film programs, Health and Wellness program, homeless oriented program, Peace and Justice Project, restaurants, lectures on Personal Ethics and Public Policy, Project Mississippi, Student Volunteer Center, theological seminars, Wilmot Project, and various worship programs. With the exception of the student loan file, which dates back to the 1920s, there is a noticeable blank in the documentation of programs before 1960s. The Financial Records series is the largest series in terms of volume. It includes a fairly complete set of audit reports dating back to 1909, balance sheets, budgets, financial statements, donations, fund and foundation information, investment records, payroll and salary file, tax records, and a large group of oversize ledger books. Also included in this series are financial records of the Wesley Foundation, affiliated with the Methodist denomination, and the Westminster Foundation, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The Affiliated Denominational Groups series contains records of the six religious denominations that are affiliated with the CA. The series includes material of the Drexel Asbury/Methodist Church (with the Wesley Foundation), the St. Mary Church (with its Hamilton Village Council), the Tabernacle Church (with the Westminster Foundation), the University Lutheran Church, the Baptist Church, and the Church of the Savior. The Other Organizations series contains the records of hundreds of religious or secular organizations that had established relationships with the CA. One outstanding group of material concerns the Pennsylvania Commission for United Ministries in Higher Education. The Scrapbook, Cards & Photographs series includes scrapbooks of clippings, boxes of contributor data cards and cards for the Bazaar Fair sponsored by the Women's Advisory Committee, and photographs. The photographs consist of three categories, namely, group pictures, individual pictures, and building pictures. The Memorabilia series is not extensive. It consists of over a dozen of rubber stamps from the Camps and the office of Dana G. How, Executive Director of 1928-1958. The bulk of the record group of 1902-2000 documents the activities and development of the institution under the directorship of Beverly Dale from the late 1980s to the end of the century. It consists of administrative files, Board and committee records, general financial files, records related to the rental business of the building at 3601 Locust Walk (including a legal case file involving the Christian Association and a restaurant that rented part of the building), and files of various programs, such as black studies, the African American ministry, gay and lesbian peer counseling, etc. This record group also includes some old records of good historical value--a file of the Canton Christian College, 1910-1913; a miscellaneous file of Josiah C. McCracken, 1902-1981; a file of the New Building Fund campaign for the construction of the building of 3601 Locust Walk; and an Episcopal Church file related to the subjects of Viet Nam and college church work in the 1960s. Additional materials: after the University Settlements were separated from the CA in 1963, the bulk of their records have been donated to the Urban Archives of Temple University. Most of the records of the International Student House were transferred to the International House of Philadelphia in 1985.

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