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The J. Gordon Chamberlin Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 040

Scope and Content

These materials relate to a study conducted by J. Gordon Chamberlin, Professor of Religious Education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1960 to 1979. The study was concerned with determining the reason for the collapse of national conferences for church education workers, which had been sponsored by the National Council of Churches until 1969. This study was made possible by a grant from the Association of Theological Schools. The study began in 1974, with most of the interviews conducted in 1977. The final report of the study was not published until 1994. This collection includes correspondence, tapes, convention materials, and transcriptions of interviews provided by Chamberlin, including his final report entitled "Church vs. Education: A Battle Lost."


  • 1960 - 1980

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There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The J. Gordon Chamberlin Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


4.3 Linear Feet (4 Boxes)

Related Material

See also the Guide to the J. Gordon Chamberlin Papers, Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.

Processing Information:

This collection was organized in the winter of 1996 by Douglas F. Denné, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin in March of 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

Princeton Theological Seminary
Wright Library
25 Library Place
Princeton NJ 08540 USA