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Willamette University Office of the Chaplains records

 Collection
Identifier: WUA042

Scope and Contents

The Office of the Chaplains records document the operations of the Office of the Chaplains and its relationship to Willamette University and the Salem community. Records include planning materials, posters and pamphlets for University Convocations, Bistro Rap, the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church and the Theological School. Also included are religious ceremony records, correspondence, meeting minutes, as well as the Charles Wallace papers. Charles Wallace’s records include photographs and papers from the weddings and memorial services he conducted while University Chaplain from 1985 to 2012.

Dates

  • 1945-2014

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

In accordance with university policy, university administrative records are closed for a minimum period of 25 years from date of creation. Remainder of collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Historical Note

Willamette University was officially recognized as a Methodist institute in 1849 by the Oregon-California Conference. The University has since broadened its religious roots to welcome students of “all sorts and conditions” while valuing the “ethical and spiritual dimension of education.” The first University Chaplain was appointed in 1956 thanks to the establishment of an Atkinson fund by George and Lavina Atkinson. This began the Office of the Chaplains, which seeks to “work with persons of all religious persuasions – and of none.” The Office of the Chaplains has conducted various on-campus activities including the Bistro Rap, Convocations, and Opening Days events. With planning done by the Office of the Chaplains, Willamette University has also served as the location of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church, and Cone Chapel has been the home for many weddings and memorial services for the Willamette and Salem community members.

Extent

17 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Overview

These records document the Office of the Chaplains history and its relationship to Willamette University and the Salem community. Documents include pamphlets, posters, programs, photographs, correspondence, and meeting minutes. Also included are the papers of Charles Wallace, University Chaplain from 1985-2012.

Arrangement

Records are arranged into nine series: I. Administrative files; II. Events; III. Projects; IV. Photographs; V. Publications; VI. Cone Chapel; VII. Chaplains' papers; VIII. Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church; IX. Salem Ministerial Association. Each series is further arranged into one or more sub-series.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Office of the Chaplains, 2008

Accruals

Further records recieved from the Office of the Chaplains, 2013, 2016, 2019. Additions to the collection are expected.

Processing Information

The arrangement of this collection was revised in 2021 in the process of incoporating new accruals. The original series arrangement (I. Historical files; II. Conferences; III. Salem Ministerial Association; IV. Charles Wallace papers) was replaced with the current arrangement in order to facilitate locating records according to their contents and to make space for future accruals. Folders were physically reordered according to the revised intellectual order.
Title
Guide to the Willamette University Office of the Chaplains records, 1945-2014
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid processed by Ashley Sharratt. Revised by Elizabeth Peters.
Date
© 2013, 2021
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Contact:
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States