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Committee on Religion Records, 1958-1960
3 boxes (1.67 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 3.3.7 (LD 7082 A1)

Abstract:
The Committee on Religion was established in 1959 to examine the religious program at Mount Holyoke College, particularly the controversial requirement that all students regularly attend chapel services on campus. Records date from 1958-1960 and consist of minutes, reports, correspondence, statements, articles and other publications, memoranda, notes, and statistical studies.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Historical Note

In 1958-1959 Mount Holyoke College students, faculty, administrators, and alumnae expressed concern through articles in the Mount Holyoke News and other means about the long-standing requirement that all students regularly attend chapel services on campus. In response, the Board of Trustees formed the Committee on Religion (sometimes known as the Committee on the Religious Program) in June, 1959. The Committee solicited opinions from students, faculty, administrators, alumnae, parents, staff at other colleges, ministers, and clergymen before submitting their report. On November 10, 1959 the Board of Trustees, citing overwhelming student opinion against the continuation of required chapel attendance and a feeling on the part of Board members that the policy was not achieving its purpose, voted to discontinue the practice. The Committee on Religion continued to exist until 1965, when it was replaced by the Board of Trustees Committee on Religion and Student Life.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Records of the Committee on Religion date from 1958-1960 and consist of minutes, reports, correspondence, statements, articles and other publications, memoranda, notes, and statistical studies. These materials document the development of the controversy over Mount Holyoke's required chapel attendance policy and the resulting review of that policy by the Committee. Records include correspondence from alumnae, students, parents, faculty, faculty and staff at other colleges, and ministers and clergymen. There are also notes from student conferences held in all dormitories in September, 1959 to discuss the compulsory chapel requirement and statistical information regarding the religious make-up of the College's student body at that time.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Mount Holyoke College. Board of Trustees. Committee on Religion Records, Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Patricia J. Albright, 2007. Peter Carini and Juliana Kuipers assisted with the arrangement and description of these records from 1999-2002.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English


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Subjects
  • Mount Holyoke College--Records and correspondence.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Regulations.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Student life--1958-1959.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College. Board of Trustees. Committee on Religion.
  • Mount Holyoke College.--Administration.
  • Women college students--Religious life--Massachusetts--South Hadley.

Genre terms
  • Corporation records.
  • Minutes.
  • Reports.


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