The Witness. Publication

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The Witness. Publication


  • 1917-2006 (Creation)


21.75 cu.ft. (25 boxes and 3.06 TB)

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Founded by Irving Peake Johnson in 1917 as an independent publication, The Witness (Witness), under the ownership of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company, was a leading voice and widely read journal of liberal Episcopal Church opinion. It evolved after mid-century into the primary publication reflecting a progressive social justice voice. From its beginning in 1917 until October 2003 The Witness was a print publication, moving to an online-only format in November 2003. The publication ceased operation at the end of 2006 when it was unable to meet the financial requirements to support a paid staff.

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This collection from the Episcopal Church Publishing Company consists of a full run of The Witness from January 1917 through October 2003 and includes a mix of bound and unbound copies. The issues dating from 2003 to 2006 are paper prints made from the Witness website when the publication moved to an online-only format. The complete run of the publication has been digitized by the Archives.


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Access to Episcopal Church records is governed by the Archives Public Access Policy. Research requests must be submitted in writing.

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The Archives is able to respond to limited requests for reproductions subject to copyright restrictions, internal policy, and the condition of the source documents.

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  • English

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Records of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company

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