Forward Movement. Records

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Forward Movement. Records


  • 1934-2019 (Creation)


1.45 cu. ft. (4 boxes)

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The Joint Commission on the Forward Movement was established in 1934 by General Convention to help give direction into the future. Forward Movement’s first publications appeared in 1935, including the first issues of Forward Day by Day, a daily devotional guide. The Joint Commission on Forward Movement ended its appointment in 1940 with the establishment of an editor and Executive Committee. Forward Movement is the Church's main publishing arm for religious content. It exists uniquely as a semi-autonomous operation with a renewable endorsement of each General Convention.

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A small and somewhat artificial collection of the organization’s records are maintained as Series 4 of the Records of Forward Movement. It includes early records, especially the Joint Commission’s report, a scrapbook (compiled by the Bishop Edward L. Parsons), correspondence and some ephemera. The Parsons scrapbook was left intact for its artifactual value. It serves as a record of the early years of Forward Movement from 1935-1937. Catalogs make up a large part of the records and document the agency's publication run. Some promotional materials exist from 1934-1943.


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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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