Forward Movement. Publications

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Forward Movement. Publications


  • 1934-2021 (Creation)


25.2 cu. ft. (71 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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Amounting to approximately 25 cubic feet, the Forward Movement Publications Collection currently spans the period 1934-2021. The print publication record begins in 1935. The collection is defined by four series: (1) Serial Publications: Out-of-print Publications; (2) Serial Publications: Forward Day by Day; and (3) Books and Pamphlets. (A fourth series of records is separately cataloged). The Out-of-print Publications in Series 1 are organized alphabetically by serial name and then chronologically by year. Series 2 consists of one Forward Movement serial publication which is still in-print – "Forward Day by Day,"and is arranged chronologically by year.


Arrangement is both alphabetical and chronological.

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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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Regular deposits are made by Forward Movement and accessioned on an annual basis.

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