Roanridge Training and Conference Center. Records

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Roanridge Training and Conference Center. Records


  • 1931-1978 (Creation)


10.5 cu. ft. (34 boxes, 1 slide cabinet, 14 maps and charts)

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Operating under arrangement between the Roanridge Foundation Board and the Division of Town and County, the Roanridge Training and Conference Center served not only as the center of the Division’s rural work for ministry development, but also as an education and resource center for churches in rural communities across the country. From 1945 until 1977, it hosted a number of training programs for seminarians and rural clergy, served as a center for research and information, managed an audio-video circulation library, and supported rural church consulting programs throughout the Church. Noteworthy activities taking place at Roanridge over the years included the Student Parish Training Program, the summer Vacation Church School Program for local area children, Church Army training sessions, Indian Work consultations, and meetings of the Rural Workers Fellowship. The research potential of this collection is best realized through its primary relationship with the DFMS National and Executive Council’s Division of Town and Country (Work).

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The collection comprises correspondence, minutes, surveys, reports, financial records, printed materials, photographic materials, audio-visual materials, maps, and charts dating from 1939 to 1978. The photographic materials include two cubic feet of prints and negatives and more than two thousand slides, which often topically parallel other records found in the collection.


General Administrative records, 1939-1973
Proceedings of the Meetings of the Board of Trustees, 1947-1974,
Correspondence between Staff and Board Members, 1943-1974
Records of the Director, 1942-1975
[Records of the Town and Country Division, 1931-1971--separate catalog entry]
Financial Records, 1947-1975
Affiliated Organizations records, 1945-1973
Program records, 1938-1976
Facilities records, 1940-1971, arranged topically
Printed Materials, 1942-1978
Photographic Materials, 1939-1976
Audiovisual Materials, 1961-1967
Maps and Charts, 1960-1973

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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 Division of Town and Country Work, 1946-1970

The Roanridge Foundation donated Wilbur Cochel’s papers, including much information about Roanridge, to the Kansas City Historical Museum.

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