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General Convention. Session Records

Session Records document the planning, coordination and activities that took place before, during and immediately following the General Convention triennial legislative meetings for the 61st General Convention (1964) through the 70th General Convention (1991).

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General Convention. Interim Body Records

These official bodies of General Convention are established and defined in Canon I.1.2(n), Canon I.5.1, Canon I.8.1, and Canon III.15.1, and meet throughout the triennium to facilitate the programmatic mission of the General Convention. Records in this series include minutes, correspondence, memos, reports, and administrative files.

General Convention Interim Bodies

Provincial Court of Review for Province II in the Matter of the Diocese of Newark v. The Reverend George Gaines Swanson. Records

This collection consists of trial records related to The Diocese of Newark vs George Gaines Swanson, as appealed to the Court of Review of Province II in 1989-1990. The official record on appeal is bound in four volumes, with a table of contents in the first volume. Records in these volumes include the original presentment, related correspondence, motions and court orders, transcripts of court proceedings, exhibits, and the notice of appeal. Notable among the exhibits are correspondence between Swanson and John Shelby Spong, and a transcript of Swanson's version of events leading up to the appeal. Records of the appeal proceedings are unbound and include the Appellant's Brief on Appeal, the Appellant's Reply Brief, the Decision of the Court of Review and a transcript of telephone conversations between Swanson and Denise Haines, the Archdeacon of Urban Ministry for the Diocese of Newark.

Provincial Court of Review for Province II

General Convention Office. Anglican Consultative Council Records

Materials reflect The Episcopal Church’s relationship with one of the three main organizational sections of the Anglican Communion – the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). Records include correspondence, memos, delegate reports, meeting minutes, and newsletters. The ACC was formed following a resolution of a second organizational structure of the Communion, the Lambeth Conference, which at its 1968 meeting discerned the need for more frequent and representative contact among the Churches.

Executive Office of the General Convention

Standing Commission on Church Music. Records

The records include detailed meeting minutes, budgets, and other administrative files, many of which document the preparation and publishing of The Hymnal 1982. Commission projects, research, and liturgical resources illustrate influences on the Commission’s decision making. Bland Tucker and Massey Shepherd figure largely among a number of interesting papers, statements, and Commission publications and publicity files. The Chilton Powell Institute program on the preparation of services in the Proposed Book of Common Prayer are documented. General correspondence is found throughout the files, giving evidence of the diverse associations of the Commission to commentators, contributors, and musicians.

Standing Commission on Church Music

Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop. Records

The Records of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop document the selection of members of the House of Bishops to be considered by General Convention for the position of Presiding Bishop. Included in the collection are meeting minutes, correspondence, and documentation on the prospective nominees.

Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop

General Convention. Treasurer Records

General Convention financial records include files created and maintained by the Treasurer of General Convention, during the time period when the Treasurer of Executive Council/DFMS and the Treasurer of General Convention were occupied by different persons and separate cash accounts were kept. Records includes correspondence related to financial matters; expense reports and worksheets; reports; budget and budget working files; and committee meeting files.

Treasurer of General Convention

Committee on the Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial. Records

The committee’s records reflect the work done to create a vehicle for crafting projects and resources for parishes to celebrate the role of religion in marking the country’s bicentennial of independence. Records were also generated by two subcommittees of the Bicentennial Committee: Budget and “Forward Look”, to define future directions for the Church, especially in relation to the Bicentennial theme, "liberty and justice for all.” The latter committee met in 1975 and was chaired by Hodding Carter III. The committee’s records show their full engagement in a planning agenda. Emphasis was given to a special issue Anglican Theological Review (55:1) and the plans for the General Convention program and exhibit. Other publications relating to the Bicentennial are present, including writings on the topic by Presiding Bishop John Allin.

Committee on Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial

Standing Liturgical Commission. Records

The records of the Standing Liturgical Commission (SLC) comprise papers pertaining to the revision of the Book of Common Prayer for the General Convention of 1970, following the Plan for Prayer Book Revision outlined by the Standing Liturgical Commission of the General Convention of 1967. These papers were compiled by Elmer Beamer, a lay person who served on the Panel of Readers and Correspondents, which was a subcommittee of the SLC. Included are files pertaining to the creation of common vernacular materials and the drafting committees, as well as a small amount of correspondence.

Standing Liturgical Commission

Board of Theological Education. Records

The Board for Theological Education records span from the Board’s creation in 1967 through 1976. The records include official minutes of the Board and its committees, studies and reports, correspondence, financial records, and materials regarding the work of the Board. Program records are further organized around continuing education and vocational development, grants given to seminaries, experimental and specialized programs, recruitment, selection and evaluation of students, studies and task forces, overseas theological education, and implementation and enhancement of theological education. Of particular note are the records for the Bishops Advisory Council on Applications for the Ministry (BACAM) and the General Board of Examining Chaplains (GBEC), as well as the correspondence of the Rev. Alden D. Kelley regarding the Board's work in the continuing education of clergy, and records discussing the ordination of women.

Board for Theological Education

President of the House of Deputies. Records

These records primarily document Dr. Clifford P. Morehouse's six-year tenure as President of the House of Deputies (1961-1967) and include correspondence and General Convention meeting materials. A smaller group of materials including correspondence and reports documenting Morehouse’s involvement as a member of Executive Council rounds out the collection.

President of the House of Deputies

General Convention Office. Records

This small collection documents the work of the Rev. John F. Stevens in his role as Coordinator of the 1973 General Convention. Included are minutes, reports, correspondence, financial data and information regarding the planning and organizing of the 1973 General Convention.

Executive Office of the General Convention

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