Unitarian Fellowship Records (DeKalb), 1961-1971
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Brief Description: The Unitarian Fellowship of DeKalb Collection documents the history of a liberal religious society from 1961-1971.  Unfortunately, records providing information on the society’s first months of existence in 1960 are missing from the collection. Nevertheless, a complete set of minutes (1961-1971) comprehensively details the concern of the Unitarians with educating the community about their beliefs and promoting a strong, dedicated membership. Newsletters, correspondence, treasurer’s reports, and religious education reports relate supplementary data about Unitarian programs dealing with social problems and juvenile religious instruction (1961-1971). Informative sets of committee lists and building records document the construction of the new society meeting hall in the 1960’s. Several fellowship papers dealing with contemporary issues such as militarism and racism are included in the collection along with national universalist publications on the aims of liberal religious organizations in North America. The records are of extraordinary quality for research on the beliefs and functions of liberal religious societies.
Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/013
Volume: 0.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1960.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Religious Institutions-- DeKalb
Unitarian Fellowship, DeKalb
Unitarians
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: The Unitarian Fellowship  The Unitarian Fellowship, DeKalb, Illinois, donated its records to the University Archives in the 1960’s. J. Joseph Bauxer, University Archivist, transferred the collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center in June 1978.
Related Materials: Researchers should note the related church collections held by the Regional History Center: First Congregational Church of DeKalb (RC 17); DeKalb First United Methodist Church (RC 24); St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of DeKalb (RC 55); First Lutheran Church of Rockford (RC 83); Salem Lutheran Church of Sandwich (RC 84); and Trinity Lutheran Church of Mt. Morris (RC 104).