Howard Center for the Family, Religion, and Society Records (Rockford), 1911+
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Brief Description:

The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society records date from 1956 to present and are divided into nine series: General Administrative Records, Ingersoll Prize Records, Publications, Conferences, Public Relations Records, The Center on Religion and Society Records, John Howard Papers, Allan Carlson Papers, and Michael Warder Papers.  A majority of the records document the history of The Rockford Institute rather than The Howard Center.

The General Administrative Records series includes information on the creation of The Rockford Institute, Board and Executive Committee meeting minutes, annual reports, financial statements, and fifth and tenth anniversary files.

Series II, Ingersoll Prize Records, consists of objectives and purpose statements, press packets and newspaper clippings, correspondence, programs, biographies and publications, and other information pertaining to the prize winners.

The Publication series contains the publications of The Rockford Institute including:  The Chronicles of Culture, The Family in America, Main Street Memorandum, Persuasion at Work,  The Religion and Society Report, The Encounter Series, and This World.  Also included are general articles on The Rockford Institute and publications by The Rockford Institute staff members: Harold O.J. Brown, Christopher Check, Bryce Christensen, Thomas Fleming, Leopold Tyrmand, Richard John Neuhaus, and Theodore Pappas.

Series IV includes information on conferences sponsored by The Rockford Institute.  This information includes conference development, arrangements, participants lists, correspondence, and presenter’s papers.

The fifth series consists of files from the Public Relations Office.  The files, arranged alphabetically, include records kept by Katie Pauley, Matthew Kaufman, and Carole Lax with the majority from Pauley.  Included in this series are meeting and conference, correspondence, and publication files.

Series VI contains records generated by The Center on Religion and Society.  A majority of the files consist of conference and consultation information containing correspondence, presenter’s papers and lectures.  An addendum was added to this series at a later date and includes two subseries: Paul Stallsworth Files and This World Files.

The John Howard Papers series is divided into four subseries: Personal and Business Records, Publications and Speeches, Correspondence, and Radical Left Research Material.  The Personal and Business subseries consists of two Rockford College histories, correspondence and memorandums from Rockford College while the Institute was still located on the campus, folders on Howard’s 10th anniversary celebration and Horatio Alger Awards, and information on organizations involved with and conferences attended by Howard.  Subseries B and C include publications, speeches, and correspondence created by John Howard.  The last subseries, Radical Left Research Material, consists of information collected by Howard.  The material documents his interest in countering the counter culture which rose to prominence in America in the sixties.  The subseries contains The Berkeley Barb, The Guardian, and In These Times publications.  Additional material will be added at a later date.

The addendum transferred from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming includes John Howard papers consisting of his publications, correspondence, and subject files.  Arranged alphabetically, the majority of the material pertains to his research into Federal Aid in Higher Education.  The subject files contain addresses, essays, lectures, correspondence, financial records, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, notes, pamphlets, periodicals, and photographs.  The pamphlets include booklets, brochures, fact sheets, and leaflets.

The Allan Carlson Papers series is divided into five subseries: Business Records, Fundraising, Publications and Speeches, Conferences and Meetings, and Correspondence.  The Business Records subseries includes annual report and publishing information.  Subseries B, Fundraising, includes files pertaining to Carlson’s involvement with donors.  The last three subseries contain publications, speeches, conferences,  meetings, and correspondence created by Allan Carlson.  Included in the Correspondence subseries are folders containing letters written from and to other staff members.  An addendum was added to this series at a later date and includes another subseries, National Commission on Children.

The Michael Warder Papers series is divided into four subseries: Business Records, Fundraising, Publications and Speeches, and Correspondence.  The Business Records subseries is arranged alphabetically and includes material that Warder used while working for The Rockford Institute.  This subseries includes correspondence, annual reports, and information on board meetings, management retreats, and lectures.  The fundraising subseries consists of files pertaining to Warder’s involvement with donors.  The last two subseries consist of publications, speeches, and correspondence created by Michael Warder.  Contained in the Correspondence subseries are letters, memorandums, and faxes written by and to Warder.  Also included in the correspondence subseries are folders containing letters written from and to other staff members

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/238
Volume: 143.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 04/13/1999. Additional records were added at later dates.  An addendum to the collection of Howard Papers was transferred from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in January 2001.
Arrangement: The collection is divided into nine series: General Administrative Records, Ingersoll Prize Records, Publications, Conferences, Public Relations Records, The Center on Religion and Society Records, John Howard Papers, Allan Carlson Papers, and Michael Warder Papers.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Carlson, Allan
Center on Religion and Family
Center on the Family in America
Education, Higher.
Federal aid to higher education.
Howard, John
Howard Center for the Family, Religion and Society
Ingersoll Prizes
National Commission on Children and Disasters (U.S.)
Rockford (Ill.)
Rockford College
Rockford College Institute
Rockford Institute
United States--Politics and government
Warder, Michael
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: John Howard and Allan Carlson  John Howard and Allan Carlson, acting as agents for the Board of Directors of The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, donated The Howard Center’s records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on April 13, 1999. Additional records were added at later dates.  An addendum to the collection of Howard Papers was transferred from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in January 2001.