Office of Religious Affairs records
04.RA

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator - Other
Minneman, Charles
Title
Office of Religious Affairs records
ID
04.RA
Date [inclusive]
1953-1979
Extent
17.8 Linear feet 14 record center cartons, 1 archives box, 1 halfsize archives box, 3 small oversize boxes, 1 large oversize box
Language
English
Abstract
The Office of Religious Affairs records date from 1960 to 1979 when the office operated out of Starkweather Hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. The collection, organized into four series: Speaker and Performances, Groups and Meetings, Administrative Files, and Charles Minneman papers, is a comprehensive history of the Office during this timespan. The personal belongings of director Charles Minneman includes detailed appointment cards and books, and a scrapbook. The Office of Religious Affairs was organized after the Student Christian Association was disbanded in the 1920s and supervised and organized various student groups, oversaw the planning of many speeches and performances on campus, provided a place for religious students to come and interact with their university and fellow religious peers, and to educate participants in religions from around the globe. The Office was disbanded in 1976, but some student organizations continued operating through the end of the decade and these last three years are documented in the collection.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Biographical Note

Charles E. Minneman was born November 24, 1929 in Brookville, Indiana to Eli and Julia Peterson Minneman. In 1951, Minneman earned his bachelor's degree from Capital University and went on to earn a second bachelor's in divinity from Trinity Seminary in Indiana. In 1956, Minneman graduated from Yale Divinity School with a master's degree in sacred theology. He then worked as the assistant chaplain at Pennsylvania State University, before coming to Eastern Michigan University where he served as Director of Religious Affairs from 1959-1976, a post he took over from Margaret Menzie. After the Office of Religious Affairs was dissolved in 1976, he stayed at the university, serving as Director of Campus Concert and Lecture Events, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of United Ministries in Higher Education. Minneman died March 2, 2006 at age 76 at his home in Oxford, Ohio.

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Administrative History note

The Office of Religious Affairs was organized after the Student Christian Association was disbanded in the 1920s. The office was housed in Starkweather Hall until it was dissolved in 1976 and was operated under the leadership of Margaret Menzie and then Charles Minneman, who was the director from 1959 until the program ended. The Office supervised and organized various student groups and oversaw the planning of many speeches and performances on campus. After the dissolution of the office in 1976, certain groups that were formerly housed under the office, such as ACURA, continued to operate until 1979. The overall purpose of the Office was to provide a place for religious students to come and interact with their university and fellow religious peers. Though the main religion on campus was Christianity, the performances and activities attempted to educate participants in religions from around the globe, and therefore sought to include the entirety of the University's student body.

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Scope and Contents note

The Office of Religious Affairs records are organized into four series. The first series,  Speakers and Performances, contains files relating to speakers and performers brought to campus by the Office of Religious Affairs. The files are organized alphabetically by last name of the speaker or performer, or by title of the performance. This series also contains two subseries for files pertaining to the Festival of Lessons and Carols and files of musical performances, such as orchestra performances. These two subseries are organized chronologically by the year in which they occurred.

The second series, Groups and Meetings, contains files about groups and meetings organized or supervised by the Office of Religious Affairs. This includes the records of the Association for the Coordination of University Religious Affairs (ACURA), such as materials from conferences this group attended as well as various administrative records. This series also contains files on Chapter 1, a freshman camp and council on religious organizations, as well as multiple smaller student organizations housed in this office.

The third series, Administrative Files, contains administrative files from the Office. This includes budget files and ledgers and receipts as well as records pertaining to the remodel of Starkweather Hall. These files are organized alphabetically by topic.

The final series, Charles Minneman papers, contains some of the personal items of Director Charles Minneman. This includes appointment books and cards as well as a scrapbook he kept during his time as director.

The collection contains a comprehensive look at this campus office, but does not document the years prior to Minneman's directorship.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2014 January 27

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

There is a biographical file for Charles A. Minneman in the University Archives, it contains speeches, clippings and his obituary. Student Religious Association scrapbook at the University Archives, 04.SRA, documents the Student Religious Association with clippings, programs and photographs.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Starkweather Hall

Subject(s)

  • Buildings
  • College campuses
  • Concert programs.
  • Conference proceedings
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Religion.

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Collection Inventory

Speakers and Performances 

Box Folder

Abernathy, Ralph D. 

1 1

Altizer, Thomas J.J. 

1 2

Art Exhibitions 

1 3

Bennett, Jr., Lerone 

1 4

Berrigan, Daniel 

1 5

Bikel, Theodore 

1 6

Black Solidarity Day 

1 7

Bloy, Jr., Myron B. 

1 8

Bond, Julian 

1 9

Boyd, Father Malcolm 

1 10

Callahan, Daniel 

1 11

Cambridge, Godfrey 

1 12

Century III: Bicentennial Horizons 

1 14

Canham, Erwin 

1 13

Chisholm, Shirley 

1 15

Cleage, Albert 

1 16

Coffin, William Sloane 

1 17

Cohen, Martin 

1 18

Cone, James H. 

1 19

Cooke, Bernard 

1 20

Corita, Sister Mary 

1 21

Cousins, Norman 

1 22

Cox, Harvey G. 

1 23

D'Arcy, Martin Cyril 

1 24

Dearden, Archbishop John 

1 25

Bishop Dewitt - New Frontiers 

1 26

Duvall, Sylvanus M. 

1 27

Earle, William 

1 28

Eisenhower, Milton 

1 29

Ellington, Duke 

1 30

Farrakhan, Minister Louis 

1 31

Fauntroy, Walter E. 

1 32

Film Festival 

1 33

Fleischer, Heinrich 

1 34

Fletcher, Joseph 

1 35

Galbraith, John Kenneth 

1 36

Giovanni, Nikki 

1 37

Goheen, Robert F. 

Box
1
Folder
38

Golden, Harry 

1 39

Goodman, Paul 

1 40

Green, Bryan 

1 41

Greenlee, Sam 

1 42

Haley, Alex 

1 43

Hamilton, William 

1 44

Harding, Vincent 

1 45

Hatfield, Mark O. 

1 46

Havighurst, Robert 

1 47

Hesburgh, Theodore M. 

1 48

Hoffer, Eric 

1 49

Hurst, Jr., Dr. Charles G. 

1 50

International Film Series 

1 51

Irwin, Colonel James B. 

1 52

Illich, Ivan 

1 53

Jackson, Jesse L. 

1 54

Jackson State Normal 

1 55

Javits, Jacob 

1 56

Jewish Awareness Week 

Box
1
Folder
57

Jones, Ashton 

1 58

Jones, Miles J. 

1 58

Karega, Ron 

1 59

Kennan, George 

1 60

Kent State Memorial 

1 61

King, Coretta Scott 

1 62

King, Martin Luther 

1 63

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service 

1 64

King Birthdate Tribute 

1 65

King Film 

1 66

Kinnell, Galway 

1 67

The Kuumba Singers 

1 68

Lee, Don L. 

1 70

Locke, Hubert G. 

1 71

Lodge, Henry Cabot 

1 72

Lurie, Rana 

1 73

McCarthy, Eugene J. 

2 1

McGovern, Senator George 

2 2

Marty, Martin E. 

2 3

Miller, William 

2 4

Morgenthau, Hans J. 

2 5

Moyers, Bill 

2 6

Muhammad Ali 

2 7

Niebuhr, Richard H. 

2 8

Organ Concert 

2 9

Packard, Vance 

2 10

Phenix, Dr. Philip 

2 11

Photographic Exhibition: "Faces of Education" 

2 12

Pike, Bishop James 

2 13

Pollard, William G. 

2 14

Pope, Liston 

2 15

Poster Art Exhibition 

2 16

Pauling, Linus 

2 17

Repertory Theater 

2 18

Reston, James 

2 19

Reuben, David 

2 20

Reuther, Rosemary 

2 21

Ribicoff, Senator Abraham 

2 22

Robinson, Bishop John A.T. 

2 23

Rowley, Peter 

2 24

Sandmel, Samuel 

2 25

Schlesinger, Arthur 

2 26

Schneider, Michael 

2 27

Schulz, Charles 

2 28

Sheen, Fulton J. 

2 29

Short, Robert 

2 30

Shirer, William L. 

2 31

Simmons, Ernest 

2 32

Skinner, Tom 

2 33

St. Olaf Lutheran Church 

2 34

Stott, The Reverend John R.W. 

2 35

Stravinsky, Soulima 

2 36

Stringfellow, William 

2 37

Sullivan, Dennis 

2 38

Symposium on Contemporary Racial Issues 

2 39

Symposium on Parochiaid 

2 40

Theatre of Concern 

2 41

Toffler, Alvin 

2 42

Topics on Human Sexuality 

2 43

Tyson, Cicely 

2 44

University Lecture Series 

2 45

Vision 20/2000 

2 46

Weitz, Morris 

2 47

Wheeler, Monroe 

2 48

Wilson, Colin 

2 49

Wine, Rabbi Sherman 

2 50

Festivals of Lessons and Carols 

Box Folder

 1960 

2 51

 1961 

2 52

 1962 

2 53

 1963 

2 54

 1964 

2 55

 1965 

2 56

 1966 

2 57

 1967 

2 58

 1968 

2 59

 1969 

2 60

 1970 

2 61

 1971 

2 62

 1972 

2 63

 1973 

2 64

 1974 

2 65

 1975 

2 66

 1976 

2 67

 1977 

2 68

 1978 

2 69

Musical Performances 

Box Folder

Lenton- Easter Service 1961-1963 

3 1

Faure Requiem 1964 

3 2

The Mozart Requiem 1965 

3 3

Brahms - A German Requiem 1966 

3 4

Bloch - Sacred Service 1967 

3 5

Mendelssohn's Elijah 1968 

3 6

Zoltan Kodaly - Te Deum Psalmus Hungaricus 1969 

3 7

Bernstein - "The Kiddish", "Chichester Psalms" 1970 

3 8

Handel - "Israel in Egypt" 1971 

3 9

Mozart Grand Mass in C Minor 1972 

3 10

Hayden - "The Creation" 1973 

3 11

Kuumba- EMU Gospel Choir Exchange 

3 12

Iannaccone's "The Prince of Peace" 1974 

3 13

EMU Black Gospel Choir Tour 1974 

3 14

Beethoven - "Missa Solemnis" 1975 

3 15

Faure' Requiem 1976 

3 16

Haydn - "Imperial" Mass in D No. 3 1978 

3 17

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Groups and Meetings 

ACURA (Association for the Coordination of University Religious Affairs) 

Box Folder

 1968 

3 18

 1969-1970 

3 19

 1971-1972 

3 20

 1972-1973 

3 21

 1973-1974 

3 22

 1974-1975 

3 23

 1975-1976 

3 24

 1976-1977 

3 25

 1978-1979 

3 26

Conferences 

Box Folder

Penn State Conference 1966 

3 26

Fall Conference 1967 

3 27

Florida Conference 1968 

3 28

The University of Mississippi Conference 1970 

3 29

The Quail Roost Conference 1973 

4 1

NACUC-ACURA Joint Conference 1974 

4 2
Box Folder

Miscellaneous - ACURA 

4 3

Chicago Executive Committee Meeting 1969 

4 4

Chicago Executive Meeting 1968 

4 5

Constitution and Membership 

4 6

Dallas APGA Presentation 1967 

4 7

Dialogue on Campus 1961-1971 

4 8

Eddy Study 

4 9

Interreligious Affairs 

4 10

NCCJ Relations 

4 11

Ol' Miss Executive Meet 1967 

4 12

Professional Affiliations 

4 13

Publications 

4 14

Religious Studies 

4 15

Research 

4 16

Student Affairs 

4 17

Task Forces 

4 18

Chapter 1 - Freshman Camp and Council on Religious Organizations 

Box Folder

Photograph 

4 19

 Summer 

4 20

 1973 

4 21

 1972 

4 22

 1971 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024758527)   4 23
    Box Folder
Text (32307024758527)   4 24

Box Folder

 1970 

4 25

 1969 

4 26

 1968 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009255788)   5 1
    Box Folder
Text (32307009255788)   5 2

 1967 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009255788)   5 4
    Box Folder
Text (32307009255788)   5 3

 1966 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009255788)   5 6
    Box Folder
Text (32307009255788)   5 5

Box Folder

 1965 

5 7

Publications 

5 8
Box Folder

Religious Studies Commission 

5 9

Religious Affairs Council - University Issues Commission 1968-1970 

5 11

Council of Student Religious Organizations 

Box
5
Folder
12
Box Folder

 1967-1968 

5 12

 1966-1967 

5 13

 1965-1966 

5 14

 1964-1965 

5 15

 1963-1964 

5 16

 1962-1963 

5 17

 1961-1962 

6 1

 1960-1961 

6 2

Council - Student Religious Organizations 

Box Folder

Alumni 

6 4

Constitution of the Religious Affairs Council 

6 5

Student Religious Affairs Conference 

6 6

Baptist Student Union 

6 7

B'Nai B'rith Hillel Foundation 

6 8

Campus Crusade for Christ 

6 9

Campus Life 

6 10

Campus Ministry 

6 12

Catholic Campus Ministry Association 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009255796)   6 13
    Box Folder
Text (32307009255796)   6 14

Box Folder

CCPRAHE 

6 15

Christian Faith and Life Community 

6 15

Christian Science 

6 16

Congregation and Campus 1967 

6 17

Congregation and Campus 1966 

6 18

Congregational Christian 

7 1

Danforth Foundation 

7 2

Faculty Christian Fellowship 

7 3

Holy Trinity Chapel - Newsletters 

7 4

Humanity 

7 5

Inter- Varsity 

7 6

Lutheran - Newsletters 

7 7

Lutheran Student Movement, Gamma Delta and Lutheran Student Association 

7 8

Methodist Church, Wesley Foundation 

7 9

Michigan Council of Churches 

7 10

MBHE - Ministries to Blacks in Higher Education 

7 11

N.A.C.U.C. 

7 12

National Council of Churches 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024758543)   8 1
    Box Folder
Text (32307024758535)   7 13

Box Folder

National Institute for Campus Ministries 

8 2

National Student Assembly of YMCA and YWCA 

8 3

Newman Club 

8 4

Orthodox 

8 5

Presbyterian Church 

8 6

Protestant Episcopal Church 

8 7

Religious Education Association 

8 8

TV Entertainment Program 

8 9

United Campus Ministry (UCM) - Faculty Luncheon Discussion 

8 10

United Christian Students 

8 11

University Christian Movement 

8 12

United Ministries in Higher Education 

8 13

United Students for Christ 

8 14

World Religions 

8 15

Campus Service Corps 

Box Folder

 1972-1976 

8 16

 1970-1971 

8 17

 1968-1969 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024758550)   9 1
    Box Folder
Text (32307024758550)   9 2

Box Folder

 1967-1968 

9 3

 1966-1967 

9 4

 1965-1966 

9 5

 1964-1965 

9 6

OEO Grant 

9 7

Governor's Conference 1967 

9 8

Governor's Conference 1965 

9 8

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Administrative Files 

Box Folder

Academic Amnesty 

9 9

Administration by Objectives 

9 10

Affirmative Systems Commission 

9 11

Alcohol Policy Committee 

9 12

Alumni 

9 13

Annual Reports 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

9 14

 1973-1974 

9 15
Box Folder

Alternative in Post Secondary Education (APSE) File 

9 17

Art Exhibitions 

9 18

Baldwin, Dewitt C. 

9 19

Ball State University 

9 20

Black Forum - UMHE 

9 21

Black Student Organization (BSA) 

9 22

Black Student Religious Affairs 

9 23

Brochure 

10 1

Budget 

Box Folder

 1959-1960 

10 2

 1960-1962 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024758568)   10 3
    Box Folder
Text (32307024758568)   10 4

Box Folder

 1963-1964 

10 4

 1964-1965 

10 5

 1966-1968 

10 6

 1967-1970 

10 7

 1971-1972 

10 8

 1972-1976 

10 9

 1974-1975 

10 10
Box Folder

Building Procedures and Regulations 

10 11

Cassette Catalogs 

10 12

Center for Social Concerns 

10 13

Center for Study of Contemporary Issues 

10 14

Chaplains 

Box Folder

 1972-1973 

10 15

 1974-1975 

10 16

 1975-1976 

11 1

 1976-1977 

11 2
Box Folder

Coffee Houses 

11 3

Coloring Book EMU 

11 4

Columbia University 

11 5

Concert - Lecture Series 

11 6

Contact Persons Program 

11 7

Cornell University - Religious Affairs 

11 8

Cranbrook 

11 9

Culturama 

11 10

Dean of Students 

11 11

Dean of Students Selection 

11 12

Dean of Students Objective 1975-76 

11 13

Detroit Industrial Mission 

11 14

DSA Training Manual for Student Para- Professionals 

11 15

EBE 

11 16

Educational and Operational Resources Committee 

11 17

European Theological Study Tour 

11 18

Faculty Bond 

11 19

Faculty Dialogue 

11 20

Freedom's Unfinished Fifty 

11 21

Freshman College 

11 22

Furniture 

11 23

Green, James E. 

11 24

Human Relations Center 

11 25

Human Relations Commission 

11 26

Instructional Alternatives Task Force 

11 27

Iowa, State University of, School of Religion 

11 28

Jewish Chautauqua Society 

11 29

Jewish Student Affairs 

11 30

Lawrence, William C 

11 31

Ledgers and Receipts 

Box Folder

Book 1946-1959 

11 32

 1949 

12 1

 1950 

12 2

 1951 

12 3

 1952 

12 4

 1953 

12 5

 1954 

12 6

 1955 

12 7

 1956 

12 8

 1957 

12 9

 1958 

12 10

 1959 

12 11

 1960 

12 12

 1961 

12 13

 1962 

12 14

 1963 

12 15

 1964 

12 16

 1965 

12 17

 1966 

12 18
Box Folder

Michigan, University of - Religious Arts 

12 19

Mini-U 

12 20

Minnesota Religious Affairs 

12 21

Minority Advisory Committee DSA 

12 22

Minority Scholarship Task Force 

12 23

N.E. Humanities Program 

12 24

Nelson, Bruce K. 

12 25

News Releases 

12 26

North Cultural Self Study (NCASSSCSL) 

12 27

Off- Campus Retreat Center Committee 

12 28

Office of Campus Life - Student Help 

12 29

Office of Religious Affairs 

Box Folder

Constitution 

12 30

History 

12 31

Minneman, Charles, Director 

12 32

Personnel 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024758584)   13 2
    Box Folder
Text (32307024758584)   13 1

Staff in Religion 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024758584)   13 5
    Box Folder
Text (32307024758584)   13 4
    Box Folder
Text (32307024758584)   13 3

Box Folder

Structure, Function, Personnel 

13 6

 1978-1979 

13 7
Box Folder

Ohio State Religious Affairs 

13 8

Penn State Religious Affairs 

13 9

Pre- Seminary Group 

13 10

Public and Student Relations Committee 

13 11

Religion in Life Program - 1953 

13 12

Religious Affairs - Other Universities 

13 13

Religious Organizations Directory 

13 14

Religious Preference Statistics 

13 15

Religious Studies 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024758584)   13 16
    Box Folder
Text (32307024758584)   13 17

Box Folder

Research Assistance 

13 18

Residence Halls 

13 19

Salary Review Committee 

14 1

Salvation Army 

14 2

Seminars in Religion 

Box Folder

 1972-1973 

14 3

 1973-1974 

14 4

 1974-1975 

14 5
Box Folder

Sperry and Hutchinson Company Lectureship Program and Proposal 

14 6

Sponberg, Harold E. 

14 7

Sponberg Memorial Service 

14 8

Starkweather Hall 

Box Folder

 1976 

14 9

Basement Remodel 

14 10

Equipment 

14 11

Property Control 

14 12

Rededication 

14 13

Renovation 

14 14

Semester Reviews 

14 15
Box Folder

Student Information System 

14 16

Student Religious Affairs Conference 

14 17

Student Services 

14 18

Student Unrest and Protest 

14 19

Symposium - Contemporary Racial Issues 

14 20

Tapes 

14 21

"Third Age Campus" log 

14 22

Unification Church 

14 23

Vietnam 

14 24

Wayne State University Religious Affairs 

14 25

Weekend Workshop 

14 26

Wielandy, Virginia. Roosevelt School. YWCA 

15 1

Workshop and Retreat 

15 2

Workshop and Retreat - Pictures 

15 3

World University Service 1960-1966 

15 4

YM/ YW SCA 

15 5

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Charles Minneman, Director of Religious Affairs 

Schedules 

Appointment Books 1963-1976 


    Box Object
Text (32307024758600)   16 1-4
    Box Object
Text (32307024758618)   17 5-8
    Box Folder
Text (32307024653553)   19 2
    Box Folder
Text (32307024653553)   19 1

Appointment Cards 1971-1975 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024653538)   18 2
    Box Folder
Text (32307024653538)   18 1
    Box Folder
Text (32307024653553)   19 3

Box Object

Scrapbook 

20 1

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