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Charles R. Foster papers, 1959-2015

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/gssw1

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Foster, Charles R., 1937-.
Title: Charles R. Foster papers, 1959-2015
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 327
Extent: 7.8 cubic ft. (9 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of papers that document Charles Foster's career in Christian education, focusing on the Candler School of Theology.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Pitts Theology Library in advance to access this collection.

Material in Box 1, Folder 12 is restricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


[after identification of item(s)], Charles R. Foster Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Aimee Morgan, 2006; Brandon Wason, February 2015; John Michael Blackmon, August 2017.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Charles R. Foster was born in 1937. He received a B.A. from Willamette University (1960), a B.D. from Union Theological Seminary (1963) and an Ed.D. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University (1971). He held positions in Christian Education at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (1968-1981), Scarritt Graduate School (1981-1988), and Candler School of Theology (1988-1999). He is currently Professor Emeritus of Religious Education. While at Candler, Foster also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development (1997) and Director of the Program of Christian Education.

Throughout his career, Foster traveled widely to deliver lectures and workshops on Christian education. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Teaching in the Community of Faith (1982), Educating Congregations: The Future of Christian Education (1994), Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations (1997), and Educating Clergy: Teaching Practices and the Pastoral Imagination (2006).

Foster is an ordained United Methodist Minister in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.

Scope and Content Note

Charles Foster’s papers document his career in Christian education, focusing on his years at Candler School of Theology. The papers include curricula vitae; annual reports on professional activities; class notes, syllabi, and bibliographies; drafts and copies of published articles; lecture notes, transcripts of speeches, and a few subject files. There is one videocassette with a taped sermon by Foster, and several audio recordings of lectures and sermons (both published and unpublished).

The papers contain very little information about Foster’s teaching and other professional activities in his years at the Methodist Graduate School in Ohio and at Scarritt Graduate School. Material on Foster’s published books is also scarce.

Boxes 8-10 represent materials from a later accession.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 5 series: (1) Biographical Information, (2) Teaching, (3) Writings and Lectures, (4) Subject Files, and (5) Audiovisual Materials.

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