Glenmary Research Center records, 1966-1994, undated

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


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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: Glenmary Research Center.
Title: Glenmary Research Center records, 1966-1994, undated
Call Number:Record Group No. 002
Extent: 58 cubic ft. (140 boxes + 4 oversize boxes)
Abstract:Includes the institutional, project, and publication files of the Glenmary Research Center in Decatur, Georgia from 1966-1994.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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

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


[after identification of item(s)], Glenmary Research Center Records, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Jim Clark, Aimee Morgan, and Craig Clark, 1991, 2006.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

The Glenmary Research Center, a subsidiary of the Glenmary Home Missioners, was founded in 1966. Glenmary's primary purpose is to aid the Catholic Church's missionary movement in the rural areas of the United States. For a more complete history of the research center see the article "Glenmary Research Center: History of the Idea" by Louis McNeil in Series I, Box 1, Folder 1.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the research files of the Glenmary Research Center office that was located in Atlanta, Georgia. This office closed in 1998. The records are arranged in four series.

Series 1: Institutional Files contains an account of the founding of Glenmary Research Center, an article by Louis McNeil, as well as the Center's organizational files. These organizational files consist of project cost analyses, located in the financial documents grouping and a progress report on the Town & Country Research Center dated September 1, 1972. Also included in this series is a collection of correspondence requesting information on workshops provided by Glenmary.

Series 2: Project Files has been divided into three subseries. Subseries 1, Numbered Projects, is arranged numerically by project number. Subseries 2, Unnumbered Projects, is arranged alphabetically. The project files in each of the first two subseries are arranged in the following descending order of priority: project development (project logs, project proposals, etc.); legal documents (publishing agreements, teaching appointments, copyright material, permission to publish, etc.); financial documents (cost estimates, invoices, purchase orders, etc.); minutes (meeting minutes of committees); correspondence; and project papers (working papers which include agenda, schedules, reports, data, questionnaires, notes and publications.) There are several gaps in the numerical sequence of project files, which correspond to missing projects. Subseries 3 consists of data files from the 1980 Church Membership Study, a nationwide study of church membership by denomination coordinated by Glenmary. The data files are arranged alphabetically by name of denomination, with each denomination name preceded by a three-digit numerical code assigned by researchers. The data files contain statistical information on number of congregations, number of full members, and total number of adherents by state and county. Following the data files are files on denominations which did not participate in the study, as well as general correspondence with participants.

Series 3: Publication Files contains copies of published works, for which Glenmary holds the copyright. These materials are divided into two subseries. Subseries 1, Numbered Publications, is arranged by project number. Subseries 2, Unnumbered Publications, is arranged alphabetically. Like Series 2, this series contains some missing project numbers.

Series 4: Oversize Items contains oversized publications, primarily maps.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 4 series: (1) Institutional Files, (2) Project Files, (3) Publication Files, and (4) Oversize Items.

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