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American Association of Pastoral Counselors records, 1964-1988

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


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

Collection Stored Off-Site

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Title: American Association of Pastoral Counselors records, 1964-1988
Call Number:Record Group No. 010
Extent: 50.6 cubic feet (120 boxes)
Abstract:Contains the records of the Board of Governors, records and correspondence of the Executive Director, and other administrative files for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
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.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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


[after identification of item(s)], American Association of Pastoral Counselors records, RG 010, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Jim Cooper with assistance from Kelley Burgess and Marcia Robinson, January 1996.

Collection Description

Historical Note

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors is a professional organization formed in 1964 to bring standards, order and communication to the expanding new phenomenon of pastoral counseling. Responding to the religious community's need for a form of depth ministry, pastoral counseling specialists emerged, drawing together the inspiration of the church and the wisdom of the behavioral sciences.

Formal dialogue among pastoral counseling specialists began at a national conference held in New York in 1963, and in 1964 the American Association of Pastoral Counselors was organized and incorporated.

Scope and Content Note

The records of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors consists mainly of material from the Executive Director's Office. These papers by no means cover every aspect and accomplishment of the association. They do, however, provide valuable information on the formation of the organization, its day to day operation, issues of interest and the growing concern for certification of pastoral counselors and counseling centers. The American Association of Pastoral Counselors collection is comprised of three distinct record series. They are Board of Governors, Executive Director, and Administrative Staff.

Series one, Board of Governors, is arranged chronologically and encompasses the years 1964 to 1986. From 1964 thru 1978 the board went by the title of the Board of Directors until it became the Board of Governors about 1979. Included in this series are meeting minutes of the Board, correspondence, lists of officers, and Association Council materials.

Series two contains the records of the Executive Director and comprises the bulk of the collection. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. It contains papers relating to the annual conferences of AAPC, the various committees of the association, as well as an extensive collection of the executive director's correspondence. Among prominent correspondents are David Bennett, John Hagedorn, H. Terry Kriesel , William B. Oglesby, John Patton and Foster J. Williams.

The third and finally series is Administrative Staff. It consists mainly of General correspondence, the correspondence of the Assistant to the Executive Director (Barbara Gyomory, 1980-1984), Administrative Secretary Subject Files [arranged in original order], and the general correspondence of the Staff Secretaries, 1980-1984.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 4 series: (1) Board of Governors, (2) Executive Directory, (3) Administrative Staff, and (4) Membership Reports.

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