|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one chronological series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains minutes, a constitution, by-laws, reports, treasurers accounts, member lists, correspondence, and pamphlets of an Episcopal organization founded in 1910 to support Christian unity through research and conferences.
Burke Library record group:
William Adams Brown Ecumenical Library Archives
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection may contain some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list.
Conditions Governing Use
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Item description, WAB: Christian Unity Foundation records, 1907-1921, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
The papers are part of the William Adams Brown Ecumenical Library Archives, which was founded in 1945 by the Union Theological Seminary Board of Directors.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The exact provenance of this collection is unknown.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Loose scrapbook pages with affixed materials were placed into Mylar envelopes. Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. The finding aid was created by Kristen Leigh Southworth and Brigette C. Kamsler in 2013 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.
2021-11-05 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Christian Unity Foundation was incorporated in 1910 by twelve clergymen and twelve laymen of the Episcopal Church: Rev. William Croswell Doane (Bishop of Albany); Rev. Frederick Courtney (Bishop of Nova Scotia); Rev. Boyd Vincent (Bishop of Southern Ohio); Rev. Charles Palmerston Anderson (Bishop of Chicago); Rev. David H. Greer (Bishop of New York); Rev. Edwin Stevens Lines, (Bishop of Newark); Rev. Canon George William Douglas; Rev. Canon Robert Ellis Jones; Rev. Reese F. Alsop; Rev. H. R. Gummey, Jr.; Rev. Rockland Homans; Rev. Arthur Lowndes; Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich (United States Navy), Colonel Charles William Larned (United States Army); Chief Justice J. H. Stiness; Robert Fulton Cutting, John M. Glenn, Francis C. Huntington, George Gordon King; William Fellowes Morgan; George Wharton Pepper; Lawson Purdy; Charles G. Saunders; William Jay Schieffelin. Reverend Arthur Lowndes served as secretary of the Foundation. Its offices were located at 143 East 37th Street, New York City. The objective of the Foundation was to promote Christian unity in the United States and abroad through research and conferences. The organization sought to gather and disseminate accurate information relative to the faith and works of all Christian denominations, as well as to highlight the problem of divisions within the church and to suggest practical ways for denominations to work together as one body of Christ. In 1921, the Foundation published a book entitled The Problem of Christian Unity. The fact that all of the founding members of the Christian Unity Foundation were Episcopalian led many to suspect that the real aim of the foundation was to bring other denominations into the fold of the Episcopal Church. The organization responded by assuring the public that this was not their aim, and that they would proceed with their mission slowly and with "quietness, gentleness, and humility." However they expressed the belief that "the only way to attain large unity is to start with a small number of men who perfectly agree."