|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is organized in one unarranged series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains reports, papers, and other materials related to the Conference on Racism and World Order, held March 16-20, 1944 in Evanston, Illinois. Reports from various geographic locations are included, as well as seminary reports from the Midwestern cities.
Burke Library record group:
Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL12, Ecumenical/World Mission
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, MRL12: Conference on Racism and World Order Records, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These records were donated to Missionary Research Library (MRL) director Charles Fahs by Dr. Edmund D. Soper after the conference was held, and accessioned by the Burke Library at the time of the MRL's closure in 1976.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Brigette C. Kamsler in 2014 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.
2021-07-20 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Conference on Racism and World Order was held March 16-20, 1944 in Evanston, Illinois. It was an outgrowth of a conference held at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, in March 1943 on Christian Bases and World Order. It was felt that this topic was so important that it needed further study. The Division of Foreign Missions of the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Methodist Church sponsored the Evanston Conference and the preparatory studies in ten cities in the mid-west. The project was under the direction of Dr. Edmund D. Soper, of the faculty of Garrett Biblical Institute. Each of the groups in the ten Midwestern cities was composed of 15-20 people. Each group prepared a report that was read at the Conference in 1944. There were no findings at the Evanston Conference of 1944, no resolutions, and no recommended actions. The reports represent the thinking of the groups and provoked discussion onsite. The Evanston Conference was believed to be a "good introduction to racism as a factor in world order."