|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is organized in one series arranged by format; speeches, sermons, and interviews are arranged reverse chronologically.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains speeches, sermons, and interviews given by Joan Brown Campbell while serving as the General Secretary of the NCCC. There are also audiotapes of some of those appearances. Additional materials include biographical files, news releases, and press clippings.
Burke Library record group:
Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship (AWTS)
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1-13. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.
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, AWTS: Joan Brown Campbell papers, 1990-2000, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Joan Brown Campbell donated her papers to the Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship in 2000.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
When the Burke Library acquired Campbell's papers, an attempt was made to maintain the original order she imposed throughout the course of her career. Folded materials were flattened. Newspaper clippings were photocopied on acid free paper. Staples, rubber bands, and metal clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Leslie Reyman in 2001, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-05-18 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Joan Brown Campbell, born in Youngstown, Ohio on November 13, 1931, served from 1991-1999 as general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ (NCCC). During her tenure she was the spiritual leader as well as chief executive of the nation's leading ecumenical organization. Under her guidance, the Council worked for greater Christian unity. Campbell earned both her BA and MA in education from the University of Michigan, graduating with a teaching certificate in 1953. She completed the Graduate Clergy Internship Program at Case Western Reserve School of Social Work and has studied at Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Geneva, Switzerland. In the 1970s Campbell became associate director of the Greater Cleveland Interchurch Council, and was also serving a pastorate at the Euclid Baptist Church in Cleveland. In 1980 Campbell was ordained in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church USA. In the late 1980s she became executive director of the World Council of Churches' US office. During that time she was also closely affiliated with the NCCC, serving on the General Board as vice president and assistant general secretary. Campbell began her leadership tenure at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in 1991. She worked with its 32 member communications and its staff to oversee the Council's programs. Campbell was a leader in the NCCC's efforts to open channels of cooperation with other churches, faith groups, and related organizations. As the chief executive of the NCCC, Campbell became the official spokesperson, frequently representing the Council on a national and international basis. As such, she was a delegate to the 1994 United Nation's population conference in Cairo, Egypt and the 1995 UN social development conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has served on the boards of more than twenty institutions, including the Fund for Education in South Africa and the board of trustees of Union Theological Seminary, from which she resigned in 2001. She subsequently has been named director of the Religion Department at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York. Eight colleges have since awarded her the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.