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Beloit College Religion records

Identifier: AC 92

Scope and Contents

This collection contains paper materials, a student presentation about spirituality on Beloit College campus in VHS tape form, and a floppy disk. A number of the paper materials are bound in some form.

This collection would hold interest for anyone exploring Beloit College's religious history or the religious history of the town to present. The documents of the Christian College Committee can be compared to similar documents to determine national trends relating to religious endeavors in higher education. The documents of the creation of the Spiritual Life Program could be used to compare the evolution of religion on Beloit College; the documents could also be used to compare the origins of the Beloit College Spiritual Life Program with that of other collegiate institutions


  • 1950s-1970s, 1999-2003

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research; however, certain materials are fragile and require Archives staff for handling, or use may be restricted altogether."

Biographical / Historical

Materials related to religion on campus from the 1950s to the 1970s were generated by the Christian College Committee, an ad hoc committee active from 1964-1968 dedicated to questions pertaining to Beloit College’s religious identity. A number of other documents explore the relationship between the college, religion, and local churches. Materials related to the Spiritual Life Program were created by the Beloit Spirituality Project, consisting of staff and students, and Vaughan McTernan, consultant for the Spiritual Life Program. The program began its research in 2002, and intended to address issues connected with religion, spirituality, ethics, identity, and meaning on the Beloit College campus. The Beloit Spirituality Project Assessment calls for a program which is “broad-based and general and not tied to any one religious or spiritual perspective” and admits that “the college has moved beyond having a denominational religious presence on campus” (Project assessment). The collection includes surveys, mission statements, comparisons from similar college spiritual life programs, and professor and student feedback.


2 Linear Feet (7 boxes; further additions are expected)

Language of Materials



Most of these materials were generated by the ad hoc Christian College Committee and the Spiritual Life committee. In general, the documents pertain to religion and religious discussions on campus around the 1950s until the 1970s. They also pertain to the creation of the Spiritual Life Program from 2002-2003. Additionally, there are materials pertaining to the relationship between the college and religion and local churches and the college to present.

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Religion records
Alice Mitchell'13, Elizabeth Lewis '18
February 2013, March 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections Repository

700 College St.
Beloit WI 53511 USA