Original Manuscripts and Residue, February 1981
File — Box: 39, Folder: 1
Identifier: Folder 1
Scope and Contents
From the Collection: The Sojourners Collection contains the archival papers of the Christian social concern and community group known by that name. Sojourners traces its origin to a group of seven students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, (see Jim Wallis) who called for a new and rigorous application of Biblical ethics to American Culture. Believing that the church was losing the current generation, they spoke of a need for "an orthodox Biblical theology and the total Gospel of Jesus Christ [which] necessitate a radical commitment to and activism for social justice." The organization began publishing a newspaper in 1971 and was incorporated the next year as The People's Christian Coalition. Housed in the collection are items relating to Sojourners magazine and the Washington, DC community. Occupying approximately 38 linear feet, the material is divided into the following series: The first five series deal with the official organ of the organization; Sojourners magazine. First published in 1971 as Post American: Voice of the People's Christian Coalition, the periodical changed its title in 1975. A complete run of the magazine is housed with the collection. The "Postmark" series contains subscribers' letters to Sojourners, where they are published under that name. The original order of these documents was topical through 1984, and chronological after that date. This order was maintained. Original article manuscripts and "residue" from Sojourners, dating back to 1974, are filed by date in the third series. "Residue" refers to papers created in the process of publication: copy edit sheets, articles from other publications, unpublished items, etc. Administrative and clerical records relating to the magazine are arranged alphabetically by topic. Included in this category are circulation reports, direct mail packets, founding documents, IRS correspondence and tax returns, and reprints of articles. Letters to Sojourners have been arranged alphabetically by the writer's surname. Writers who have significant correspondence, or who are prominent figures in Christian social action have individual files following the general folders. Material dealing with the Washington, DC Sojourners community is arranged alphabetically by topic under the "Sojourners Community" series. File headings in this category include Bulletins, Calendars, Finances, Groups and Leadership, and News Articles about the community. Included among the Bulletins are "Updates," in which community news and information is published. The series "Other Communities" contains correspondence with similar groups as well as information on the Summer Festival 1984. In addition to written documents, non-print media is housed with the collection. Video tapes of selected addresses by Jim Wallis, films produced by the organization, as well as audio tapes are included.
- Created: February 1981
Conditions Governing Access
There are no specific restrictions on this collection.
From the Collection: 92 boxes
From the Collection: 38 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English