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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Spiritual Life Center.
Title:Spiritual Life Center records
Date:1961–2012 (bulk 1977–1994)
Reference Code:A64
Location Code:30/3–4, FF1/D2
Extent:2 cubic ft. (7 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the programs, affiliations, and activities of the Spiritual Life Center and related religious entities at Northeastern University, including the Chaplain's Association and the Religious Advisory Board, between 1961 and 2012. The bulk of the records are from 1977, when the Office of Religious Life became a visible presence in the NU community, until 1994, when the office was restructured and renamed the Office of Spiritual Life. The collection contains correspondence, reports, budget information, and meeting minutes, proposals, pamphlets, program calendars, and audio–visual materials. The collection also includes documents relating to Holocaust Remembrance Week, commencement services, Martin Luther King, Jr. convocations, the Coalition for Divestment in South Africa, and Religious Awareness Week.
Historical Abstract:The first non–denominational Northeastern University chapel service for students was held in 1927. The position of Dean of Chapel was established in 1940, and the Bacon Memorial Chapel was erected in the student center in 1947. After 1960, when NU President Asa Knowles lifted the ban against denominational religious groups on campus, religious life at NU began to flourish. In 1966, the volunteer chaplains formed the Chaplain's Association to help support the administrative aspects of religious life on campus, fully assuming the duties upon Dean Havice's retirement in 1974. In 1966, the Religious Advisory Board was created as a liaison between NU and the chaplains. In 1977, the Religious Life Office gained formal status at NU, and in 1994, it became the Office of Spiritual Life, reflecting the diversity of spiritual belief within the NU community. Renamed the Spiritual Life Center in 2005 and under the leadership of a full–time director, the center plays an integral role in the spiritual life at NU, overseeing the associated religious organizations on campus, the university convocations and services, and numerous programs for students, faculty, and staff.
Language and Scripts:The records are in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by subject.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Havice, Charles W.
  • Gracey, Colin

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Chaplain's Association
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Religious Life
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Spiritual Life
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Religious Life Advisory Board
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Spiritual Life Advisory Board
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Spiritual Life Center
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). University Chaplains

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) –– Students
  • College students––Religious life.

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by April Hagins, revised by Cheryl Ostrowski, January 2003, July 2012