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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service
Title:Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service records
Date:1961-2012 (bulk 1977-2010)
Reference Code:A64
Location Code:30/3-4, 39/4, FF1/D2, RS11/S3
Extent:8.1 cubic ft. (14 boxes, 1 flat file, 2 rolled scrolls)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the programs, affiliations, and activities of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service 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, through 2010. The collection contains correspondence, annual reports, budget information, meeting minutes, proposals, pamphlets, program calendars, and architectural plans. The collection also includes documents relating to the Holocaust Awareness Committee, commencement services, Martin Luther King, Jr. convocations, the Coalition for Divestment in South Africa, Religious Awareness Week, and memorial services for members of the Northeastern community.
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. The Office of Spiritual Life was known as the Spiritual Life Center from 2005-2012, before becoming the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service in 2012. The Center builds partnerships across University departments and disciplines, and with religious communities and public service agencies locally, nationally, and internationally to help students become engaged citizens, peace builders and equipped as leaders to tackle pressing global issues.
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.). Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service
  • 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

  • College students -- Religious life
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Students
  • Universities and colleges -- Religion

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Student records (Box 8) are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.
Finding Aids:Holocaust Awareness Committee records (A67)
Processor:Finding aid prepared by April Hagins, January 2003. Updated by Cheryl Ostrowski, July 2012, and Andrew Begley, April 2015.