Scope and Content of Collection
Title: David Bromley Collection
Dates: ca. 1975-1989
Collection number: ARC Mss 29
6.25 linear feet
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Abstract: Manuscript, typescript, and printed material relating to new religious movements.
Physical location: SRLF.
Some files, including psychiatric evaluations, are closed for reasons of confidentiality. Contact Head of UCSB Special Collections
for permission to see other specific files. Collection is stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
[Item description], David Bromley Collection. ARC Mss 29. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University
of California, Santa Barbara.
Gift of David Bromley, 2001-2002.
From the Virginia Commonwealth University website:
David G. Bromley received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1971. He has served on the faculties of the University of Virginia,
University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Hartford. He joined the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University as
department chair in 1984. He is currently a Professor of Sociology with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Religious
Studies. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Bromley
has worked in a variety of areas through his academic career. His early research and writing were in the areas of urban and
political sociology. Most of his current work is in the areas of sociology of religion, social movements, and deviance, with
a primary focus on contemporary religious movements. He is past-president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion
and editor-emeritus of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. He has authored or edited over a dozen books and
numerous journal articles and book chapters in the sociology of religion. He is currently working on two books, The Politics
of Religious Apostasy, an edited collection of papers examining the role that apostates have played in the development of
religious movements, and Prophetic Religion in a Secular Age (with Anson Shupe), which examines the structure and significance
of a variety of contemporary religious movements. Dr. Bromley currently teaches courses in Sociology of Religion and in Deviant
Behavior on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate course in Deviant Behavior (SOC 303) is an introductory
survey course without departmental prerequisites. Major types of deviance and sociological explanations for them are examined.
The Sociology of Religion (SOC 360) is an advanced course oriented two majors in sociology and religious studies or other
students with some background in the subject area.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection mainly comprises legal case files (including copies of correspondence, deposition, exhibits, interviews, and
transcripts) relating to religious movements such as Bible Speaks, EST, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON;
Hare Krishna), Local Church and Witness Lee, Unification Church (Rev. Sun Myung Moon), Stonegate, and The Way International,
as compiled by the donor, David Bromley.
Numbers in parentheses ( ), preceding the folder descriptions, indicate the file numbers designated by Bromley. The collection
presently is organized alphabetically by religious movement, then by case name.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bromley, David -- Archives.
Religion and sociology.