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David Bromley Collection
ARC Mss 29  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Bromley Collection
    Dates: ca. 1975-1989
    Collection number: ARC Mss 29
    Collection Size: 6.25 linear feet (5 cartons).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Manuscript, typescript, and printed material relating to new religious movements.
    Physical location: SRLF.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    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.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], David Bromley Collection. ARC Mss 29. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    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.