Materials collected by Nicholas Piediscalzi about religion and public education issues. Also included are notebooks and audio
cassettes pertaining to Lazaris, the "nonphysical being" with whom Jach Pursel claims to communicate.
Born in Chicago in 1931, Nicholas Piediscalzi received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1956. After serving
as the campus minister at the University of California at Berkeley for four years, he returned east to attend Boston University
to pursue a doctoral degree, which he was awarded in 1965. Shortly after receiving his doctorate, he took a job at the Dayton
Campus of Ohio State University (what is now Wright State University). One of his accomplishments was founding the Department
of Religion at Wright State University, where he taught for 23 years. He also created the Public Education Religious Studies
22.5 linear feet
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