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Guide to the Walter H. Capps papers UArch FacP 47
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Description
Papers of Walter Holden Capps (May 5, 1934 – October 28, 1997), Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Representative of the 22nd district of California in the United States House of Representatives in 1997.
Background
Walter Holden Capps (May 5, 1934 -October 28, 1997), American politician, Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives, was elected to the one Hundred and Fifth Congress, serving from January 3, 1997, until his death of heart attack at Dulles Airport on October 28, 1997. Capps earned an MA (1963) and PhD (1965) from the Yale Divinity School. Capps was Visiting Scholar a the Center for the Study of New Religions, Graduate Theological Union, 1982-1983, Mansfield College, Oxford University, 1971, and the Warburg Institute, University of London, 1968-1969. From 1963 to 1996, Walter Capps taught in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, focusing on the role of ethics in American public life. Capps first taught "Religion and the Impact of Vietnam" in 1979. Featuring first hand accounts of Vietnam veterans, this course was the first of its kind and would attract national attention. Capps' name lives on in the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Extent
65.24 linear feet (25 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, plus 370 videocassettes, 5 DVDs, 86 audiocassettes, 11 audiotape reels)
Restrictions
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.
Availability
The collection is open for research.