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box 1-4

Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship

General note

Contains files, including correspondence, from the early 1970s when Gordon was a field rep for Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship (SFF) conducting leadership and fielding workshops around the country. SFF is an interfaith movement founded in 1956 to explore altered states of consciousness and mystical experiences through a blending of Eastern and Western traditions.
box 5

Encyclopedia of American Religions (EAR)

General note

4th edition files.
box 6

Churches

General note

Contains mostly sermons, church bulletins, and correspondence concerning Lake Highlands Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois.
box 7

Bibliographical Files

General note

Includes typescript bibliographies by others on various religious groups and movements.
box 7

Biographical / Personal Files

General note

Includes awards, curriculum vitae, and photographs of J. Gordon Melton.
box 7

Correspondence

General note

Includes correspondence and flyers from various religious groups, arranged chronilogically. Also included are quiries about various religions.
box 7

Grants

General note

Grant information.
box 7

Lectures / Talks

General note

Arranged chronologically. Includes programs, publicity, etc.
 

"A Survey and Examination of Contemporary Satanism" - American Philosophical Association, Philosophers for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles Mar. 28, 1986

 

Religion and Violence Conference - guest lecturer, University of Kansas Mar. 1-2, 1987

box 8

Publications/Writings

General note

Copies of shorter works and files relating to works such as the Encyclopedia of America Religions [EAR] in its various editions.
 

Articles, Papers, and Shorter Pieces

General note

Includes typescript drafts, offprints and copies, with small amount of related correspondence.
 

General (file with several articles and related correspondence)

 

"The Attitude of Americans toward Hinduism from 1883 to 1983, with Special Reference to the International Society of Krishna Consciousness," ISAR 1985

 

"A Bibliography of Astrology in America, 1840-1940," rev. July 1989

 

"Communes in America, 1860-1960," circa 1984

 

"Confidence in God's Unseen World," [ca. 1970s?]

 

"The Cult Experience: A Response to the New Pluralism in American Religious Life," ISAR [ca. 1980s]

 

"Edgar Cayce and Reincarnation: Past Life Readings and Religious Symbology," paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 1990

 

Fate book reviews (book review editor)

 

"The Feminist Theme of Early New Thought," n.d.

 

"The Flowering of the 'New Religious Consciousness' - Factors in Its Sudden Growth," 1983

 

" The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow: A Christian Response," EAR 1985

 

"A Minister Speaks Out on the Psychic & the Devil," Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship [ca. 1970s]

 

"An Open Letter Concerning the Local Church, Witness Lee and The God-Men Controversy," ISAR 1985

 

"The Origins of Contemporary Neo-Paganism: A Report of Research in Progress," paper presented at the Popular Culture Association 1980

 

"Planning and Program Priorities for the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church: A Report on a Survey of the Churches," 1984

 

"The Politics at Professionalism's Funeral" (about anti-cult network), with James R. Lewis, n.d.

 

"Psychology and Religion Go to Court - Again," James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton 1987

 

"Sources and Resources for Teaching the Occult," paper prepared for 1976 meeting of the Midwest Popular Culture Association

 

"Spiritualization and Reaffirmation: What Really Happens When Prophecy Fails," 1985

 

"The Theosophical Communities and Their Ideal of Universal Brotherhood," n.d.

 

"Unity School of Christianity and Related Organizations: A Preliminary Bibliography," compiled by Dell deChant and J. Gordon Melton 1990

 

"The Western Way with Reincarnation," originally published as "The Bible and Reincarnation," 1971

 

Monographs, Directories, etc.

General note

Includes some early drafts, correspondence, publicity, reviews, and other related material; generally not uncorrected page proofs. [file cabinet 42/2].
box-folder 42/2

Afro-American Holiness-Pentecostal Bibliography - draft printout 1987

box-folder 42/2

Astrology book - mainly typescript draft circa 1983

box-folder 42/2

Biographical Dictionary of American Cult and Sect Leaders (1986)

box-folder 42/2

The Churches Speak series

box-folder 42/2

The Churches Speak On - Sex and Family Life (1991)

box-folder 42/2

Cults and New Religions (24 volume facsimile series of rare books and pamphlets), edited by J.Gordon Melton [ca. 1990]

box-folder 42/2

Encyclopedia of American Religions (EAR) - files relating to different editions

box-folder 42/2

Encyclopedia of American Religions (EAR): Religious Creeds (1988)

box-folder 42/2

Encyclopedic Handbook of Cults in America (1986; 1992)

box-folder 42/2

New Age Almanac (1991)

box-folder 42/2

New Age Encyclopedia (1990)

box-folder 42/2

Religions Directory International - Canada (early version of International Directory of the World's Religions?)

box-folder 42/2

Religious Leaders of America (1991)

box-folder 42/2

Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains [U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Contract No. MDA903-90-C-0062] [ca. early 1990s]

box-folder 42/2

Sects and Cults in America: Bibliographical Guides, J. Gordon Melton general editor

box-folder 42/2

The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

box-folder 42/2

Why Cults Succeed Where the Church Fails - Ronald M. Enroth and J. Gordon Melton

 

Publishers

General note

Includes contracts, correspondence, and related materials.
 

Gale

 

Garland

 

McGrath

box 9

ISAR (Institute for the Study of American Religions) Files

General note

Including correspondence, brochures, and pamphlets.
box 10-11

Clippings

General note

Photocopies of news clippings relating to church and religious studies.
box 12-13

Research / Subject Files

General note

Groups, individuals, projects, subjects, and unsorted materials.
 

Alphabetical

 

African Peoples Christian Organization

 

Afro-American

 

American Indian

 

Archives

 

Bishops

 

Buddhism (incl. Korean and Vietnamese)

 

Church Archives

 

Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic)

 

Communal Society - Pacific Coast

 

Communities

 

Cults

 

Cults and Sects in America - David G. Bromley and Jeffrey K. Hadden circa 1990

 

The Family

 

Islam

 

Judaism

 

LDS/Mormons

 

Lutherans

 

Paganism and Wicca

 

Psychic

 

Scientology

 

Scientology - June D. Littler bibliography 1988

 

Theosophy

 

Voodoo

 

Wilcox, Laird

 

Unidentified/Unsorted

General note

[10 cartons and file cabinet 45/1].
box 14

Teaching Files

General note

Course outlines and related material, mainly UCSB courses taught by J. Gordon Melton.
box 15-16

Churches Speak Project

General note

Statements, correspondence, and other documents from various churches and church groups regarding hot-button issues such as abortion and gay marriage.
box 17

Unsorted, Unidentified

General note

Contains catalogs, conference programs, correspondence, fliers, lecture notes, and religious tracts.
box [SRLF]

Legal Files

General note

Mainly copies of depositions, testimony, and exhibits relating to court cases for which Melton was asked to be an expert witness. SOME FILES CLOSED, pending staff and donor review. Some cases may contain confidential material re minors and/or attorney-client privilege. These files are stored off-site at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).
box 1

Ballard vs. United States of America 1942

General note

Charge of fraud against the I Am movement / St. Germain Foundation, with Donald Ballard Pres. and Edna W. Ballard as Sec. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case, upon appeal from the District Court of the U.S. for the Southern District of California, Central Division. Open. 1 doc. box.
box 2

Brown vs. Woodland Joint Unified School District Court Records 1991

General note

Douglas E. Brown and Katherine E. Brown vs. Woodland Joint Unified School District. USDC C-91-00R WBS-PAN (Easterm District of California). Case involving witchcraft charge against the school district for using Harcourt-Brace Jovanovich, Inc. 'Impressions' reading series. Gordon Melton testified as expert witness in this case. Includes copies of declarations and depositions. Also some material relating to later appeal. Open. 1 carton.
box 3

Church Universal and Triumphant Court Records circa 1980s

General note

Closed. 1 carton.
box 4-5

Hunziker vs. Applied Materials, Inc. Court Records circa 1989-early 1990s

General note

Scientology case. Closed. 2 cartons.
 

Lee vs. Duddy Court Records circa 1983-1984

General note

Copies of depositions, exhibits, indexes, summaries, testimony, and other related to case of Witness Lee (Living Stream Ministry), et al, vs Neil T. Duddy (Spiritual Counterfeits Project), et al. Open. 17 cartons.
box 6

Adeney, David

box 6

Albrecht, Mark

box 6

Alexander, Brooks

box 7

Alexander, Brooks (cont.)

box 7

Alexander, John

box 7

Ball, Francis Duff

box 7

Bjornstad, James

box 7

Braun, Jon Edward

box 7

Brooks, David

box 7

Buckley, Jack Richard

box 8

Buckley (cont.)

box 8

Cox, Harvey

box 8

Davis, Steve

box 8

Duddy, Neil T.

box 9-10

Duddy (cont.)

box 11

Duddy (cont.)

box 11

Enroth, Ronald (cont.)

box 12

Enroth (cont.)

box 12

Fessel, Andrew

box 12

Fetcho, David S.

box 12

Freeman, William T.

box 12

Gruhler, Eugene

box 12

Hearn, Virginia

box 12

Hyde, Alan Douglas

box 13

Ingalls, John C.

box 13

Lee, Philip

box 13

Lee, Witness

box 13

Lin, Bellman

box 13

Liu, Y. C.

box 13

McLeish, James M.

box 14

Northrup, Peter

box 14

Nyquist, James F.

box 14

Painter, Joel

box 14

Palmer, Earl F.

box 14

Shinnick, Andrew

box 14

Sire, James W.

box 15

Smith, Bob

box 15

Sparks, Jack

box 15

Sproul, R. C.

box 15

Squires, William

box 16

Squires (cont.)

box 16

Summy, Florence

box 16

Swanson, Allen J.

box 16

Wallerstedt, Alan Worth

 

Godmen Exhibits (Plaintiff exhibits for various depositions)

box 17

Nos. 28-156 (some #s missing)

box 18

Nos. 157-379 (some #s missing)

box 19

Nos. 380-392 (some #s missing)

box 20

Nos. 394-405 (some #s missing)

box 20

Miscellany - incl. correspondence with Melton

 

Mozert vs. Hawkins County Public Schools Court Records circa 1983, 1986-1987

General note

Bob Mozert, et al vs Hawkins County Public Schools, et al. Case involving textbooks. U.S. District Court, E. District of Tennessee, N.E. Division. C.I.V. No. 2-83401. Includes copies of the textbooks, depositions, exhibits, transcripts of proceedings. Open. 2 cartons and 1 document box.
box 21

1983, 1986

box 22

n.d. 1986-1987,

 

Miscellany

box 22

"Churches and Religious Organizations in Hawkins County and Contiguous Counties"

box 23

Humanism

box 23

Phone Book Entries

box 23

Textbooks

 

Singer [Margaret] Court Records circa 1950s-early 1990s

General note

Mainly copies of testimony in various 'cult' related cases and as plaintiff. Also files re qualifications of Singer as expert witness, criticisms of her, writings by and about her. Open. 3 cartons.
 

Legal Cases - mainly testimony/depositions by Singer as expert witness

box 24

Christofferson [Julie] v. Scientology

box 24

Dole [Barbara] v. Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, et al

box 24

"Feeling Therapy" Case - Richard J. Corriere

box 24

George [Robin] v. International Society for Krishna Consciousness, etc.

box 24

Hunziker [Steven], Kate Schuchmann, Virginia Sanders v. Applied Materials, Inc.; Applied Scholastics, Inc.; World Institute of Scientology Enterprises ...

box 25

Local Church Testimony - Witness Lee

box 25

Lowder, Kennedy, et al v. Snap-on Tools Corp., et al

box 25

Millman, Jerome vs. Sun Myung Moon, et al

box 25

Molko, David, and Tracy Leal v. Holy Spirit Association to the Unification of World Christianity, et al

box 25

Roseman, Cynthia, and Phillip Burnstein ... v. Isadore Trachtman

box 25

Singer, Margaret, and Richard Ofshe v. American Psychological Association, et al

box 25

Trachtman

box 25

Weaver, Russell v. Grodins of California, et al

box 25

Wollersheim, Larry v. Church of Scientology of California, et al

box 26

Wollersheim (cont.)

 

Miscellany re Singer

box 26

About Singer - mainly articles

box 26

American Psychological Association - Amicus Curiae brief re limit of behavioral sciences assistance to legal system in evaluating individuals' volitional capacities

box 26

Criticism of Singer

box 26

Ethics Complaint against Singer

box 26

Gann, L. H. - "Dr. Margaret Singer: An Evaluation of Her Work"

box 26

Lecture by Singer

box 26

Singer as Expert Witness

box 26

Singer as Panelist

box 26

Writings by Singer 1950s-1980s

 

Unification Church Court Records circa 1980s

General note

Copies of records many relating to court case of Molko vs. Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, ultimately decided in favor of the Unification Church; also materials, mainly articles, by and about the Unification Church, and a series of interviews conducted with Unification Church members. Open. 3 cartons.
box 27

Molko Case 1983-1989

box 27

U.S.A. v Moon 1981-1982

box 28

U.S.A. v. Moon, n.d. 1983-1985

 

Unification Church - Miscellany

box 28

About - articles, correspondence, reports and other material about the Unification Church

box 28

By - articles and other material by Sung Myung Moon and other Unification Church leaders and members

box 28

Colorado Litigation

box 29

Interview Transcripts - Fred [?] interviewer 1976

General note

May relate to tapes in ARC Mss 1 collection: Unification Church - Unidentified numbered series - mainly interviews with church members re how they were attracted to the church, many in Europe, interviewer not identified, ca. 1970s-1990s (43 tapes). Tape #s A11211-53/CS.
box 29

Legal Documents - other cases

box 29

New York Litigation

 

Packets - mainly articles about the Unification Church circa 1974-1980

box 29

Info Pack

box 29

1974-1978

box 30

1979-1980

box 30

Vermont Litigation

 

Miscellaneous Court Records circa 1980s-1990s

General note

Several different cases involving various religious groups. Gordon Melton testified as expert witness for some. Includes court records and related evidence, some pertaining to minors and attorney/client privilege. Closed. Boxes 31-33.