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Guide to the Russell Chandler Papers
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  • Title: Russell Chandler Papers
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1960s - 1990
    Collection number: ARC Mss 2
    Creator: Chandler, Russell.
    Extent: 11 linear feet (11 records containers)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Abstract: Mostly subject files of journalist who wrote on religious topics for L.A. Times.
    Physical location: Annex 2
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Access Restrictions


    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

    Russell Chandler Papers. ARC Mss 2. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Multiple donations by Russell Chandler, ca. 1992-1994.


    Russell Chandler was a religion writer for the Los Angeles Times newspaper from 1974 to 1992. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and wrote several books on religious topics, including Understanding the New Age (1989), Racing toward 2001: The Forces Shaping America's Religious Future (1992), Doomsday: The End of the World - A View through Time (1993), and Feeding the Flock: Restaurants and Churches You'd Stand in Line For (1998).
    Chandler was president of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) and won several awards for religion reporting, including the RNA's John Templeton Reporter of the Year Award three times. In 2002, he and his wife, Marjorie Lee Chandler, established the nation's first secular religion reporting award for student journalists.
    Information for this biographical sketch was drawn mainly from a Religion Newswriters Association press release, Oct. 14, 2002.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains about 300 files with correspondence, articles, newsletters, press releases, clippings, research notes, photographs, drafts and copies of Chandler's own articles, and related materials. It is arranged alphabetically by topic, person, or religious group. Included are files such as: Abortion, Black Muslims, Capital Punishment, Christians in Government, Deprogramming, Doomsday Groups, Eastern Mystery Religions, Evolution/Creation, Jerry Falwell, Louis Farrakhan, Science and Religion, Sports as Folk Religion, Tax Exemptions, and Terrorism.