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Inventory of the United Campus Christian Ministry, San Jose State University
GTU 2001-11-02  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: United Campus Christian Ministry, San Jose State University
    Dates: 1953-2001
    Bulk Dates: (bulk 1969-1998)
    Collection number: GTU 2001-11-02
    Collector: Thorn, Alice E
    Collection Size: 5 boxes; 4.50 feet
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Abstract: United Campus Christian Ministry began at San Jose State University as a Presbyterian effort in 1956. Various other denominations joined the Ministry through its history. UCCM focused on helping SJSU students and sponsored many programs and events, which often addressed social justice causes. By late 2000 the Ministry ceased operation. Collection contains organizational materials, records of activities, photographs, negatives and slides.
    Physical location: 5/G/1-2; 1/A/3
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    United Campus Christian Ministry, San Jose State University, GTU 2001-11-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Alice E. Thorn , President of the UCCM Board of Directors, in November 2001.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The United Campus Christian Ministry (UCCM) at San Jose State University had periods of intense activity through its 29 year history.
    Beginning as a Presbyterian effort in 1956, the organization was joined by the Episcopal, Lutheran, Congregational, and Disciples of Christ denominations during the following year. Soon the Baptists, United Church of Christ, and Methodists also joined the group. The UCCM incorporated the Campus Christian Center in 1961.
    During the mid-sixties, the UCCM became part of the United Ministries in Higher Education (UMHE). This period is considered the Golden Era of Campus ministry with high student involvement, Civil Rights activity, debates over the Vietnam War, and other social justice issues. By the end of the decade the UCCM was at a low ebb due to changes in personnel and student interest.
    Under the dynamic leadership of Pete Koopman and Natalie Shiras in 1970s and 1980s the participation grew once again at the UCCM through a number of programs and events including fundraisers, auctions, breakfasts, dinners, lectures, Hungerfest, and others. During the 1990s the ecumenical partnership that had been developed became frayed and denominations drew back from funding the campus ministry. With no money for the repair of the campus center and little support for the ongoing operation, the decision was made to sell it to the Catholic Diocese of San Jose in 1997. The UCCM struggled for a few more years and ceased operation in late 2000.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains organizational materials recording the activities of the United Campus Christian Ministry at San Jose State University from 1953 through 2001. There are seven series: Series 1, Administrative files; Series 2, Financial records; Series 3, Denominations (materials on the various communions involved with UCCM); Series 4, Programs and events related to UCCM; Series 5, Photographs; Series 6, Negatives; and Series 7, Slides. Hungerfest, a fundraising event for hunger concerns, was held yearly 1987-93.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    United Christian Campus Fellowship.
    United Ministries in Higher Education.
    United Campus Christian Fellowship.
    Wesley Foundations.
    Disciples of Christ--California--History.
    Episcopal Church--California--San Jose--History.
    Methodist Church--California--San Jose--History.
    Wesley United Methodist Church (San Jose, Calif.)--History.
    Metropolitan Community Church--California--San Jose.
    Presbyterian Church--California--San Jose.
    United Church of Christ--California--San Jose--History.
    Church work with students--California--San Jose - --History.
    Church work with foreign students--California - --San Jose--History.
    Church work with students--Christian--Disciples of Christ.
    Church work with students--Lutheran Church.
    Church work with students--Presbyterian.
    Church work with students--Congresses.
    College chaplains--United States.
    College chaplains--Congresses.
    Universities and colleges--Religion--Societies, etc.
    Baptists--California--San Jose--History.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Koopman, Pete
    Shiras, Natalie

    Other Finding Aids

    GTU 94-11-04 Cooperative Ministries in Higher Education of Northern California and Nevada Collection; GTU 94-11-01 Marna McKenzie Collection, Developing Ministries, CMHE (Cooperative Ministries of Higher Education) in Northern California; GTU 2006-7-02, John S. Hadsell Westminster House Collection (U.C.-Berkeley, Presbyterian Campus Ministry); GTU 89-5-016, Berkeley Free Church Collection, 1959-1976; GTU 2003-10-02, Albert G. Cohen Campus Ministry, Social Justice and Environment Collection.

    Separated Material

    Slides, approximately 200, of downtown San Jose, ca. 1980s sent to History San Jose Research Library, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112. www.historysanjose.org. 408-287-2290.