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Guide to the National Conference of Christians and Jews Records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: National Conference of Christians and Jews Records
    Dates: 1959-1977
    Bulk Dates: 1968-1975
    Identification: MS-0172
    Creator: National Conference of Christians and Jews (San Diego, Calif.)
    Physical Description: 6.25 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Historical Note:

    Founded in 1928, The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) was a human rights organization focused on combating intereligious prejudice. NCCJ's origins can be traced back to 1924, when the convention for the Federal Council of Churches of Christ began to discuss the growing power of the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, a committee on goodwill between Christians and Jews was developed.
    As NCCJ's foundation was rooted against racial and religious prejudice, the official organization was created after the defeat of Al Smith in the 1928 election. After Smith's defeat, the Christian and Jewish committees of goodwill decided to develop a program encouraging positive interfaith relations. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes presided over these first conferences, promoting diversity and tolerance among the committee.
    In 1962, Dr. Jacob Cunningham, along with several other prominent San Diegans, formed a chapter for San Diego. The chapter worked with community agencies in the area, developing human relations workshops related to labor management issues. Many of these issues included equal opportunity for employment, wage negotiation, and employee education. In 1966, Cunningham was replaced by Nathan Jerald. It was then that the San Diego chapter developed more intensive youth/adult relations programs and community relations programs. The youth/adult program promoted equality with regard to age, focusing on the interactions between the youth, parents, teachers, and state representatives. The community relations program provided training for law enforcement, promoting cooperative action at the neighborhood level. Cunningham took over as President in 1971, and Dennis C. Hart took over in 1975.
    The basic programs of the National Conference of Christians and Jews are divided into seven program areas; all of which are used to fight bigotry, racism, and inter-group prejudice. The programs include inter-religious relations, youth and adult relations, issues about equal opportunity, education, community relations, religious news service, and publication programs. To better represent the breadth of the organization, NCCJ changed their name to The National Conference for Community and Justice in 1990. It is still in operation today.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    National Conference of Christians and Jews -- Archives
    National Conference of Christians and Jews. San Diego Region -- Archives

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Organizational Records

    Geographic Name:

    San Diego Region (Calif.) -- Ethnic relations -- History -- Sources

    Personal Name:

    Cunningham, Jacob H. -- Correspondence
    Jerald, Nathan R. -- Correspondence

    Topical Term:

    Christianity and other religions -- Judaism -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in the materials found in this collection have been transferred to San Diego State University.  Special Collections and University Archives can only grant permission to publish materials for which it is the copyright holder.  For further information, please consult the section on copyright in the rules for using the collections, or contact the United States Copyright Office at (202) 707-3000 or http://www.copyright.gov.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, National Conference of Christians and Jews Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Scope and Contents

    The National Conference of Christians and Jews Collection documents the organization's social, financial, and political activities from the late 60's to the mid 1970's. The majority of the material is devoted to the San Diego chapter's events, administration, and committee meetings. Documentation includes correspondence, professional diaries, biographical notes, press releases, minutes, and financial statements.
    Highlights of the collection include documentation of the 44th Anniversary Dinner, biographies of major figures related to the organization, and inter-religious seminar documentation. Also presented is detailed documentation about the  Equality and Quality of Education Conference, including correspondence about the affirmative action workshop and youth relations committees. The majority of the materials are organized chronologically.