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Guide to the American Religions Collection, circa 1840s–2010s, bulk 1970s–1990s
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: American Religions Collection,
    Date (inclusive): circa 1840s–2010s
    Date (bulk): 1970s–1990s
    Collection number: ARC Mss 1
    Compiler: Melton, J. Gordon
    Extent: 337.5 linear feet (270 cartons)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The bulk of the collection was donated by J. Gordon Melton in the 1980s. Melton and others continue to add to the collection.



    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

    [Identification of item], American Religions Collection, ARC Mss 1, Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Scope and Content

    The container list in this guide includes folder level descriptions of materials mainly housed in the American Religions Collection (ARC). Prior to 2016, the collection was housed in file cabinets; it has since been rehoused in archival cartons. Contents of most, but not all, of the cartons are listed. Religious groups and families generally are listed as they appear in J. Gordon Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions (8th edition, 2009).
    The bulk of the orginal collection resulted from the research and publishing activities of J. Gordon Melton, with ongoing additions coming both from him and other sources. This guide will be updated on a periodic basis, as additional materials are processed.