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Preface: An Inventory of the Harlan Paul Douglass Collection of Religious Research Reports

Preface: Social Problems and the Churches (Previous title: An Inventory of the Harlan Paul Douglass Collection of Religious Research Reports)

This work began in 1967 as a sabbatical project of Earl D.C. Brewer dealing only with Methodist studies. The sabbatical year was changed to a two-year leave of absence to serve as Director of Research for the National Council of Churches. In 1968, Dr. Douglas W. Johnson joined the staff of the Department of Research and this project. It was then decided to combine the Methodist inventory work with the H. Paul Douglass Collection. Later, the services of Keith C. Wright were secured to aid in supervising the coding and computer programming.

With the end of the 1967-69 leave of absence Earl Brewer returned to his teaching duties at Emory. The staff, especially Marie Townsend, of the Religious Research Center joined in the final stages of the project. The staff of the Department of Research completed the project especially through the efforts of Mrs. Alice Jones and Mrs. Emma Saxlehner.

The project was financed by the Department of Research of the National Council of Churches, the United Methodist Church, the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. and the Council of Churches of the City of New York.

It is hoped that this Inventory may be useful to religious researchers, executives, pastors and students, and that it may find a place in libraries of seminaries, colleges, church agencies and local churches.

June 1970

Earl D.C. Brewer
Professor, Sociology and Religion
Candler School of Theology
Emory University Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Douglas W. Johnson
Director of Research and Information Services
Office of Planning and Program
National Council of Churches
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027

1. Introduction To the Inventory

The Department of Research of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. has been a depository for church-related field research studies for several years. Without systematic promotion, these reports have been voluntarily contributed by various denominational and ecumenical researchers. The original purpose and name of the Collection were stated in an early index of the study.1

"The Harlan Paul Douglass Collection of Religious Research Studies represents an attempt to develop a central index and reference collection of...factual field studies in American religion. The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. has given the name of Harlan Paul Douglass to this collection in recognition of the fact that the inspiration and labors of Dr. Douglass have been so largely responsible for the growing acceptance of research techniques as an essential element in the development of Christian strategy."

Over the years, this Collection has grown and, as church-related field survey expanded, the variety of topics included in it increased. Without specific guidelines to assist in the development of the Collection the general practice was to include all studies, papers, and reports that were sent to the Department of Research. Among other problems, referencing and loan control became difficult.

In 1968, the Research Committee of the Department of Research authorized a project looking toward a computerized inventory of this Collection. The United Methodist Church has already approved a similar project for Methodist studies.2 The goals of the project were to provide: (1) a computer listing and index of the studies in the Collection; (2) a method for adding to the Collection; (3) a process for regularly updating the original list; and (4) procedures for making documents available to researchers and other users. Among the advantages forecast for the computer-related procedures were quick and easy identification of research reports by authors, denominational or ecumenical sources, geographic and organizational levels, states, counties and cities, and major subjects.

1.1 Developing the Computerized Inventory

The Department of Research contracted with Keith C. Wright, staff member of the Department of Ministry of the National Council and a graduate student at the Columbia University School of Library Services, to develop the computer program and to oversee the special staff working on the project. The authors worked closely with the project, with Douglas W. Johnson assuming major responsibility for supervision. The development of the project included several steps.

Spot-checks were made of the documents in the Collection to determine their scope and characteristics. These checks provided a basis for developing coding forms and procedures.

Preliminary work on code categories was pretested with a sample of documents. This pretest resulted in an extensive revision of the categories.3 The main thrust of the index is bibliographic information designed to be helpful to potential users of the reports.

All of the documents then in the Collection were coded and subsequently included in the preliminary computer printout. A study of the printout resulted in the elimination of duplications4 and the development of criteria for the inclusion or exclusion of documents.

These steps, as actually carried out, involved several false starts and revisions in coding, supervision for quality control, and computer programming. These added to the costs and the time in the development of the Inventory. These experiences, however, should contribute to the management of the Inventory and its future uses.

1.2 Criteria for Inclusion of Documents in the Collection

From early statements of purpose, it seems that the Department of Research had two basic assumptions in developing the Collection: (1) the documents should consist of field research materials focused on churches as social institutions, and (2) the documents should be useful in the development of practical strategies by religious leaders.

These broad guides were used in developing specific criteria for inclusion or non-inclusion of documents in the Collection.

These criteria continue to be tentative but they were useful in the final selection of documents to be included in this Inventory.

1.2.1 The Collection should include only documents containing data original to the research project being reported. Unpublished papers, church-related research reports, statistical summaries other than yearbooks, and research and planning documents will be included if they also meet the other criteria. Essays, reprints, books, journals, and non-research type writings should be excluded.

1.2.2 The Collection should include only those research studies with a focus on the church as a social institution. Research reports concerning local parishes, denominations, judicatories, and church-related agencies, as well as affiliations, actions and programs of a church-related nature will be included.

1.2.3 The Collection should focus on "fugitive" materials, meaning those of limited circulation and likely to be lost to the research community. Regularly published reports or materials covered by readily available indexes should not be included.

Thus, the Collection should continue to be a reservoir of church-related research materials that might otherwise be lost or remain uncirculated. Researchers with studies meeting these criteria are invited to send copies to the Department of Research for possible inclusion in the Collection.

As experience develops with the Inventory and these criteria, they will be subject to revisions in keeping with the directions taken by church researchers in the future. Also, it should be remembered that the National Council of Churches and the Department of Research are interested in various types of information in addition to the research reports in this Collection.

1.3 Selected Characteristics of the Collection

It may be helpful to summarize a few characteristics of the Collection as determined by a study of the Master List (see Section 2.1) and the indexes.

1.3.1 The Collection contains research documents prepared principally during the past three decades, according to Table 1. There was an increase in the number of documents with the greatest additions between the late 1950s and the early 1960s and following the end of World War II. About half of the documents were dated in the 1960s. The number of documents nearly doubled each decade. Though hardly to be expected, if this acceleration should continue into the 1970s, roughly 2,000 documents would be added to the Collection.

It is, of course, impossible to know whether the Collection as it now exists represents fairly well the number of research projects done during these three decades or whether more documents proportionately were submitted to the Collection during the 1960s. Also, if the publication of this Inventory results in increased contributions of documents, it might be anticipated that the additions would follow the dating patterns of Table 1.

1.3.2 According to Table 2, there were 553 first-named authors for 2,073 of the documents. The remainder did not have authors identified. Seven out of ten of these authors were responsible for only one document each, and twenty-three authored over twenty research reports each.

1.3.3 As seen in Table 3, these 23 were the first-named authors of 1,015 documents and were secondary or co-authors of 71 additional documents for a total of 1,086 research reports. Thus, these authors were involved in the preparation of around half of the total number of documents. It should be noted, also, that the Collection does not include published works by these authors. The range of total documents is from 94 by N.M. Green to 21 by F.A. Shippey. An informal search indicates that these authors were distributed by denominational or ecumenical sources as follows: United Methodist - 9, Ecumenical - 6, American Baptist - 4, United Presbyterian - 2, Southern Baptist - 1, and United Church of Christ - 1. Fewer than 5 percent of the authors were involved in more than half the documents. The distribution of the documents for all the authors may be studied in more detail in the Master List (Section 2.1) and in the Index by Authors (Section 2.2).

1.3.4 In Table 4, the denominational or ecumenical source of the documents may be studied. In some cases this refers to the subject of the study and in others to the sponsoring agency. For instance, a report was placed in the ecumenical category if it were carried out by an ecumenical agency or if it dealt with two or more denominations. Some studies were carried out by colleges, universities, schools of theology or research centers related to them. Many of these were ecumenical in subject matter but others were denominational studies.

Nearly four out of ten of the documents were ecumenical in source or focus of study. Many of these were carried out by Councils of Churches. Others were sponsored by denominations but included churches of other denominations. The United Methodist Church claimed nearly a fourth of the documents. There was a special emphasis on collecting documents from United Methodist sources which doubtless contributed to this large representation.

Table 1
Number and Percentage of Documents by Dates, HPDC, 1969

Total No. of Documents: 2,317
Total Percent: 100.0

1965-69: 607 Documents: 26.2 Percent
1960-64: 581 Documents: 25.1 Percent
1955-59: 363 Documents: 15.7 Percent
1950-54: 290 Documents: 12.5 Percent
1945-49: 273 Documents: 11.8 Percent
1940-44: 94 Documents: 4.0 Percent
Pre 1940: 70 Documents: 3.0 Percent
No date*: 39 Documents: 1.7 Percent

* No date of publication indicated in the report

Table 2
Number and Percentage of First Named Authors by Number of Documents, HPDC, 1969

Total No. of Authors: 553
Total Percent: 100.0

No. of Documents(1): 1
No. of Authors(2): 395
Percent: 71.4

No. of Documents(1): 2
No. of Authors(2): 60
Percent: 10.8

No. of Documents(1): 3
No. of Authors(2): 19
Percent: 3.5

No. of Documents(1): 4
No. of Authors(2): 10
Percent: 1.8

No. of Documents(1): 5
No. of Authors(2): 5
Percent: 0.9

No. of Documents(1): 6-10
No. of Authors(2): 25
Percent: 4.5

No. of Documents(1): 11-15
No. of Authors(2): 11
Percent: 2.0

No. of Documents(1): 16-20
No. of Authors(2): 5
Percent: 0.9

No. of Documents(1): 21-25
No. of Authors(2): 4
Percent: 0.7

No. of Documents(1): Over 25
No. of Authors(2): 19
Percent: 3.5

(1) Agencies were indicated as authors for 15 documents and no authors are identified for 229 documents. This table covers 2,073 documents.

(2) There were 298 documents with multiple authors. The first named authors only are used in this table.

Source: Section 2.2 of Index by authors

Table 3
Number of Documents by First-Named Authors of 20 or More Documents with the Additional Number of Documents of Which They Were Co-Authors, HPDC, 1969

Total Documents: 1,086
Total No. of Documents As First-named Author: 1,015
Total No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 71

Author: Green, N.M.
Documents: 94
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 89
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 5

Author: Janssen, L.H.
Documents: 79
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 75
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 4

Author: Wilson, R.L.
Documents: 72
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 61
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 11

Author: Stotts, H.E.
Documents: 67
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 56
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 11

Author: Sturm, R.A.
Documents: 64
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 59
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 5

Author: Perry, E.L.
Documents: 63
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 61
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 2

Author: Shewmaker, R.L.
Documents: 60
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 59
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 1

Author: Russell, W.D.
Documents: 53
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 49
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 4

Author: Thorne, C.1
Documents: 52
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 47
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 5

Author: Brewer, E.D.C.
Documents: 48
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 46
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 2

Author: Douglass, H.P.
Documents: 47
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 47
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: -

Author: Leiffer, M.H.
Documents: 46
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 37
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 9

Author: Halko, J.
Documents: 43
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 43
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: -

Author: Artis, W.W.
Documents: 39
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 35
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 4

Author: Barry, D.W.
Documents: 39
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 36
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 3

Author: Gartrell, L.
Documents: 36
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 36
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: -

Author: Schaller, L.E.
Documents: 32
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 31
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 1

Author: Irwin, L.G.
Documents: 30
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 30
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: -

Author: Kaslow, G.W.
Documents: 27
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 27
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: -

Author: Sanderson, R.W.
Documents: 27
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 23
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: 4

Author: Kalshoven, T.N.
Documents: 24
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 24
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: -

Author: Carper, E.C.
Documents: 23
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 23
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: -

Author: Shippey, F.A.
Documents: 21
No. of Documents As First-Named Author: 21
No. of Additional Documents as Co-authors: -

Table 4
Number and Percentage of Documents by Denominational or Ecumenical Source, HPDC, 1969

Total No. of Documents: 2,317
Total Percent: 100.0

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: American Baptist Convention
No. of Documents: 351
Percent: 15.2

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Church of the Brethren
No. of Documents: 3
Percent: 0.1

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Church of the New Jerusalem
No. of Documents: 1
Percent: -

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Disciples of Christ
No. of Documents: 7
Percent: 0.3

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Eastern Orthodox
No. of Documents: 1
Percent: -

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Ecumenical (General and Council of Churches)
No. of Documents: 891
Percent: 38.5

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Episcopal
No. of Documents: 29
Percent: 1.3

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Evangelical and Reformed
No. of Documents: 18
Percent: 0.8

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Greek Orthodox
No. of Documents: 3
Percent: 0.1

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Jewish
No. of Documents: 1
Percent: -

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Lutheran
No. of Documents: 69
Percent: 3.0

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: General Conference Mennonite Church
No. of Documents: 4
Percent: 0.2

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
No. of Documents: 16
Percent: 0.7

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Reformed Church
No. of Documents: 1
Percent: -

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Roman Catholic
No. of Documents: 9
Percent: 0.4

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Southern Baptist Convention
No. of Documents: 35
Percent: 1.5

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Swedenborgian
No. of Documents: 1
Percent: -

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Universalist
No. of Documents: 2
Percent: 0.1

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: United Church of Canada
No. of Documents: 3
Percent: 0.1

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: United Church of Christ
No. of Documents: 90
Percent: 3.9

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: United Methodist Church
No. of Documents: 554
Percent: 23.9

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: United Presbyterian Church in the USA
No. of Documents: 211
Percent: 9.1

Denominational, Ecumenical Source: Undesignated
No. of Documents: 17
Percent: 0.8

Source: Section 2.3 of the Index by Denominations or Ecumenical Agencies

The American Baptist Convention had the second largest number of documents of any denomination. The United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. was the only other denomination with around 10 percent of the total. No other agency claimed as many as five percent of the documents. The United Church of Christ (3.9%) and the Lutherans (3.0%) had the next highest numbers of documents. Doubtless, some denominations have research studies which have not been made available to the Collection.

1.3.5 About a fourth of the documents were of such a nature as not to be classifiable by states or countries outside the United States, according to Table 5. Yet, the fifty states and the District of Columbia were covered by the remainder of the studies, with a range from 2 each for Nevada and Utah to 195 for New York. There were five states with more than 100 studies each. In addition to New York, these were Massachusetts (166), Ohio (166), Pennsylvania (128), and Illinois (125). These states accounted for a third of the total number of documents. There were nine states with five or fewer studies each. In addition to Nevada and Utah, these were New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming (three studies each); Arkansas, North Dakota and Vermont (four studies each); and Arizona (five studies).

In the Index of Section 2.4 the distribution of the documents by countries and cities, as well as by states, may be studied and should be useful to researchers working in particular places.

1.3.6 A study of Table 6, together with the definitions of the geographic and organizational levels (see Section 2.5), indicates that the majority of the documents dealt with the local church and community or the first level of judicatory or administrative unit above the local church.

More than a fifth of the studies concerned individual local churches or communities, and 6.1 percent focused on small groups of churches or contiguous communities (Sub-region 1). Sub-region 2 refers to counties or groups of counties or to districts, associations, presbyteries, dioceses and so on. Sub-region 3 relates to essentially the same administrative units, but within metropolitan areas. These two sub-regions accounted for 36.9 percent of the reports. A fifth of the projects covered the nation as a whole, while 20 studies were done in areas outside the United States. To a large degree, the Collection contains studies which continue the original efforts of Dr. Douglass to carry out field studies in local churches and communities, in counties and metropolitan areas.

Table 5
Number and Percentage of Documents by States, HPDC, 1969

Total No. of Documents: 2,317
Total Percent: 100.0

Alabama--8 Documents--0.3 Percent
Alaska--8 Documents--0.3 Percent
Arizona--5 Documents--0.2 Percent
Arkansas--4 Documents--0.2 Percent
California--85 Documents--3.7 Percent
Colorado--10 Documents--0.4 Percent
Connecticut--42 Documents--1.8 Percent
Delaware--7 Documents--0.3 Percent
Florida--20 Documents--0.9 Percent
Georgia--22 Documents--1.0 Percent
Hawaii--6 Documents--0.3 Percent
Idaho--8 Documents--0.3 Percent
Illinois--125 Documents--5.4 Percent
Indiana--84 Documents--3.6 Percent
Iowa--13 Documents--0.6 Percent
Kansas--29 Documents--1.3 Percent
Kentucky--19 Documents--0.8 Percent
Louisiana--6 Documents--0.3 Percent
Maine--11 Documents--0.5 Percent
Maryland--24 documents--1.0 Percent
Massachusetts--166 Documents--7.2 Percent
Michigan--41 Documents--1.8 Percent
Minnesota--18 Documents--0.8 Percent
Mississippi--7 Documents--0.3 Percent
Missouri--38 Documents--1.6 Percent
Montana--13 Documents--0.6 Percent
Nebraska--19 Documents--0.8 Percent
Nevada-- 2 Documents--0.1 Percent
New Hampshire--14 Documents--0.6 Percent
New Jersey--59 Documents--2.5 Percent
New Mexico--3 Documents--0.1 Percent
New York--195 Documents--8.4 Percent
North Carolina--15 Documents--0.7 Percent
North Dakota--4 Documents--0.2 Percent
Ohio--166 Documents--7.2 Percent
Oklahoma--3 Documents--0.1 Percent
Oregon--10 Documents--0.4 Percent
Pennsylvania--128 Documents--5.5 Percent
Rhode Island--12 Documents--0.5 Percent
South Carolina--8 Documents--0.3 Percent
South Dakota--8 Documents--0.3 Percent
Tennessee--15 Documents--0.7 Percent
Texas--39 Documents--1.7 Percent
Utah--2 Documents--0.1 Percent
Vermont--4 Documents--0.2 Percent
Virginia--25 Documents--1.1 Percent
Washington--39 Documents--1.7 Percent
West Virginia--17 Documents--0.7 Percent
Wisconsin--29 Documents--1.3 Percent
Wyoming--3 Documents--0.1 Percent
Washington, D.C.--30 Documents--1.3 Percent
Canada--32 Documents--1.4 Percent
Other Countries--14 Documents--0.6 Percent
Undesignated by state--602 Documents--26.0 Percent

Source: Section 2.4 of Index by States, Counties and Cities.

Table 6
Number and Percentage of Documents by Organizational Level, HPDC, 1969

Total: 2,377(1)
Total Percent: 100.0

Organizational Level: Locality
No. of Documents: 530
Percent: 22.3

Organizational Level: Sub-region 1 (sub-country)
No. of Documents: 145
Percent: 6.1

Organizational Level: Sub-region 2 (county)
No. of Documents: 188
Percent: 7.9

Organizational Level: Sub-region 3 (metro-area)
No. of Documents: 690
Percent: 29.1

Organizational Level: Sub-region 4 (state)
No. of Documents: 181
Percent: 7.6

Organizational Level: Region (group of states)
No. of Documents: 89
Percent: 3.7

Organizational Level: Nation
No. of Documents: 449
Percent: 18.9

Organizational Level: International
No. of Documents: 20
Percent: 0.8

Organizational Level: Not designated
No. of Documents: 85
Percent: 3.6

(1) Some documents are classified under more than one organizational level.

Source: Section 2.5 of Index by geographic and organizational levels.

 

1.3.7 The documents were classified by 61 major topics, as seen in Table 7. Some of these are combinations of the items I the Indes by Subjects in Section 2.6.

The 2,317 documents were classified 4,739 times by these subjects or topics, an average of about two topics per document.

Community characteristics (17.9%) and parish characteristics (16.4%) accounted for a third of all the subject classifications, followed by population and membership (13.3%) . Thus, these three topics contained 47.6 percent of the total classifications. The next three in order were individual church analysis (7.0%), individual community analysis (4.9%) and parish education (5.4%). These reinforced the local church and community focus of most of these field studies. Yet, there was significant coverage of many other topics in the documents.

1.4 Uses of the [Print] Inventory

The Inventory is designed to be useful to researchers and religious workers in locating research documents bearing upon their interests.

1.4.1 How to find documents of interest to users? The Inventory is composed of a Master List (Section 2.1) containing basic bibliographical information and five indexes. The indexes are by (1) authors (Section 2.2); (2) denominational or ecumenical sources (Section 2.3); (3) states, counties and cities (Section 2.4); (4) geographic and organizational levels (Section 2.5); and (5) major subjects (Section 2.6). Indexes provide alphabetic listings of the items together with the HPDC document numbers. These numbers refer to the serial listing in the Master List. Thus, it should be a fairly simple matter for a user to identify his interest in the indexes and to find the appropriate documents in the Master List.

1.4.2 How to request documents? Requests for documents should be made to the H. Paul Douglass Collection, Research Library, National Council of Churches, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 834, New York, N.Y. 10027. Requests should include the HPDC document number, and the author and the title for each document desired. Following is an illustration of the information needed in the request for each document:

HPDC 2564 Riley, F. Pattern of Denominational Migration.

1.4.3 How to get access to documents requested? In most cases, the Collection contains only one copy of each document. The documents themselves can be used only in the Research Library.

Table 7
Number and Percentage of Documents by Major Subjects, HPDC, 1969

Total Documents: 4,739
Total Percent: 100.0

Adult Education--2 Documents--* Percent
Aging--11 Documents--0.2 Percent
Audio-Visual--10 Documents--0.2 Percent
Building Facilities--31 Documents--0.7 Percent
Church Extension--164 Documents--3.5 Percent
Church Organizations--27 Documents--0.6 Percent
Church Trends--13 Documents--0.3 Percent
Clergy Recruitment and Training--36 Documents--0.8 Percent
Clergy Salaries--9 Documents--0.2 Percent
Communication and Publ.--15 Documents--0.3 Percent
Community Characteristics--850 Documents--17.9 Percent
Conference Characteristics--19 Documents--0.4 Percent
Curriculum materials, Periodicals--22 Documents--0.5 Percent
Denominational Analysis--32 Documents--0.7 Percent
Directors of Christ. Ed.--7 Documents--0.1 Percent
District Characteristics--5 Documents--0.1 Percent
Economic Developments and Issues--33 Documents--0.7 Percent
Ecumenical Activities--36 Documents--0.8 Percent
Evangelism--65 Documents--1.4 Percent
Experimental Ministries--9 Documents--0.2 Percent
Family Life--15 Documents--0.3 Percent
Finance--210 Documents--4.4 Percent
Multiple Staff Ministries--6 Documents--0.1 Percent
Health--7 Documents--0.1 Percent
Higher Education--10 Documents--0.2 Percent
Housing--25 Documents--0.5 Percent
Individual Church Analysis--330 Documents--7.0 Percent
Individual Community Anal.--232 Documents--4.9 Percent
Individual State Analysis--5 Documents--0.1 Percent
Industrial Relations--4 Documents--0.1 Percent
Juvenile Delinquency--2 Documents--* Percent
Laity--35 Documents--0.7 Percent
Leadership Characteristics--31 Documents--0.7 Percent
National Missions--23 Documents--0.5 Percent
Organizational Analysis--4 Documents--0.1 Percent
Other Clergy--3 Documents--0.1 Percent
Parish Characteristics--776 Documents--16.4 Percent
Parish Education--256 Documents--5.4 Percent
Pastor--111 Documents--2.4 Percent
Personality Characterist.--5 Documents--0.1 Percent
Political Involvement and Issues--13 Documents--0.3 Percent
Population and Membership--630 Documents--13.3 Percent
Public Education--21 Documents--0.4 Percent
Public Housing--2 Documents--* Percent
Race and Ethnic--139 Documents--2.9 Percent
Reconnaissance Study--8 Documents--0.2 Percent
Recreation--2 Documents--* Percent
Religious Census--58 Documents--1 Percent
Religious Executive--13 Documents--0.3 Percent
Religious Independents--2 Documents--* Percent
Rural--89 Documents--1.9 Percent
Self-Study Guide--6 Documents--0.1 Percent
Social Organizations--43 Documents--0.9 Percent
State Analysis--6 Documents--0.1 Percent
Urban--125 Documents--2.6 Percent
Vacation Church Schools--6 Documents--0.1 Percent
Weekday Religious Educ.--3 Documents--0.1 Percent
Welfare--11 Documents--0.2 Percent
World Missions--12 Documents--0.3 Percent
Worship--23 Documents--0.5 Percent
Youth and Young Adults--41 Documents--0.9 Percent

(1) Some documents were classified under more than one subject

* Less than 0.1 percent

Source: Section 2.6 of Index by subjects

Copies may be Xeroxed (with approval from the sponsoring agency) for a fee of 10 cents per page plus postage. The amount can be estimated from the number of pages in the document (see Master List, Section 2.1) and payment must accompany the request.

Research reports are also available on microfiche or microfilm. A schedule of costs is available upon request.

1.5 Future of the Inventory and the Collection

The future of the Inventory and the Collection depends upon the potential users of the documents and the researchers who contribute documents to it.

The only justification for the continuation of an Inventory of this type is its usefulness to researchers and religious executives, students, and others. It is hoped that persons doing research and planning in different sections of the country or in various areas of the churchs life will request the documents which they judge to be of value to them. With experience in responding to such requests, it is hoped that the process can be simplified, made convenient and inexpensive. All of this, however, depends upon the number of requests for documents. Thus, the future of the Inventory and the Collection rests basically upon requests from users.

The authors are aware of the shortcomings of this initial effort at developing a computerized inventory and of the lack of completeness of the Collection at this point. It is suggested that the Inventory can be improved in the future if errors or omissions are reported. These will be taken into account in supplements to or future editions of the Inventory.

If this Collection is to be of maximum value, it needs to be as complete and as up-to-date as possible. This means that agency executives and researchers should take the initiative to contribute research documents which meet the criteria of the Collection. The addition of documents to the Collection will be indicated in future supplements to the Inventory.

It would be very helpful if researchers contributing documents would include abstracts of their reports so that these could be circulated for review in filling exploratory requests. Finally, it would be desirable if researchers would adopt a title page style that would include the following items: name of author(s), title, date, place of publication, sponsoring agency, specific geographic area covered, and denomination(s) or ecumenical agencies included. This format would allow for easy determination by libraries and users of the appropriateness of the publication for their specific needs.

The following documents have been deleted or were unavailable for various reasons:

1604
1652
1660
1687
1709
2282
2546
2871
2969
3009
3066
3157
3166
3238
3276
3415
3417
3452
3464
3517
3562
3563
3594
3595
3596
3597
3598
3599
3600
3601
3611
3612
3613
3616
3617
3618
3620
3621
3633
3634
3635
3653

These documents have been annotated with an asterisk where they appear in the guide

Footnotes

1 An undated, mimeographed index. No document dated later than 1951 was included.

2 The prior work on the Methodist studies accounts for the assignment of early HPDC serial numbers to them as seen in the Master List in Section 2.1.

3 The final form of the code as used in the Inventory may be seen in Appendix 1.

4 This accounts for the "skips" in the HPDC serial numbers of the Master List. These omitted numbers will be used as new documents are added to the Collection.