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The files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Items within the files are arranged chronologically by year, month, and day. Partially dated documents are placed at the end of the month or year; undated items are placed after all dated material. Enclosures are placed after their letter of transmittal.
The files consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, a diary, press releases, newsletters, bulletins, itineraries, leaflets, and newspaper clippings. The files principally concern Buschmeyer's tours of overseas armed forces installations and Congressional activities relating to religious concerns.
The archives of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America have been dated from 1950 to 1972; however, there is material dating from before and after this time period. Documents from the predecessor organizations date from as early as 1839. There is also a small amount of material found in the files from as late as 1975. The year 1972 was selected as a cutoff date for the archives because of the major reorganization which the NCC underwent at this time. The archives are arranged in the following record groups:NCC RG 1: Planning Committee for the NCC, 1941-1951 NCC RG 2: General Assemblies, 1952-1972NCC RG 3: General Board, 1950-1972NCC RG 4: General Secretary, 1950-1973NCC RG 5: Deputy General Secretary, 1947-1975NCC RG 6: Division of Christian Life and Mission, 1945-1973NCC RG 7: Division of Home Missions, 1950-1964NCC RG 8: Division of Overseas Ministries, 1914-1972NCC RG 9: Division of Christian Education, 1897-1974NCC RG 10: Division of Christian Unity, 1935-1973NCC RG 11: Office of Administration, 1938-1973NCC RG 12: Assistant General Secretary for Executive Operations, 1950-1966NCC RG 13: Washington Office, 1951-1966NCC RG 14: Office of Planning and Program, 1943-1973NCC RG 15: Department of Information, 1951-1974NCC RG 16: Broadcasting and Film Commission, 1923-1974NCC RG 17: Special Topics, 1951-1970NCC RG 18: Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, 1894-1952NCC RG 19: International Council of Religious Education, 1839-1953NCC RG 20: Missionary Education Movement of the United States and Canada, 1901-1952NCC RG 21: National Protestant Council of Higher Education, 1911-1951NCC RG 22: United Stewardship Council, 1917-1950NCC RG 23: Inter-Council Field Department, 1935-1950NCC RG 24: Association of Council Secretaries, 1915-1971NCC RG 25: Church Executive Development Board, 1960-1974NCC RG 26: Home Missions Council of North America, 1903-1951NCC RG 27: Foreign Missions Conference of North America, 1887-1951NCC RG 28: Scrapbooks, 1915-1963
Catalog NoteIn the society's electronic catalog, all 28 NCC record groups are cataloged together as the records of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Guide to NCC RG 13
Air Force Academy Chapel; Dec 1959-June 1960
Caribbean Christmas Tour, Nov 1960-March 1961
Congressional Record Summary, Jan 1962-Aug 1966
Correspondence, Sept 1957-Sept 1962
Far East Christmas Tour, July 1959-Jan 1960
File Classification, Jan 1957
Memo, Feb 1953-July 1964
Miscellaneous, Nov 1951-Dec 1964, n.d.
Religious Affiliation of Congress, Feb 1951-March 1959