The UNO University Religious Center Collection includes materials related to establishing a Protestant ministry for students at UNO's predecessor the Municipal University of Omaha (circa 1959-1965); activities at the University Religious Center (URC) facility near the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus (1970-2001); and United Christian Ministries in Higher Education (UCMHE) activities on UNO campus (until about 2008). The collection includes correspondence related to establishing a ministry on campus (1959-1965); memorandums; handwritten notes; minutes of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Westminster Foundation Board, Student Work Committee, and Campus Ministry Department (1961-1963); Campus Ministry information, reports, history, and finances; directories; event programs, flyers, and invitations; newspaper advertisements and articles; guides; publications; and photographic prints, slides, and negatives. Materials related to the Omaha Area Council of Churches and the United Christian Ministries in Higher Education are included.
Most of the materials in the collection have been arranged into folders according to topic, and these materials have been described to the folder level, except for one folder of more recent materials predominantly related to United Christian Ministries in Higher Education , circa 2005-2008, which has been added to the end of the Correspondence and Records series. The UCMHE print records in this folder include an assortment of bylaws, financial records, board meeting minutes, fund raising information, plans, brochures, correspondence, and more. This folder also includes one home-recorded DVD documenting a UNO student trip to Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.
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2 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)
Arranged into loose series: Series: Correspondence and Records; Series: Photographs.
Accession records are incomplete or absent. Someone from the University Religious Center, or many people over time, donated the bulk of the materials to the Criss Library prior to 2006. A post-2006 addition may have originated with Fred Richart, UNO Campus Minister for UCMHE from 2005 until 2008.
University of Nebraska at Omaha. University Religious Center.
Prior to 2006, University Religious Center materials were incorporated into the University Archives File Cabinet Collection in a file structure created by Cynthia Taylor, Archives Assistant, 1980-2012. Materials in the file cabinets were originally filed under the heading UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, with various subheadings. Sometime in 2006, Criss Library staff removed these and other folders related to Christian ministry on campus from the file cabinet and placed them in a separate boxed collection named University Religious Center. At that time, the file structure of these materials was revised, and the current arrangement no longer resembles the arrangement from the file cabinets.
In 2015, amongst materials queued for filing in the file cabinet, a one-inch-thick folder was found, labeled Campus Ministries but containing predominantly materials from the United Christian Ministries in Higher Education. This folder had never been integrated into the file cabinet collection and its contents appeared to be in their original order, although this was impossible to confirm conclusively, given the ambiguous origin of the folder. Angela Kroeger, Archives and Special Collections Associate, relabeled this folder United Christian Ministries in Higher Education 2005-2007 to more specifically reflect its contents, and then placed the folder at the end of the Correspondence and Records series of the UNO University Religious Center Collection. The contents of this folder have not yet been further arranged or described.
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