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Camilo José Vergara Collection of Urban Church Ephemera

 Collection
Call Number: RG 234

Scope and Contents

This collection contains church bulletins, brochures, event notices, newletters, fans, and other ephemera documenting urban churches in America. The activities of small and large churches from across the country are documented, with particular emphasis on the New York City area. These materials shed light on the weekly activities of churches, their pastors and leaders, worship services, and outreach efforts. They provide a fascinating snapshot of religion in urban America.

Dates

  • 1993-2004
  • Majority of material found within 2002 - 2004

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Camilo José Vergara, 2010

Arrangement

  1. I. Geographically Arranged Church Documentation
  2. II. Additional Church Documentation

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.234

Overview

This collection contains church bulletins, brochures, event notices, newletters, fans, and other ephemera documenting urban churches in America,primarily dating from 2000-2004. These materials shed light on the weekly activities of churches, their pastors and leaders, worship services, and outreach efforts. They provide a fascinating snapshot of religion in urban America.

Biographical / Historical

The documentation in this collection was collected by Camilo José Vergara in connection with his book, How the Other Half Worships (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2005) and in subsequent visits to urban churches throughout the United States. In the introduction to his book, Vergara wrote: " How the Other Half Worships has its roots in the late 1970s, when I began photographing the built environment of poor, minority communities in cities across the United States. Churches were such a prevalent feature of the urban landscape that I quickly understood them to be crucial to my project, and a separate study of them began to develop. The subject of this study inevitably grew beyond the church buildings themselves to include socioeconomic conditions and religious practices that shape these churches and give them meaning."
Title
Guide to the Camilo José Vergara Collection of Urban Church Ephemera
Author
Martha Lund Smalley
Date
2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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