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Council of Church Boards of Education Records

Call Number: RG 236

Scope and Contents

The Council of Church Boards of Education archives cover the period 1920-1949 with the bulk of records in the mid 1930s to early 1940s when Gould Wickey was the executive secretary. The materials are divided into four series with documents arranged alphabetically by name or subject. Records are organized chronologically within the alphabetical structure. The documents represent the administrative and program actions of the CCBE. Series I contains correspondence to organizations within and outside the CCBE. Series II houses materials generated by the CCBE such as meeting minutes, news clippings, publicity information, and reports. Series III contains conference materials and information about events programmed by the CCBE and other conferences attended. Series IV contains material from organization the CCBE were in contact with such as promotion information from colleges, meeting minutes and reports.


  • 1920-1949


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Princeton Theological Seminary Library, 2010.


  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Council of Church Boards of Education Records
  3. III. Conferences
  4. IV. Organizations


5.8 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Council of Church Boards of Education was a Protestant ecumenical organization created in 1911. The organization was made up of boards of education from several Protestant denominations. The intent of the organization was to promote the cause of religious education in institutions of higher education.

Biographical / Historical

On February 18, 1911, Dr. Thomas Nicholson called a meeting of secretaries from various denominational boards of education to discuss and collaborate on their common issues. This meeting led to the creation of the Council of Church Boards of Education (CCBE), which was an interdenominational organization concerned with Christian education in normal schools, colleges, and universities. The aims of the council were to promote and strengthen Christian education within institutions of higher education. It accomplished these aims by being a clearing house for information on the subject. The CCBE released several publications, including the journal Christian Education and the handbook Christian Higher Education. In addition, it conducted surveys on religious education in higher education, coordinated conferences, acted as a consultant to college campuses, and produced several radio addresses. The Council of Church Boards of education also assisted in the founding of the American Association of Colleges. In 1947 the organization changed its name to the National Protestant Council of Higher Education, and in 1950 it was absorbed into the National Churches of Christ in the USA’s Commission on Higher Education.

Guide to the Council of Church Boards of Education Records
Mary N.S. Richardson and Noemi Palomares
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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