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Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry Records

Call Number: RG 107

Scope and Contents

The records document ecumenical student Christian work in the United States and are valuable for the way in which they complement other archival collections at the Divinity Library. Added to papers of Ruth Harris, Margaret Flory, John R. Mott, Clarence P. Shedd, Robert Wilder, Luther Wishard, Henry Burt Wright and others, as well as the archives of the World Student Christian Federation, Student Volunteer Movement, Student Christian Movement in New England, New England Commission for United Ministries in Higher Education, National Campus Ministry Association and YMCA Student Division, the CESCM archives provide a detailed picture of the development of religious work among college and university students in the United States.

Series I contains background material and documents of the predecessor organizations of the CESCM, including the National Ecumenical Student Christian Council. Series II documents the "Celebrate" conferences - ecumenical student conferences coordinated by the CESCM. See YDSL Record groups 46A anad 46B for additional documentation of the World Student Christian Federation North America Region, with which the CESCM was affiliated.

Series III contains general adminstrative records of the CESCM: committee records, financial reports, staff reports, etc. It is divided into several subseries: Subseries 1: CESCM in formation; Subseries 2: Partners group; Subseries; 3: Steering and Administrative Committees; Subseries 4: Financial Records; Subseries 5: Staff Reports; Subseries 6: Program Activities; Subseries 7: CESCM Publications; Subseires 8: Correspondence files.

There is some overlap between the various subseries because the records came from the files of different individuals, particularly Ruth Harris and Gayla Spicknall. Gayla Spicknall was the primary CESCM staff member in its New York office from 1987 until 1992, when she was stricken with cancer. Ruth Harris was a CESCM "partner" representing the United Methodist Church.


  • 1956-2000


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of CESCM


  1. I. Predecessor and Related Organizations
  2. II. Celebrate Conferences
  3. III. CESCM Administrative Files


7 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry (CESCM) was founded in 1987 to "in order to create new opportunities for involving students and campus ministries in the work to rebuild an ecumenical student Christian ministry in the United States." This record group contains material related to predecessor organizations and administrative files from CESCM from its inception in 1987 to 2000. The CESCM grew out of the National Ecumenical Student Christian Council (NESCC), which was preceeded by the National Ecumenical Student Conference (NESC) and the National Interim Committee (NIC). It has a relationship with global ecumenical student organizations through affiliate membership in the World Student Christian Federation.

Biographical / Historical

1981 Aug 11-22
WSCF General Assembly in CA
1981 Aug 21-25
National Ecumenical Student Conference (NESC) meets in Berkeley, CA
National Interim Committee is formed
1983 Aug 11-15
2nd National Ecumenical Student Conference meets at University of Maryland, College Park
1983 Aug
National Ecumenical Student Christian Council (NESCC) is formed
NESCC General Assembly meets at DePaul University, Chicago
1986 Feb 12-16
Leadership Development Conference sponsored by NESCC
1986 Mar
NESCC collapsed in March 1986, shortly after the WSCF Mexico General Assembly; the North America Regional Committee (NARC) was disbanded; WSCF North America region effectively ceased to exist.
Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry is formed
CESCM recommends that WSCF North America staff be retained for two year interim.
1990 Dec 28 - 1991 Jan 1
"Celebrate" Conference (1)
1994 Dec 28 - 1995 Jan 1
"Celebrate" Conference (2)
CESCM was affiliated with the WSCF as a member movement, joining student Christian movements from more than 80 countries
1998 Dec 30 - 1999 Jan 3
"Celebrate" Conference (3)
Guide to the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry Records
Compiled by Sarah Scherschligt and Martha Lund Smalley
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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