Religion & Education Records

Collection Overview

Title: Religion & Education Records

Record Series: MsC-98

Record Group:

Manuscripts

Creator: Kniker, Charles and Michael Waggoner

Date: 1967-2017

Extent: 20 boxes (8.34 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The materials were donated by Religion & Education editor, and UNI emeritus professor, Michael Waggoner, in 2019.

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Historical Note

The Religion & Education journal is a nonpartisan journal focused on religion and its relation to education. It was founded by Charles Kniker as the Religion & Public Education journal (1984-1994) before adopting its current title in 1995. The journal was originally published by the National Council on Religion and Public Education (NCRPE). This organization was founded in 1971 following a string of United States Supreme Court cases related to the role of religion in public schools. Roughly 40 organizations, ranging from religious groups to professional education and civic/religious organizations, joined together with the goal of supporting “the academic study of religion in public schools “as well as working to push back against “the efforts to restore prayer in the classroom.” The Religion & Education journal came into being as a direct result of the NCRPE’s creation. NCRPE published the journal in conjunction with Iowa State University and Southwest Missouri State University. Following NCRPE’s disbandonment in 1994, the journal was published with Webster University. Editors have included Charles Kniker, Charles Russo, and Michael Waggoner.

Today, Religion & Education is published by Taylor and Francis, with the Institute for Religion and Education at the University of Northern Iowa serving as its editorial home. Michael Waggoner, Professor of Education Emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa, serves as its editor. Religion & Education’s goal is to advance “public understanding and dialogue on issues at the intersections of religion and education.” Its contents consist of essays, books, curricular resources, and more, centered on religion and public education.

Arrangement

The collection was kept in its original order, with series titles created while working with current editor, Michael Waggoner. Folder titles were also retained. There is overlap in subjects and content types across the collection.

  • Series 1: Administrative Files
  • Series 2: Correspondence
  • Series 3: Subject Files
  • Series 4: Organizations
  • Series 5: Publications
  • Series 6: Teaching Materials / Curriculum

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials related to the journal Religion & Education, many of which were compiled and used by the journal’s founding director, Charles Kniker. The materials were used in many ways related to the journal’s operations. Included are administrative files, correspondence, subject files, and more, which assisted in tracking trends in the field and in informing the writing of editorials and the solicitation of manuscripts. The collection provides insight into the journal’s functioning while simultaneously providing background information on a wide variety of topics concerning religion and education. It has been arranged into six series.

The first series, Administrative Files, dating from 1988-2017, consists of materials used in the course of operating the Religion & Education journal, primarily while it was at Iowa State University and Webster University, with much of the content created by then-editor Charles Kniker. It contains proofs, by-laws, notes, financial information (balance sheets, invoices, statements), correspondence, stylesheets, reports, minutes, etc. Subjects covered include essay content, printing matters, and documents focused on specific issues of the journal. The materials are a mix of handwritten and typed items. The series also includes a history of the NCRPE, written by Kniker, in the “General” section.

Series 2, Correspondence, dates from 1981 to 2003, and is arranged chronologically. Topics covered include journal administrative business, such as essay contests, subscriptions, budget, and the move to Webster University from Iowa State University in the 1990s. Other content consists of solicitation for manuscripts, people responding to journal content, and discussion of a presidential survey sent to 2000 presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore. Frequent correspondents include Charles Kniker (sometimes addressed as “Bud”), Austin Creel, Thayer Warshaw, and Charles Russo.

Additional correspondence came directly from the NCRPE’s Distribution Center, which disseminated materials related to religion and education, such as lesson plans for teaching about religion at public schools, school district policies, and certain books. This correspondence run has been kept grouped together as it was upon arrival at Rod Library.

The Subject Files series, dating from 1966-2002, is comprised of topics related to religion and education. Subjects include the religious right, school choice, school prayer, evolutionism vs creationism, and more. Please see the inventory below for a complete list. Materials consist of articles (both scholarly and news clippings); bibliographies; newsletters; reports; memos; brochures; congressional reports; and correspondence. Some documents contain handwritten notes and other annotations, with a few noting how they might be used in the journal. A number of items, such as a draft about moral education and materials about religious holidays, were written by Charles Kniker.

The fourth series, Organizations, consists of materials related to or from prominent organizations within the field of religion and education, some of which, such as the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development and the American Academy of Religion, worked directly with the NCRPE. Other materials are from different denominations and religions and are related to education and / or their views on a particular issue, as well as general information about that religion. The series dates from c. 1977 to 2004 and includes fliers, booklets, correspondence, articles, brochures, etc. Please consult the inventory below for a full list of included organizations.

The fifth series, Publications, contains miscellaneous publications such as clippings, articles, fliers, press releases, brochures, and more, that, like the subject files, were used to track current issues. The materials, dating from 1964 to 2002, focus on a variety of topics, some of which overlap with the subject files’ contents. Specific topics throughout the series include politics and religion; separation of church and state; the religious right; vouchers; and creationism/evolution.

The final series, Teaching Materials / Curriculum, dating from 1967 to roughly 1995, includes a wide variety of educational materials, such as curriculum and resources. Examples consist of handouts, syllabi, bibliographies, correspondence, and articles. A fair amount of materials were created and used by Charles Kniker, including in his classroom work. The inventory contains the complete list of areas.

Inventory

Box 1

  • Folder 1: Articles used to track trends to address in journal [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Articles used to track trends to address in journal [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Bibliographies [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Bibliographies [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Campaign [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: Equal Access [Series 1]
  • Folder 7: Financial Information (bundle) [Series 1]
  • Folder 8: Financial - Grant application, July 1993-July 1994 [Series 1]
  • Folder 9: Financial - Grant application, September 1994-September 1995 [Series 1]
  • Folder 10: Financial - grant possibilities [Series 1]
  • Folder 11: [Art Exhibition?] [Series 1]

Box 2

  • Folder 1: Excerpts / copies [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Excerpts / copies [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Financial - Iowa State University [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Financial - Webster University [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: General [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: General [Series 1]
  • Folder 7: Kniker, Charles miscellaneous files [Series 1]
  • Folder 8: [Charles Kniker files?] [Series 1]
  • Folder 9: Lists [Series 1]
  • Folder 10: Manuscripts Check Off Sheet [Series 1]
  • Folder 11: Operations Manual [Series 1]
  • Folder 12: Operations Manual [(Webster)?] [Series 1]
  • Folder 13: Financial - University of Northern Iowa [Series 1]

Box 3

  • Folder 1: Presidential survey [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Proofs [Series 1]
  • Folder 3: Proofs [Series 1]
  • Folder 4: Printing [Series 1]
  • Folder 5: Religion & Education issues, 2004 & 2017 [Series 1]
  • Folder 6: Religion Law List [Series 1]
  • Folder 7: Spring 2001 [Series 1]
  • Folder 8 Stylesheets [(Webster]?] [Series 1]
  • Folder 9: Thayer S. Warshaw Essay Contest, 1993 [Series 1]
  • Folder 10: Religion & Education meeting, July 29, 1995 [Series 1]
  • Folder 11: Michael Waggoner [Series 1]

Box 4

  • Folder 1: Winter 1998 issue [Series 1]
  • Folder 2: Correspondence, 1981-1982; 1990-1992 [Series 2]
  • Folder 3: Correspondence, 1993-March 1995 [Series 2]
  • Folder 4: Correspondence, April 1995-1997; 2000 [Series 2]
  • Folder 5: Correspondence, 2001-2003; undated [Series 2]
  • Folder 6: Correspondence w/ authors: Benjamin Webb, Spring 2002 [Series 2]
  • Folder 7: Correspondence w/ authors: Paul Geisert, Spring 2002 (29:1) [Series 2]

Box 5

  • Folder 1: Correspondence w/ authors: Rick Jarow, Spring 2002 (29:1) [Series 2]
  • Folder 2: Correspondence w/ authors: Jeong-Kyu Lee, Spring 2002 (29:1) [Series 2]
  • Folder 3: Correspondence w/ authors: Robert J. Nash, Spring 2002 [Series 2]
  • Folder 4: Correspondence w/ authors: Alan G. Phillips, Jr., Spring 2002 (29:1) [Series 2]
  • Folder 5: [Correspondence w/ authors: Pierard Research?] [Series 2]
  • Folder 6: [Correspondence w/ authors: Charles Kniker?] [Series 2]
  • Folder 7: Book request letters, 2003 [Series 2]
  • Folder 8: Contributions [Series 2]
  • Folder 9: Austin Creel correspondence, 1994-1995 [Series 2]
  • Folder 10: Webster correspondence, 1994-1995 [Series 2]
  • Folder 11: Thayer Warshaw correspondence [Series 2]
  • Folder 12: Templeton Foundation correspondence [Series 2]
  • Folder 13: Distribution Center, 1991-1992 [Series 2]
  • Folder 14: Distribution Center, 1992-1997; undated [Series 2]
  • Folder 15: Biblical Review article / Kniker [Series 2]
  • Folder 16: American Indians - Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 17: Ethics Education [Series 3]

Box 6

  • Folder 1: Bible [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Bill of Rights [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Black History [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Black History [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Censorship [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: Civic Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: Certification Programs [Series 3]
  • Folder 8: Comparative / World Religions, 2002 [Series 3]
  • Folder 9: Congressional Reports [Series 3]
  • Folder 10: Creationism / Evolution, 2001 [Series 3]
  • Folder 11: Creationism (“Scientific Creationism”) / Evolution [Series 3]
  • Folder 12: Creationism (“Scientific Creationism”) / Evolution [Series 3]

Box 7

  • Folder 1: Creation Science [=UCC position?] [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Death of God, 1966 [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Ecumenical (ideas / projects) [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Education of Women [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Equal Access, 1983-1994 [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: Family Values [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: First Amendment - Background, Fall 1987 Bicentennial issue [Series 3]
  • Folder 8: Gay rights / LGBTQ rights [Series 3]
  • Folder 9: History of Adult Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 10: Holocaust Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 11: Homeschooling [Series 3]
  • Folder 12: Interreligious / Interfaith [Series 3]
  • Folder 13: Measurement [Series 3]
  • Folder 14: Moral Education / Character Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 15: Prayer - school-sponsored [Series 3]

Box 8

  • Folder 1: Moral Education / Character Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Peace Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Pledge of Allegiance [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Policies on Religion (by national education & religious groups) [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Prayer - in Public Schools, 1969-1971; 1978-1994 [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: Prayer - school-sponsored [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: Private Schools [Series 3]
  • Folder 8: Religion (& Education) Historical Background [Series 3]
  • Folder 9: Religion & Literature [Series 3]
  • Folder 10: Religion & Politics, 1984-1996 [Series 3]
  • Folder 11: Religion Laws - 50 State Survey [Series 3]
  • Folder 12: Religion Guidelines - Public Schools, 1995 [Series 3]
  • Folder 13: Religion - Parochial Schools [Series 3]

Box 9

  • Folder 1: Religion - policies by local school districts [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Religion Polls - degree of participation [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Religion Polls - sociological data [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Religious Art in the Public School, September 4, 1990 [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Religious Diet & Dress [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: Religious Displays - Religious Art / Symbols, c. 1989 [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: Religious Files in Public Schools [Series 3]
  • Folder 8: Religious Freedom & “Peyote” [Series 3]
  • Folder 9: Religious Holidays [Series 3]
  • Folder 10: Religious Right [Series 3]
  • Folder 11: Religious Right [Series 3]
  • Folder 12: Religious Right [Series 3]

Box 10

  • Folder 1: Religious Right [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Religious Right - Christian Coalition, 1994-1996 [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Religious Right - Demographic Information, 1995 [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Religious Right - Promise Keepers, 1995 [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Religious Right issue - Religion & Education, Fall 1996 [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: Religious Studies - Bibliographies [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: School Criticism [Series 3]
  • Folder 8: Schools & Holiday Observances [Series 3]
  • Folder 9: School-sponsored prayer [Chapter 2 - Notes?] [Series 3]
  • Folder 10: Secular Humanism, 1978-1985 [Series 3]
  • Folder 11: Separation of Church / State, 1983-1985 [Series 3]

Box 11

  • Folder 1: Special Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Spiritual Holidays [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Spirituality [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Textbooks - (Religious Minorities) [Appendix A Case Study #2] [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Values Bibliography [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: Values Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: Values Education: The Child as a Moral Philosopher Colloquy, May-June [Series 3]
  • Folder 8: Vouchers / School Choice [Series 3]
  • Folder 9: Vouchers / School Choice [Series 3]

Box 12

  • Folder 1: Vouchers / School Choice [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Vouchers / School Choice [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: Vouchers / School Choice [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Voucher Plan - Tuition Tax Credit (NCRPE bulletin) [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: World Sunday School Movement, 1969-1970 [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: [Charles Kniker - Case Studies] [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: Values Education - Articles [Series 3]
  • Folder 8: Values Education - Values Clarification [Series 3]
  • Folder 9: Values Education [Series 3]
  • Folder 10: Values Education - Matrix [Series 3]

Box 13

  • Folder 1: Church Architecture [Series 3]
  • Folder 2: Commentaries [Series 3]
  • Folder 3: December Dilemma [Series 3]
  • Folder 4: Religious Materials - distribution of (public schools) [Series 3]
  • Folder 5: Values Education - clippings [Series 3]
  • Folder 6: Kohlberg Charts [Series 3]
  • Folder 7: Alliance for Magical & Earth Religions [Series 4]
  • Folder 8: American Academy of Religion - Religion Studies & Public Education group [Series 4]
  • Folder 9: American Academy of Religion - Religion Studies - group papers [Series 4]
  • Folder 10: American Academy of Religion - New Orleans, November 23-26, 1996 [Series 4]
  • Folder 11: American Association of School Administrators [Series 4]
  • Folder 12: American Educational Research Association (Religion & Education special interest group) [Series 4]
  • Folder 13: American Jewish Committee [Series 4]
  • Folder 14: Americans United for Separation of Church & State, 1997 [Series 4]
  • Folder 15: Americans United for Separation of Church & State [Series 4]
  • Folder 16: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development [Series 4]

Box 14

  • Folder 1: Council on Islamic Education, 1998 [Series 4]
  • Folder 2: Council for Religion in Independent Schools, 1989; 1993 [Series 4]
  • Folder 3: Council on Religion Studies in Iowa Schools (CORSIS) [Series 4]
  • Folder 4: Council on Religion Studies in Iowa Schools (CORSIS) [Series 4]
  • Folder 5: Council on Religion Studies in Iowa Schools (CORSIS) - DPI presentation, 1980-1981 [Series 4]
  • Folder 6: Council of Societies for the Study of Religion [Series 4]
  • Folder 7: Freedom Forum First Amendment Center (Vanderbilt) [Series 4]
  • Folder 8: Islam [Series 4]
  • Folder 9: [Iowa Association of School Boards] [Series 4]
  • Folder 10: Iowa Council for the Social Studies [Series 4]
  • Folder 11: National Council for the Social Studies [Series 4]
  • Folder 12: Orthodox Faith [Series 4]
  • Folder 13: Presbyterians [Series 4]
  • Folder 14: Public Education Religion Studies Center [Series 4]
  • Folder 15: Ethics Resource Center [Series 4]
  • Folder 16: Texans for Public Schools [Series 4]

Box 15

  • Folder 1: Roman Catholic Church [Series 4]
  • Folder 2: Roman Catholic Education [Series 4]
  • Folder 3: Texas Freedom Network [Series 4]
  • Folder 4: United Church of Christ (UCC) [Series 4]
  • Folder 5: United Church of Christ (USS) [Series 4]
  • Folder 6: United Church of Christ - Public Education / United Board for Homeland [Series 4]
  • Folder 7: Publications - General [Series 5]
  • Folder 8: Publications - General [Series 5]

Box 16

  • Folder 1: Publications - General [Series 5]
  • Folder 2: Publications - General [Series 5]
  • Folder 3: Publications - General [Series 5]
  • Folder 4: Publications - General [Series 5]
  • Folder 5: Publications - publications to keep eye on [Series 5]

Box 17

  • Folder 1: Publications - General [Series 5]
  • Folder 2: Publications - Church & Religion clippings [Series 5]
  • Folder 3: Publications - Religion in Schools [Series 5]
  • Folder 4: Publications - Religion in Schools [Series 5]
  • Folder 5: Publications - Religion in Schools [Series 5]

Box 18

  • Folder 1: [NCRPE Bulletin - (Controversial Issues)] [Series 5]
  • Folder 2: 506x - Asian Americans (religious issue) [Series 6]
  • Folder 3: 506x - Black Americans [Series 6]
  • Folder 4: 506x - Values [Series 6]
  • Folder 5: 506x Week 2 - Ho = Teacher Roles = MCNS [Series 6]
  • Folder 6: 506x - Week #2 - Activity: “Find Someone Who,” 1983 [Series 6]
  • Folder 7: Teaching Materials / Resources [Series 6]
  • Folder 8: Censorship, 1967; 1977-1988; 1995 [Series 6]
  • Folder 9: Course: The Church & Public Education (Dr. Kniker), 1993-1994 [Series 6]
  • Folder 10: Comparative Religion [Series 6]
  • Folder 11: Curriculum Guidelines [Series 6]
  • Folder 12: DIG simulation [Series 6]
  • Folder 13: Education 305A Affective Domain (Iowa State University) [Series 6]
  • Folder 14: Education 590N: Values in the Classroom (Kniker) [Series 6]

Box 19

  • Folder 1: Teaching Materials / Curriculum [Series 6]
  • Folder 2: Iowa Religion & Education [Series 6]
  • Folder 3: Eight Stages of Man - Eric Erikson [Series 6]
  • Folder 4: Teaching Materials / Curriculum [Series 6]
  • Folder 5: History of Amer[ican] Ed[ucation] [Series 6]
  • Folder 6: HPC Ed. 580, 1985 [Series 6]
  • Folder 7: HPC 580 - Charles Kniker, 1990 [Series 6]
  • Folder 8: HPC Education 583, 1973; 1978-1979 [Series 6]
  • Folder 9: HPC 583 - Notes - F77, 1977-1978 [Series 6]
  • Folder 10: Human Life [Series 6]
  • Folder 11: Objectives Unit [Series 6]
  • Folder 12: Processes That Indicate “Understanding” [Series 6]
  • Folder 13: Religions & the World Course [Series 6]
  • Folder 14: Course - Religion & Education through History, 1994-1995 [Series 6]
  • Folder 15: Religion & Public Education course proposal - Charles Kniker [Series 6]

Box 20

  • Folder 1: Samples of Objectives in the Affective Domain [Series 6]
  • Folder 2: Student-Teacher Relationship [Series 6]
  • Folder 3: Teaching About Religion - materials, 1966; 1971-1974 [Series 6]
  • Folder 4: Ten Commandments of Human Relations [Series 6]
  • Folder 5: “Thirty Clarifying Responses” [Series 6]
  • Folder 6: TW3500 - Study of History - Notes, C. Kniker [Series 6]
  • Folder 7: World Religions - Teaching about (NCRPE packet) [Series 6]
  • Folder 8: World Religions in the Classroom, c. 1994-1995 [Series 6]
  • Folder 9: World Religions [Series 6]
  • Folder 10: World Religions [Series 6]
  • Folder 11: Writing a Thesis Proposal (Kent State) [Series 6]

Bibliography

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, March 2021.