Archives of the Council of Churches of the City of New York Available for Research at the Burke Library
NEW YORK, June 30, 2011 –

The Burke Theological Library at Columbia University is pleased to announce the completed processing of the archives of the Council of Churches of the City of New York (CCCNY), Department of Church Planning and Research.  These 53 cubic feet of historic records are now available to researchers, and can be requested through the finding aid and request form on The Burke Library website.  This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department.


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As the oldest ecumenical council of Christian churches in the United States, CCCNY has records extending back to 1895. The purpose of the Department of Church Planning and Research of CCCNY, and its predecessor organization, the Pathfinding Service, was to encourage the development of church outreach that more effectively addressed the social and economic needs of New York communities. To that end, the Department conducted and interpreted studies of community and religious issues and trends in New York’s Five Boroughs and beyond. The archives contain the results of these efforts spanning the early 1900's to the late 1980's. The material covers a range of resources including Pathfinding Service documents on denominational statistics and reports, census materials detailing occupant demographics for New York City, the five boroughs, and the greater state of New York.

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"The records provide detailed and expansive reports of social and cultural conditions in New York throughout much of the twentieth century,” said John B. Weaver, Director of the Burke Library. "These archives document not only the history of religious communities in New York City and surrounding counties, but also the complex social, political, and economic conditions to which these communities responded, and in which they were formed."

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