Guide to the Russell Chandler Papers

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Title: Russell Chandler Papers
Date (inclusive): ca. 1960s - 1990
Collection number: ARC Mss 2
Creator: Chandler, Russell.
Extent: 11 linear feet (11 records containers)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Abstract: Mostly subject files of journalist who wrote on religious topics for L.A. Times.
Physical location: Annex 2
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Russell Chandler Papers. ARC Mss 2. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Multiple donations by Russell Chandler, ca. 1992-1994.

Biography

Russell Chandler was a religion writer for the Los Angeles Times newspaper from 1974 to 1992. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and wrote several books on religious topics, including Understanding the New Age (1989), Racing toward 2001: The Forces Shaping America's Religious Future (1992), Doomsday: The End of the World - A View through Time (1993), and Feeding the Flock: Restaurants and Churches You'd Stand in Line For (1998).
Chandler was president of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) and won several awards for religion reporting, including the RNA's John Templeton Reporter of the Year Award three times. In 2002, he and his wife, Marjorie Lee Chandler, established the nation's first secular religion reporting award for student journalists.
Information for this biographical sketch was drawn mainly from a Religion Newswriters Association press release, Oct. 14, 2002.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains about 300 files with correspondence, articles, newsletters, press releases, clippings, research notes, photographs, drafts and copies of Chandler's own articles, and related materials. It is arranged alphabetically by topic, person, or religious group. Included are files such as: Abortion, Black Muslims, Capital Punishment, Christians in Government, Deprogramming, Doomsday Groups, Eastern Mystery Religions, Evolution/Creation, Jerry Falwell, Louis Farrakhan, Science and Religion, Sports as Folk Religion, Tax Exemptions, and Terrorism.

Collection Contents

Box 1: 1

Abortion

Box 1: 2

Abuse/Incest

Box 1: 3

Aging

Box 1: 4

AIDS

Box 1: 5

Alcoholism

Box 1: 6

American Coalition for Traditional Values

Box 1: 7

Amway

Box 1: 8

Animals

Box 1: 9

Armageddon

Box 1: 10

Assemblies of God

Box 1: 11

Athletes

Box 1: 12

Bahá'i

Box 1: 13

Bankruptcy and Churches

Box 1: 14

Battered Kids

Box 1: 15

Bible

Box 1: 16

Bible Tax Shelter

Box 1: 17

Bibles

Box 1: 18

Biblical Inerrancy

Box 1: 19

Biz Management

Box 1: 20

Black Muslims

Box 1: 21

Books (Christian Publications)

Box 1: 22

Books (Sales and CBA)

Box 1: 23

Californians for Biblical Morality

Box 1: 24

Campus Crusade for Christ

Box 1: 25

Canon Law

Box 1: 26

Capital Punishment

Box 1: 27

Carter, Jimmy

Box 1: 28

Central America

Box 1: 29

Chalcedon

Box 1: 30

Chaplains (also CYA)

Box 2: 1

Chaplains, Military

Box 2: 2

Charismatic Renewal

Box 2: 3

Charities

Box 2: 4

Charity / Tithing

Box 2: 5

Chavez, Cesar

Box 2: 6

Chick Publications

Box 2: 7

China

Box 2: 8

Christian Coalition

Box 2: 9

Christian Fellowship for the Blind

Box 2: 10

Christian Healing

Box 2: 11

Christian Legal Society

Box 2: 12

Christian Management

Box 2: 13

Christian Medical Society

Box 2: 14

Christian Motorcyclists Association

Box 2: 15

Christian Pilots Association

Box 2: 16

Christian-Patriots Defense League

Box 2: 17

Christian Schools

Box 2: 18

Christian Scientists and Homosexuals

Box 2: 19

Christian Voice / "New Right" Lobbies

Box 2: 20

Christian Yellow Pages

Box 2: 21

Christians in Government

Box 2: 22

Christmas

Box 2: 23

Church by Mail

Box 2: 24

Church - Growth, Declines, Trends

Box 2: 25

Church of the Living Word

Box 2: 26

Church - State

Box 2: 27

Claremont School of Theology

Box 2: 28

Cleaver [Eldridge] Interview

Box 2: 29

Competition

Box 2: 30

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) - Roman Catholic

Box 3: 1

Congregational

Box 3: 2

Congress and Religion

Box 3: 3

Conscientious Objectors

Box 3: 4

Country Preacher

Box 3: 5

Cults

Box 3: 6

Curran

Box 3: 7

Curran Interview

Box 3: 8

Dead Sea Scrolls

Box 3: 9

Death

Box 3: 10

Death Penalty

Box 3: 11

DeLorean, John and Christina

Box 3: 12

Denoms [denominations]

Box 3: 13

Deprogramming

Box 3: 14

Discretionary Funds

Box 3: 15

Dissent (Curran)

Box 3: 16

Dobson, James

Box 3: 17

Doheny

Box 3: 18

Doheny Press Kit

Box 3: 19

Donations Crunch

Box 3: 20

Doomsday Groups

Box 3: 21

Dreams

Box 3: 22

Drug Wars

Box 3: 23

Eastern Mystery Religions

Box 3: 24

Econ [Economics]

Box 4: 1

Egypt - Copts

Box 4: 2

El Salvador

Box 4: 3

Ethics

Box 4: 4

Ethics Churches

Box 4: 5

Evangelists

Box 4: 6

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

Box 4: 7

Evangelicals

Box 4: 8

Evangelistic Temple

Box 4: 9

Evolution / Creation

Box 4: 10

Evolution (Genetics) / Creationism

Box 4: 11

Faith Assembly

Box 4: 12

Falwell, Jerry

Box 4: 13

Family

Box 4: 14

Farms

Box 4: 15

Farrakhan, Louis

Box 4: 16

Fasting

Box 4: 17

FCAP [Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel?]

Box 4: 18

Fellowship for Christian Peace Officers

Box 4: 19

Fellowship of Friends (Renaissance)

Box 4: 20

Fuller Theological Seminary- Statement on Sexual Standards

Box 4: 21

Fundamentalists

Box 4: 22

Bryant, Anita

Box 4: 23

Food Crisis

Box 4: 24

Forgiveness

Box 4: 25

Fundraising Letters

Box 4: 26

Future (2000)

Box 4: 27

Gay Clergy

Box 4: 28

Gay Lutherans

Box 4: 29

Godbiz

Box 4: 30

Godtax

Box 5: 1

Gospel Music

Box 5: 2

Gospels

Box 5: 3

Gothard, Bill

Box 5: 4

Grace Community

Box 5: 5

Graham, Billy

Box 5: 6

Handicapped

Box 5: 7

Health Ministries

Box 5: 8

Heaven

Box 5: 9

Hell / Purgatory

Box 5: 10

Helms, Jesse

Box 5: 11

Henry, Carl

Box 5: 12

Hispanics / Latinos

Box 5: 13

Holidays

Box 5: 14

Homosexual Churches

Box 5: 15

Homosexual Issues

Box 5: 16

Hospitals (church related)

Box 5: 17

Humbard, Rex

Box 5: 18

Hunter, Charles and Frances

Box 5: 19

Hymns

Box 5: 20

Independent Nichiren Association

Box 5: 21

Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in the U.S.A.

Box 5: 22

Islam

Box 6: 1

Jackson, Jesse

Box 6: 2

Jenco, Rev. Lawrence

Box 6: 3

Jesus Christ

Box 6: 4

Jesus Seminars

Box 6: 5

Jews

Box 6: 6

Jews - Southland

Box 6: 7

Judaism - Christian-Jewish Marriage

Box 6: 8

Jones, Bob

Box 6: 9

Journalism

Box 6: 10

Keillor, Garrison

Box 6: 11

Knights of Malta

Box 6: 12

Krishna

Box 6: 13

Krishna - ISKCON (Hare Krishna)

Box 6: 14

Ku Klux Klan

Box 6: 15

Kubler-Ross, Dr. E.

Box 6: 16

Kuhlman, Katherine

Box 6: 17

Lahaye, Tim

Box 6: 18

Latin American Mission

Box 6: 19

Lausanne Congress

Box 6: 20

Lawsuits

Box 6: 21

Lent / Easter

Box 6: 22

Liberation Theology

Box 6: 23

Liberation Theology (Michael D'Antonio Series)

Box 6: 24

Life Chain

Box 6: 25

Lifestyles (Austerity)

Box 6: 26

Lindsey, Hal

Box 6: 27

Lobbies (Religious)

Box 6: 28

Local Churches

Box 6: 29

Los Angeles Mission

Box 6: 30

Lovers of Israel

Box 6: 31

Lucas, Henry Lee

Box 7: 1

Mailaway Ministries

Box 7: 2

Maranatha Christian Ministries

Box 7: 3

Marriage - Delay [preparation for marriage]

Box 7: 4

Married Priests - San Jose

Box 7: 5

Meditation

Box 7: 6

Mid East

Box 7: 7

Migrants and Churches [undocumented aliens]

Box 7: 8

Moonie Case

Box 7: 9

Moral Majority

Box 7: 10

Mormons

Box 7: 11

Mormons - Black

Box 7: 12

Mormons - Hoffman Murders

Box 7: 13

Morningland

Box 7: 14

Morningland Temple of Cosmology - Ontology and Metaphysics

Box 7: 15

Muktananda

Box 7: 16

National Baptist Convention

Box 7: 17

New Right

Box 7: 18

Nichren Shoshu of America (NSA)

Box 8: 1

Nixon, Richard

Box 8: 2

North Star Ministries

Box 8: 3

Nuclear War

Box 8: 4

Oberammergau

Box 8: 5

Old Baptists

Box 8: 6

Old-Time Gospel Hour

Box 8: 7

Otis, George

Box 8: 8

Owen, Curly (Jerry)

Box 8: 9

Palau, Luis

Box 8: 10

Peanuts (Schultz)

Box 8: 11

Pedophiles

Box 8: 12

Pentecostal Family

Box 8: 13

People for the American Way

Box 8: 14

People's Temple

Box 8: 15

Philosophy

Box 8: 16

Polls (Phony)

Box 8: 17

Pope on Women 9/30

Box 8: 18

Pornography

Box 8: 19

Praise the Lord (PTL)

Box 8: 20

Prayer Amendments

Box 8: 21

Presidential Politics

Box 8: 22

Prophecy

Box 8: 23

Psychical Research

Box 8: 24

Psychics

Box 8: 25

Psychology- Theology

Box 8: 26

Quinlan Case

Box 8: 27

Racers for Christ

Box 8: 28

Radio & TV Evangelists Programming

Box 8: 29

Rajneesh

Box 9: 1

Ratzinger (Cardinal)

Box 9: 2

Ratzinger Response

Box 9: 3

Reagan, Ronald

Box 9: 4

Refugees

Box 9: 5

Religion Newswriters Association

Box 9: 6

Rescue Missions

Box 9: 7

Retarded

Box 9: 8

Roberts, Oral

Box 9: 9

Roman Catholic America Story

Box 9: 10

Roman Catholic Penance

Box 9: 11

Roman Catholic Press

Box 9: 12

Roman Catholic Trends

Box 9: 13

Ruff, Howard J.

Box 9: 14

Rumors

Box 9: 15

Sacramento - Yuba City

Box 9: 16

Schaeffer (Franky, et al)

Box 9: 17

Science and Religion

Box 9: 18

Seminary Story

Box 9: 19

Serra, Father (celeb)

Box 10: 1

Sexuality

Box 10: 2

Shekinah Fellowship

Box 10: 3

Sin and Guilt

Box 10: 4

Skyrocketing Suits

Box 10: 5

Spiritual Counterfeits Project

Box 10: 6

Sports as Folk Religion

Box 10: 7

Stallings, Dr. George Augusts Jr. - African American Catholic Congregation

Box 10: 8

Stallings, George - '90

Box 10: 9

Star of Bethlehem

Box 10: 10

Strategic Defense Initiative (S.D.I.)

Box 10: 11

Strip Chaplain

Box 10: 12

Sunday Schools

Box 10: 13

Survivalist Groups

Box 10: 14

Tax Exemptions

Box 10: 15

Taylor, Kenneth

Box 10: 16

Teen Challenge

Box 10: 17

Terrorism

Box 10: 18

Theology

Box 10: 19

Theology and Genetics

Box 10: 20

Times Material

Box 10: 21

Traditional Values Coalition

Box 10: 22

Truckers for Christ

Box 10: 23

True Light

Box 10: 24

Tuell, Jack M

Box 10: 25

Turnbull, Bob and Yvonne

Box 10: 26

Tutu, Archbishop Desmond - 90'

Box 10: 27

Twelve-Step

Box 10: 28

Two by Two's (2x2)

Box 10: 29

Underground Evangelism

Box 10: 30

Unification Church (Moon)

Box 10: 31

United House of Prayer for all People

Box 10: 32

United Methodists

Box 10: 33

Vatican Envoy (W. M. Wilson)

Box 10: 34

Victory Outreach

Box 10: 35

Vineyard Ministries

Box 11: 1

Vins, Georgi

Box 11: 2

VIP Personalities

Box 11: 3

Volunteerism

Box 11: 4

Watt, James

Box 11: 5

The Way International

Box 11: 6

White, Mel

Box 11: 7

White Train (Nukes)

Box 11: 8

Women's Pastoral

Box 11: 9

World Impact

Box 11: 10

Worship

Box 11: 11

Wycliffe

Box 11: 12

Yoke Fellows

Box 11: 13

Zoroastrianism