4 document boxes (1.67 linear feet).
Prior to current processing, the collection was arranged by topic into folders, although content within folders generally did not match the folder title. There was little-to-no chronological order. This collection has been arranged into four series: I. Planning II. Funding III. Research and IV. Project. Materials are arranged into folders by content and then primarily by date within each folder, although some materials are undated.
The records of the Baptist Heritage Study range in date from 1895 to 1994, although some of the material is undated. The bulk of the collection dates from 1991 to 1994. The collection primarily contains institutional records concerning the formation of the Baptist Heritage Study and the pursuance of a Lilly Foundation Planning Grant. These records include correspondence, memos, reference materials, meeting notes, transcripts of conversations, and other materials related to Baylor University's application for a Lilly Foundation planning grant. Correspondence makes up the bulk of the collection. The final draft of the planning grant serves as an important piece of this collection.
In 1990, under the direction of President Herbert H. Reynolds, Baylor University adopted a change to its charter and distanced itself from the Southern Baptist Convention in an effort to reduce the say which fundamentalists held in university policies. The move brought some to question the Baptist identity of the university, prompting President Reynolds to form a committee in the Baptist Heritage Group in order to research the religious and academic commitments of Baylor University. The committee's early research demonstrated that questions concerning the influence of denominationalism upon higher education were part of a larger national trend. Other institutions of higher education, such as Notre Dame and the Louisville Institute, were asking similar questions.
The Baylor committee prepared a proposal and subsequent grant request articulating a case study of Baptist-related higher education in the South, focusing primarily upon Baylor University. Associate Professor of Philosophy Michael Beaty led the committee which consisted of members such as President Reynolds, Larry Lyon, Robert Sloan, Donald Schmeltekopf, and Ann Karaffa. The committee presented a proposal for a planning grant in January 1992 to Jeanne Knoerle of Lilly Endowment Inc. The foundation approved the proposal in June of that same year. The planning grant, completed in May 1994, expressed plans for a four-year study of Baylor's identity in both the spiritual and academic realm through an examination of the institution's narrative history.
The study's stated purpose was to illuminate issues such as the forces at work in shaping Baylor's self-understanding as a Christian University in the Baptist tradition, while also examining if, when, and why the university's mission and purpose had changed throughout history. The planning grant articulated five expected products of such a study: a monograph, an international conference, a published collection of essays from the conference, a symposium, and a published collection of essays from the symposium.
The collection is open for research.
BU Records: Baptist Heritage Study, Accession #BU/357, Box #, Folder, #, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.
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Collection is in English.