The MacLean Religious Education Collection
Bobbie Poole Leads The MacLean Collection Team
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Bobbie Poole is the new Educator in Residence in support of The MacLean Religious Education Collection!
Contact Bobbie with questions and donations for the Collection.
Submissions to the RE Collection
Do you have professional papers from your religious education career that you would like to protect? Let's talk!
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The MacLean Religious Education Archives @ Meadville Lombard
The MacLean Religious Education Collection, housed within the Wiggin Library at Meadville Lombard holds an intriguing collection of materials that tell the story of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist Religious Education. The collection's wide array of materials, many of which are rare and historically significant, is an invaluable resource for a people steeped in ideas about theological identity and the spiritual/educational practices associated with that identity. The Collection's inventory ranges from 19th Century RE Curriculum, to curriculum kits, to personal letters, journals, pamphlets, meeting notes, essays, and news clippings. The MacLean Collection, as a whole, helps us understand how our theological frameworks manifested themselves in educational practices of faith formation over time.
In December 2011, Meadville Lombard moved from its historic location in Hyde Park to Chicago’s downtown Loop. The MacLean Collection was included in that move, and is now housed in an environment that can appropriately sustain such a historic treasure chest. Members of the Library staff, along with Master Religious Educator volunteers are presently cataloguing the collection, with aspirations to make it accessible both for in-person exploration, and for those who want digital access.
Below is an incomplete but appetizing list of materials in the RE Collection:
Universalist, Unitarian and UU Religious Education Classics
Essays, articles, pamphlets, curriculum ideas
Other historical books, manuals, curricula, meeting notes, magazines