Skip to main content

Records of the Church in The Chapel (Alice Millar Chapel)

Identifier: 0/23/1

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Church in the Chapel fill four boxes, spanning the years 1971 to 2001, with the bulk of the records dating from 1971 to 1992. The records consist of organizational and membership materials and the records of five committees: Steering Committee, Liturgical Committee, Education Committee, Social Committee, and Social Action Committee.

General organizational records span the years 1971 to 2001. The records pertain to the formation, administration and financial policies of the Church in the Chapel. Membership materials include the original covenant cards, transcriptions, rosters, mailing lists, and letters of transfer for members joining or leaving the congregation. Other general materials include correspondence, a student survey, and files on special events such as a chapel play, retreats, and a 1979 task force on sexuality and spirituality.

Steering Committee records span the years 1972 to 1984 and include agendas and minutes from the Committee and accompanying materials.

Education Committee records cover the period 1974-1977 including annual plans. The Pastoral Care Committee records cover the period 1980-82.

Social Action Committee records, spanning the years  1971 to 1990, document the Committee’s work on an annual basis. A separate folder on El Salvador covers the period 1983-90. The files also include a brief sketch of the growing involvement in social action dated September 11, 1977.  This was apparently written by then chairperson Stephen Perry when the Committee was searching for a new chairperson. This history gives a good summary of how the Committee arrived at its decisions and developed its strategies over time.

Records of the Social Committee cover the period 1974-1983 and include agendas and minutes, as well as the chairperson’s folder and detailed directions for the 1983 Easter Service. Liturgical Committee files include agendas and minutes from 1972-1983. The Order of Worship files contain programs for services, conducted primarily in Vail Chapel, during recesses and summers from 1971-1992.


  • 1971-2001


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


4.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The Church in the Chapel is an interdenominational Christian community of Northwestern students, staff, faculty and local community residents who worship at Northwestern's Alice S. Millar Chapel. The Records of the Church in the Chapel consist of organizational and membership materials and the records of five committees: Steering, Liturgical, Education, Social, and Social Action .

Arrangement Note

Records are organized by committee and arranged chronologically within folders.

Method of Acquisition

The Church in the Chapel Records were donated to the University Archives by Marge Bradford, Secretary in the University Chaplain's office on December 3, 2001, as Accession Number 01-205.

Separated Materials

One-half box of duplicate and extraneous materials was discarded. Newsletters were separated to the Archives periodical collection.

Processing Information

Lucy Smith; April 2003.

Guide to the Records of the Church in The Chapel (Alice Millar Chapel)
Lucy Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US