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Title: The Family International Records, 1940-2009Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0560
Extent: 4.17 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1968-1981
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The Family International was founded in Huntington Beach, California in 1968 by David Berg. The group has gone by several names including Children of God, The Family of Love, and Teens for Christ. Berg was also know by several other names; Father David, Moses David, Mo, Grandfather, and King David. The group focused on spreading the Christian gospel through the counterculture of the 1960s and into the 1970s. Berg disagreed with mainstream Christianity and used his particular brand of Christianity to convert unchurched people, first in Southern California and eventually in many countries around the world. The first twenty or so years of the organization’s history was fraught with controversy including child sexual abuse, practices such as “flirty fishing” and “sharing,” as well as racism and anti-Semitism. After Berg’s death in 1994, his second wife Karen Zerby took over leadership of the Family. Many of those controversial positions have since been disavowed by the current church leadership. This collection includes correspondence with federal agencies, news articles, Anti-Cult documents, scholarly statements on The Family International, official statements and publications from the Family International, cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, and photographs, as well as information on related religious groups from the organization’s early years. Author: Stephanie Griswold
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I.    Historic Publications and Photos, 1940-1988

II.   Photographs, 1969-1981

III.  News Articles, 1972-2001

IV.  Freedom of Information Act Files, 1971-2000

V.   Cult Awareness Network Files, 1974-1997

VI.  Anti-Cult Movement Files, 1979-1994

VII. The Family International Publications, 1974-2009

VIII.Academic Publications, 1993-2000

IX.  Audio/Visual Files, 1971-2008

X.   News Articles Original and Oversized Printings, 1972-2001

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 07/11/2018. 2018-029
Restrictions: SDSU may grant permission for selective use of photographic and audio/visual material for academic purposes only in research-based papers, studies, books, or publications. Requests for permission to use materials in this collection must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access.
Rights: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: The Family International
Related Materials: Peoples Temple Collection
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, The Family International Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
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