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James T. Richardson New Religious Movements Collection, 1830-2014 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: James T. Richardson New Religious Movements Collection, 1830-2014Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1972-2010

Primary Creator: James T. Richardson (August 25, 1941)

Extent: 25.02 Linear Feet

Arrangement: I. Religious Movements Files, 1830-2014 II. Governments and New Religious Movements Files, 1971-2013 III. Richardson Office Files, 1972-2011 IV. Legal Papers, 1975-2009 V. Academic Papers, 1956-2014 VI. Thematic Files, 1973-1995 VII. Private Organization Files, 1977-2003 VIII. Periodicals, 1965-2008 IX. Audio/Visual Files, 1972-1998 X. News Articles, 1972-2005

Date Acquired: 01/27/2017. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Christianity and other religions--Judaism--History--20th century--Sources, Guyana--Religion--Sources

Languages: English, French, Polish, Romanian, German, Spanish;Castilian, Russian

Abstract

James T. Richardson was the director of the Judicial Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno and a professor of sociology. He also holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He studies new religious movements and cults, their organization and recruitment activities, and their relationship to government and government regulation. More generally, he works with social psychology and law. He has written and edited various volumes on law and religious topics, including Saints Under Siege about the 2008 Texas raid of the Yearning for Zion Ranch, and is likely best known for his book The Satanism Scare. This collection includes correspondence with various institutions, news articles, Anti-Cult documents, scholarly statements, official statements and publications from several New Religious Movements, cassette tapes, 3 ½ inch floppy discs, VHS, and photographs and slides, as well as information on related religious groups. Topics of particular interest are primary sources papers and videos from the Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps; a wide breadth of primary source documents from the Family International; and a large number of publications from the Hare Krishna/ISKCON movement, Jesus Movement, and some Black Panther newspapers (particularly about the Peoples Temple).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The James T. Richardson New Religious Movement Collection contains records of his scholarly research and activity to include newspaper clippings, photos, audio and video recordings, personal papers, organizational documents, federal agency records, and related anti-cult and scholarly papers spanning over the last fifty years. It is evident by the contents of this collection that several New Religious Movements directly contributed primary source materials about their activities to Richardson. Those sorts of documents make this particular collection unique. Some of the most notable documents are from groups such as the Rajneeshees, the Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps, the Hare Krishna and Jesus People movements, Scientology, the Unification Church (Moonies), Aum Shinrikyo, and the Family International (Children of God). There are a significant number of folders with information about the Branch Davidians and Peoples Temple, though the materials do not appear to be directly from those sects. Other themes found in this collection include ritual abuse, famous news cases (e.g. the “Dingo ate my baby” case in Australia). There are a large number of documents from both the Anti-Cult Movement as well as the Religious Libertarian/Religious Freedom Movement. There are also folders that contain information about lesser known groups with both benign and controversial histories. There are ten series in this collection: Religious Movements Files (1830-2014), Governments and New Religious Movements Files (1971-2013), Richardson Office Files (1972-2011), Legal Papers (1975-2009), Academic Papers (1956-2014), Thematic Files (1973-1995), Private Organization Files (1977-2003), Periodicals (1965-2008), Audio/Visual Files (1972-1998), and News Articles (1972-2005). Religious Movements Files (1830-2014): This series is arranged by sect with folders labeled thematically. It is a rather large series and contains materials for over 40 different groups of various movements, from new age to Christian, eastern traditions, UFO worship, etc. This series spans 17 boxes. Governments and New Religious Movements Files (1971-2013): This series is arranged by country, mostly European. This contains papers from and about these governments and their relationships with alternative religions and fringe sects. Most of these documents are in English with few exceptions. Richardson Office Files (1972-2011): The contents of this series are broad. It includes general correspondence, comic cartoons, university materials, etc. Most of these folders are not specific to any sect or to the direct study of New Religious Movements. Legal Papers (1975-2009): The majority of this series are documents about major legal cases, particularly in the United States but do not include media coverage of those cases. That can be mostly found in series 10. Academic Papers (1956-2014): This series contains academic works from Richardson and many other scholars at different levels of their careers, from master’s theses and doctoral dissertations to published articles of well-established scholars. The scholars in this series are from different disciplines with varying specialties and include notable names such as Stuart Wright, Anson Shupe, and David Bromley, to name a few. Thematic Files (1973-1995): This series is arranged by topic. The materials in this series often have no author or organizational indicators so are not included in series 2, 4, 5, 7, or 10. Topics include Christchurch abuse scandal, abortion, deprogramming, etc. Private Organization Files (1977-2003): The organizations found in this series are mostly groups that fall into either the anti-cult or religious freedom movements. The materials are mostly primary source documents directly from the organizations and discuss their activities in regard to various sects and incidents over the last several decades. Periodicals (1965-2008): Many of the periodicals found in this series are major titles; Time, Newsweek, etc. However, a bulk of the series also includes sect-specific periodicals, including Hare Krishna’s Back to Godhead, issues of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry’s Salt Lake City Messenger, periodicals from the Rajneeshees, Scientology, the American Family Foundation, and the Family International (both Activated and Good News among others). Audio/Visual Files (1972-1998): In this series are VHS, 3 ½ inch floppy discs, photos, slides, and cassette tapes from various groups as well as interviews Richardson conducted with members of several groups. News Articles (1972-2005): This series has both newsprint and photocopied news articles. The scope of this series is wide; it is separated by material, topic, group, and physical size.

Biographical Note

James T. Richardson was the director of the Judicial Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno and a professor of sociology. He also holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He studies new religious movements and cults, their organization and recruitment activities, and their relationship to government and government regulation. More generally, he works with social psychology and law. He has written and edited various volumes on law and religious topics, including Saints Under Siege about the 2008 Texas raid of the Yearning for Zion Ranch, and is likely best known for his book The Satanism Scare. This collection includes correspondence with various institutions, news articles, Anti-Cult documents, scholarly statements, official statements and publications from several New Religious Movements, cassette tapes, 3 ½ inch floppy discs, VHS, and photographs and slides, as well as information on related religious groups. Topics of particular interest are primary sources papers and videos from the Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps; a wide breadth of primary source documents from the Family International; and a large number of publications from the Hare Krishna/ISKCON movement, Jesus Movement, and some Black Panther newspapers (particularly about the People’s Temple).

Subject/Index Terms

Christianity and other religions--Judaism--History--20th century--Sources
Guyana--Religion--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals:

2017-002

2017-008

2017-018

2018-002

2018-037

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: 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 Source: James T. Richardson

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, James T. Richardson New Religious Movements Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Religious Movements Files, 1830-2014],
[Series 2: Governments and New Religious Movements Files, 1971-2013],
[Series 3: Richardson Office Files, 1972-2011],
[Series 4: Legal Papers, 1975-2009],
[Series 5: Academic Papers, 1956-2014],
[Series 6: Thematic Files, 1973-1995],
[Series 7: Private Organization Files, 1977-2003],
[Series 8: Periodicals, 1965-2008],
[Series 9: Audio/Visual Files, 1972-1998],
[Series 10: News Articles, 1972-2005],
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Series 9: Audio/Visual Files, 1972-1998Add to your cart.
In this series are VHS, 3 ½ inch floppy discs, photos, slides, and cassette tapes from various groups as well as interviews Richardson conducted with members of several groups.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Family International 3 1/2 inch Floppy DisksAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: The Family International Photo Prints and Negatives, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Satanic Panic Photo, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Shiloh Photo Prints, Negatives, and Slides, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Item 1: 20/20 Show VHSAdd to your cart.
Unknown date or episode/topic.
Item 2: Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps/ Free Love Ministries Eagle Force Whoredoms 1 and 2 VHS, 1986Add to your cart.
Two-hour training video, each segment 1 hour.
Item 3: Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps/ Free Love Ministries Eagle Force Incurring God's Wrath 1 and Lest He Tear My Soul VHS, 1987Add to your cart.
97-minute training video in two segments.
Item 4: ASR Conference Panel- NRMs: The Second Generation (Hare Krishna and The Family) VHS, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 5: Conference de Presse Inernational- Paris VHS, 1998Add to your cart.
In French.
Item 6: The Family International Aurora Productions Presents 20 Minutes to Go! VHS, 1990Add to your cart.
Musical
Item 7: The Family International CBS Public Eye Show Segment VHS, 1998Add to your cart.
Item 8: The Family International Christmas with the Family Singers VHS, 1995Add to your cart.
Musical
Item 9: The Family International Kiddie Viddie Presents The Magic Painter! VHS, 1989Add to your cart.
Musical
Item 10: The Family International A Living Faith: Insight into Education in The Family VHS, 1995Add to your cart.
Church-produced documentary with paper documents and letter included.
Item 11: The Family International The Family- Making a Difference VHS, 1994Add to your cart.
Promotional video
Item 12: The Unification Church FRONTLINE "The Resurrection of Reverend Moon" VHS, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Item 1: Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps Free Love Ministries "Prosperity vs. Poverty" audio cassette, 1984Add to your cart.
Item 2: Bugbrooke interview audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
Item 3: The Family International Jebtha Interview Part 1 and 2 audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
one of five audio cassettes
Item 4: The Family International Jebtha Interview Part 3 and 4 audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 5
Item 5: The Family International Jebtha Interview Part 5 and 6 audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
tape 3 of 5
Item 6: The Family International Jebtha Interview Part 7 and 8 audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
tape 4 of 5
Item 7: The Family International Jebtha Interview Part 9 and 10 audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
tape 5 of 5
Item 8: The Family International Family Singers "Back on Track" audio cassette, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 9: The Family International "Fear Not" Songs of Life Collection audio cassette, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 10: The Family International Conversation Rex Davis and Jephthah audio cassette, 1968-1974Add to your cart.
Item 11: The Family International Rex Davis and Jephthah discussing Mo Letters audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Occult Subversion" audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Seminar on Brainwashing Parts 1 and 2 audio cassette, 1977Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 2
Item 14: Seminar on Brainwashing Part 3 audio cassette, 1977Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 2
Item 15: "Cults and the Law" Sides 1 and 2 audio cassette, 1982Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 2
Item 16: "Cults and the Law" Sides 3 and 4 audio cassette, 1982Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 2
Item 17: Translation of "Die Religion der Hippies" audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 18: Uses and Misuses of Psychology in Cult Legal Cases audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Interview with Tom Smail audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
unsure if last name is spelled correctly.
Item 20: Tape 2 A audio cassette, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 21: Amicus Brief Tape 1 audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Tape 1 of 2
Item 22: Amicus Brief Tape 2 audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Tape 2 of 2
Item 23: Amicus Brief Tape 1 A and B audio cassette, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 24: Rev. Robert Beattle, Pastor Brixton Hill Methodist Chapel World Conference, New York audio cassette, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 25: Cowan and House- Leap of Faith: Jesus Freaks audio cassette, 1971Add to your cart.
Item 26: Kenneth Leech- Neo-Pent. audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 27: Charismatic Renewal- The Catholic Experience with Kevin Ranaghan audio cassette, 1972Add to your cart.
Item 28: Father Martin Tierney Talk audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 29: Last part of Interview with Gand of Jesus Family audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 30: Ted Patrick Elizabeth Garnison audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 31: SBC Denver "Back to Bible group" audio cassette, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 32: Geff Bone- Jesus Lib. Front- Hamel Hampstead England audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 33: Interview w/ E. Schulzke Sides 1 and 2 audio cassette, 1970Add to your cart.
Tape 1 of 2
Item 34: Interview w/ E. Schulzke Side 3 audio cassette, 1970Add to your cart.
Tape 2 of 2
Item 35: Charles Lamb, Dublin audio cassette, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 36: Chuck Smith, Tahoe audio cassette, 1979Add to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hebrews ch. 1 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tap 1 of 26
Item 2: Hebrews ch. 2:1-9 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
Tape 2 of 26
Item 3: Hebrews ch. 2:10-18 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 3 of 26
Item 4: Hebrews ch. 3 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 4 of 26
Item 5: Hebrews ch. 4:1-11 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 5 of 26
Item 6: Hebrews ch. 4:12-16 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 6 of 26
Item 7: Hebrews ch. 5 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 7 of 26
Item 8: Hebrews ch. 6 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 8 of 26
Item 9: Hebrews ch. 7:1-10 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 9 of 26
Item 10: Hebrews ch. 7:11-28 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 10 of 26
Item 11: Hebrews ch. 1-7 (Review) Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 11 of 26
Item 12: Hebrews ch. 8 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 12 of 26
Item 13: Hebrews ch. 9:1-15 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 13 of 26
Item 14: Hebrews ch. 9:16-28 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 14 of 26
Item 15: Hebrews ch. 10:1-18 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 15 of 26
Item 16: Hebrews ch. 10:19-25 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 16 of 26
Item 17: Hebrews ch. 10:26-39 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 17 of 26
Item 18: Hebrews ch. 11:1-6 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 18 of 26
Item 19: Hebrews ch. 11:7-16 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 19 of 26
Item 20: Hebrews ch. 11:17-27 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 20 of 26
Item 21: Hebrews ch. 11:28-40 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 21 of 26
Item 22: Hebrews ch. 12:1-10 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 22 of 26
Item 23: Hebrews ch. 12:11-17 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 23 of 26
Item 24: Hebrews ch. 12:18-29 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 24 of 26
Item 25: Hebrews ch. 13:1-14 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 25 of 26
Item 26: Hebrews ch. 13:15-25 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 26 of 26
Item 27: Holy Spirit #1 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 10
Item 28: Holy Spirit #2 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 10
Item 29: Holy Spirit #3 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 3 of 10
Item 30: Holy Spirit #4 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 4 of 10
Item 31: Holy Spirit #4a Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 5 of 10
Item 32: Holy Spirit #5 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 6 of 10
Item 33: Holy Spirit #6 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 7 of 10
Item 34: Holy Spirit #7 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 8 of 10
Item 35: Holy Spirit #8 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 9 of 10
Item 36: Holy Spirit #9 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 10 of 10
Item 37: Rapture #1 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 5
Item 38: Rapture #2 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 5
Item 39: Rapture #3 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 3 of 5
Item 40: Rapture #4 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 4 of 5
Item 41: Rapture #5 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
tape 5 of 5
Item 42: Romans ch. 6 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette 1, 1974Add to your cart.
possible duplicate with item 43
Item 43: Romans ch. 6 Shiloh Cold Waters audio cassette, 1974Add to your cart.
possible duplicate with item 42
Item 44: Shiloh interview audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 45: Shiloh discussion of Higgins removal parts 1 and 2 audio cassette, 1978Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 2
Item 46: Shiloh discussion of Higgins Removal Part 3 audio cassette, 1978Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 2
Item 47: IRS Shiloh interview audio cassette, 1972Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 2
Item 48: IRS Shiloh interview #3 audio cassette, 1972Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 2
Item 49: Shiloh Geo Bryson and David Stewart audio cassette, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 50: Shiloh David Stewart interview no date audio cassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 51: Shiloh David Stewart audio cassette, 1976Add to your cart.
Item 52: Shiloh David Stewart audio cassette, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 53: Rebuke at Study Center 1 and 2 audio cassette, 1978Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 2
Item 54: Rebuke at Study Center 3 audio cassette, 1978Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 2
Item 55: Shiloh Tapes Message to the Body John Higgins audio cassette, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 56: Interview with IRS on Tax Exemption Part 1, Sides 1 and 2 audio cassette, 1972Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 2
Item 57: Interview with the IRS on Tax Exemption Part 2, Side 1 audio cassette, 1972Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 2
Item 58: The Many Faces of Tax Exemption audio cassette, 1982Add to your cart.
tape 1 of 2
Item 59: Conclusion Panel: The Many Faces of Tax Exemption audio cassette, 1982Add to your cart.
tape 2 of 2
Item 60: Chicago- Oregon discussion microcassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 61: Chicago Shiloh microcassetteAdd to your cart.
Item 62: D. Stewart interview microcassette, 1988Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Religious Movements Files, 1830-2014],
[Series 2: Governments and New Religious Movements Files, 1971-2013],
[Series 3: Richardson Office Files, 1972-2011],
[Series 4: Legal Papers, 1975-2009],
[Series 5: Academic Papers, 1956-2014],
[Series 6: Thematic Files, 1973-1995],
[Series 7: Private Organization Files, 1977-2003],
[Series 8: Periodicals, 1965-2008],
[Series 9: Audio/Visual Files, 1972-1998],
[Series 10: News Articles, 1972-2005],
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