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Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

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White House Office of Records Management Subject Files: Religious Matters

4.2 linear feet; boxes 1-10

A primary subject category containing information pertaining to religions and religious matters.

File Code Description Research
Availability
RM

Religious Matters (0.9 ft; Box 1-3)
This primary subject category contains material relating to the separation of church and state; the Church Audit Procedure Act of 1983; the National Sanctity of Human Life Day (1984); the issue of a White House chapel and chaplain for the President; the IRS policy toward church schools; the possible surveillance of churches; and religious responses to the Administration's policy in Central America and regarding abortion.

Open
RM010

Bibles (0.1 l.ft.; Box 3)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to the Presidential Proclamation that 1983 would be the "Year of the Bible"; particular passages from the scriptures; the oath of office; and Bible study groups. (There is additional material regarding the "Year of the Bible" in the WHORM: Alpha File).

Open
RM020

Prayers - Prayer Periods (1.7 l. ft; Box 3-7)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to the proposed School Prayer Amendments; National School Prayer Day; National Prayer Breakfast; the Equal Access Act; and the President being remembered in individual prayers or masses.

Open
RM030

Religions (0.1 l.ft.; Box 7)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to Norman Lear's organization, People for the American Way and to religions which are not categorized in a separate secondary category.

Open
RM031

Catholic (0.9 l. ft.; Boxe 7-8)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to pastoral letters from American Bishops; Cardinal Cooke of New York; and the President's speech before the Catholic Golden Age Society (1984).

Open
RM032

Jewish (0.2 l.ft.; Box 8)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to meetings with Jewish groups and leaders, particularly Aguduth Israel.

Open
RM033

Protestant Groups (1 folder; Box 8)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to a religious liberty issue in Texas with licensing for schools supported by the Rolloff Evangelistic Enterprises.

Open
RM033-01

Adventist Bodies (Empty)
The White House Office of Records Management did not transfer any material within this secondary subject category to the Library

Open
RM033-02

Baptist Bodies (3 folders; Box 8)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to accreditation for Christian schools in Nebraska; a brief meeting of President Reagan and International Baptist Leaders; and a possible speech by President Reagan to a Baptist convention.

Open
RM033-03

Eastern Orthodox Churches (2 folders; Box 9)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to the oppressed Orthodox congregations in the Ukraine, Romania, and Egypt; support for the Eastern Orthodox Church in America; protests against the destruction of an Eastern Orthodox Church in Istanbul, Turkey; suggested meetings with Primates of Eastern Orthodox churches and President Reagan; and the millennium of Christianity in the Ukraine.

Open
RM033-04

Episcopalian (1 folder; Box 9)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to an Episcopalian congregant sending books in English to the Church of Nigeria.

Open
RM033-05

Friends (Empty)
The White House Office of Records Management did not transfer any material within this secondary subject category to the Library.

Open
RM033-06

Jehovah's Witnesses (Empty)
The White House Office of Records Management did not transfer any material within this secondary subject category to the Library.

Open
RM033-07

Latter Day Saints (Mormons) (1folder; Box 9)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to the religious rights of Mormon fundamentalists and correspondence with Ezra Taft Benson.

Open
RM033-08

Lutheran Bodies (1 folder; Box 9)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to Lutheran support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul and resolutions by the Southern District of the American Lutheran Church against American involvement in Central America and support of independence for Namibia.

Open
RM033-09

Mennonites (Empty)
The White House Office of Records Management did not transfer any material within this secondary subject category to the Library.

Open
RM033-10

Methodist Bodies (1 folder; Box 9)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to the Rural Crisis Statement of the Council of Bishops and correspondence with the Rev. Glenn Martin.

Open
RM033-11

Presbyterian Bodies (1 folder; Box 9)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to the 199th General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches (USA); the split between conservative and liberal Presbyterians; and poverty in North Carolina.

Open
RM033-99

Other Protestant Bodies – NEC (No Established Category) (2 folders; Box 9)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to the Hollywood Beverly Christian Church; the International Council of Christian Churches; the Reformed Church in America; Disciples of Christ; Maranatha Campus Ministeries and the Assembly of God churches.

Open
RM039

Other Religions – NEC (No Established Category) (0.2 l.ft.; Box 9)
This secondary subject category contains material relating to the Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu faiths; and the Church of Scientology.

Open

Research Availability:
Open - all records in the subject category have been processed and are available for research
Partial - some of the records in the subject category have been processed and available for research
None - no records in the subject category have been processed nor made available for research
N/A - Category not used during the Reagan Library or no case files were sent to the Reagan Library in this category