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David O. Moberg Papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Biographical

Correspondence

Activities

Media

Secondary Manuscripts

Secondary Published Material

Accession 2010-007

Accession 2010-1084

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David O. Moberg Papers, 1949-1996 | College Archives & Special Collections

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Collection Overview

Title: David O. Moberg Papers, 1949-1996Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1955-1981

ID: SC/065

Primary Creator: Moberg, David O. (1922-)

Extent: 18.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1994

Subjects: Aging., American Baptist Convention., American Scientific Affiliation., Association for the Development of Religious Information Systems (U.S.), Bethel College (Saint Paul, Minn.), Christian biography., Christianity and politics - History - 20th century., Christian Sociological Society., Church and social problems, Church work with older people., Marriage - Religious aspects - Christianity., Moberg, David O. - Correpondence., Older people, Older people - Religious life., Prayer - United States., Religion and sociology, Sociology, Christian., Work - Religious aspects - Christianity.

Forms of Material: Biographies., Correspondence, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The David Moberg papers are organized into five major manuscript series: Biographical, Correspondence, Activities, Media and Secondary Publications. The largest portion of the collection is found in the Activities series which is divided into sub-series that straddle personal biographical and non-teaching professional and teaching files. These include: Officer Candidate School, Minnesota Boys Town, American Scientific Affiliation, Committee on Social Agencies of Welfare, St. Paul Conference on Human Rights, Community and Race, Bethel College Faculty Discussions, Faith in Life Dialogue, American Baptist Churches, Professional (with sub-sub-series: Teaching Materials and Publications) and Research. This portion of the collection spans a significant amount of space along with spanning decades of professional life. The largest single series is the pamphlets series. Additional accessions received from 1999 to 2007 await processing.

Biographical Note

Born February 13, 1922 in Montevideo, Minnesota to Fred L. and Anna E. (Sundberg) Moberg, David attended Bethel Junior College (A.A., 1942) and the University of Minnesota. In 1942 Moberg was drafted into Army, where he remained until the end of World War II. In 1946 he married Helen H. Heitzman and together they eventually had four children (in addition to one dying in early childhood).

Then living in the Northwest, Moberg restarted his studies and graduated with a degree in history from Seattle Pacific College in 1947. From 1946 to 1948, while studying, Moberg also served as pastor of a ministry that became Sylvan Way Baptist Church in Bremerton, Washington. He continued on at the University of Washington, doing graduate work in sociology, receiving a Master of Arts degree in 1949.

Moberg returned to upper Midwest and began teaching at Bethel College in St. Paul. While teaching he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, writing his dissertation on religion and personal adjustment in old age—beginning his areas of specialty in sociology of religion and social gerontology. Over the next twenty years he advanced from the rank of instructor to professor of Sociology and chair of the Social Sciences department at Bethel College.

In 1968 Moberg accepted the position of professor of Sociology at Marquette University, a position he held until 1991 when he was granted emeritus status. He also served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1968 to 1977. In the year of his retirement Bethel College established the Moberg Lectureship in Christianity and Sociology. The following year his wife, Helen, died. In 1994 He married Marlys Taege, well-known for her publications and leadership contributions in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

Moberg is a prolific author, writing and editing 28 books and hundreds of articles in professional journals. Moberg is well-known for his research on aging and faith. His books, The Church as a Social Institution: The Sociology of American Religion (1962) and The Great Reversal: Evangelism Versus Social Concern (1972), are especially regarded and have gone through several editions. Noted-psychologists Ellison and Paloutzian credit Moberg for the concepts behind the widely used spiritual well-being scale.

Moberg helped found the Christian Sociological Society and has fostered the work of the Association of Christians Teaching Sociology. He has also played significant roles in various professional associations, especially as an editor. He served in editorial capacities for the Review of Religious Research (Editor, 1969-1973), Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation (Editor, 1962-1964), and Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (founding co-editor). One of Moberg’s more important contributions to the field of sociology was the the founding of the Association for the Development of Religious Information Systems (ADRIS), an organization dedicated to promoting a global network of religious information exchange. He has held leadership positions in many professional societies, including presidencies of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Religious Research Association, and the Wisconsin Sociological Association.

Many have recognized Moberg’s contributions. He has been honored with two Fulbright professorships and numerous lectureships, including the H. Paul Douglass Lecture of the Religious Research Association and the inaugural Kellogg Gerontology Lectures at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was also the first Frederick A. Shippey Lecturer in Sociology and Christianity at Drew University. He has been called the "godfather of the religion and aging research field" (Seeber) and "the father and dean of research on religion and aging...who pioneered and defined empirical research in Social Gerontology. Moberg was ahead of his time" (Levin and Chatters).  Moberg has appeared in Who's Who for more than four decades.

Although retired from teaching, he continues to research, write, and serve as an editorial referee, among other professional work. He remains a bible study teacher and is a board member of several elder-living-related organizations including Vibrant Living (Downers Grove, Illinois) and ManorPark (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

Subject/Index Terms

Aging.
American Baptist Convention.
American Scientific Affiliation.
Association for the Development of Religious Information Systems (U.S.)
Bethel College (Saint Paul, Minn.)
Christian biography.
Christianity and politics - History - 20th century.
Christian Sociological Society.
Church and social problems
Church work with older people.
Marriage - Religious aspects - Christianity.
Moberg, David O. - Correpondence.
Older people
Older people - Religious life.
Prayer - United States.
Religion and sociology
Sociology, Christian.
Work - Religious aspects - Christianity.

Administrative Information

Repository: College Archives & Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 7 linear feet

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: David Moberg

Preferred Citation: David O. Moberg Papers (SC-65), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other Note: The papers of David O. Moberg, display the professional life of professor and researcher of sociology.

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu


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[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Activities],
[Series 4: Media],
[Series 5: Secondary Manuscripts],
[Series 6: Secondary Published Material],
[Series 7: Accession 2010-007],
[Series 8: Accession 2010-1084],
[Series 9: Accession 2009-125],
[Series 10: Accession 2011-0063],
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Series 8: Accession 2010-1084Add to your cart.
Accession: 2010-1084
Box 1/5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Family Workshop, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Cont. Congress on the Family, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Conference Committee on Courtship & Marriage Education, 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 4: New Morality Ms. & Notes, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Rural Church Week, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Local Church Analyses, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 7: New Morality, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Marriage, Family, etc. Notes on & Speeches, etc., 1954-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Church & Race Problem Founder's Week, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Church & Intergroup Relations, 1950-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Race Problem & the Gospel- Minnesota Bible College and other materials, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Religion & Politics- 1960 Presidential (and other) Election Campaign, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Religion Conversion Study, Social Science Research Council (Norris Magnuson), 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Religious Research in Christian Education NSSA, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Research Ideas: Religious & Character Education (R.E.A.), Application, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 16: St. Martin's, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Social Class and the Church & Race (a book was considered), 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Social Class & the Church- Papers, correspondence, etc., 1957-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Soc. Class Assignment, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Does Social Class Influence Evangelicalism?- Young Life Institute-Eternity Symposium, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Soc. Control Project- Religious Protection in Family, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Evangelicals Look at Social Problems Today- Founder's Week, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 23: The Minister & Social Work with Russell Voight, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 24: UNESCO Family Seminar (Religious Practices in the Family-paper) + ASA, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 25: YLI-Christian & Community Lectures- II & Social Problems, Class, and Calvary Baptist Church, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 26: 1963 ASA Convention- My Paper- Empirical Soc. Sci. & Christian Faith (Also, Minn. Conference on Christianity in Higher Education, 1961), 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Course on the Christian Home, 1952-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Soc. 100-Theory; 1948 at U. Wash, 1987 at MU, 1948-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Religious Values (Bias, etc.) in Sociology- Staley Foundation, My Students, etc., 1966-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Civil Religion- Soc. 145/244- course at MU, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 31: With Malice Toward None, 1960 Presidential Election, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Isanti Co. Churches & Soc. Trends, 1960-1966Add to your cart.
Box 2/5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Religion & Gesellschaft- unpublished ms, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Fulbright Lectures, Germany, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence re: Publication of German Lectures, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Religion & Gesellschaft Ms., 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 5: One Nation- Under God? Ms.; American Culture in Light of Christian Principles, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: American Culture in Light of Christian StandardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes for American Culture Project, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: American Culture Project- Correspondence- ASA?, 1958-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Spirituality & Science- Col. Bible Col.; Westmont, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Relig. Pluralism Contract- International Yearbook for Sociology of Religion, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Fuller Consultation on SWB and Spiritual Maturity, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Fetzer Institute Consultation, 1995-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 13: We CAN Measure SWB- Fuller, 1976-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Protestantism 2008 RRR, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Church & Community- RSSSR & Research, esp. on Aging, 1985-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Religion & Aging- Ferrars Text, 1987-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 17: FURNESS- Christian & Social Action (Moody Press), 1968-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Misc. MSS, Papers, etc., 1956-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Misc. MSS, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Misc. MSSAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Forthcoming MSS, 1959-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Misc. MSS & Correspondence, 1966-68Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Baptist Joint Committee Project- Working Notes & Papers, 1954-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 24: BJCPA- Resources, etc. & Wheaton College, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs Correspondence, 1954-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 26: BJCPA- Working notes & papers, 1957-57Add to your cart.
Folder 27: BJCPA- Comm. On Welfare & Church-State Relations, 1966Add to your cart.
Box 3/5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Preparing for the Graying of the Church," REVIEW & EXPOSITOR, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: ETERNITY-Aging Article, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Aging Ministries- Misc., 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meeting the Needs of the Elderly: Today and Tomorrow, Executive Summary, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Spiritual Maturity & Wholeness- Journal of Religion & Aging (Claremont Paper), 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: AAHA-American Association of Homes for the Aging, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Elim Park Baptist Home, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: SW Baptist Theological Seminary, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Spirituality &Aging- SW BTS Lecture, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Prairie Homestead, Wichita- Bill Shook, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 5. Social Policy- Health Care- American Sci. Affil., 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 12: P.T. Assoc. Geriatrics Seminar, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Mental Health- SWB- GSA, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: ESA Project on Aging, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Religion & Aging, 1981-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 16: EMMA- Ecumenical Ministry with Mature Adults, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Aging Programs- Evaluation, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Milwaukee County Inst. On Gerontology, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Bethel Seminary- West & Family Radio, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Gerontol. Society- Gerontophobia & Agism, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Hartman Lecture- Indiana & IFOH-WHCA, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 22: SBC Aging Ministries- Williamsburg, VA, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Covenant Companion- Losses & Growth in the Later Years, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 24: CMF 10-5-85- My Address (SWB), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Life Enrichment of Older People, 1963-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 26: NAE (National Association of Evangelicals)- Aging Article, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 27: West trip, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Oral Roberts University, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 29: SWB- Death & Dying- Biola, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 30: TICOA, Tucson, AZ (& Phoenix), 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Explorations of Well Being: Cath-Evangelical-Prot. Comparisons, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Berea Convocation- SWB, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Regent College: Graying of the Church (cancelled), 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Conf. on Ministry in Aging Congregations- Catholic Social Services & WM Adult Development, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Polarization- Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Ms- Is Church Friendly Foe or Honest Ally of Aged? & Checklist, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Evaluating Ministries, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Evangelicals: Great Reversal- Liberalism-ConservatismAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Michigan Baptists, John Lundquist- Baptists in Pluralistic Society, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 40: ABC Aging Ministry, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Change & Future of Religion- Trends & Forecasts, 1973-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Elderly as a Minority, 1970-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Agenda, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 44: SWB & WWB items- Research, Letters, etc., 1979-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Gerontology & the Church, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Box 4/5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bellah, Robert- O'Donnell Lectures- also ACTS, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Comparative Sociology of Religion (Church- Sect in), 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: CCPD- Christian Council on Persons with Disabilities, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 4: CCPD- Aging Disabilities, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Counseling, Clergy Role of, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sociologist in a Theological Seminary, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: OA Book- Corresp. and Church & Older Persons, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Adult Educ. Course based on INASMUCH- Calvary Baptist Church, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Older People & Their Social World, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Encounter between Christianity & Science- R. Bube, Editor & ASA, 1961-67Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Research & Church, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Dimensions of Religiosity, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Education and Religion, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Religious Statistics, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Generation Gap, 1960-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Life Cycle of the Church, 1946-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Manipulation & Control of Human Behavior- ASA, 1966-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Spring Arbor College- Church & Urban Crisis, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 19: NAE Colloq.- Church in Secular World (Great Reversal, etc.), 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Canada Conference on Education for Aging (Toronto & AATS), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Christian Medical Society: Poverty Myths, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 22: ABC- Milwaukee Bapt. Ministries, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 23: ABC Convocation on Evangelism, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Balanced Christianity- Wheaton, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Wesley Center- Secularizing of America, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 26: ASR (Association for the Sociology of Religion)- Toronto- Salience of Rel.- Sweden & U.S., 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Dissertation Notes, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Morality & Relativism- ASA & Olivet, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 29: SPC Commencement Address, "Creative Courage", 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 30: SPC Speech Draft & notes- "Creative Courage"- Marion, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Social Concern vs. Evangelism, 1973-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Evangelism & Social Concern- Polarization and Christianity & Social Problems, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Religion in the Western World- Paper for World Congress of Sociology, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Religion & Social Problems Project- M. Strommer, REA, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Religious Practices- Revised Ms. For REAbook, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Church-Sect Typologies, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Lincoln Christian Seminary & James Strauss, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Rel. Liberty Conf- BJCPA, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 39: The Church as Mission- ABC Urban Church Center School, 1963Add to your cart.
Box 5/5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Christian Higher Education, 1962-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Wheaton College, 1973-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Christian Colleges- Many in CCCU, 1958-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Church & Social Work, 1988-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Scientific Affiliation, 1954-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: My Brother's Keeper, Karl Breyer, 1977Add to your cart.

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[Series 8: Accession 2010-1084],
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