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David O. Moberg Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Biographical

Correspondence

Activities

Media

Secondary Manuscripts

Secondary Published Material

Accession 2010-007

Accession 2010-1084

Accession 2009-125

Accession 2011-0063



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David O. Moberg Papers, 1949-1996 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

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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: Special Collections, Buswell Library

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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[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 3: ActivitiesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Officer Candidate SchoolAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes, Officer Training School, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
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Folder 12: Notes, Officer Training School, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
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Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Maps, Officer Training School, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Minnesota Boys TownAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minnesota Boys Town: Case study by Gordon Bear and Donald PetersonAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Minnesota Boys Town: Booklet on history and purpose of M.B.T.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Minnesota Boys Town: Rough draft of research for case studyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Minnesota Boys Town: Materials published by M.B.T.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Minnesota Boys Town: Outside material from research for case studyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Minnesota Boys Town: Scheduled interviews used in researchAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 3: American Scientific AffiliationAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 8: conference bulletins  August 1955 - April 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1955-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1960-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Financial documents, 1955-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Annual meeting and current business ASA and miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Nom. Com. 1981 and 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Program committee, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Editing and publications committeeAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Ethics commissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Space, Time and God series overview aided by ASA membersAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: In WisconsinAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Meeting notes and papers, 1951-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 21: San Diego Aug 15-18, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 22: August 1981 and 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 23: August 1981 Eastern Colorado, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Annual meeting, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 25: July 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 26: General plans and guidelines, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Program theme ideas considered for 1996, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Call for papers, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Suggestions for programsAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Prospects and invitees, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 31: People who decline participation in ASA, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Osmond's local arrangements, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Book exhibits, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Program, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 35: 44th annual meeting, Indiana Wesleyan University; Marion, IN Aug 4-7 '89Add to your cart.
Folder 36: 42nd annual meeting- Colorado Springs, COAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: ASA/CSCA annual meeting July 26-29 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Linthium, Robert C. - keynote speaker, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Publicity, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Commissions, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Field trip, 1996Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Committee on Social Agencies of WelfareAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Committee on Social Agencies of Welfare, notes  ca. 1964Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: St. Paul Conference on Human Rights; Community and RaceAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 2: St. Paul Conference on Human Rights, notes and minutes on meetings  June 1966 - August 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: St. Paul Conference on Human Rights, articles on human rights/minoritiesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: Bethel College Faculty DiscussionsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Challenge of Excellence by Robert T. Sandin, chapt 1-3Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Challenge... chapt 4-5Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Challenge... chapt 6-8Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 7: Faith in Life DialogueAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: articles in reference to Faith in Life dialogue  Oct 1965 - Dec 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: newsletters  Aug 1955 - Nov 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Faith in Life correspondence  May 1966 - Nov 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: proposals for November 1966 dialogueAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: booklets on Faith in Life Dialogues, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: notes about Faith in Life dialogueAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 8: American Baptist ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 7: ABC Convocation on Evangelism- Helen Moberg's notebookAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: ABC Conference on the Church, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 9: ABC Green Lake, July 28- August 4, 1972Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 9: ProfessionalAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 10: International Sociological AssociationAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sociology 201 - Proseminar in Sociology (curriculum)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: James J. Moneer- Church/State Separation in America- M.A. Essay, March 1991. Sociology- MU, DOM advisorAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Evangelicals and Political Participation: A Sociologist's Analysis- Calvin College Conference on Evangelicals and Political Participation - Paul B. Henry, Coordinator 4-14-73Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Leadership Article, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Method's- Chapin's UW (Schmid) and UM- Seminar NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Draft of MA thesis at MU, D.O.M., advisor, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Marquette University Catalogs (1969-70; 1967)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Marquette University- Moberg LecturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Verna Psonikoff's paper and resources on "The Influences of the Church on Canadian Education", 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Evaluation of Town Meeting of the Twin Cities returned to DOM 10/29/68 [student reports at Bethel]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: BGC Congregation- David O. Moberg's studentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Bethel College Catalogs (1957-58; 1951-52; 1950-51; 1949-50)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Evaluation of Northwestern University Sociology, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Dubuque Theological SeminaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Religious Research AssociationAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Society for the Scientific study of religion, Milwaukee WI, sites for meeting, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Misc. ResearchAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles Submitted for PublicationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Misc. PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Publications by D.O. MobergAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Book Reviews: Aging and SpiritualityAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Book ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Research in the Social Scientific study of religionAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Aging and Spirituality articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Papers from International Sociological Association: Fifth World Congress, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 9: CSSN0192  (Christian Sociological Society Newsletter)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: CSSN 05-92Add to your cart.
Folder 11: CSSN-Next IssueAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: CSSN-Next Issue [Separate from Previous]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: CSSN-Past Files IAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: CSSN-Past Files IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: CSSN Books on OrderAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: CSS- Pending ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: CSSN Possible ReviewersAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: CSS- Past ReviewersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: CSSN Past Reviews and CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: CSSN Past Reviews and CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Misc. Past Correspondence with PublishersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 10: ResearchAdd to your cart.
Box 8: Spiritual Well-Being Questionnaires [Including Ancillary Material]Add to your cart.
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Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: (Foreign Language) Spiritual Well-Being and Religion SurveysAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Salience Ms. [Correspondence with Sociological AnalysisAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Evangelicals . . . Others: Amer. Sci. Aff. Taylor University 8-11-80Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Spiritual Well-Being Research (U.S. and Sweden)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Coding and Code SheetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Documents for "Religion and Spiritual Well-Being" SurveyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Spiritual Well-Being and Religion Questionnaire (USA Groups 1-49)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: (Foreign Language) Questionnaires on Rel. and Spiritual Well-BeingAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Pamphlets [Miscellaneous]Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spiritual Well-Being Questionnaire Data SheetsAdd to your cart.
spreadsheet bundle
Box 10: Spiritual Well-Being Questionnaire Data SheetsAdd to your cart.
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Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[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],
[All]


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