About the Project
Kansas is religiously a microcosm of the world. All of America’s largest religious families – Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, and so on – are well represented, but so are a legion of less populous groups, including not only such familiar names as Jews and Amish and Muslims and Buddhists, but also Swedenborgians, Spiritualists, Theosophists, Pagans, Lawsonians, and Babsonians, to name only a few.
In the fall of 2009, Religious Studies professor Timothy Miller inaugurated a fieldwork course that sent University of Kansas students out across the state to interview dozens of members of a wide sample of religions. As of January 2014, the Religion in Kansas Project collection included interviews with over seventy Kansans representing a broad cross-section of faiths. This collection is housed by and made accessible through the Moore Reading Room, which is managed by the University of Kansas Department of Religious Studies, and through this website.
Moving forward, the Religion in Kansas Project seeks to expand its collecting scope to become a comprehensive clearinghouse for resources and information documenting the historical and contemporary role of religion in the lives of Kansans, in both the personal and the public spheres, with an emphasis on making resources available online. We hope to partner with libraries, archives, museums, religious communities, and individuals throughout the state to facilitate the digitization and preservation of resources that document the diversity of religious tradition and experience in Kansas. We welcome you to share your stories, photographs, videos, and other resources by uploading them through this website, or to contact us directly with questions or information.
The Religion in Kansas Project would like to thank the Friends of the Department of Religious Studies for their generous financial support. An indexing project highlighting the collections of repositories across the state of Kansas, undertaken by our fieldwork interns during the summers of 2014 and 2015, was supported by a Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association. The Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center was a vital resource that made the original web presence of the project possible, establishing a vision for the project and handling a wide range of technical details. We'd also like to thank the KU ScholarWorks folks (especially Marianne Reed!) for their technical support.
Patricia Cecil, Religion in Kansas Project Archivist