About the Project
Kansas is religiously a microcosm of the world, with a history reflecting its inhabitants' varied roots and a rich present-day diversity of religious experience. All of America’s largest religious families – Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans – are well represented. So are a legion of less populous groups, including familiar names like Jews, Amish, Muslims, and Buddhists, but also those less familiar, like Swedenborgians, Spiritualists, Theosophists, Pagans, Lawsonians, and Babsonians, to name only a few.
The mission of the Religion in Kansas Project is to collect and digitally preserve resources that document the history and diversity of religious experience in Kansas. The Religion in Kansas Project archive averages over 6,000 item views and 3,000 item downloads a year by users from the United States, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, China, Canada, Japan, Poland, and New Zealand. 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.
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. An emphasis is placed on making resources free to the public and available online. We 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. The 2018-19 "Roots of Pentecostalism in Kansas" research project examines the origins of the Pentecostal movement in Kansas, and is supported by a grant from Humanities Kansas. 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 KU ScholarWorks for their technical support.
Patricia Cecil, Religion in Kansas Project Archivist