Franklin H. Littell Papers: Series 8, Religious Liberty work, 1970-2006 (bulk 1981-1999)

Collection ID: 
SCRC 85
Date: 
1859-2014 (bulk 1934-2009)
Footage: 
327.8 linear feet (674 boxes) + periodicals
Collecting Area: 
 

Series 8: Religious Liberty work, 1970-2006 (bulk 1981-1999), houses records for four organizations in which Littell was directly involved in regard to issues of religious liberty. This series is organized into four subseries: Subseries 8.1: The Hamlin Institute, Subseries 8.2: Unification Church, Subseries 8.3: American Conference on Religious Movements, and Subseries 8.4: Church of Scientology International.

Subseries 8.1: The Hamlin Institute, 1981-1988, contains records documenting the institute founded by Littell around 1981, through which he regularly worked as a consultant, expert witness, and educator in religious liberty. Among other concerns, through this organization he became involved with both the Unification Church and Church of Scientology International. Documentation of the Hamlin Institute includes correspondence and miscellaneous administrative and financial records dating from 1981 to 1988. Additionally, there are manuscript copies of Littell’s syndicated column, “Proclaim Liberty.” Featured in several newspapers, “Proclaim Liberty” offered commentary on contemporary issues surrounding the concept of religious liberty.

329          1          By-laws          undated
329          2          Correspondence, memoranda, and other administrative records          1981, 1984-1985
329          3          Correspondence, memoranda, and other administrative records          1986
329          4          Correspondence, memoranda, and other administrative records          January-February, 1987
329          5          Correspondence, memoranda, and other administrative records          May-December, 1987
329          6          Correspondence, memoranda, and other administrative records          1988, undated
329          7          International Law and Religious Liberty Conference, London          1985
329          8          World Council of Churches Conference on Cults and Sects, Amsterdam          1986
329          9          Religious Liberty Conference, Evangelische Akademie Arnoldshein          1984-1986
329          10          World Interfaith Conference in Jerusalem Religious Liberty and Dialogue          1984-1987
329          11          Conference on New Religious Movements, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California          1987
330          1          Nally v. Grace Community Church of the Valley ("Clergy Malpractice" case)          1987
330          2          Congress for Religious Liberty conference, "Clergy Malpractice, Religious Liberty, and the Law"          1988
330          3          "The Churches and New Religious Movements in Dialogue," a conference          1987-1988
330          4          American Religious Liberty Conference          undated
330          5          Financial records. Tax status          1985-1986
330          6          Financial records. Bank statements          1985-1988
330          7          Financial records. Bank statements          1987-1988
330          8          Financial records. Cancelled checks          1985-1988
331          1          Financial records. Deposit slips, receipts, and other financial records          1985-1988
331          2          Financial records. Bills, receipts and other records          1985
331          3          Financial records. Bills, receipts and other records          1986
331          4          Financial records. Bills, receipts and other records, 1 of 2          1987
331          5          Financial records. Bills, receipts and other records, 2 of 2          1987
331          6          Financial records. Bills, receipts and other records          1988
331          7          Financial records. Notes, bills and receipts          1984-1986, undated
331          8          "Proclaim Liberty," related correspondence and other records          1985-1988, undated
332          1          "Proclaim Liberty," related correspondence and other records          1986, undated
332          2          "Bicentennial Column. Proclaim Liberty," numbers 101-104          circa 1987
332          3          "Proclaim Liberty," numbers 101-130          circa 1986-1988
332          4          "Proclaim Liberty," numbers 131-176          circa 1986-1988
332          5          "Proclaim Liberty," clippings          1986
332          6          "Proclaim Liberty," clippings, 1 of 2          1987
332          7          "Proclaim Liberty," clippings, 2 of 2          1987
332          8          "Proclaim Liberty," clippings          1988

Subseries 8.2: Unification Church, 1981-2002 (bulk 1981-1988), documents Littell’s involvement with the Unification Church, including as a speaker at several Church-sponsored conferences and as a member of the Advisory Council to the Unification Movement International (ACUMI).  Records include general correspondence; press releases and legal documents pertaining to the Church’s legal embroilments, particularly the United States of America v. Sun Myung Moon and Takeru Kamiyana; concerns surrounding the kidnapping and “deprogramming” of Church members and other anti-cult groups and ideology; correspondence and newsletters regarding Church-sponsored conferences and foundations; clippings and collected materials pertaining generally to Church affairs and teachings.

333          1          Correspondence. Biermans, John          1987
333          2          Correspondence. Biermans, John          1987-1988
333          3          Correspondence, press releases and other records          1981-1987
333          4          United States of America vs. Sun Myung Moon and Takeru Kamiyama. Synopsis of Tax-evasion conviction          1983
333          5          United States of America vs. Sun Myung Moon and Takeru Kamiyama          1982-1983
333          6          United States of America vs. Sun Myung Moon and Takeru Kamiyama          1983
334          1          Molko v. Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity. Correspondence, press releases and related records          1983-1989
334          2          Assorted Legal Documents          1982-1989, undated
334          3          International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS). Correspondence, programs and annual report          1981-1982, 1986-1987
334          4          International Middle East Alliance. Correspondence regarding conferences          1985-1987
334          5          International Religious Foundation, Inc. Correspondence, newsletters and foundation projects          1983-1989, undated
334          6          New Ecumenical Research Association (New ERA). Correspondence, newsletters and pamphlets          1982, 1985, 1992
334          7          Assembly of the World Religions. Transmitting our Heritage to Youth and Society          August 15-20, 1990
334          8          "Religious Freedom and the New Millennium." Conference materials and papers. Tokyo, Japan          May 23-25, 1998
334          9          "Religious Freedom in Europe Toward the New Millennium." Conference materials and papers. Berlin, Germany          May 29-31, 1998
335          1          Assorted conference materials          1980s, undated
335          2          Notes and collected material regarding The Unification Church          1981, undated
335          3          Reflective passages regarding The Unification Church, by Franklin H. Littell          1984-1985
335          4          Reflective papers regarding the teachings of The Unification Church          1988, undated
335          5          Statements regarding deprogramming          undated
335          6          Booklets, pamphlets and material regarding Unification teachings          1971, 1981-2002, undated
335          7          European Parliament investigation into new religions          1984
335          8          "The Jewish Report" and other papers regarding Jewish perspectives of the Unification Church          1982
578          11          Clippings and articles          1976-1984
335          9          Clippings, 1 of 2          1980s
335          10          Clippings, 2 of 2          1980s

Subseries 8.3: American Conference on Religious Movements, 1988-1997, documents this agency founded in 1986 as “a center of information and communication for religious movements in America…”.  Littell served as a founding member and chairman of its Board of Directors. Records include general correspondence and memoranda pertaining to the activities of ACRM and its leaders, Board of Directors’ meeting minutes, conference planning materials and newsletters. Following a few files pertaining to specific board meetings and conferences, are a series of chronologically arranged general files that contain a mix of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, and other administrative records.

335          11          Bylaws and other incorporating documents          undated
335          12          Conference. "Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism: Religious Communities in Dialogue," Baylor University          September 6-December 6, 1988
336          1          Conference. "Religious Freedom and the Court Cases," Loyola Marymount University          December 14, 1988
336          2          Conference. "Freedom of Religion in America: the Current Court Cases," Graduate Theological Union          February 26-27, 1989
336          3          Conference. American Conference on Religious Movements/New Religious Movements and America, joint conference, Columbia State University          January 19, 1991
336          4          Board Meeting. Catholic University of America          September 6, 1989
336          5          Board Meeting. Georgetown University          January 12, 1990
336          6          Board Meeting. Catholic University of America          October 29, 1992
336          7          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          1986-1987, undated
336          8          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          1988
336          9          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          January-September, 1989
337          1          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          October-December, 1989
337          2          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          January-May, 1990
337          3          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          June-December, 1990
337          4          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          January-June, 1991
337          5          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          July-December, 1991
338          1          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          1992
338          2          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          January-May, 1993
338          3          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          June, 1993-June, 1994
338          4          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          June-October, 1994, undated
338          5          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          January-June, 1995
339          1          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          July-October, 1995
339          2          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          January-May, 1996
339          3          Correspondence, memoranda, and other records          June, 1996-March, 1997
339          4          Notes and other records          undated
339          5          Printed materials          June, 1993-October, 1994

Subseries 8.4: Church of Scientology International, 1970-2006 (bulk 1980-1999), documents Littell’s involvement with Scientology. Littell served as a consultant to the Church of Scientology International. While the majority of Littell’s efforts dealt with Scientology’s issues internationally, he was also concerned with several of the church’s legal issues within the United States, including the case Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California.

The materials housed here contain a mix of correspondence and other records pertaining to the Church of Scientology and Littell’s involvement with it, including correspondence with its president, Heber Jentzsch. There are printed materials and other records documenting attacks on the church in Germany and other countries, as well as publications evidencing the church and its work more generally. Researchers interested in Littell’s connections with the Church of Scientology should also consult Series 1: General correspondence, where there is additional correspondence with Heber Jentzsch.

339          6          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1970-1983
578          12          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1983-1987, 2001
339          7          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1984
340          1          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          February-June, 1985
340          2          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          August, 1985
340          3          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          September-December, 1985
340          4          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1986
340          5          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          January-April, 1987
341          1          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          May-December, 1987
341          2          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1988
341          3          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1989
341          4          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1990-1991
341          5          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          January-September, 1992
341          6          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          October-December, 1992
341          7          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1993-1994
341          8          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          1995-2001, undated
342          1          Correspondence, reports, and other papers          2002-2004, undated
342          2          Religious liberty case in Italy          1981-1991
342          3          Affidavit of Heber Jentzsch regarding the Flynn Associates Management Corporation (FAMCO)          1983
342          4          Religious Freedom Award          1985
578          14          Relating to the case against Scientology in Germany (German)          1984
342          5          "Diskrimination von Mitgliedern der Scientology Kirche" ("Discrimination of the Members of the Church of Scientology")          1991
342          6          Time Magazine controversy          1991
342          7          "Human Rights Violations of Religious Minorities in Spain"          circa 1980s
343          1          Assorted legal documents          1990s
343          2          "The Rise of Neo-Fascist Assaults on Religion in Germany"          circa 1990s
343          3          "Stop the Hatred in Germany..." advertisement campaign          circa 1990s
578          13          “Can We Ever Be Friends?"          2001
343          4          "IRS Attacks on Scientology"          undated
343          5          Resolution of the Christian Democratic Union regarding membership in the "Scientology Church" (German and English)          1992
343          6          Clippings          1984-2006
343          7          Publications          circa 1980s-1990s
344          1          Publications          circa 1990s
344          2          Publications          circa 1990s
344          3          Publications          circa 1990s, undated
344          4          Publications          circa 1990s-2000s

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Collection Overview

Series 1: General correspondence, 1940-2009
Series 2: Youth work, 1934-1991 (bulk 1936-1945)
Series 3: Germany, 1934-2005 (bulk 1949-1960)
Series 4: Academic appointments, 1946-2012 (bulk 1951-1996)
Series 5: Holocaust remembrance work, 1950-2014 (bulk 1970-2009)
Series 6: Institute for American Democracy, 1949-1980s (bulk 1966-1976)
Series 7: Organized support for the State of Israel, 1969-2008
Series 8: Religious Liberty work, 1970-2006 (bulk 1981-1999)
Series 9: Waco Branch Davidian Disaster, Texas, 1993-2003 (bulk 1993-1996)
Series 10: Small projects file, 1948-2008 (bulk 1955-1995)
Series 11: Professional affiliations, 1950-2008
Series 12: Research, writing and speaking, 1938-2006
Series 13: “Journal” file, 1936-2008
Series 14: Personal and family papers, 1859-2010 (bulk 1934-2000)
Series 15: General reference, 1863-2006 (bulk 1940-1990)