Finding aid for the Association for Creative Change records, 1968-1996

Overview of Collection

Repository: University of Dayton. University Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Association for Creative Change Within Religious and Other Social Systems (U.S.)
Title: Association for Creative Change records
Dates: 1968-1996
Extent: 5.5 linear feet
Abstract: Administrative materials, publications, and photographs pertaining to the Association for Creative Change, a national group of behavioral scientists employed in religious systems.
Collection Code: SC 13
Language: English

History of the Association for Creative Change

In 1968, a small group of behavioral scientists founded the Association for Creative Change (ACC), originally the Association of Religion and Applied Behavioral Science (ARABS). The group was primarily a means of networking and professional development for behavioral scientists who worked in religious systems such as denominational administrative offices, as ordained or lay ministers, or as Christian education professionals. The organization held annual conferences, produced a newsletter and a journal, and offered two professional certifications: Laboratory Trainer and Professional Member. The ACC expanded to include partner membership organizations in Canada and South Africa. Dwindling membership led to the organization's dissolution in 1996.

Scope and Content

The materials in this collection document the operation and history of the Association for Creative Change. The collection includes bylaws, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, conference brochures, professional recognition records, publications, research projects, and photographs, among other records. The collection spans 1968-1996.

Search Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Dayton Libraries Catalog. Researchers may use these headings to search the catalog for resources on related topics, persons, or places.

Corporate Names

Association for Creative Change Within Religious and Other Social Systems (U.S.)
Association of Religion and Applied Behavioral Science

Subjects

Behavioral scientists
Scientists

Administrative Information

Access to Materials

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Acquisition Information

Dorothy J. Britain donated the collection of materials of the Association for Creative Change on behalf of the organization on November 20, 1978. Additional materials were received until 1996, when the organization disbanded.

Preferred Citation

Association for Creative Change Records, 1968-1996. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Administrative records, 1968-1996
Administrative and organizational records of the Association for Creative Change (ACC), including several iterations of the mission statement and bylaws, a history of the organization written in 1996 for the dissolution of the group, financial and tax documents, Steering Committee files, and other committee meeting minutes and correspondence.
Box Folder
Governing documents and history, 1970-1996 1 1
Steering Committee minutes, 1969-1973 1 2
Steering Committee minutes, 1975-1980 1 3
Steering Committee minutes, 1981-1984 1 4
Steering Committee minutes, 1985-1987 1 5
Steering Committee minutes, 1988-1991 1 6
Steering Committee minutes (known as Coordinating Committee in 1994-1996), 1992-1996 1 7
Steering Committee correspondence, 1970-1976 2 1
Steering Committee correspondence, 1977-1985 2 2
Steering Committee correspondence, 1986-1992 2 3
Steering Committee correspondence, 1993-1996 2 4
Administrative Committee/ Executive Committee minutes, 1973-1978, 1989 2 5
Administrative Committee/ Executive Committee minutes, 1991-1994 2 6
Administrative Committee/ Executive Committee minutes, 1975, 1977, 1991 2 7
Core Leadership Event minutes and information, 1988-1993 2 8
Executive director reports, 1970-1975, 1987-1989 2 9
Executive director contract and employment information, 1992-1995 3 1
Policy manual, circa 1990 3 2
Articles of Incorporation, 1968-1994 3 3
Various state incorporation certificates and tax documents, 1973-1993 3 4
Year-end financial reports and budgets, 1971-1995 3 5
Independent audits, 1970-1990 3 6
Tax returns, 1977-1992 3 7
Office insurance documents, 1985-1989 4 1
Group liability insurance documents, 1985-1991 4 2
Financial records including loans to and from ACC, 1974-1991 4 3
Personnel Committee, 1988-1989 4 4
Finance and Investment Committee, 1986, 1994 4 5
Resources Committee, 1973-1976 4 6
Nominating Committee, 1971-1995 4 7
Long Range Planning Committee, 1991-1993 4 8
Ethics Committee, 1973-1986 4 9
Church Executive Development Board, 1971-1972 4 10
SARCO Committee, 1973-1977 4 11
Communications Committee, 1971-1975 4 12
Marketing Committee, 1986-1988 4 13
Membership Committee, 1968-1994 5 1
Canada Chapter, 1977-1989 5 2
Canada Chapter, 1990-1993 5 3
South Africa Chapter (aka TACT), 1973-1978 5 4
General Member correspondence, 1968-1974 5 5
General Member correspondence, 1975-1980 5 6
General Member correspondence, 1981-1996 5 7
Series 2: Conferences, 1969-1995
Brochures and program details of the ACC annual conferences. Notes and minutes of the conference committee are included with the conference materials. A few annual conferences were held at the Bergamo Center in Dayton, which is affiliated with the University of Dayton.
Box Folder
Conferences, 1969-1974 6 1
Conferences, 1975-1979 6 2
Conferences, 1980-1985 6 3
Conferences, 1986-1990 6 4
Conferences, 1991-1995 6 5
Series 3: Professional recognition, 1968-1995
Records of the ACC professional recognition program. Members completed a paid recognition program to obtain certification as a Laboratory Trainer or a Professional Member. Certified members were reviewed every three years. Certification was a substantial source of funds for the ACC.
Box Folder
Professional Development Recognition Committee minutes, 1970-1995 7 1
Professional Development Recognition Committee, 1968-1971 7 2
Professional Member survey, 1971 7 3
Professional Development Recognition Committee, 1972-1976 7 4
Professional Development Recognition Committee, 1977-1989 7 5
Professional Development Recognition Committee, 1990-1995 7 6
Series 4: Publications, 1969-1996
Publications are divided into four categories: membership directories, the newsletter, the loose-leaf journal, and the journal Creative Change. The newsletter went through many changes over the years but was generally published on a semiannual and sometimes quarterly basis. The loose-leaf journal was a project to disseminate professional articles at low cost to members in the early 1970s. By 1979, the ACC started The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science (later Creative Change), which they published until their dissolution in 1996.
Box Folder
Publications Committee minutes, 1971-1990 7 7
Publications Committee, 1979-1995 7 8
Membership directories, 1969-1978 8 1
Membership directories, 1980-1985 8 2
Membership directories, 1987-1996 8 3
Newsletter, 1969-1974 8 4
Newsletter, 1975-1983 8 5
Newsletter, 1984-1988 8 6
Newsletter, 1989-1996 8 7
Loose-leaf journal, 1975-1978 9 1
Journal index, journals, 1979-1996 9 2
Series 5: Special projects, 1972-1996
Materials on special projects, including a master's thesis written about the ACC, a project on regional development, and other research projects. The series includes files on the ACC's outsourcing of administrative functions and database maintenance. Records pertaining to the organization's dissolution, such as the Secretary of State filings, the dissolution plan, and the ACC's Three Point Ritual Plan to celebrate the ACC are also included. Minutes and correspondence about the dissolution can be found in the Steering Committee minutes and the general member correspondence for 1996.
Box Folder
Peabody thesis information, 1972-1975 10 1
Peabody thesis, 1975 10 2
Project Innovation, 1972-1974 10 3
Experiential theology, 1973-1976 10 4
Regional development, 1970-1978 10 5
Research project, 1982 10 6
Outsourcing: Phantos Research, 1981-1986 10 7
Outsourcing: Bredehoft Associates, 1991 10 8
ACCNet, 1993-1994 10 9
Special interest groups, 1994 10 10
Dwinell file, 1984 10 11
Dissolution, 1995-1996 10 12
Series 6: Photographs, sound recordings, and other media, 1970-1996
ACC photographs arranged by decade, slides, and audiovisual materials. Several photographs are identified on the reverse side of the photograph; many are not identified. Three boxes of projector slides comprise a retrospective created in 1996 for the organization's dissolution celebration. An audiotape accompanies the slide show. Other audiotapes contain conference presentations and a history of the ACC. One videotape covers ACC activities from 1992-1993.
Box Folder
Photographs, 1970-1979 11 1
Photographs: 1978 Conference, 1978 11 2
Photographs, 1980-1989 11 3
Photographs, 1990-1996 11 4
35mm slides and audiovisual recordings, 1978-1996 11
Slide show slides 1-36, 1996 (36 slides)
Slide show slides 37-79, 1996 (43 slides)
Extra slides, 1996 (20 slides)
Slide show soundtrack, 1996 (Audiocassette tape 1)
1978 Annual Meeting--Dorothy's Speech, 1978 (Audiocassette tape 2)
ACC--Evening June 25--Bryan McNeel on Professionalism and Response, 25 June 1984 (Audiocassette tape 3)
George Ainsworth-Land, 26 June 1984 (Audiocassette tape 4)
Verna Dozier--Wed. Evening ACC, 27 June 1984 (Audiocassette tape 5)
Creating a Positive Future--Barbara Marx Hubbard, undated (Audiocassette tape 6)
A Salty History of Our Glorious Association, undated (Audiocassette tape 7)
ACC 92-93, 1992-1993 (VHS 1)