Collection ID: UA101
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Abstract:
This collection contains the papers of Professor Jan Shipps, a faculty member at IUPUI from 1973-1995. She taught in the Departments of History and Religious Studies and in the American Studies Program. She served as the director of the Center for American Studies and as a research associate for the POLIS Center. She is a nationally recognized expert on Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, and research materials relating to Shipps's work as a faculty member and administrator and to her research interests.
Extent:
3.25 cubic feet (3 cartons and 1 document box)
Language:
English .
Preferred citation:

Jan Shipps Papers, 1970-2005, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, IUPUI University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Background

Biographical / Historical:

Jan Shipps joined the faculty of the Department of History in the IU School of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor in 1973. Shipps received a B.S. degree in history from Utah State University in 1961 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado in 1962 and 1965, respectively. Shipps was promoted to associate professor in 1976 and to professor in 1983. She taught courses in religious studies and American studies as well as in history. She served as director of the Center for American Studies from 1980-1990 and helped establish the POLIS Center in 1984 and the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture in 1989. She retired in 1995 and received the title Professor Emeritus of History and Religious Studies. She is also a senior research associate with the POLIS Center.

Shipps is best known for her research and writings relating to Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shipps, a non-Mormon, became interested in the topic while living in Utah in the early 1960s. Her 1985 book Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition received high praise from both Morman and non-Morman historians. She served as the president of the Morman Historical Association from 1980-1982, the first woman and non-Morman to hold the office. She is often interviewed by the national news media regarding matters relating to Mormonism.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains the papers of Jan Shipps, a faculty member at IUPUI from 1973 to 1995. Most of the records relate to her activities for the departments and programs that she was affiliated with and to her involvement in IUPUI and IU activities.

There are nine series in the collection: American Studies, Department of History, Philanthropic Studies/Center on Philanthropy, Department of Religious Studies, POLIS Center, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI, Indiana University, and Jan Shipps Personal Documents.

American Studies, 1975-1996, contains correspondence, course syllabi, newsletters, and minutes relating to the Center for American Studies and American Studies courses.

Department of History, 1975-1994, contains correspondence, course syllabi, and two articles by Shipps on using historical documents in the classroom.

Philanthropic Studies/Center on Philanthropy, 1990-1998, contains correspondence and reports relating to the Philanthropic Studies academic program and to the Center on Philanthropy.

Department of Religious Studies, 1976-1996, contains correspondence, course syllabi and teaching notes, newsletters, and minutes relating to activities within the department and to religious studies classes.

POLIS Center, 1970-2003, contains correspondence, minutes, and research materials. Most of the records relate to two research projects that Shipps was deeply involved with: a history of Indianapolis from a religious perspective and an examination of the relationship between religion and the urban culture of American cities.

School of Liberal Arts, 1980-1995, contains correspondence and minutes. The minutes are from various School of Liberal Arts faculty organizations and committees that Shipps served on.

IUPUI, 1978-1994, contains campus publications, minutes, and correspondence. The minutes come from the IUPUI Faculty Council and various campus-wide committees that Shipps served on.

Indiana University, 1980-1993, contains correspondence and minutes. The minutes come from various Indiana University system-wide organizations and committees that Shipps served on.

Jan Shipps Personal Documents, 1970-2005, contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, presentations that Shipps made, and documents relating to Shipps's departmental reviews, professional activities, and applications for promotion to associate professor and professor. This series provides an overview of Shipps's life and career.

Acquisition information:
Presented by Jan Shipps, Bloomington, Indiana, September 30, 2010. A2010/11-007
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DACS-Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Access

RESTRICTIONS:

Records dealing with individual personnel issues are restricted. The remainder of the collection is open to the public without restriction.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code)) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

PREFERRED CITATION:

Jan Shipps Papers, 1970-2005, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, IUPUI University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

CAMPUS:
IUPUI
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
University Library
755 West Michigan Street
Room 0133
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, United States
CAMPUS:
IUPUI
CONTACT:
speccoll@iupui.edu