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bMS 690

Billinsky, John Milton. Papers, 1923-1983: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 690
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Billinsky, John Milton.
Title: Billinsky, John Milton. Papers,
Date(s): 1923-1983.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: Papers of John Milton Billinsky, an important figure in the clinical pastoral education movement. The papers include writings, correspondence, biographical and personal information and the papers of Anton T. Boisen. They span 1923-1983.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of John Billinsky (John M. Billinsky's son), 2005.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Robert W. Swartz in 2007.

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 688, the papers of Austin Philip Guiles, and bMS 542, the records of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Biographical / Historical

John Milton Billinsky (1916-1984) was an important figure in the development of the clinical pastoral education movement. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Hartford School of Education in 1939, received his BD from Hartford Theological Seminary in 1942, and his EdD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1952. He married Elizabeth French, and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1944 at Old South Church in Boston and was named chief of chaplains of Boston City Hospital that same year. He was Professor of Psychology and Clinical Studies at Andover Newton Theological School from 1945 until his retirement in 1981, and was named to the Guiles Chair following A. Philip Guiles's retirement in 1952.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection includes biographical material; published and unpublished writings by Billinsky and others; correspondence of both a personal and professional nature; institutional materials that represent conferences or committees which Billinksy was affiliated with; and some correspondence and writings of Anton T. Boisen, who is considered to be the pioneer founder of the clinical pastoral education movement. The institutional materials include records pertaining to the formation and early years of the Council for the Clinical Training of Theological Students (which later developed into the Council for Clinical Training), the Institute of Pastoral Care (IPC), and the merger process between the two. This merger process is outlined in the papers of the Committee of Twelve, a council of board members of both the CCT and the IPC, of which Billinsky was a prominent member. Also of interest are the records of the Clinical Experience for Students of New England Theological Schools, which was developed by A. Philip Guiles and would evolve into the New England Group. The final series consists of papers of Anton T. Boisen, probably acquired by Billinsky through his association with Guiles at Andover Newton Theological School. The bulk of this series consists of correspondence, both personal and professional, as well as photographs of Boisen with colleagues, a commission from the Massachusetts Home Missionary Society, and materials pertaining to Boisen's memorial service.

General

The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

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