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Unification Church collection

Call Number: RH WL MS 46


This collection contains brochures, advertisements, church memorabilia, audio and video cassettes, and instructional materials which are used and published by the church and its affiliates. The collection also includes articles concerning criticisms of the church, as well as the church's response to those criticisms.


  • 1963 - 1991

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Unification Church

The Unification Church, formally known as the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, was established in Korea in 1954 by Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Moon considered himself a prophet whose teachings were divinely inspired. The Unification Church believes its mission is to prepare humankind for the Messiah by unifying all forms of Christianity along its doctrinal lines. The "Divine Principle" is the main theological book of the Unification Church. Church doctrine has been drawn from the "Divine Principle" as well as the Bible.

Organizationally, the church is divided into national and state churches, which are affiliated with the Unification Church International. Affiliates of the Unification Church include the Unification Theological Seminary, the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP), the Unification Thought Institute, and the Freedom Leadership Foundation. All of these organizations possess in-house presses and publish material about Sun Myung Moon, his thought and activities, the church and its doctrines, and political, economic, and social issues.

The Unification Church is also known as the Tong II movement, the Unified Family, and the Moon Organization. In the 1990s the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification was created as the organizational entity of the Unification Church and sponsored lectures and programs centered around moral and family values.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was originally housed at the Special Collections Department in the Iowa State University Library system. The collection was originally donated by Dan Fernelius. It was transferred to the University of Kansas for inclusion in the Wilcox Collection at Spencer Research Library in 2009.

Guide to the Unification Church Collection
Unification Church collection
Finding aid prepared by pb, 2010; Finding aid encoded by pb, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Unification Church Collection, Wilcox Collection, Kansas Collection, RH WL MS 46, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States