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Edmund A. Opitz papers, 1946-1974

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Opitz, Edmund A., 1914-
Title
Edmund A. Opitz papers
Dates
1946-1974 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet, (9 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 009
Summary
Edmund Opitz (1914-2006) was a minister, author, speaker, editor, and founder of the Remnant and the Nockian Society. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, publications, and printed materials relating to the Remnant and the Nockian Society.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions
Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Reverent Edmund A. Opitz (1914-2006), minister, author, speaker, editor, is the energetic founder, in 1957, of the Remnant, a national fellowship of ministers predominately conservative in their political and economic outlook, and, in 1963, of the Nockian Society, a low key organization of admirers of Albert Jay Nock, an influential individualist of the first half of the 20th century. Both organizations have been run under the auspices of the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, a leading conservative think-tank. Prior to joining the staff of FEE in 1955, Mr. Opitz was, successively, the Regional Conference Program Director for Spiritual Mobilization in the early 1950s and the director of its Eastern Office. He also served as book editor for Faith and Freedom, the magazine of Spiritual Mobilization. He is the author of several books, including The Powers that Be: Case Studies of the Church in Political Action; Religion and CapitalismùAllies, not Enemies; and the co-author of The Kingdom without God: Road's End for the Social Gospel, as well as numerous articles for such journals as National Review and the Freeman. An avid bicyclist, Mr. Opitz resided in New York until his death.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Opitz collection largely consists of correspondence pertaining to Spiritual Mobilization, the Remnant, and the Nockian Society. Also included are speeches, printed materials by Mr. Opitz, printed materials tangential to the organizations named above, and the book invoices of the Society.

The correspondence is arranged chronologically within folders marked with the year and month. Mr. Opitz's speeches are arranged alphabetically by title.

The content of the collection can be roughly divided at the year 1963. Before that time, the correspondence is largely concerned with Mr. Opitz's dealings with a senior member of Spiritual Mobilization and the founder of the Remnant. There is a wealth of information on the wide variety of views taken by religious leaders on libertarian and conservative ideologies that would be of interest to a researcher pursuing this aspect of the conservative movement.

After 1963, the bulk of the correspondence pertains to the functioning of the Nockian Society. Interspersed throughout the collections is the personal correspondence of Mr. Opitz.

Mr. Opitz corresponded with a large number of religious and conservative figures; some of the more prominent are listed in the letter index, along with some of the more voluminous personal correspondence with friends.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edmund A. Opitz Papers, Coll 009, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence
1946-1952
1 2
Correspondence
January 1953-June 1953
1 3
Correspondence
July 1953-December 1953
1 4
Correspondence
January 1954-March 1954
1 5
Correspondence
April 1954-June 1954
1 6
Correspondence
July 1954-October 1954
1 7
Correspondence
November 1954-December 1954
1 8
Correspondence
January 1955-June 1955
1 9
Correspondence
July 1955-December 1955
1 10
Correspondence
January 1956-June 1956
1 11
Correspondence
July 1956-December 1956
1 12
Correspondence
1957
2 1
Correspondence
1958
2 2
Correspondence
1959
2 3
Correspondence
1960
2 4
Correspondence
1961
2 5
Correspondence
1962
2 6
Correspondence
January 1963-April 1963
2 7
Correspondence
May 1963-August 1963
2 8
Correspondence
September 1963-December 1963
2 9
Correspondence
January 1964-April 1964
2 10
Correspondence
May 1964-August 1964
2 11
Correspondence
September 1964-December 1964
3 1
Correspondence
January 1965-April 1965
3 2
Correspondence
May 1965-July 1965
3 3
Correspondence
August 1965-October 1965
3 4
Correspondence
November 1965-December 1965
3 5
Correspondence
January 1966-March 1966
3 6
Correspondence
April 1966-June 1966
3 7
Correspondence
July 1966-September 1966
3 8
Correspondence
October 1966-December 1966
4 1
Correspondence
January 1967-March 1967
4 2
Correspondence
April 1967-June 1967
4 3
Correspondence
July 1967-October 1967
4 4
Correspondence
November 1967-December 1967
4 5
Correspondence
January 1968-March 1968
4 6
Correspondence
April 1968-June 1968
4 7
Correspondence
July 1968-September 1968
4 8
Correspondence
October 1968-December 1968
5 1
Correspondence
January 1969-February 1969
5 2
Correspondence
March 1969-April 1969
5 3
Correspondence
May 1969-June 1969
5 4
Correspondence
July 1969-September 1969
5 5
Correspondence
October 1969-November 1969
5 6
Correspondence
December 1969
5 7
Correspondence
January 1970-February 1970
5 8
Correspondence
March 1970-April 1970
6 1
Correspondence
May 1970-July 1970
6 2
Correspondence
August 1970-September 1970
6 3
Correspondence
October 1970-November 1970
6 4
Correspondence
December 1970
6 5
Correspondence
January 1971-February 1971
6 6
Correspondence
March 1971
6 7
Correspondence
April 1971
7 1
Correspondence
May 1971-June 1971
7 2
Correspondence
July 1971-August 1971
7 3
Correspondence
September 1971-October 1971
7 4
Correspondence
November 1971-December 1971
7 5
Correspondence
January 1972
7 6
Correspondence
February 1972-March 1972
7 7
Correspondence
April 1972-June 1972
8 1
Correspondence
July 1972-September 1972
8 2
Correspondence
October 1972-December 1972
8 3
Correspondence
January 1973-February 1973
8 4
Correspondence
March 1973-May 1973
8 5
Correspondence
June 1973-January 1974
8 6
Correspondence, by last name
undated
8 7
Correspondence, Unidentified/undated

Series II:  SpeechesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
8 8
Alphabetical, by title, A-P
8 9
Alphabetical, by title, R-W

Series III:  Nockian Society miscellanyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
9 1
Newsletters/membership lists

Series IV:  Printed materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
9 2
By Opitz
9 3
By Opitz
9 4
Miscellaneous
9 5
Book invoices, unsorted