University of Chicago Library

Guide to the World Conference on Faith and Order Collection 1913-1927

© 2007 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary


World Conference on Faith and Order. Collection




.5 linear feet


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


This collection consists of publications and other materials related to the first World Conference on Faith and Order, proposed by the Episcopal Church in 1911 in the name of ecumenical consensus and Christian unity, and finally held in 1927 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The collection documents the lengthy process of planning and promoting the first conference, which launched the ecumenical Faith and Order Movement

Information on Use


Open for research. No restrictions.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: World Conference on Faith and Order. Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

A World Conference on Faith and Order was first proposed by the Episcopal Church in 1910 to build ecumenical consensus and Christian unity. The conference took years to plan, delayed by World War I as well as the inherent organizational challenges of such an event. Finally, in 1927, 394 delegates representing 108 churches attended the first World Conference on Faith and Order in Lausanne, Switzerland. The event launched the ecumenical Faith and Order Movement, advocated by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. Conferences have since been held in Europe and Canada.

Scope Note

This collection consists largely of Episcopal Church pamphlets and other publications related to planning and promotion of the conference. Also included are periodicals, ephemera, news releases and correspondence from a variety of sources in response to the conference.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:


Beaver, R. Pierce. Papers

Brauer, Jerald. Papers

Walden, John Morgan. Papers

Subject Headings


Box 1   Folder 1

Conference publications, 1913-1914

Box 1   Folder 2

Conference publications, 1915

Box 1   Folder 3

Conference publications, 1916-1919

Box 1   Folder 4

Conference publications, 1920

Box 1   Folder 5

Conference publications, 1921-1925

Box 1   Folder 6

Conference publications, 1926-1927

Box 1   Folder 7

Conference publications, n.d.

Box 1   Folder 8

Periodicals, 1926-1927

Box 1   Folder 9

Other publications, 1927

Box 1   Folder 10

Correspondence and news releases, 1920-1927