Records of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Four collections of records related to the Northeast Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) are now available to researchers in the Manuscripts and Archives Department. One is a collection of general records, dating from 1985 to the present, and three are collections of papers of individuals who made significant contributions to the clinical pastoral education movement. 

bMS 542: Records of the Northeast Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. This general collection includes records of annual meetings, writings of individuals associated with the ACPE, accreditation and self-study reports done by centers and hospitals seeking accreditation, clippings, and photographs. In addition to records specific to the Northeast Region, this collection includes material on two national ACPE and pre-ACPE organizations, the Council for Clinical Training and the Institute for Pastoral Care.

bMS 688: Papers of Austin Philip Guiles. Guiles began training for pastoral work under the direction of Anton T. Boisen at Worcester State Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1928. In 1931 Guiles was appointed to the faculty of Andover Newton Theological School, becoming the first clinically trained person appointed to a theological faculty. He was also a key figure in the foundation of the New England Theological Schools Committee on Clinical Training (1938) and the Institute for Pastoral Care (1944), which were the major vehicles for the clinical pastoral education movement in New England.

bMS 690: Papers of John Milton Billinsky. Billinsky was named chief of chaplains of Boston City Hospital in 1944. From 1945 until 1981 he was Professor of Psychology and Clinical Studies at Andover Newton Theological School, and was named to the Guiles Chair following A. Philip Guiles's retirement in 1952. Billinsky's papers contain a small collection of the papers of Anton T. Boisen, probably acquired by Billinsky through his association with Guiles at Andover Newton Theological School. These papers consist of correspondence and photographs of Boisen with colleagues. 

bMS 694: Papers of John I. Smith. Smith was named chaplain of the Worcester State Hospital in 1947, a position he held until his retirement in 1980. In 1957, he was named executive secretary of the Institute for Pastoral Care, which eventually merged with three other groups to form the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He was elected as the first president of the ACPE in 1967, and he also served as the director of ACPE's Northeast Region.

For more information about the content of any of these collections, click on its collection name. If you are interested in working with any of these collections, please contact the curator of manuscripts and archives.