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Campus Freethought Alliance Records

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Campus Freethought Alliance Records

Campus Freethought Alliance records

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Campus Freethought Alliance.
Campus Freethought Alliance records
Date [inclusive]
10.0 Linear inches
Mixed materials [Box]
The collection contains a small assortment of materials generated by the Campus Freethought Alliance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in 2001. This organization was primarily concerned with atheism and agnosticism.

Preferred Citation note

Campus Freethought Alliance Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Campus Freethought Alliance was formed at UNC Charlotte in early February 2001. Debbie Lunsford was the president and founder of this chapter, which was sponsored by the Council for Secular Humanism. An article published in the February 22, 2001 issue of the University Times, provides details about the nature of this organization and its relations with students on campus (Christians as well as atheists). The material in this collection is dated to the approximate time of its founding, in February and March of 2001.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection concerns the formation and purpose of the Campus Freethought Alliance at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in the winter and spring of 2001. According to its Statement of Purpose, the CFA was a group "dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of freethought, skepticism, secularism, non-theisim, and humanism, and to the international consolidation of campus resources for the end." In 1996, the Council for Secular Humanism, North America’s leading organization for ethical, non-religious people, brought seven college students to its headquarters at the Center for Inquiry Transnational in Amherst, New York. These seven students wanted to establish a network of non-believers and critical rationalists on university and college campuses around the world. They were concerned by the rising tide of religious-political extremism and anti-scientific outlooks among members of their generation, as well as the lack of a strong and supportive community for young freethinkers. Some came from families or communities that were openly hostile towards religious unbelievers. The students agreed that there were dangers inherent in the present religious assaults on academic freedom, civil liberties and scientific literacy in the United States. They outlined their concerns in a Declaration of Necessity, which they then distributed via the Internet. The results were astounding. Within a year, seven students' dream had become a successful reality: forty campus groups were soon established or affiliated with what was then known as the Campus Freethought Alliance. The founding students set a goal of adding one hundred new student groups to CFA during their second year. Since then, the movement continued to grow, and received strong support from the Center for Inquiry. In 2004, CFA changed its name to the Center for Inquiry On Campus to better reflect its commitment to the ideals put forth by the Center for Inquiry.

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Arrangement note

This collection is divided into two series. Series 1 contains files of written and printed materials, arranged alphabetically by title. Series 2, entitled "Realia" contains two items: a button and a keychain.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte July-August 2011

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2011.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Campus Freethought Alliance. -- Records and correspondence
  • Center for Inquiry (Amherst, N.Y.).


  • Free thought--United States
  • Secular humanism--United States

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General note

In addition to an assortment of printed and written materials, the collection also contains a couple of three dimensional objects: a button and a key chain in the form of a small light bulb.

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Collection Inventory

Printed material 2001 

Box Folder

Constitution and Bylaws circa 2001 

1 1

Forms letters 2001 February 

1 2

Library circa 2001 

Scope and Contents note

This item, which is labeled "Library" is actually a reading list for members of the CFA

1 3

Meeting Agendas 2001 

1 4

Membership Contract List 2001 February and March 

1 5

Membership Information 2001 February - March 

1 6

Recruiting Flier circa 2001 

1 7

Statement of Purpose: A Course of Reason 

1 8

Stickers undated 

Scope and Contents note

This file contains two adhesive stickers. One advertises the CFA, and the other reads "Americans United for the Separation of Church and State."

1 9

University Times 2001 February 22 

Scope and Contents note

This issue of the University Times contains an article about the CFA on the front page. The file also contains a photocopy of this article.

1 10

University Times 2001 February 27 

Scope and Contents note

Page 14 of this issue of the University Times contains an letter-to-the-editor concerning the CFA.

1 11

Women and Religion 2001 March 26 

Scope and Contents note

This file contains one flier and two pamphlets concerning Christianity and women.

1 12

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Button: "Freethinker" 

Keychain, in the form of a lightbulb, with caption: "Turn on to the Enlightenment -" 

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