The collections hosted here are the final product of a year-long project of the Newberry Library’s Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture. Titled “Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America” and funded by a Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project brought a cohort of faculty to the library to design curricular resources that integrated the study of America’s religious diversity into introductory courses across the humanities. In the summer of 2012, 20 community college faculty from six campuses across the country came to the Newberry to attend seminars with leading scholars in the field and conduct research in the library’s collections. Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, these faculty participated in a private group blog where they expanded upon the seminars and drafted their digital collections collected here. In the summer of 2013, the faculty returned to the Newberry along with sponsoring administrators to present the results of their work.
The collections presented here are the collective fruits of this productive labor. They provide educators everywhere with nearly 70 digitized sources from the Newberry’s collections accompanied by contextual information and discussion questions. It is our hope that these collections provide secondary educators and college faculty a resource with which to integrate the study of America’s religious diversity into their classrooms.