Guide to the Edmund A. Opitz Papers
1946-1974

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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: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

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 Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Speeches; Series III. Nockian Society miscellany; Series IV. Printed material..

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Edmund Opitz in 1978.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence
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

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

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Series III:  Nockian Society miscellany
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
9 1 Newsletters/membership lists

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Series IV:  Printed material
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
9 2 By Opitz
9 3 By Opitz
9 4 Miscellaneous
9 5 Book invoices, unsorted

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Opitz, Edmund A., 1914---Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Nockian Society
  • Remnant (Organization)
  • Spiritual Mobilization (Organization).
  • Subject Terms :
  • Christian leadership--United States
  • Conservatism--United States
  • Conservative literature
  • Conservatives--United States
  • Religion--Economic aspects

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