Institute of Cultural Affairs/Ecumenical Institute and the Mathews family donate the Joseph Wesley Mathews Collection to the Wesley Theological Seminary
CHICAGO, IL-March 27, 2008- By Board resolution and family consent the Joseph Wesley Mathews Collection will be moving from the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the USA (ICA-USA) in Chicago, IL to the Wesley Theological Seminary at 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C. in April of 2008. The Joseph Wesley Mathews Collection consists of correspondence, research and dissertation materials, books, manuscripts and other writings compiled by Mathews during his lifetime.
ICA-USA is excited about the move and "can think of no better home than our nation's capitol for ICA-USA's founding father's archival Collection. He was a true pioneer of understanding human development," says former Executive Director, Nino Tillman. The Collection is a joint gift from ICA-USA and the Mathews Family to the Wesley Theological Seminary, who is providing full financial support for transport of the Collection. The Collection will be open to the public after its arrival in D.C.
The Joseph Wesley Mathews Collection is an archive of Mathews' life experiences. Born in 1911, he served as a military chaplain in WWII, was an ordained minister and was a faculty member at the Perkins School of Theology. His mission to gain a deeper understanding of human advancement and his vocation in the Christian clergy culminated with his position as Dean of the Ecumenical Institute and Director of ICA-USA in Chicago, IL until his death on October 16, 1977.