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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Walter H. Capps papers
    Identifier/Call Number: UArch FacP 47
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 65.24 linear feet (25 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, plus 370 videocassettes, 5 DVDs, 86 audiocassettes, 11 audiotape reels)
    Creator: Capps, Walter H.
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2014
    Date (bulk): 1963-1997
    Abstract: Papers of Walter Holden Capps (May 5, 1934 – October 28, 1997), Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Representative of the 22nd district of California in the United States House of Representatives in 1997.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
    Language of Material: The collection is in English.

    Access Restrictions

    All student records are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restrictions of 75 years from the date of creation of the record. Certain series within this collection may contain restricted materials.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Walter H. Capps papers, UArch FacP 47. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Anh Huynh, Denise Kniter, and Mona Luo, 2014.

    Biographical Note

    Walter Holden Capps (May 5, 1934 -October 28, 1997), American politician, Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives, was elected to the one Hundred and Fifth Congress, serving from January 3, 1997, until his death of heart attack at Dulles Airport on October 28, 1997.
    Capps earned an MA (1963) and PhD (1965) from the Yale Divinity School. Capps was Visiting Scholar a the Center for the Study of New Religions, Graduate Theological Union, 1982-1983, Mansfield College, Oxford University, 1971, and the Warburg Institute, University of London, 1968-1969.
    From 1963 to 1996, Walter Capps taught in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, focusing on the role of ethics in American public life. Capps first taught "Religion and the Impact of Vietnam" in 1979. Featuring first hand accounts of Vietnam veterans, this course was the first of its kind and would attract national attention. Capps' name lives on in the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


    These materials have been divided into the following series: 1. General Files/Miscellaneous, 2. Congressional Campaigns, 3. U.S. House of Representatives, 4. Clippings, 5. Correspondence, 6. Teaching, 7. Graduate Work, and 8. Audiovisual.

    Scope and Content

    These papers contain items related to both the academic and political career of Walter Holden Capps (May 5, 1934 – October 28, 1997), Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Representative to the United States House of Representatives for the 22nd district of California in 1997.
    Academic materials include lectures, manuscripts, class outlines and notes,talks, articles, papers, and correspondence.
    In addition to the academic material, there is extensive coverage of Capps' political career, including his campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives (1994, 1996) as well as his time as U.S. House Representative for the 22nd District of California (1997). Materials include campaign records, correspondence, speech notes, schedules, and photographs.
    There is a sizeable audiovisual component to the collection covering both Capps' teaching at UCSB and his political campaigns.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Administrative records
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Political posters
    Buttons (information artifacts)
    Lecture notes
    Outlines (documents)
    Course materials
    Outlines and syllabi
    Faculty papers
    Manuscripts (document genre)
    Tape reels
    Lists (document genres)
    Address books
    Speeches (documents)
    Schedules (time plans)
    Political campaigns -- California -- History -- 20th century
    California -- History -- 20th century
    Vietnam -- History
    College teachers -- California -- Santa Barbara
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans
    Politicians -- United States -- Correspondence
    College teachers -- California -- Santa Barbara -- Correspondence
    Religion -- Philosophy
    Legislators -- United States
    Campaign literature -- California
    Politicians -- United States
    Political campaigns -- California
    Religious thought -- Europe
    Legislators -- United States -- Correspondence
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975
    Religious thought -- United States
    Capps, Walter H. -- Archives
    Henley, Don -- Pictorial works
    Browne, Jackson -- Pictorial works
    Douglas, Michael -- Pictorial works
    Capps, Lois -- Pictorial works
    Raitt, Bonnie -- Pictorial works
    Seastrand, Andrea
    Stephanopoulos, George -- Pictorial works
    University of California, Santa Barbara. Department of Religious Studies
    Clinton, Hillary Rodham -- Pictorial works
    Clinton, Bill -- Pictorial works