Scope and Content
Title: Walter H. Capps papers
Identifier/Call Number: UArch FacP 47
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
65.24 linear feet
(25 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, plus 370 videocassettes, 5 DVDs, 86 audiocassettes, 11 audiotape reels)
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.
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.
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.
[Identification of Item], Walter H. Capps papers, UArch FacP 47. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library,
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Processed by Anh Huynh, Denise Kniter, and Mona Luo, 2014.
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,
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
Clippings (information artifacts)
Buttons (information artifacts)
Outlines and syllabi
Manuscripts (document genre)
Lists (document genres)
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
Stephanopoulos, George -- Pictorial works
University of California, Santa Barbara. Department of Religious Studies
Clinton, Hillary Rodham -- Pictorial works
Clinton, Bill -- Pictorial works