Oral Histories

Interview of Adaline C. Guenther

Executive director of the University Religious Conference. Founder of Unicamp and Project India.
The Gift of a Mind
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Administration
Biographical Note:
Executive director of the University Religious Conference. Founder of Unicamp and Project India.
Galm, Bernard
Guenther, Adaline C.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
11 hrs.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Father's Methodist ministry in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania; education at Ohio Wesleyan University during World War I; founding University Religious Conference (URC), 1928; URC's ecumenical intent; evolution of Student Board; Ernest Carroll Moore; start of UniCamp program, 1935; purchase of UniCamp site; university versus URC control of UniCamp; diabetic camp founded, 1941; Trialogue of Protestant, Catholic, and Jew; racial and religious issues develop into Panel of Americans; changes in social attitudes; effect of war on URC; American Veterans Committee; American Legion; replacing Thomas St. Clair Evans as executive secretary, 1945-60; visit of Barbara Ward; contacts with Los Angeles church leaders; foreign students at UCLA; Stevens House; Project India takes shape; trip to India; United States Information Service involvement; Bob Jaffie, UniCamp, and Project India; campus atmosphere during McCarthy era; Westwood Village as restricted community; loyalty oath; friendship with John Ehrlichman; decision to retire; developing URCs on other campuses; University of California, Santa Barbara; Thomas Bradley and John Krumm; Barbara Jewkes, Steve Muller, and Frank Mankiewicz; Archbishop John J. Cantwell; Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin; Los Angeles businessmen.