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Campus Freethought Alliance records

 Collection — Box: 1 [F09.066.02.04]
Identifier: MS0302

Scope and Contents

The collection concerns the formation and purpose of the Campus Freethought Alliance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the winter and spring of 2001. According to its Statement of Purpose, the CFA was a group "dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of freethought, skepticism, secularism, non-theisim, and humanism, and to the international consolidation of campus resources for the end." In 1996, the Council for Secular Humanism, North America’s leading organization for ethical, non-religious people, brought seven college students to its headquarters at the Center for Inquiry Transnational in Amherst, New York. These seven students wanted to establish a network of non-believers and critical rationalists on university and college campuses around the world. They were concerned by the rising tide of religious-political extremism and anti-scientific outlooks among members of their generation, as well as the lack of a strong and supportive community for young freethinkers. Some came from families or communities that were openly hostile towards religious unbelievers. The students agreed that there were dangers inherent in the present religious assaults on academic freedom, civil liberties and scientific literacy in the United States. They outlined their concerns in a Declaration of Necessity, which they then distributed via the Internet. The results were astounding. Within a year, seven students' dream had become a successful reality: forty campus groups were soon established or affiliated with what was then known as the Campus Freethought Alliance. The founding students set a goal of adding one hundred new student groups to CFA during their second year. Since then, the movement continued to grow, and received strong support from the Center for Inquiry. In 2004, CFA changed its name to the Center for Inquiry On Campus to better reflect its commitment to the ideals put forth by the Center for Inquiry.


  • Creation: 2000 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Campus Freethought Alliance was formed at UNC Charlotte in early February 2001. Debbie Lunsford was the president and founder of this chapter, which was sponsored by the Council for Secular Humanism. An article published in the February 22, 2001 issue of the University Times, provides details about the nature of this organization and its relations with students on campus (Christians as well as atheists). The material in this collection is dated to the approximate time of its founding, in February and March of 2001.


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The collection contains a small assortment of materials generated by the Campus Freethought Alliance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2001. This organization was primarily concerned with atheism and agnosticism.


This collection is divided into two series. Series 1 contains files of written and printed materials, arranged alphabetically by title. Series 2, entitled "Realia" contains two items: a button and a keychain.


In addition to an assortment of printed and written materials, the collection also contains a couple of three dimensional objects: a button and a key chain in the form of a small light bulb.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2011.

Campus Freethought Alliance records
Finding aid compiled by Robert A. McInnes
July-August 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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