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Collection Number: 20381

Collection Title: Mark Arduini Collection, 2002-2003

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space
Abstract Mark Arduini was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 with a B.A. in American Studies. His honors thesis was "I'm Home! This is Where I Belong: Narratives of Conversion in a Roman Catholic Community." The collection consists of Mark Arduini's B.A. honors thesis and field interviews conducted under the auspices of the Folklore Curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Arduini conducted field interviews with members of his church, the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish in Chapel Hill, N.C., on the topic of their personal conversions to Catholicism. The thesis compares the Catholic conversion narratives with the body of theoretical and ethnographic works on Protestant conversion narratives. The individuals interviewed ranged in age from 30 to 85. Most were academics, other professionals or retired. Before converting to Catholicism, the consultants came from a variety of different religious backgrounds, though primarily from Protestant Christian traditions.
Creator Arduini, Mark.
Language English
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Use of audio materials may require production of listening and viewing copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mark Arduini Collection #20381, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mark Arduini of Newport News, Va., in June 2003 (Acc. 99544).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Mark Arduini was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 with a B.A. in American Studies. He was drawn to the topic of Catholic conversion narratives after taking several classes that addressed Protestant conversion narratives. As a Catholic, he wondered whether there was a similar tradition of stories within his own faith. The topic was of particular personal interest as his mother, a lifelong Episcopalian, converted to Catholicism at the same time he was conducting his fieldwork for his thesis.

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Mark Arduini conducted field interviews with members of his church, the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish in Chapel Hill, N.C., on the topic of their personal conversions to Catholicism. The recorded interviews became the basis for his honors thesis, "I'm Home! This is Where I Belong: Narratives of Conversion in a Roman Catholic Community," in the Curriculum of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both the thesis and the field interviews are included in this collection. The thesis compares the Catholic conversion narratives with the body of theoretical and ethnographic works on Protestant conversion narratives. The individuals interviewed ranged in age from 30 to 85. Most were academics, other professionals or retired. Before converting to Catholicism, the consultants came from a variety of different religious backgrounds, though primarily from Protestant Christian traditions.

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1 item.

Copy of "I'm Home! This is Where I Belong: Narratives of Conversion in a Roman Catholic Community," Mark Arduini's 2003 B.A. Honors Thesis in the Curriculum of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Folder 1

"I'm Home! This is Where I Belong: Narratives of Conversion in a Roman Catholic Community" #20381, Series: "1. Written Materials, 2003." Folder 1

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18 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Catholic conversion narratives that Mark Arduini collected in interviews from Catholic converts belonging to the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish in Chapel Hill, N.C. All interviews were conducted in Chapel Hill, most at the Newman Center. The Newman Center parish priest, Father Phillip Leach, himself a Catholic convert, guided Arduini in his choice of consultants. Full or partial tape transcripts are included for all recordings except for the interviews with Ann Hamrick, Paul Stedman, T. Nelson and Ethel Williams, and Phillip Leach.

Audiocassette FS-6559

Interview with Catherine McCurry, 18 March 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6559

Audiocassette FS-6560

Interview with Huleene Hill, 12 April 2002, tape 1 of 2 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6560

Audiocassette FS-6561

Interview with Huleene Hill, 12 April 2002, tape 2 of 2 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6561

Audiocassette FS-6562

Interview with Sarah Freedman, 14 April 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6562

Audiocassette FS-6563

Interview with Ann Hamrick, 15 April 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6563

Audiocassette FS-6564

Interview with Michael Hubbard, 15 April 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6564

Audiocassette FS-6565

Interview with Elsa Glover, 15 April 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6565

Audiocassette FS-6566

Interview with Alfred Reid and Mary Reid, 19 April 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6566

Audiocassette FS-6567

Interview with Paul Stedman, 25 April 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6567

Audiocassette FS-6568

Interview with Kathy Bruno, 26 April 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6568

Audiocassette FS-6569

Interview with John Custer, 2 May 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6569

Audiocassette FS-6570

Interview with Mary Thomas, 28 June 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6570

Audiocassette FS-6571

Interview with Nancy Tomkovick, 29 June 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6571

Audiocassette FS-6572

Interview with Anna Louise Reynolds, 7 July 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6572

Audiocassette FS-6573

Interview with T. Nelson Williams and Ethel Williams, 27 July 2002, tape 1 of 2 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6573

Audiocassette FS-6574

Interview with Ethel Williams, 17 July 2002, tape 2 of 2 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6574

Audiocassette FS-6575

Interview with Barbara Moran, 15 August 2002 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6575

Audiocassette FS-6576

Interview with Phillip Leach, 18 February 2003 #20381, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 2002-2003." FS-6576

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Matson, June 2003.

Encoded by: Elizabeth Matson, June 2003, and by Alison Waldenberg, July 2006.

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