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Harvey W. Marks - Collection 308

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Harvey W. Marks

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)


Transcript 1

Transcript 2


Brief Description.
Interview of Marks by Robert Shuster on July 16, 1985. Marks discusses his career as a pastor and in Christian film distribution, begun in 1945; the development of Christian film-making and involvement with film pioneers such as C. O. Baptista and James Frederick; Walt Disney's production facili- ties; and film production workshops at Green Lake, Wisconsin. Includes discussion of church use of films and the effects of television on the Christian film industry. An interview transcript is available. Also included is a copy of the notebook of the Eleventh International Workshop in Audio-Visual Education, held in Green Lake, Wisconsin, August 30 to September 4, 1954. Acc: 85-100 Vol: 1 Folder, 2 Audio Tapes, 2 Cassette Tapes Guide: 8 pages CN # 308 .

Collection 308
[May 9, 2017]
Marks, Harvey W.; 1909-2003
Papers: 1954-1985
1 Box (1 DC; .18 cubic feet); Audio Tape


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Harvey W. Marks was born on October 22, 1909, in Imperial, NE. Harvey's father, Theodore A. Marks, a minister, and mother, Anna Remke Marks, had one other son, Silas E., no longer living in 1986. He graduated from Loveland High School in Colorado in 1927 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1934 from North Central College, Naperville, IL. During 1941-43 he also attended Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, but did not complete work for a degree.

Before attending North Central College, Marks spent the years between 1927 and 1930 as an assistant bookkeeper for Advance Rumley Thresher Company, in Billings, MT. After graduation from the college, he taught at Beaver Valley School, Burlington, CO, between 1934 and 1935. In 1935 he became Executive Secretary/Vice President of Colorado Christian Endeavor Union. He held this position until 1936. Following that, he was pastor of the Evangelical Church at Genoa, CO (1936-1937), of Calvary Evangelical Church in Colorado Springs (1937-1938), of the First Evangelical Church of Sterling, CO (1939-1941), and of Calvary Evangelical Church, Villa Park, IL (1941-1944). Between 1944 and 1944, he was pastor of Sheridan Boulevard Evangelical United Brethren Church, Denver, CO.

In 1945 he began a Visual Aid Center in the basement of his church, and initiated a ministry for which he was founder and president from that date. In mid-1946, he joined the Colorado Council of Churches as Associate Secretary in charge of the audio-visual department. The following spring he resigned and founded the Visual Aid Center, a library of Christian films for lease.

Marks held a number of positions in the field of Christian work and audio-visuals. He was Executive Secretary/Vice President of the Colorado Christian Endeavor Union between 1935 and 1936. In 1957 he became Secretary of the National Audio Visual Association, Treasurer in 1958, Vice President in 1959, and was President between 1960 and 1961.

In 1974, the Christian Film Distributors Association was formed and he served as its Secretary until 1976. Between 1976 and 1984 he was Executive Secretary of the organization. Among other activities, Marks wrote the Film Review column for Christian Life magazines and other articles relating to the use of audio-visual materials in Christian ministry in a variety of magazines.

Marks was living in Lakewood, CO, in 1986, where he was still working with the Visual Aid Center, Incorporated (based in Englewood, CO). He died in Arapahoe, Colorado on December 31, 2003.

[NOTE: In the Scope & Content description, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2, folder 5.]

Scope and Content

Mr. Marks was interviewed by Robert Shuster at the Marriott Hotel, Chicago, IL, on July 26, 1985. No abbreviated index of the interview has been created but a transcript of this interview is available on request at the Reading Room Desk. Discussion includes Mark's early involvement with Christian film distribution and the development of Christian film production.

Also included in this collection is a Xerox copy of the notebook used at the Eleventh International Workshop in Audio-Visual Education held in Green Lake, WI, August 30-September 4, 1954. It includes the Visual Education Fellowship Diary listing the programs and participants, news items and announcements. Also included is a listing of all participants' names and addresses, denomination and position. A listing of audio-visuals available in the library is part of the notebook, as is also a list of producers and audio-visual, radio, television, record, and general resources for film and audio-visual users. This information and all data pertinent to the Workshop will be found in folder 1-1.

Harvey Marks was interviewed by Robert Shuster on July 26, 1985.

T1 (Click to link to the transcript of this tape) Mark's early involvement with Christian film distribution and the development of Christian film production.

T2 (Click to link to the transcript of this tape) Conclusion of interview.



The materials for this collection were received by the Center in July 1985 from Harvey Marks.

Accession #85-100
June 4, 1986
Frances L. Brocker
J. Nasgowitz

Accession # 85-100
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The items listed below are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 60 minutes. One side only. Interview with Harvey Marks by Robert Shuster. Discussion includes Mark's early involvement with Christian film distribution and the development of Christian film production. Original was recorded on cassette tape and transferred to reel-to-reel; July 26, 1985.
T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 35 minutes. One side only. Conclusion of interview of Harvey Marks by Robert Shuster. Original was recorded on cassette tape and transferred to reel-to-reel; July 26, 1985.

Box Folder Item
1 1 Notebook of the Eleventh International Workshop in Audio-Visual Education, Green Lake, Wisconsin; August 30-September 4, 1954.

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