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Young Friends of North America

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Young Friends of North America, 1910-1994 | Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives

By Jay Zevin, Spring 2009; and Thomas D. Hamm, 2016

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Collection Overview

Title: Young Friends of North America, 1910-1994Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1920-1986

ID: FRG/002

Extent: 17.0 Linear Feet

Languages: English

Abstract

Young Friends of North America’s minutes, internal and external correspondence, intervisitation information, conference files, and extensive committee documentation.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Young Friends of North America organization began with a conference organized by Indiana Young Friends (most but not all members of Indiana Yearly Meeting) affiliated with the Five Years Meeting of Friends at Winona Lake near Warsaw, Indiana, in the summer of 1910. The third conference, held in 1912, was expanded to include representatives and participants from other yearly meetings in the Five Years Meeting. Almost all had been involved in Christian Endeavor societies affiliated with their meetings and churches. Christian Endeavor was an interdenominational Protestant young people's organization founded in 1881. In 1912, the Five Years Meeting approved formation of a Board of Young People's Activities with Thomas E. Jones, a 1912 Earlham College graduate and later the college's president, as the first field secretary.

Friends outside the Five Years Meeting, particularly in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Orthodox), London Yearly Meeting, and Friends General Conference, had organized similar young people's groups, dating back to the 1880s. As interest in reunion in some yearly meetings grew after 1920, it was natural that Young Friends in the Five Years Meeting would form ties with other Young Friends. The result was the formation of the Young Friends of North America at a 1947 conference.

The collection consists of three different series. The first series contains information about conferences held by Young Friends of North America (YFNA) between 1947 and 1969. The information about conferences may include: lists of who attended, information about the physical location, the planning, and publicity of conferences. Some conferences had specific committee meetings and their minutes and activities are included. There is also often financial information, correspondence, and discussion about worship for specific conferences. The conferences are listed in chronological order, with deference to the order that the materials arrived in.

            The second series consists of all the internal communication amongst the members of YFNA. This includes clerk’s files, steering committee minutes, other committee minutes, and all other internal correspondence. This series also includes financial data from YFNA from 1962-1976. This series includes all information on YFNA, excluding specific conferences, and activities with outside organizations. Again, the files are largely arranged chronologically. The inclusive dates for internal information are 1948-1976.

            The final series includes all external communication and efforts by YFNA. This includes all correspondence with other organizations and an extensive effort towards intervisitation. This intervisitation occurred between YFNA and various colleges, Yearly Meetings, and international communities. Most of the international intervisitation is focused on the USSR and China, although Mexico, Canada, Germany, and England are also included. Much of the intervisitation information can be found in boxes that include information on “caravans.” The inclusive dates for this series are 1931-1986

Administrative Information

Repository: Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives

Accruals: Periodic additions expected.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open without restriction.

Use Restrictions: Some published materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish must be requested from the Archivist.

Technical Access Note: Some photographs, and One box of Vinyl recordings (34 records)


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: ConferencesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conferences 1947 (7 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes of planning committee of 1947 conferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous personal leadershipAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conferences 1949, 51 (7 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Iowa conference including planning and correspondence, (1949, 4 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Wilmington conference including theme, summaries, 1951 (3 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conferences, 1961 ( 13 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Conference 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Planning 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Planning 1961 (10 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conferences, 1961 (10 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Registration correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Registration listsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Theme, scheduling, etc.Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conferences (13 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Conference activities (6 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Worship (2 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Discussion groups (3 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Evaluation and follow-up (2 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conferences 1953 (Guilford College), 1955 (Quaker Haven)Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conferences 1953, 57 ( 8 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference 1955 (16 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Planning (4 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence (5 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Personal, schedules, recreation, security (7 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference 1959 (14 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence (7 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Misc. (7 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference 1959 (7 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference 1963 correspondence (4 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference 1963 files (10 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Theme (2 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Misc. (8 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference 1965 ( 5 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference 1965 (13 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference files (17 folders)Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Conference 1969 (10 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Assorted retreats (5 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: YFNA reatreat 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: YF of Mid America 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Indiana YM YF retreatAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Earlham YFAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: YFNA conferenceAdd to your cart.

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