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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 2: Internal Communication and OrganizationAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Publicity, historical information, partial guide to collection (7 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Guide to collection from 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: History of YFNAAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes of YFNA (18 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Interim comm. 1948-53Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Minutes 1953-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Steering committeeAdd to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Peace and Social Order comm., volunteer service committee, (16 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Peace comm. 1959-61, 63-69Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Volunteer service, 1955-65Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Missions-evangelism committee 1969Add to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Mailing and address lists (6 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Address lists 1947-51, 53-59Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Committee. lists 1964-70Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Steering committee 1967-70Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence 1948, 49, 57 and clerks files 1955-57 (6 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes 1955-1985 ( 7 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Young Friend 10/57-9/66 (10 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Finance 1959-67 (20 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Budgets 1963-67Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Fundraising 1959, 1961-69Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Treasurer's correspondence 1954, 57-61Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Clerk's Files 1960-61 (9 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Clerk's files 1962-65 (13 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: YFNA newsletters 1967-86 (6 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Finance 1962-76 (16 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Treasurer's correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Joe Rogers' correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Misc. Comm Files 1950s-60s (15 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Nominating committeeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: East- West committee 1959-66Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Peace, Cuba and other committeesAdd to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Folder 1: East-West contacts committee (21 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Russian exchangeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence 1957-69Add to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: East-West contacts committee (31 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Finances 1957-63, 67-69Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Minutes 1957-69Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Russian youth visit 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: China workshop 1960sAdd to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Vinyl Recordings (34 records)Add to your cart.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Historical Documents (7 folders)Add to your cart.

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