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Young Friends of North America

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Conferences

Internal Communication and Organization

External Communication and Intervisitation

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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: Conferences],
[Series 2: Internal Communication and Organization],
[Series 3: External Communication and Intervisitation],
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Series 3: External Communication and IntervisitationAdd to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Periodicals, correspondence and newsletters 1960s (18 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence with outside organizations (8 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: FWCC, AFSC, Five Years Meeting, FGC, Evangelical FriendsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Survey of College Meetings 1956Add to your cart.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General intervisitation, 1948-54 (13 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Caravan to Europe, 1954, 66-70Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Intervisitation 1948-54Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Intervisitation 1955-60 (25 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Canada, Mexico, Earlham, Germany, Russia, JamaicaAdd to your cart.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Intervisitation 1961-66 (13 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: England, German, evangelizing, peace caravansAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Intervisitation 1967 (7 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Caravan plans, logs, and reportsAdd to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Intervisitation 1968 (11 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 42Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ecumenical secretary, Lambs War (4 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 43Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Foreign YF correspondence, publications (11 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: African concerns 1960-65Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Australia, JamaicaAdd to your cart.
Box 44Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence with YM (15 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence 57-61Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Baltimore-CentralAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Illinois-KansasAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Lake- Erie-North CarolinaAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Ohio Central-PacificAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Philadelphia-WesternAdd to your cart.
Box 45Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American YF fellowship 1931-1946 (17 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 46Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Am. YF fellowship 1947 (45 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence with individual caravanersAdd to your cart.
Box 47Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American YF Fellowship 1948 (25 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Caravaner reportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: MinutesAdd to your cart.
Box 48Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American YF fellowship 1949, Am YF Comm. 1950-51 (24 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 49Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Editorial and Periodical Correspondence 1957-60s (18 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Publications 1954-57Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Editorial correspondence 60-66Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Periodical correspondence 1957-67, 1969Add to your cart.
Box 50Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence 1958-59 (8 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 51Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence 1966-70 ( 9 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Clerk's and General Correspondence 1969-75, 1980-85 (19 folders)Add to your cart.
Box 53Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Intervisitation/Caravan files (14 folders)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Caravan reports 963-75, 1994Add to your cart.

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[Series 3: External Communication and Intervisitation],
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