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Harold N. Tollefson Papers

Identifier: FMS-157

Scope and Contents

The collection reflects Harold Tollefson's retirement activites for Indiana Yearly Meeting, the Earlham School of Religion, and the Earlham College Friends Collection.


  • 1966-1974

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

None--will seek from daughter Margaret Carter.

Biographical or Historical Information

Harold N. Tollefson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, February, 10 1901, the son of Theodore and Velsina Tollefson, immigrants from Norway. A convinced Friend, he attended the Union Biblical Seminary in Westfield, Indiana, where he refused to follow William M. Smith, its principal, in withdrawing from the Five Years Meeting. Recorded a minister by New England Yearly Meeting, he served pastorates in Maine, Minnesota, Indiana, and Ohio. From 1944 to 1950, he was executive secretary of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (Homewood), and then was on the staff of the Five Years Meeting in Richmond, Indiana. he married Gladys Jones (1900-1982) of South China, Maine in 1924. He died in Richmond, Indiana, July 28, 1982.

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1 Boxes

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Correspondence and research materials of Harold N. Tollefson while he was clerk of the Indiana Yearly Meeting Restructuring Committee; research materials that he gathered on Quaker academies in Indiana; inventories of records in the Friends United Meeting; and lists of Quaker books donated to the Earlham School of Religion and in the library at Quaker Hill.

Method of Acquisition

Transfer, Indiana Yearly Meeting Office, 2005

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are possible.

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Thomas Hamm
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository