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Wilbur M. Coffin Papers

Identifier: FMS-132

Scope and Contents

This collection reflects his activities in Quaker organizations in the 1960s and 1970s. Coffin was active in the Quaker Men organization affiliated with Friends United Meeting, serving a term as its president. He also served as president of the board of White's Institute in Wabash, Indiana. These papers reflect his activities with Quaker Men, Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends, and Friends United Meeting. Two folders that he had labeled "Scrapbook" reflect his political, social, and religious views and include clippings, correspondence, and notes for sermons and speeches.


  • 1966-1974
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2003

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

Wilbur M. Coffin was a Quaker businessman and Earlham College alumnus who lived almost his entire life in or near Spiceland, Indiana. Wilbur M. Coffin was born in Wayne County, Indiana, January 10, 1907, the son of George and Estella (Mills) Coffin, but spent most of his at Spiceland. He was a great-great-grandson of Elijah Coffin (1798-1862), the long-time clerk of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends (Orthodox) and a leader in the founding of Earlham College. Wilbur Coffin was a student at Earlham in 1926-1927, but left without taking a degree. He married Ester Draper (1906-1984) of Spiceland. He died June 1, 1998.

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Method of Acquisition

Donation, Sid Martin. Martin was pastor of the Spiceland Friends Meeting, and Coffin had turned his files over to Martin prior to Coffin's death.

Accruals and Additions

No additions or accruals are expected.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository