Pilgrim Fellowship records, 1918-1964.

Collection Information
Title:

Pilgrim Fellowship records, 1918-1964.

Creator(s):

National Pilgrim Fellowship

Congregational Education Society

Dates:

1918, 1926-1964

Extent:

4 record cartons and 1 document case (4.18 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG5195

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Pilgrim Fellowship collection, RG5195. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Patrick Shea, March 2015, using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

The Pilgrim Fellowship was created to establish a national presence and forum for Congregational youth organizations. Materials include committee proceedings, photographs, newspaper clippings, and educational/program material created by the Pilgrim Fellowship.

Acquisition Information:

Items transferred to the Congregational Library and Archives in 2012 from the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society.

Description

Historical Note

In 1936, The Pilgrim Fellowship was developed and established at a national youth conference in Lakeside, OH. The formation was a response from increasing interest of Congregational youths to address the needs and problems in local "young people's organizations". Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and under the advice and guidance of the Congregational Education Society, officers of the national organization were elected and governed by senior high school youth members from Congregational churches throughout the United States. Its mission; to help youth work towards a united church and to promote, participate and secure equal rights and opportunities for all classes and races through social and missionary action, both domestically and internationally. In addition to its two main governing bodies, the executive and central committees, the national council committee was charged in creating and facilitating the biennial National Council. At these conferences, youth delegates from across the country would discuss new and current programs that promote their mission, and to hold elections for committees. Today, the Pilgrim Fellowship continues as the National Association of Pilgrim Fellowship.

 

Scope of Collection

Materials include minutes and correspondences from National, Central, and National Council committees; Minutes and proceedings from National Councils and International conferences; group photos from National Councils; newsletters published by the Pilgrim Fellowship, National Council, and Young People's Bulletin; program guides for summer conferences and youth camps. The collection includes a variety of program materials published by the Pilgrim Fellowship and the Congregational Education Society. Much of the collection contains material from the National Pilgrim Fellowship with a few items from state level Pilgrim Fellowships, including photos and newspaper clippings.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Christian Education

Congregational Education Society

International Congregational Council

Minutes and proceedings

Missionary Action

Newsletters

Pilgrim Fellowship

Pilgrim Fellowship National Council

Summer Youth Camp

Social Action

Summer Work Camp

Youth Worship

 

Arrangement

The Pilgrim Fellowship files are arranged in five series: National Council and conference records, minutes and correspondences from national committees, newsletters, summer programs, and published program materials.

 

Contents

Series I: National Council and Conference Records

Date: 1925-1964
Extent: 1 record carton
Scope of Series: This series includes National Councils, International and other conference minutes, schedules, and proceedings. Series contains group photos from the National Council meetings.
    Date Box/Folder
National Council records 1938 B1/F1
National Council records 1940 B1/F2
National Council records 1940 B1/F3
National Council records 1940 B1/F4
National Council records 1942 B1/F5
National Council records 1942 B1/F6
National Council records 1942 B1/F7
National Council records 1944 B1/F8
National Council records 1946 B1/F9
National Council records 1948 B1/F10
National Council records 1950 B1/F11
National Council records 1952 B1/F12
National Council records 1952 B1/F13
National Council records 1954 B1/F14
National Council records 1954 B1/F15
National Council records 1954 B1/F16
National Council records 1956 B1/F17
National Council records 1956 B1/F18
International Congregational Council 1946-1951 B1/F19
International Congregational Council 1953 B1/F20
International Congregational Council 1953 B1/F21
International Congregational Council 1955, 1958 B1/F22
International Congregational Council 1962, 1964 B1/F23
Young People's Leaders Conference 1925-1930 B1/F25
Holiday Conference 1933-1935 B1/F26
Newspaper clippings 1938 B4/F26
   

Series II: Minutes and Correspondence

Date: 1918, 1931-1960
Extent: 1 record carton
Scope of Series: Series contains minutes, memos, and correspondence from national committees within and associated with the Pilgrim Fellowship. Copies of the Pilgrim Fellowship national constitution and state constitutions, including drafts and amendments are within this series.
  Date Box/Folder
Constitutions of the Pilgrim Fellowship 1938-1958 B2/F1
Emblems and art designs 1939, 1952 B2/F2
Minutes and correspondences 1937 B2/F3
Minutes and correspondences 1919, 1934-1942 B2/F4
Motions and recommendations 1938 B2/F5
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1938-1942 B2/F6
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1939 B2/F7
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1941-1942 B2/F8
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1941-1942 B2/F9
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1941-1942 B2/F10
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1943-1945 B2/F11
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1946 B2/F12
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1947 B2/F13
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1948 B2/F14
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1949 B2/F15
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1950 B2/F16
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1951-1952 B2/F17
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1953-1955 B2/F18
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1955-1956 B2/F19
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1955-1956 B2/F20
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1957-1960 B2/F21
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1957-1960 B2/F22
Minutes and correspondences from committees 1957-1960 B2/F23
Christian Education – General Council 1946-1952 B4/F1
Christian Education – Indian Youth Development 1962-1965 B4/F2
Youth Ministry organization plan 1960 B4/F3
National Council correspondence 1931-1942 B4/F19
National Council correspondence 1931-1942 B4/F20
National Council correspondence 1931-1942 B4/F21
Emergency Service Committee 1942-1947 B4/F22
Work Camp reports 1941-1953 B4/F23
Missionary Action 1940-1941 B4/F24
Youth Committee minutes 1953-1958 B4/F25
   

Series III: Newsletters

Date: 1936-1959
Extent: 1 record carton
Scope of Series: Contains published newsletters from the Pilgrim Fellowship and other associated youth organizations.
  Date Box/Folder
International Congregational Council Newsletter 1950-1958 B1/F24
National Council Newsletter 1937-1941 B2/F24
National Council Newsletter 1942-1943 B2/F25
National Council Newsletter 1944-1945 B2/F26
National Council Newsletter 1946-1948 B2/F27
National Council Newsletter 1948-1951 B2/F28
National Council Newsletter 1952-1957 B2/F29
Young People's Bulletin 1925-1932 B3/F1
Newsletter for Workers Among Students 1931-1933 B3/F2
Youth Bulletin 1932-1940 B3/F3
Ohio Newsletter and Illinois Newsletter 1950-1951 B3/F4
Lakeside Newsletter 1936 B3/F7
Newsletter of the Student Pilgrim Fellowship 1937 B3/F8
Pilgrim Fellowship Flashes 1936-1938 B3/F9
Preview 1953-1956 B3/F10
Preview 1957-1959 B3/F11
Program News 1950-1953 B3/F12
   

Series IV: Summer Programs

Date: 1941-1960
Extent: 1 record carton, 1 clamshell box
Scope of Series: This series contains guides for youth camps, summer conferences, leadership activity guides, demographic surveyed reports, and completed questionnaires from camp and conference participants. Series also contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and report from the Connecticut Pilgrim Fellowship and their participation at the Schauffler Work Camp in 1941.
  Date Box/Folder
Junior High School 1941 B3/F13
Guides for summer conferences and youth camps circa 1950s B3/F14
Guides for summer conferences and youth camps circa 1950s B3/F15
Guides for summer conferences and youth camps circa 1950s B3/F16
Summer conferences 1939-1945 B3/F17
Summer conferences 1946-1947 B3/F18
Summer conferences 1947-1950 B3/F19
Summer visitors 1940-1942 B3/F20
Summer visitors 1943-1945 B3/F21
Summer visitors 1956 B3/F22
Summer visitors 1957 B3/F23
Summer visitors 1958 B3/F24
Summer visitors 1959 B3/F25
Summer program questionnaire and correspondence 1957 B3/F26
Summer program questionnaire and correspondence 1958 B3/F27
Summer activities surveys 1953, 1957 B3/F28
Summer activities surveys 1958 B3/F29
Senior High School summer conference material 1960 B3/F30
Junior High School camp material 1960 B3/F31
Junior High School camp material 1961 B3/F32
Connecticut Pilgrim Fellowship Work Camp 1941 B5/F1
Connecticut Pilgrim Fellowship Work Camp 1941 B5/F2
Connecticut Pilgrim Fellowship Work Camp 1941 B5/F3
   

Series V: Pilgrim Fellowship Published Materials, Programs and Guides

Date: 1926-1959
Extent: 1 record carton
Scope of Series: The bulk of this series contains ephemera published by the National Pilgrim Fellowship and distributed to local youth organizations. The guides contain mission statements of Pilgrim Fellowship programs and organizational practices. This series also contains development and editorial correspondence for several programs.
  Date Box/Folder
Programs and guides 1938-1949 B3/F5
Programs and guides 1949-1950 B3/F6
Proposals and correspondence 1939-1949 B4/F4
Proposals and correspondence 1955-1958 B4/F5
Bulletin of the Pilgrim 1932-1939 B4/F6
Missionary Action 1936-1948 B4/F7
Missionary Action 1948-1950 B4/F8
Social Action 1937-1944 B4/F9
Social Action 1945 B4/F10
Social Action 1949 B4/F11
Young People Leadership 1926-1933, 1956 B4/F12
Adult Advisors, teachers, pastors 1945-1958 B4/F13
Evangelism 1946-1958 B4/F14
Guides 1941-1955 B4/F15
Program plans 1951-1957 B4/F16
Various brochures and pamphlets 1928-1959 B4/F17
Various brochures and pamphlets 1928-1959 B4/F18
Worship materials 1932 B4/F27
Worship materials 1932 B4/F28
Group discussion material 1935 B4/F29
Group discussion material 1935 B4/F30

 

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