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Gandhian Foundation Records

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The Gandhian Foundation founded in 1958 by Thomas Evans, Robert Gilmore, Sheldon Weeks, and William DeLano as a nonprofit trust fund exclusively for religious, charitable, and educational purposes. Three of these trustees were Quakers. The office was located in the New York Friends Group Inc. building on East 18th Street, New York City. For years the Foundation was involved in several projects that reflected the concerns and interests of the founders. By the end of the 1980s it had become inactive and the trustees transferred the Foundation to a group of Quakers in Philadelphia. On December 20, 1990 it was reorganized with a new Board. Three trustees were elected: Lillian Willoughby, George Willoughby, and George Lakey. All were members of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The office was moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Gandhian Foundation provided fiscal sponsorship to the Scholarship Project of Training for Change, a Philadelphia-based social change training center, and several other small groups engaged in experimental nonviolent social change. The Foundation also administered the Activist Retirement Fund, established by friends and supporters of Training for Change. In December 2004 the trustees were Michael Beer, George Willoughby, David Grant and John Lapham; the office was located in Deptford, New Jersey.

The collection consists of correspondence, and of financial records for the Foundation, both as ledger pages of income and expenses, and as files on grants requested and given.

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository this collection of records.

Gift of Greg Barnes (from George and Lillian Willoughby) [acc. 06A-033].

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Access: open for research without restrictions.

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Use Restrictions

None.

Collection Inventory

History; goals.
Box 1
Meeting minutes, meeting notice, 1974 (September 26), 1984 (September 4).
Box 1
Mortgage.
Box 1
Correspondence (general).
Box 1
Correspondence with T. Raymond Evans.
Box 1
Agreement with Croton Park Colony for use of quarry / Quarry Lane.
Box 1
Federal tax exemption.
Box 1
Finances, 1958-1959.
Box 1
Finances, 1960s.
Box 1
Finances, 1970-1975.
Box 1
Finances, 1976.
Box 1
Finances, 1977.
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Finances, 1978.
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Finances, 1979.
Box 1
Finances, 1980.
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Finances, 1981-1984.
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Finances, 1985-1989.
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Finances: ledger pages -- disbursements, 1958 (February) - 1984 (February).
Box 2
Finances: ledger pages -- receipts, 1958 (February) - 1984 (February).
Box 2
Finances: Trust fund, 1959 (February) - 1974 (February).
Box 2
Finances.
Box 2
Grant/s to A.J. Muste Memorial Institute.
Box 2
Grant proposal from Dan Foley, 1974.
Box 2
Grant/s to the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific / Educational Research Unit.
Box 2
Grant/s to Harvard University.
Box 2
Grant/s to the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Box 2
Grant/s to the New York Friends Group Inc.
Box 2
Grant/s to the New York Law Journal.
Box 2
Grant/s to the Nonviolence Education Project (Ira and Molly Sandperl).
Box 2
Grant/s to Devi Prasad.
Box 2
Grant/s to the Quaker Project on Community Conflict, 1971.
Box 2
Grant/s to the Quaker Project on Community Conflict, 1972-1973.
Box 2
Grant/s to the Bangladesh Shrimp Project: finances, 2000 (April-August).
Box 3
Grant/s to the Bangladesh Shrimp Project: finances, 2000 (September).
Box 3
Grant/s to the Bangladesh Shrimp Project: finances, 2000 (October).
Box 3
Grant/s to the Bangladesh Shrimp Project: finances, 2000 (November).
Box 3
Grant/s to the Bangladesh Shrimp Project: finances, 2000 (December).
Box 3

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