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Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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In 1943, the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology was founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends to help individuals deal with the enormity of World War II and its effects on a personal and global scale. The Conference met for the first time at Haddonfield, New Jersey, over Easter weekend under the name Conference on the Nature and Laws of Our Spiritual Life. Three years later, the name was changed to its current title and the group became affiliated as an autonomous organization to the American Friends Fellowship Council. The semi-annual periodical Inward Light was also begun by the Conference at that time. Although the Conference is no longer officially connected with the Religious Society of Friends, most of its members are Quakers.

The primary role of the Conference is planning a yearly event over the Memorial Day weekend. At this three day gathering, a main speaker holds several plenary sessions with the attendees, about two hundred to two hundred and fifty in number. The rest of the conference is spent in small group sessions on various topics intended to explore the ways the religious and the psychological relate to each other with the ultimate goal of personal wholeness. Small group sessions are designed to incorporate a number of different modes of expression, including working with clay, dancing, painting, singing, and drumming. Jungian philosophies are used to address Quaker beliefs in the Inner Light and the presence of God inside the individual. The Conference maintains the Dora Willson Collection, a lending library in Philadelphia, and transports about 300 titles to the Memorial Day conference. Organization and administration of the Conference and its activities are provided by the volunteered time of members.

The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology has met in many different locations over the years. Haverford College in Pennsylvania hosted the conference until the needs of the Conference and the College facilities and schedule were no longer compatible. In 1986, conference relocated to Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 1989 it relocated again to Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.

Records for Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, 1938-ongoing. Includes member lists, meeting minutes, conference handouts and evaluations, speaker topics, a few photographs, and correspondence.

The collection is divided into four series:

  1. 1.1 Logs
  2. 1.2 Administrative Records
  3. 2. Conference Arrangements
  4. 3. Conference Handouts
  5. 4. Miscellaneous

Donor: Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, 98-048. Dates of accruals: 6/28/1998, 5/9/88, 1/29/95, 10/19/98.

Earlier donations were catalogued under the call number RG4/023 before they were merged into this collection.

Later accruals: 2008-001, 2009-015, 2011-019.

Collection was reordered by date. Materials grouped together remain together. Loose-leaf notebooks were dismantled and contents separated into folders.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
POD assisted by HRW
Finding Aid Date
1999
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1978.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1979.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1980.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1981.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1982.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1983.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1984.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1985.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1986.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1097.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1988.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 2005-2008.
Box 5
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 2009-2011.
Box 5

Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1943.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1944.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1945.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1946.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1947.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1948.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1949.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1950.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1951.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1952.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1953.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1954.
Box 1
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1955.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1956.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1957.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1958.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1959.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1960.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1961.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1962.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1963.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1964.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1965.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1966.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1967.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1968.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1969.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1970.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1971.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1972.
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Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1973.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1974.
Box 2
Minutes, Documents, Conference Records, 1975.
Box 2

Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1978.
Box 2
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1979.
Box 2
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1980.
Box 2
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1981.
Box 2
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1982.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1983.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1984.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1985.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1986.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1987.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1988.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1989.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1989-1991.
Box 3
Conference Reports, Committee Members, Evaluation, Agendas, 1992-1993.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1993-1994.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1994.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1994-1995.
Box 3
Correspondence, Contract Agreements, Pricing Sheets, 1995.
Box 4
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1995-1996.
Box 4
Correspondence, Contracts, Pricing Sheets, Evaluation, 1997.
Box 4

Speaker Handouts, Member Lists, Campus Maps, 1990.
Box 4
Speaker Handouts, Member Lists, Campus Maps, 1991.
Box 4
Speaker Handouts, Member Lists, Campus Maps, 1992.
Box 4
Speaker Handouts, Member Lists, Campus Maps, 1993.
Box 4
Speaker Handouts, Member Lists, Campus Maps, 1994.
Box 4
Speaker Handouts, Member Lists, Campus Maps, 1995.
Box 4
Speaker Handouts, Member Lists, Campus Maps, 1996.
Box 4
Speaker Handouts, Member Lists, Campus Maps, 1997.
Box 4

History of the FCRP, correspondence, 1938-1945.
Box 4
History of the FCRP, 1942-1977.
Box 4
Catalogue of the Dora Wilson Collection, 1977.
Box 4
Histories of the Conference, Jungian Philosophy, n.d.
Box 4
By-Laws, Information on Tax Exemption, n.d.
Box 4
Insurance Forms, Conference History, Dora Willson Collection History, 1986-1988.
Box 4
Handbook (Member Lists, Job Descriptions, Financial Reports, Committee Instructions), 1989.
Box 4
Handbook (Member Lists, Job Descriptions, Financial Reports, Committee Instructions), 1996.
Box 4
Website (digital archived captures), 2017-2020.
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