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Partnership for Productivity Records

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

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Partnership for Productivity (PfP) was a Quaker-sponsored program in overseas economic development which advised small business ventures primarily in African countries. It was founded in 1969 by David H. Scull with an initial project established in Western Kenya in 1970. Its two organs, the Partnership for Productivity Foundation/USA, Inc., (a non-profit service agency) and the Partnership for Productivity Investments/USA, Inc., (a limited dividend stock company) were designed to provide capital for loans or investments, combined with on-going management counsel or personal supervision. The goal of the Foundation was "to promote the better sharing of the world's resources as an expression of a religious concern." Its work was to be accomplished "through assisting and encouraging beneficial and productive industrial and commercial enterprise in the economically less developed countries and through helping to create conditions favorable to such development." Activities included providing business, educational and social services, investing or lending available funds and personal leadership. The purpose of PfP Investments/USA, Inc., company was "to invest in, loan to, or underwrite loans for, beneficial and productive industrial and commercial enterprise in the economically less-developed countries; it may do this directly or by lending to or investing in other organizations established to carry our similar objectives."

In December 1986, the Board resolved to liquidate the corporation after a sudden financial crisis which occurred when liabilities caused the enterprise to collapse. CARE absorbed some of the PfP's project.

David H. Scull (1914-1983) was a Virginia Quaker businessman. He was active in civil rights and other social concerns and one of the founders of Langley Hill Monthly Meeting in McLean, Virginia. He served as clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, and chair of the International Affairs committee of the Friends World Committee for Consultation through its World Resources Committee. He was founder and president of PfP from 1970 to 1979.

A. Keith Smiley, a member of the Quaker family which owned and managed Lake Mohonk Mountain House, was a board member of the Production for Productivity Foundation from 1969 to its end. He was active in Quaker activities and served as member of the Friends World Committee executive committee and its subcommittee Sharing the World's Resources. Lake Mohonk Mountain House was established in 1869 by Albert and Alfred Smiley near New Palz, N.Y., and was the site of a special conferences (Lake Mohonk Conferences of Friends of the Indian and Lake Mohonk Conferences on International Arbitration) as well as the regular meeting location for Partnership for Productivity.

Records, from 1968-1990, include minutes, correspondence, financial records, annual reports, country project reports and articles about the Partnership for Productivity.

Organized into four series:

  1. Minutes, correspondence and financial records
  2. Reports and Publications
  3. Board Committees
  4. Miscellaneous

Donor: A. Keith Smiley, 1988. Accession number: 1994-010

Donor: Robert B. Ransom, Acc. 2018.051

The original group of records was given to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection in 1988 in two cartons of unsorted, loose material. The collection was transferred to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College in 1994, sorted into general series and refoldered in 1994. In 2002, a finding aid prepared. File containing correspondence of David Scull with Theodore Friend, President of Swarthmore College, and miscellaneous articles by David Scull (1973-1980) was transferred to Swarthmore College Archives. Book titled Consultancy for Small Businesses by Malcolm Harper was transferred to Friends Historical Library book collection and catalogued. Slides and cassettes with FHL removed to the FHL audiovisual collection. In 2018, a small collection of records collected by Robert B. Ransom during his employment with PfP 1973-1977 were integrated into the collection.

Partnership for Productivity Is People, Slides and cassette tape removed to FHL Audiovisual collection

Polaroid photograph of A. Keith Smiley, probably 1982

Harper, Malcolm. Consultancy for Small Business, 1976, removed to FHL book stacks

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
2007
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Proposal for Partnership for Productivity, 1968-1969.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, 1969.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, progress reports and correspondence, 1969-1971.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, progress reports and correspondence, 1972.
Box 1
Minutes, progress reports and correspondence, 1973.
Box 1
Minutes, progress reports and correspondence, 1974.
Box 1
Minutes, progress reports and correspondence, 1975.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes, progress reports and correspondence, 1976-1977.
Box 1
Minutes and correspondence, folder 1, 1978.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, folder 2, 1978.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, folder 1, 1979.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, folder 2, 1979.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 1980.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 1/1981-6/1981.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 7/1981-12/1981.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, folder 1, 1982.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, folder 2, 1982.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 1/1983-6/1983.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 7/1983-12/1983.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Strategy audit, matching grant report, Liberia program evaluation, proposal for Caribbean basin, 1983.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 1/1984-3/1984.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 4/1984-6/1984.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 7/1984-12/1984.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 1/1985-6/1985.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 7/1985-12/1985.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 1986.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Minutes and correspondence, 1987.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Annual Reports, 1976, 1979/80-1984/85.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

PfP Newsletters, 1973-1985.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Annual Progress Reports, 1972-1975.
Box 5
Preliminary Evaluation, 1972.
Box 5
Monthly and annual reports on Vihiga-Hamisi Project, 1973.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Drafts and reports submitted by Bob Ransom, project advisor

Monthly and annual reports on Vihiga-Hamisi Project, 1974.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Drafts and reports submitted by Bob Ransom, project advisor

Monthly and annual reports on Vihiga-Hamisi Project, 1975-1976.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Submitted by Robert Ransom

End of Grant Evaluation , 1981.
Box 5
Management Training for Small and Medium-Scale Enterprise Development, 1983, 1984.
Box 5
Scope and Contents

Prepared by George P. Butler of PfP for the Agency for International Development.

Physical Description

1 folder

Nominating, 1973-1979.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Nominating, 1980-1984.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Development, 1982.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Expansion, 1974-1981.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

International Advisory Council, 1973-1977.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

A. Keith Smiley, writings, miscellaneous, 1968-1990.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

David Scull, correspondence and articles, 1973-1980.
Box 6
Physical Description

1 folder

Robert B. Ransom, correspondence, 1973-1977.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Robert B. Ransom correspondence concerning his hiring and employment. He was recommended by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).

Background papers, workshops on promoting business in Kenya, 1973-1974.
Box 6
Survey forms, undated.
Box 6

Print, Suggest