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Indiana Christian Endeavor Union collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2240

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various items related to the Indiana Christian Endeavor Union, including a scrapbook from the Fort Wayne Christian Endeavor Union with newspaper clippings and photographs (1928-1930); convention and banquet programs (1928-1941); newsletters and publications from the Indiana Christian Endeavor Union and local unions in the state (1923-1948); a 1943 mailing list; two undated copies of "Program Building for the Society," an address written by field secretary Betty Cooper; Miss Cooper's pin and ribbon from the July 1939 International Christian Endeavor Convention held at Cleveland, Ohio; and copies of two undated handouts with instruction for a harvest moon hike and an election party arranged by R.L. Green, State Recreation Superintendent of Christian Endeavor.


  • 1923-1948

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Christian Endeavor was founded in February 1881 by Dr. Francis E. Clark, a pastor ot the Williston Congregational Church in Portland, Maine. Christian Endeavor is a world-wide movement engaged in recruiting, training and developing young people in the service for Christ and the church. The Indiana Christian Endeavor Union was established to bring all the Christian Endeavor societies of the state together in closer fellowship and to do cooperative work. It maintained a large corps of unsalaried officers and superintendents and employed a field secretary who visited unions and societies throughout the state to assist leaders in the work. Though Christian Endeavor saw a rapid decline in the mid-1900's due to denominations starting their own youth ministries, theological shifts, and people moving during WWII that disrupted relationships in local churches, it is still an active organization and is the most frequently applied youth ministry process in the world.


Information found within collection.

Christian Endeavor. "Our History." Accessed September 30, 2021.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S2236: Amelia Elizabeth Cooper collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/09/30 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/30 by Laura Eliason.
Indiana Christian Endeavor Union collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.