Franklin H. Littell Papers: Series 2, Youth work, 1934-1991 (bulk 1936-1945)

Collection ID: 
SCRC 85
Date: 
1859-2014 (bulk 1934-2009)
Footage: 
327.8 linear feet (674 boxes) + periodicals
Collecting Area: 
 

Series 2: Youth work, 1934-1991 (bulk 1936-1945), details Littell’s and wife Harriet Lewis Littell’s early activities in the national youth movement and in establishing themselves in the Methodist ministry. Housing a variety of correspondence and administrative records, Series 2 is arranged into four subseries based on organizational affiliation or activity: Subseries 2.1: National Council of Methodist Youth; Subseries 2.2: Other youth organizations; Subseries 2.3: Ministry and lay training; and Subseries 2.4: Early correspondence.

Subseries 2.1: National Council of Methodist Youth, 1934-1991 (bulk 1936-1941) (partially digitized), contains correspondence, printed materials, minutes, reports, and a variety of other records produced or maintained by Littell, detailing his involvement in youth organizations like the National Council of Methodist Youth (NCMY). Major players in the national peace movement, existing records of the NCMY also document the planning of national conferences, as well as the First International Conference of Christian Youth in Amsterdam in 1939, which Franklin and Harriet Littell attended. Though to a much lesser degree, the NCMY records also reference issues surrounding civil rights and segregation, agricultural workers’ rights, the reunification of the Methodist Church, and interfaith cooperation. The majority of papers were produced or collected through Franklin Littell’s involvement; however, a small group of records produced and/or gathered by Harriet Littell and Ellen Lund, both leaders in the NCMY, can also be found here. A majority of Franklin Littell’s records from his work with the NCMY have been digitized and are available on the Libraries’ website: http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16002coll14

Box       Folder       Description
126          1          Constitution and principals, and other documents outlining the purpose and beliefs of the NCMY          undated
126          2          Address list          1937-1939
126          3          Board of Foreign Missions, Methodist Episcopal Church          1939-1940
126          4          Conference Planning Committee, and sub committees          1938-1940, undated
126          5          Conference, Boulder, CO          1938
126          6          Conference, Winona Lake, IN          1940
577          6          Conference delegate ribbons, correspondence          1934-1938, 1947, undated
577          8          Directory and scrapbook pages (photocopies), reunion pamphlet          1940, 1991, undated
126          7          Executive Committee          1937-1939
126          8          Executive Committee          1940-1941, undated
577          7          Himes, Milo/ Committee on Training in Social Reconstruction          1939, undated
126          9          Reports          1937, 1939
126          10          Social Action Commission          1938-1940, undated
126          11          Youth Commission of the Methodist Church          1939-1941
127          1          Youth Commission of the Methodist Church          1943-1944, undated
127          2          Correspondence and other related records          1934, 1936
127          3          Correspondence and other related records          1937
127          4          Correspondence and other related records          1938
127          5          Franklin H. Littell's statement before the House Naval Affairs Committee, with related correspondence and clippings          1938
127          6          Correspondence and other related records          1939
127          7          Correspondence and other related records          1940, undated
128          1          Correspondence and other related records          undated [1937-1940]
128          2          Correspondence, especially with Milo Himes and Dale Barnard          1941-1946, undated
128          3          Newsletters          1936-1937
128          4          Newsletters          March-September, 1938
128          5          Newsletters          October-December, 1938
128          6          Newsletters          January-June, 1939
128          7          Newsletters          July-December, 1939
128          8          Newsletters          1940
129          1          Newsletters          1941
129          2          Directory, hymn book, and other printed materials          1935-1939
129          3          Printed materials for youth leaders and program development          undated [circa 1940]
129          4          Printed materials for youth leaders and program development          undated [circa 1940]
129          5          Printed materials for youth leaders and program development          undated [circa 1940]
129          6          "Old timers" newsletter and other reunion related records          1965, 1984, undated
130          1          World Conference of Christian Youth          1939
130          2          World Conference of Christian Youth. Journal, notes          July-August, 1939
130          3          World Conference of Christian Youth. Conference programs, schedules and instructions and other ephemera          July-August, 1939
130          4          World Conference of Christian Youth. Printed materials          July-August, 1939
130          5          World Conference of Christian Youth. Printed materials          July-August, 1939
130          6          World Conference of Christian Youth. Collected ephemera          July-August, 1939
130          7          World Conference of Christian Youth. "The Log," impressions of the European Tour          June-August, 1939
130          8          World Conference of Christian Youth. Commission on World Peace, correspondence to conference participants          1947-1951, undated
131          1          World Conference of Christian Youth. "We remember Amsterdam 1939-1979"          1979
131          2          World Conference of Christian Youth. "Can you still say 'Christus Victor?'…Reflections by forty Delegates after forty years on Amsterdam 1939," Journal of Ecumenical Studies          1978-1980
131          3          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1933-1934
131          4          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1934, 1936, undated
131          5          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1936
131          6          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1937
131          7          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1937-1941, undated
132          1          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1938
132          2          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1939
132          3          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1939
132          4          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1940
132          5          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1941
132          6          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          1937-1938, undated
132          7          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          Undated
133          1          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, administrative and other records          undated
133          2          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, Seitter-Will          1937-1938
133          3          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Correspondence, Demetriades-Ross          1937-1939
133          4          Harriet Lewis Littell records. Articles and reflective writings          undated
133          5          Harriet Lewis Littell records: Poems, articles          1935-1937, undated
133          6          Ellen Lund records. Correspondence and other records related to the NCMY          1934-1940, undated
133          7          Ellen Lund records. Correspondence and other records related to the Church Board of Education          1936-1937

Subseries 2.2: Other Youth Organizations, 1936-1950, contains correspondence, printed materials minutes, reports, and other records documenting Littell’s involvement with organizations such as the Methodist Federation for Social Action, Youth Committee Against War, and the United Student Peace Committee.

Box       Folder       Description
133          8          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.)          1936-1939, 1944, undated
134          1          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.)          1945, undated
134          2          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.)          1946, undated
134          3          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.)          1947, undated
134          4          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.) (Detroit Annual Conference Mailings)          1946-1947, undated
134          5          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.)          1948
134          6          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.)          1949
134          7          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.)          1950
134          8          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.). The Social Questions Bulletin          1937-1945
135          1          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.). The Social Questions Bulletin          1946-1947
135          2          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.). The Social Questions Bulletin          1948-1949
135          3          Methodist Federation for Social Action (U.S.), assorted printed materials          1930s-1950s
135          4          American Youth Congress          1937, undated
135          5          American Youth Congress          1938, undated
135          6          American Youth Congress          1939-1941, undated
136          1          Keep America Out of War Congress, correspondence, minutes and other records          1937-1939
136          2          Keep America Out of War Congress, correspondence, minutes and other records          1939-1941, undated
136          3          United Student Peace Committee          1937-1938
136          4          United Student Peace Committee          1938-1939
136          5          United Student Peace Committee          1939-1940, undated
136          6          Youth Committee Against War          January-May, 1938
136          7          Youth Committee Against War          June-December, 1938, undated
136          8          Youth Committee Against War          1939
137          1          Youth Committee Against War (National Youth Anti-War Congress)          1939, undated
137          2          Youth Committee Against War          1940
137          3          Youth Committee Against War          1941-1942, undated
136          4          Youth Committee Against War, Administrative Committee meeting minutes          1939-1941
136          5          Youth Committee Against War, Mid-Western Section          1940

Subseries 2.3: Ministry and lay training, 1937-1968 (bulk 1937-1945), documents Littell’s involvement in the ministry, mostly working with youth and the laity in congregations in New York, Connecticut and Michigan. The papers in this subseries are arranged by church name or administrative body and document his work at Fort Washington Collegiate Church in New York City, Myrtle Beach Church in Connecticut, and the Central Methodist Church in Detroit, Michigan. There are also papers relating to his work as the director of the Student Religious Association at the University of Michigan and his “Tens for Christ” rubric for small group work. The files consist of correspondence, reports, assorted administrative records, sermon notes, newspaper clippings, and ephemera.

Box       Folder       Description
137          6          Fort Washington Collegiate Church, New York, NY. Reports          1937-1938
137          7          Fort Washington Collegiate Church, New York, NY. Reports & other records          1937-1938
137          8          Myrtle Beach Community Church, Myrtle Beach, CT. Church programs, sermon notes and administrative documents          1938-1939
137          9          Myrtle Beach Community Church, Myrtle Beach, CT. Church programs, sermon notes and administrative documents          1936, 1938-1939
137          10          Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. Reports and correspondence to Henry Hitt Crane          1939-1945
138          1          Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. "The Muriel Lester Ten," correspondence and meditations          1941-1943, undated
138          2          Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. "The Muriel Lester Ten," correspondence          1941-1943
138          3          Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. "The Muriel Lester Ten," correspondence re donations          1943-1945, undated
138          4          Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. Scrapbook housing correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, ephemera, reports and other records related to Littell's work at Central and other youth movement activities          1940-1942
138          5          Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. Scrapbook housing correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, ephemera, reports and other records related to Littell's work at Central and other youth movement activities          1940-1942
138          6          Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. Scrapbook housing correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, ephemera, reports and other records related to Littell's work at Central and other youth movement activities          1940-1942
138          7          Central United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. Life Magazine, featuring Henry Hitt Crane          June 29, 1958
138          8          Student Religious Association, Lane Hall, University of Michigan          1944-1946
138          9          Student Religious Association, Lane Hall, University of Michigan          undated
138          10          Student Religious Association, Lane Hall, University of Michigan. Lane Hall Notebook          1947-1949
138          11          Student Religious Association, Lane Hall, University of Michigan. Survey of religion on campus          circa 1947
139          1          Student Religious Association, Lane Hall, University of Michigan          1947-1949, undated
139          2          Student Religious Association, Lane Hall, University of Michigan. Miscellaneous reports          1935-1968, undated
139          3          Clinton-Macon Methodist Parish, Clinton, MI. Sermon notes          1947
139          4          Clinton-Macon Methodist Parish, Clinton, MI. Sermon notes          1947-1949
139          5          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work. Printed materials          circa 1940
139          6          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work          1937-1943, undated
139          7          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work          1938-1941
139          8          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work          1938-1941, undated
140          1          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work          1940-1948, undated
140          2          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work. Scrapbook          1938-1941
140          3          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work. "Los diez por Cristo" (Spanish)          circa 1942-1946
140          4          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work          1941-1943, undated
140          5          "Tens for Christ" and other small group work          1941-1961, undated
140          6          Conference of Disciplined Life and Service          1940-1943
141          1          Conference of Disciplined Life and Service          1940-1943
141          2          Emergency Christian Service          1940-1941, 1942

Subseries 2.4: Early correspondence, 1938-1941, consists of general correspondence, dating from 1938 to 1941. Primarily concerned with his work with the National Council of Methodist Youth and related organizations, the correspondence also more generally details Littell’s beliefs in pacifism and other areas of social concern, his school work, and his day to day life during that time. The correspondence is filed by year, and then alphabetically by the correspondent's last name. There is complimentary correspondence with many of the same people in Series 1: General correspondence, which researchers should consult as well. Also related is early correspondence with his family, found in Series 14.

Box       Folder       Description
141          3          Correspondence, A-B          1938-1939
141          4          Correspondence, C-G          1937-1939
141          5          Correspondence, H-K          1937-1939
141          6          Correspondence, L-Q          1937-1939
142          1          Correspondence, R-Y          1937-1939
142          2          Correspondence, A-B          1940-1940
142          3          Correspondence, C-D          1940-1940
142          4          Correspondence, E-G          1940-1940
142          5          Correspondence, I-L          1940-1940
142          6          Correspondence, M-Q          1940-1940
143          1          Correspondence, R-S          1940-1940
143          2          Correspondence, T-V          1940-1940
143          3          Correspondence, W-Z          1940-1940
143          4          Correspondence, A-B          1940-1941
143          5          Correspondence, C-F          1940-1941
143          6          Correspondence, G-L          1940-1941
143          7          Correspondence, M-Q          1940-1941
143          1          Correspondence, R-V          1940-1941
143          2          Correspondence, W-Z          1940-1941
143          3          Unidentified          1937-1938

 

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Collection Overview

Series 1: General correspondence, 1940-2009
Series 2: Youth work, 1934-1991 (bulk 1936-1945)
Series 3: Germany, 1934-2005 (bulk 1949-1960)
Series 4: Academic appointments, 1946-2012 (bulk 1951-1996)
Series 5: Holocaust remembrance work, 1950-2014 (bulk 1970-2009)
Series 6: Institute for American Democracy, 1949-1980s (bulk 1966-1976)
Series 7: Organized support for the State of Israel, 1969-2008
Series 8: Religious Liberty work, 1970-2006 (bulk 1981-1999)
Series 9: Waco Branch Davidian Disaster, Texas, 2003 (bulk 1993-1996)
Series 10: Small projects file, 1948-2008 (bulk 1955-1995)
Series 11: Professional affiliations, 1950-2008
Series 12: Research, writing and speaking, 1938-2006
Series 13: “Journal” file, 1936-2008
Series 14: Personal and family papers, 1859-2010 (bulk 1934-2000)
Series 15: General reference, 1863-2006 (bulk 1940-1990)