Records of the Moral Re-armament, 1812-1991 (bulk 1873-1966).


Records of the Moral Re-armament, 1812-1991 (bulk 1873-1966).

Correspondence, subject files, financial records, play and film scripts, radio and television broadcasting files, press releases, clippings, print and near-print material, scrapbooks, and other records, chiefly 1924-1977, documenting the policies, organization, programs, activities, and membership of the Moral Re-Armament organization (MRA). Papers (1873-1966) of Moral Re-Armament's founder, Frank Nathan Daniel Buchman, include material relating to his personal and family life; his association with the YMCA and the Oxford Group (the forerunner of MRA); his missionary work in Asia; and his role in the organizational, theological, and philosophical development of MRA, especially in regard to pacifism, isolationism, and anticommunism. Papers (1812-1977) of Ray Foote Purdy (1889-1965), Buchman's student at Princeton Theological Seminary and later a director of the Oxford Group and the MRA, relate to his duties with the MRA, his views on Nazi Germany, and his personal and family life; to the activities of his wife, Elsa Toennies Purdy, son, Ray Foote Purdy, Jr., and brother, Frederick H. Purdy, all MRA coworkers; and to the psychological, social, and public relations aspects of the movement. Papers (1929-1979) of Kenaston Twitchell (1903-1988) include correspondence, reports, and printed matter chiefly relating to his efforts through meetings sponsored by MRA to promote peace between France and Germany following World War II and to establish an MRA group in postwar Japan. Includes letters of Oxford Group and MRA members Howard Carson Blake, Douglas Cornell, Sherwood E. Day, Albert H. Ely, Rajmohan Gandhi, Charles Henry Haines, William Cleveland Hicks, Bremer Hofmeyr, Peter Howard, Ivan Menzies, John Riffe, John McCook Roots, Samuel M.r Shoemaker, Margaret T. Tjader, and George West. Correspondents include Konrad Adenauer, Chiang Kai-shek, May-ling Soong Chiang, Mina Miller Edison, Clara Bryant Ford, Prince Richard of Hesse, Queen Marie of Romania, the Royal Family of Greece, Robert Schuman, U. Thant, and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. Other persons represented include Richard Evelyn Byrd, Arthur Capper, Dame Daphne du Maurier, Hermann Hegedorn, Ramon Magsaysay, Gabriel Marcel, John Raleigh Mott, Ngô Đình Diệm, H. Alexander Smith, Harry S. Truman, and Alexander Wiley.

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