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Guide to the Pederson, Duane, Jesus People International, and Hollywood Free Paper Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Pederson, Duane, Jesus People International, and Hollywood Free Paper Collection
    Dates: 1953-2011
    Bulk Dates: 1969-1979
    Identification: CFT00066
    Creator: Pederson, Duane
    Physical Description: 28.00
    Repository: David Allan Hubbard Library Archives
    135 N. Oakland Avenue
    Pasadena, CA, 91182-0002
    URL: http://library.fuller.edu/archives/
    Email: archives@fuller.edu
    Phone: (626) 584-5311
    Fax: (626) 584-5613
    Other Information:
    Additional information may be found at http://www.hollywoodfreepaper.org/

    Administrative History:

    Duane Pederson (1938-), a key figure in the Jesus Movement, was raised in Minnesota and moved to California to pursue a career as an entertainer.  He started the Hollywood Free Paper in 1969 as a Christian response to the countercultural underground newspapers. Circulation grew rapidly and the HFP became the most widely distributed Jesus paper, spreading news of the Jesus Movement from California to Europe. In an interview with a reporter, Pederson coined the term “Jesus People.” Through the Hollywood Free Paper, he became a well-known voice for the Jesus People throughout the 1970s, providing leadership and bringing cohesion to the Movement from California to Europe and Asia. Additionally, he sponsored many of the concerts at the Hollywood Palladium that drew together some of the best Christian musicians of the day. From the beginning, his ministry extended to the poor and marginalized. He worked extensively with Corrie ten Boom in ministry to prisoners, and he served as pastor of a church in Venice with an active ministry to street children.  In the 1980s, Pederson became an evangelist in the Missionary Church and was later ordained as a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. As of 2010, Pederson continues his ministry to prisoners and the poor.
    “From 1969 through roughly 1975, the Hollywood Free Paper served as a tangible voice, gathering place, communication medium, and billboard for the Jesus Movement... At the peak of the Movement, the circulation of the HFP surpassed half a million copies.  By the time he started the HFP in October 1969, founding editor Duane Pederson was already involved in street ministry on the gritty boulevards of downtown Hollywood, a shell of the once bright motion picture colony whose dark streets, then as now, were home to drug dealers, prostitutes and pimps. Every intersection was lined with newspaper racks offering lurid underground tabloids.  ‘Everywhere I looked,’ Duane later recalled, ‘there were underground papers preaching revolution, sex, drugs, everything. I knew something was missing: there were no underground papers preaching the truth. Not a single one. I said, 'Jesus, if You'll give me the means with which to do it, I'll put out a newspaper telling people about You.' Three days later, ten thousand copies of the first edition of the Hollywood Free Paper rolled off the presses at a local printer, and Duane and his friends began handing them out on the streets of Los Angeles… Within two days, Box 1949 was jammed with mail from street people wanting to know more about Jesus and this new Movement. Many of the letters were scrawled in pencil and were barely legible, a few were typewritten, but all expressed the same hunger: ‘If your Jesus is really for real, man, I want to know more. I’d like to rap with you about the guy. Where can we meet? Are you gonna have another paper?’… Circulation grew rapidly, with much of the added readership coming from reprinting and distribution outside southern California in Kansas City, Minneapolis, Worcester, Detroit, and Cleveland. At the Movement's peak the HFP was distributed in each of the 50 states and in nearly a dozen foreign countries. But ‘As far as we are able to recall,’ Duane would later write, ‘Every desperate cry for help has come from a Free Paper that they found in the gutter, or on the street, or in some dirty restroom or alley.’”

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Jesus People
    United Missionary Church

    Geographic Name:

    Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Religion.


    Hollywood Free Paper

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information:


    Conditions Governing Use:

    Scholarly use within parameters of copyright law.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    Supervised use only.

    Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

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    Scope and Contents

    Duane Pederson, Jesus People International, and the Hollywood Free Paper had a significant role in the development of the Jesus People Movement beginning in the late 1960s. The diversity of materials in the collection attests to Pederson’s range of ministry involvement and his ongoing commitment to work with the poor and with prisoners. The collection includes a complete set of all issues of the Hollywood Free Paper, various Jesus People publications, ministry newsletters, correspondence, recordings, films, posters, artwork, memorabilia, and over 15,000 photos preserved by Duane Pederson. Awards, clippings, and other documentation are also found in the collection. Additionally, materials relating to the Jesus People Opening at Fuller on May 15-16, 2010 are included as well.