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Guide to the San Diego County Christian Endeavor Collection MS 293
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  • Biographical / Historical Notes
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  • Title: San Diego County Christian Endeavor Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 293
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet (8 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1967
    Abstract: This collection contains administrative materials, convention documents, and publications by Christian Endeavor organizations in San Diego County from the late-1800s to mid-1900s.
    creator: San Diego Christian Endeavor Society.
    creator: San Diego County Christian Endeavor Union.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The Christian Endeavor Society was an international Protestant youth organization. It was formed in 1881 in Portland, Maine, when a local minister, Francis E. Clark, decided to form a group for the young people of his congregation. The object of this group was to “promote an earnest Christian life among its members, to increase their mutual acquaintance, and to make them more useful in the service of God.” As the number of regional societies increased, the United Society was formed in 1885 with headquarters in Boston. Each Christian Endeavor Society was tied to a local church, which determined theology and activities for the group. Individual societies were linked by County Unions, and County and District Unions were in turn linked by State, International, and World Unions. The Christian Endeavor Society was referred to as an “Inter-racial, Inter-denominational and Inter-national fellowship.” There is evidence in these records of the earliest Christian Endeavor group in San Diego in 1891 at the First Congregational Church of San Diego at Fourth and Date Streets.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains administrative materials, convention documents, and publications by Christian Endeavor organizations in San Diego County from the late-1800s to mid-1900s. Administrative materials include minutes, attendance records, and reports, and pertain to both the Christian Endeavor Society based at the First Congregational Church of San Diego and the San Diego County Christian Endeavor Union covering all societies in the county. Convention documents include programs for annual county conventions between 1894 and 1967 as well as planning documents for the California State convention held in San Diego in 1939. Finally, publications include the “Breezes” newsletter, pamphlets, and books.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in four series:
    Series I: Administration: San Diego Christian Endeavor Society;
    Series II: Administration: San Diego County Christian Endeavor Union;
    Series III: Conventions and Activities;
    Series IV: Publications.

    Preferred Citation

    San Diego County Christian Endeavor Society Collection, MS 293, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Frank Sweeney in December 2011.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    First Congregational Church of San Diego..
    United Society of Christian Endeavor .
    Christian youth
    Christianity
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.) -- Church history
    San Diego County (Calif.)
    San Diego County (Calif.) -- Church history