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Duane Pederson, Jesus People International, and Hollywood Free Paper Collection
CFT00066  
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Description
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 (HPF) in 1969 as a Christian response to the countercultural underground newspapers. 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.
Background
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 (HPF) 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 during the 1970s, providing leadership and bringing cohesion to the Movement from California to Europe and Asia. Additionally, he sponsored many 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.
Extent
57 Boxes, 28 linear feet
Restrictions
The Hollywood Free Paper: "Copyright �2019 The Hollywood Free Paper Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License." All other material within "All rights reserved."
Availability
Supervised use only. Scholarly use with parameters of copyright law, with the following exceptions: Series entitled “Prison Correspondence” is restricted until November 2058. Select boxes of photos are restricted until a year after Pederson’s death.