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Guide to the Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship Records
MS-0559  
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Description
The Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship Records contains records of more than six decades of church activity that include handwritten speeches, event programs, newspaper clippings, photos, publications, audio and video recordings, personal papers, organizational documents, and related church records. During this time, Martha S. Featherston organized women’s groups, founded the Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship, spoke at various like-minded organization’s events, and traveled for ministry and pleasure with her husband and church. Most of the materials in this collection range from the founding of her prayer fellowship in 1983 to the last 2010s with some of her earlier life documents going back as far as 1957, before she wed Kenneth Featherston. There are thirteen series in this collection: Martha Featherston Files (1957-2013), Kenneth Featherston Files (1988-2013), Mamie Leonard Files (1997-2001), Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship (IFPF/ IPF) Files (1983-2017), Newspaper Clippings (1977-2008), Twin Ministries Files (1983-2012), Shut-In Ministries Files (1996-2006), Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) Files (1975-2012), Related Religious Organization Files (1965-2007), Related Religious Event Files (1985-2009), Related Religious Writing Files (1970-1999), Photo Files (1981-2012), and Audio and Video Recording Files (1984-2004).
Background
Martha Sconiers Featherston, founder and president of Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship, was born in Bellwood, Alabama on July 18th, 1932 along with her twin sister, Mamie Sconiers Leonard, as the third child to Ruben and Avie Sconiers. She grew up in Panama City, Florida where her father founded Antioch C.O.G.I.C. and where she began her church activities. In her early 20s she lived briefly in Newark, New Jersey. By 1955 she had moved to Long Beach, California. In 1958 she married Kenneth Featherston and moved to San Diego.
Extent
3.00 linear ft
Restrictions
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Availability
This collection is open for research. Due to lack of funding, we are currently unable to digitize some audiovisual formats. As a result, this footage is unavailable for research at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like to contribute to the transfer of these obsolete formats, please contact Robert Ray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives at robert.ray@sdsu.edu