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Preliminary Guide to the McFadden Family papers, 1921-2002

Abstract

William Allen McFadden (1904-1991), Methodist minister from Indiana, graduate of DePauw, Boston University School of Theology, and Union Seminary in New York. He was a lifelong pacifist and social justice worker. His wife was Glenora English McFadden (1910-2001) and her mother was Estella Graves English (1885-1960). The McFaddens had three children: Margaret McFadden (whose papers are also housed in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture), Edith Collins, and David McFadden. This collection consists of numerous accessions containing correspondence, audiocassettes, diaries, photographs, yearbooks, printed materials, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous materials, largely produced by William and Glenora McFadden during their courtship and marriage, 1921-1991. Also included is correspondence from Glenora McFadden's mother, Estella Graves English, and correspondence from Margaret McFadden, the McFaddens' daughter. Please consult the Collection Overview below for more information about the materials in each accession.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00871
Title
McFadden Family papers
Date
1921-2002
Extent
6.5 Linear Feet, 4875 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The accession (2005-0028) (300 items, 0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1936-1994 and undated) consists of sermons, letters, and diaries of William Allen McFadden, 1930-1991; sermons, journals, and letters of Glenora English McFadden, circa 1936-1994; and letters of Estella Graves English, 1959-1986. Includes a genealogy list compiled by Irene English Shoemaker. Also contains ephemera, photographs, and clippings.

The addition (2005-0092) (404 items, 0.6 lin. ft.; dated ca. 1936-2000) contains correspondence to Glenora and Bill McFadden. Also includes photographs, 2 audiotapes, and clippings.

The addition (2007-0048) (760 items, 1.7 lin. ft.; dated 1921-2001) contains sermons, correspondence, and a typescript for History of Israel. Also includes Glenora English's school notebooks; a William McFadden notebook; a yearbook from Bedford High School, 1921; two yearbooks from De Pauw University, 1922 and 1925; and a glass slide.

The 2007 addition (2007-0125) (400 items, 0.8 lin. ft.; dated 1921-1998) contains printed materials, manuscripts, correspondence, sermons, and clippings as well as a yearbook, diary, and commonplace book.

The 2007 addition (2007-0215) (1000 items; 2 lin. ft.; dated 1926-2001) includes correspondence, scrapbooks, audio cassette tapes with recorded sermons, a yearbook, diaries, and photographs from the McFadden family, including letters from Bill to Glenora prior to their marriage. Also included is schoolwork from Margaret McFadden's childhood and high school years, and correspondence from her dating from the 1970s.

The 2009 addition (2009-0207) (2 items; 0.1 lin. ft.; dated 1928) includes 2 school notebooks belonging to Glenora English; one consists of her notes from American History and one is a project about United States geography.

The 2013 addition (2013-0188) (375 items; 0.5 lin. ft; dated 1993-2002) consists mainly of family correspondence.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Accession (2005-0028)

1 box

Accession (300 items, 0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1936-1994 and undated) contains sermons, letters, and diaries of William Allen McFadden, 1930-1991; sermons, journals, and letters of Glenora English McFadden, circa 1936-1994; and letters of Estella Graves English, 1959-1986. Includes a genealogy list compiled by Irene English Shoemaker. Also contains ephemera, photographs, and clippings. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Correspondence
Box 1
Journals
Box 1
Diaries
Box 1
Sermons
Box 1

2. Accession (2005-0092)

1 box

Addition (404 items, 0.6 lin. ft.; dated ca. 1936-2000) comprises correspondence to Glenora and Bill McFadden. Also includes photographs, 2 audiotapes, and clippings.

Correspondence
Box 2
Financial records
Box 2
Photographs
(29 items)
Box 2
Audiocassettes
(2 items)
Box 2

3. Accession (2007-0048)

4 boxes

Addition (760 items, 1.7 lin. ft.; dated 1921-2001) contains sermons, correspondence, and a typescript for History of Israel. Also includes Glenora English's school notebooks; a William McFadden notebook; a yearbook from Bedford High School, 1921; two yearbooks from De Pauw University, 1922 and 1925; and a glass slide.

Correspondence, 1961-2001
Box 3
Sermons, 1970s-1980s
Box 3
Our Camping Philosophy for Junior High Camps
Box 3
Typescript of History of Israel
Box 3
Sermons, 1960s-1980s
Box 4
The Mirage: the Official Yearbook of De Pauw University, 1922
Box 5
The Mirage: the Official Yearbook of De Pauw University, 1925
Box 5
Glenora McFadden commonplace book
Box 5
William McFadden notebook
Box 5
Glenora Belle English notebook, 1928
Box 6
Bedford High School Yearbook, 1921
Box 6
Scrapbook
Box 6

4. Accession (2007-0125)

2 boxes

The 2007 addition (400 items, 0.8 lin. ft.; dated 1921-1998) contains printed materials, manuscripts, correspondence, sermons, and clippings as well as a yearbook, diary, and commonplace book.

Scrapbook

[pages have been removed from binder]

Box 7
Correspondence
Box 7
Sermons
Box 7
Story: Why the Chimes Ring
Box 7
Printed materials
Box 7
Clippings
Box 7
Yearbook
Box 7
William McFadden Diary, 1927
Box 8
Glenora English commonplace book
Box 8

5. Accession (2007-0215)

4 boxes

Addition (1000 items; 2 lin. ft.; dated 1926-2001) includes correspondence, scrapbooks, audio cassette tapes with recorded sermons, a yearbook, diaries, and photographs from the McFadden family, including letters from Bill to Glenora prior to their marriage. Also included is schoolwork from Margaret McFadden's childhood and high school years, and correspondence from her dating from the 1970s.

Glenora McFadden estate
(2 folders)
Box 9
Letters from Bill to Glenora, 1933
Box 9
Address book
Box 9
Letters and postcards to Glenora and William McFadden
(2 folders)

Mostly from Margaret from Europe (1971-1974), California and Colorado (1974-1975)

Box 9
Miscellaneous clippings and materials
(2 folders)
Box 9
Make Mine Democracy school project, Margaret McFadden
Box 9
For MM-Duke
Box 9
Margaret McFadden, high school papers
Box 9
Glenora English diary, 1927-1928
Box 9
Christmas letters
Box 10
Copies of letters from William McFadden to his parents, Laramie, Monta Vista
Box 10
New England Southern Annual Conference journal/yearbook, 1927
Box 10
DePauw publication
Box 10
Correspondence and miscellaneous, 1923-1990s
Box 10
William and Glenora McFadden memorial information
Box 10
34 audiocassette tapes (sermons and talks)
Box 11
Scrapbook
Box 12
Worthington Christian Church (Mr. English and family included, 1930s): rolled panoramic photograph
Box 12

6. Accession (2009-0207)

2 items

Addition (2009-0207) (2 items; 0.1 lin. ft.; dated 1928) includes 2 school notebooks belonging to Glenora English; one consists of her notes from American History and one is a project about United States geography.

American presidents notes, 1928
Box 12
United States geography project
Box 12
Family correspondence and personal papers dated from 1973-2002.
Box 13

Historical Note

William Allen McFadden (1904-1991), Methodist minister from Indiana, graduate of DePauw, Boston University School of Theology, and Union Seminary in New York. He was a lifelong pacifist and social justice worker. His wife was Glenora English McFadden (1910-2001) and her mother was Estella Graves English (1885-1960). The McFaddens had three children: Margaret McFadden (whose papers are also housed in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture), Edith Collins, and David McFadden.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], McFadden Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The McFadden Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2005 and 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna Busija; John Mayrose, May 2007

Encoded by John Mayrose, May 2007

Updated by Meghan Lyon, January 2009 and September 2009; updated by Megan Lewis, November 2013

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.