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Friends World College Collected Papers 1957-1992

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-116

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Mary Cushing Niles's files pertaining to all aspects of Friends World College. It complements a collection deposited by New York Yearly Meeting, Friends World College Records (RG4/082). There is extensive correspondence, much of which is written by or addressed to Niles, as well as annual files arranged chronologically which contain miscellaneous materials retained from each year of Niles's work with Friends World College. Of particular interest is her work with the center in India.

Organized into five series:
  1. Minutes
  2. Reports
  3. Correspondence
  4. Financial records
  5. Annual files

Dates

  • 1957-1992

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Friends World College was conceived as an accredited, co-educational, degree-granting liberal arts college combining a residence program with the opportunity for foreign travel and study. Planned as a "college without walls," it was sponsored by the New York Yearly Meeting and opened in September 1965. It was merged into Long Island University in 1991.

It began with a proposal made by George Nicklin in 1958 to the New York Yearly Meeting for a new college to be formed on Quaker principles and incorporating the social ideals of the era. A committee on a Friends College was established. In the summer of 1963, a six-week experimental summer program was directed by Harold Taylor, and in 1964, Morris Mitchell was hired by the NYYM as the first president.

In 1965, the NYYM approved the opening of a Friends World Institute program and the State of New York issued a charter for a non-degree granting program. The first classes opened in September 1965 with forty-one students at a temporary home campus located at Mitchel Garden, Westbury, in Nassau County, New York.

In 1968 the Institute was granted a provisional charter as Friends World College, permitting it to grant the Bachelor of Arts degree. Within the next few years, programs were established in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and rural Canada, and the home campus was moved to Lloyd Harbor, Huntington, NY. However, the College was unable to establish a secure financial base, and student enrollment remained undependable because the drop-out rate was high.

In 1975, Friends World College became legally independent of the New York Yearly Meeting, and a Friends World College Association was established. Burdened by continuing financial pressures, by 1990 Trustees of the College were considering the merger of FWC into Long Island University. The FWC Board approved the transfer of assets from FWC to LIU as an endowment in 1991; this transfer was opposed by the Friends World College Association and a group of concerned friends who named themselves the Friends World Defense Fund and subsequently Pac Amicus.

Mary Cushing Niles (1900-1993) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of William Travis and Mary Cushing Williams Howard. She was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and did graduate work at Columbia University. She married Henry Edward Niles in 1923, and they had two daughters, Cushing and Alice. Her career in management included pioneering the field of human relations. She worked as an editor from 1925-1928 and was a partner with her husband in management consulting from 1931-1939. From 1941-1957 her employment included organization and management issues for the United States Civil Service Commission, assistant to the chairman of the Federal Personnel Council, eighteen months in the Truman White House, and the establishment of an national management institute for the government of India. Mary-Cushing Niles authored several books and numerous articles on management and lectured throughout the world. She was a full-time delegate to the International Management Congress and taught at American University from 1947-1953.

Mary Cushing and her husband joined the Society of Friends in 1951, and she was active in Stony Run Monthly Meeting (Maryland). She was a member of the General Committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation and chaired its Policy Committee from 1958-1974. She was a founding trustee of Friends World College and served as a member of its Board from 1965-1992. From the College's opening to its merger with Long Island University in 1991, she was deeply involved with many aspects of its management. In particular, she played an integral role in developing the Southeast Asian program through numerous trips to India and around the region, establishing contacts and aiding in the development of the centers in India and Japan. Deeply committed to the College, she worked to improve its financial situation through fundraising projects.

Her life-long interest in international affairs was expressed through extensive travel and participation in many organizations. She and her husband retired to Broadmead Lifecare Community in Cockneysville, Maryland, where they died in 1993.

Extent

21 Linear Feet (42 box)

Language

English

Overview

Friends World College was conceived as an accredited, co-educational, degree-granting liberal arts college combining a residence program with the opportunity for foreign travel and study. Planned as a "college without walls," it was sponsored by the New York Yearly Meeting and opened in September 1965. It was merged into Long Island University in 1991. The collection contains Mary-Cushing Niles's files pertaining to all aspects of Friends World College. Mary-Cushing Niles (1900-1993), a management expert and member of Stony Run Monthly Meeting, married Henry Edward Niles in 1923.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Cushing Niles Dolbeare

Date: 1997

Accession number: 97-021

Existence and Location of Copies

Some of the materials, in particular Series 1, Minutes, are complemented by the records in RG4/082, Friends World College Records.

Related Materials

RG2/ New York Yearly Meeting Records

RG5/247 Ruth Ringenbach, Friends World College Papers

PG 2, FHL Reference file on Friends World College

RG4/082 Friends World College Papers.

Related Materials

RG4/082 Friends World College Records

RG5/247 Ruth Ringenbach, Friends World College Papers

RG2/New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends . Committee on a Friends World College

RG5 Henry and Mary-Cushing Niles Papers

Separated Materials

The remaining papers in Accession 97-021 are processed separately as the Henry and Mary-Cushing Niles Papers. Photographs were removed to PA 136.

Processing Information

The papers were received as part of 64 cartons of material from Henry and Mary Cushing Niles with no coherent order; the Niles had repeatedly "downsized," and with each move, any original order was lost. After an initial sort in 2005-2006, the Friends World College papers were removed to process as a separate collection. The papers were sorted into series, then foldered by topic and arranged chronologically within each series.

Creator

Title
Finding aid for Niles Friends World College Collected Papers, 1957-1992
Author
FHL staff
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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