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Dean Freiday Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-215

Scope and Contents

Papers of Dean Freiday, including correspondence, manuscript writings, and other miscellaneous records. The collection reflects a wide range of Freiday's involvement in numerous Christian organizations and discussion groups especially the National Council of Churches of Christ, Friends General Conference, and the Commission on Faith and Order. Correspondents include Arthur Roberts, Douglas Steere, and Larry Miller. Topics range from the Society of Friends to interfaith issues of ecumenism, eschatology, peace, and the sacraments


  • Creation: 1956-1999


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Dean Freiday (1915-2008), was a Quaker writer and theologian, with special interests in discovering and discussing the commonalities between the Society of Friends and other Christian religions, particularly the Roman Catholic Church. He was chairman of the Christian Unity Committee from 1966-68, the Forum on Baptism, Eucharist, Mutually recognized Ministry (BEM), the Historic Peace Churches/Fellowship of Reconciliation (FPC/FOR), and the Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee (CIRC). He was also the editor of Quaker Religious Thought (1979-1989), an active member of the Commission on Faith and Order, the World Council of Churches (WCC), and the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC), Friends General Conference (FGC). He was a member of the Manasquan Monthly Meeting, in Manasquan, New Jersey, and married to Esther Selke.


6.5 Linear Feet (13 boxes)




This collection contains the correspondence and writings of Dean Freiday (b. 1915), a Quaker writer and theologian. The papers reflect his wide range of activities in numerous Christian church groups and discussion groups. The correspondence includes leading Friends, such as Arthur Roberts, Douglas Steere, and Larry Miller. His writings on topics specific to the Society of Friends and interfaith issues of ecumenism, ecclesiology, and the sacraments.


The collection is divided into eight series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Writings (includes manuscripts and related correspondence)
  3. National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC) and Commission on Faith and Order (F & O)
  4. World Council of Churches (WCC)
  5. Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee (CIRC)
  6. Friends General Conference (FGC)
  7. Christian World Communion (formerly World Confessional Families)
  8. Miscellaneous

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Dean Freiday, 2000; Accession number: 2000-042


  1. "Catholics and the New American Bible." Friends Journal (1 Feb. 1972).
  2. "God, Man, and Contemporary Society," with Robert Schultz. Friends Journal (15 Nov. 1965).
  3. "How Near Is God to Man?" Friends Journal (1/15 June 1971).
  4. "Improving the Quality of Life." Quaker Life, Friends Journal (Aug.1975).
  5. "Not a Steeple, a Steeple, a Steeple." Friends' Quarterly (Oct.1979).
  6. "On Being Human." Friends Journal (15 July 1966).
  7. "Quakers, Ecumenism, and the WCC." The Ecumenical Review (Oct. 1994).
  8. "Science and Homiletics." Anglican Theological Review.
  9. "Self-Transcendence with Genuine Concern," with William L. Nute, Jr. Friends Journal (15 Jan. 1970).
  10. "Spirituality: Some Random Reflections." Friends' Quarterly (Jan. 1973).
  11. "The History and the Mystery."
  12. "The Spirituality of George Fox." Friends' Quarterly (Jan. 1979).
  13. Barclay's Apology in modern English. Elberon, N.J.: 1967.
  14. Nothing without Christ: some current religious problems in the light of seventeenth century thought and experience. Newberg, OR: Barclay Press, c1984.
  15. The Day of the Lord: eschatology in Quaker perspective(ed. with Fritz Eichenberg). Newberg, OR: Barclay Press, by the Faith and Life Movement, 1981.
  16. "Defrosting in Richmond." Friends Journal (1 Sept. 1969).
  17. "`Solo asi, asi' -- A Somewhat Rambling Ecumenical Report." Friends World News (Aug. 1976).
  18. "Quakers and Other World Confessional Families." Friends Journal (15 Mar. 1970).
  19. "U.S. Conference of World Council." Friends Journal (15 June 1966).
  20. "Christians Reach Out to Each Other." Friends World News (Spring 1973).

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