Rural Workers Fellowship. Records

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Rural Workers Fellowship. Records


  • 1927-2010 (Creation)


1.5 cu.ft. (5 boxes)

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(1924 - c. 2018)


The Rural Workers Fellowship (RWF) was founded in 1924 with the mission of promoting the interest of the whole ministry to the Church in rural communities, increasing fellowship, and aiding the National Council in its service to the rural and field workers. While maintaining its operational independence, the RWF was very closely aligned through mission and personal relationships to the Episcopal Church.

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This collection consists primarily of administrative records and publications of the Rural Workers Fellowship. The administrative records include materials relating to governance and membership of the Fellowship, information about the Fellowship’s publications (including a history of the publication Crossroads), and correspondence about the Wilbur Cochel Memorial Library. Publications include the Fellowship’s official organ The Rural Messenger, 1927-1943; Crossroads, 1943-1962; and Crossroads Newsletter, 1962-2010. The run of Crossroads Newsletter is nearly complete, although it ends with the August 2010 issue. The records also include a run (with index) of a related publications distributed as an interdenominational resource entitled Christian Rural Fellowship Bulletin, which was an influential voice documenting Episcopal and other twentieth-century rural ministry.


Administrative Records, 1947-1972
Publications of the Rural Workers Fellowship,1927-2010
Christian Rural Fellowship Bulletin, 1935-1965

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Access to Episcopal Church records is governed by the Archives Public Access Policy. Research requests must be submitted in writing.

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The Archives is able to respond to limited requests for reproductions subject to copyright restrictions, internal policy, and the condition of the source documents.

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  • English

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Records of Roanridge Training and Conference Center, 1946-1970
Records of the Division of Town and Country Work, 1946-1970

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