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OWEN EARLE PENCE:
An Inventory of His Papers


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Biography | Contents Summary/Organization | Administrative/Access Info | Contents Details | Related Materials | Indexed Terms/Access Points


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: Pence, Owen E. (Owen Earle), 1887-
Title: Owen Pence papers
Date: 1915-1968. (bulk 1950-1960)
Collection Number: Y.USA.29
Abstract: Collected materials by Pence documenting his personal interests. Also included are materials on Pence's YMCA work.
Quantity: 1.4 cu. ft. (4 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


BIOGRAPHY OF OWEN EARLE PENCE

Born in Keokuk, Iowa on September 2, 1887, Pence's YMCA career covered a period of more than 40 years. He began in student work at Robert College, Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey and in Illinois. Other positions included war service in France and with the National War Work Council, and 23 years on the staff of the National Council in the personnel department and later as director of the Bureau of Records, Studies and Trends and editor of the YMCA yearbook. After retirement in 1949, Pence represented the World Alliance of the YMCAs at the United Nations, where he was one of the best known and widely respected representatives of non-governmental organizations.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Among the items collected by Pence include materials on atomic energy and its uses. The Middle East and its politics was also an interest of Pence and can be found in a small collection of publications. Pence's work with the YMCA is documented through correspondence, writings and materials on the United Nations.



ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Use of Materials:
This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright, ownership, and to obtain all the necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.
Preferred Citation:
[Indicate the cited item and/or series here]. Owen Pence Papers. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Audio/visual materials removed from this collection include 8 photographs.
Material in this collection was formerly cataloged as part of the YMCA Biographical Files.
Processed by: Chan Harries, March 2005.
Catalog Record ID number: 4513087


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

The following section contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection. To request materials, please note the corresponding box number.

Box
1 Biographical material
Atomic energy, undated, 1955-1957.
Publications collected by Pence on atomic energy.
Correspondence, undated, 1915, 1925, 1949-1953. 5 folders.
Box
2 Dictionary of Education, correspondence, 1940-1944.
Pence, along with a committee of colleagues, worked on a definition of character education for inclusion in the dictionary.
Experience and Vocation, 1929.
A History of the Arabs in Three Parts, undated.
A monograph published by a group called The Far East.
Near East collection, 1956-1960. 4 folders.
Materials on the Middle East collected by Pence.
Pence genealogy, 1961.
Pence collection, 1960-1968. 2 folders.
Miscellaneous publications and other materials collected by Pence.
Box
3 Residual papers, undated. 2 volumes.
"A compendium of formal articles, addresses, studies, committee reports and certain other items..."
Box
4 "So They Say," 1926, 1949-1950.
Series of letters from friends and colleagues written in appreciation of Pence.
United Nations, 1950-1953.
Writings, 1930, 1939, 1952.



RELATED MATERIALS

The following books authored by Pence are catalogued separately in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives:
Member Affiliation and Movement Action
Present-day Y.M.C.A.-Church Relations in the United States: A Diagnostic Report
The Professional Boys’ Worker in the Young Men’s Christian Association: An Occupational Study
Salary and Wage Policy during Depression and Recovery
The Y.M.C.A. and Social Need: A Study of Institutional Adaptation


INDEX TERMS

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Topics:
Young Men's Christian associations -- Employees.
Places:
Middle East.
Persons:
Pence, Owen E. (Owen Earle), 1887-.
Organizations:
United Nations.
World Alliance of YMCAs.