Willard Uphaus papers, 1861-1984 Rauner Manuscript MS-1077

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Series: Personal, 1861-1983

Contains diaries, desk and pocket calendars, address books and cards, notebooks, lecture notes, obituaries, wills, financial records, photographs, memorabilia and artifacts related to the personal life of Willard and Ola Uphaus. Genealogical information related to the Uphaus and Kayser families are also included.

Go to boxes: 1 - 7

Series: Correspondence, 1920-1984

Contains family, personal and general correspondence. Family members represented here include Sarah Uphaus (2nd wife), Ola Uphaus (3rd wife), Mary Uphaus (mother), Gus Potter (foster son), Faye Holland, Grace Mathews, Amy McLarty and Quinton Hawkins (Olas's siblings),Hattie Hays (Ola's mother), Florence Hawkins (Ola's aunt), and various other relatives. Personal correspondents include Ruth and Royal France and Alex Munsell. Due to the original order of the general correspondence, it is arranged in chronological order with some alphabetical arrangement within. Correspondence specific to other series within this collection can be found there.

Go to boxes: 8 - 17 | 18 - 26

Series: Post-Graduate Work and Teaching, 1921-1934

Contains correspondence, writings, surveys, lecture materials, and administrative records related to Uphaus' graduate studies at Yale University, his work as a lecturer and research fellow at Yale Divinity School and his teaching at YMCA Graduate School, Vanderbilt University and Hillsboro Presbytarian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Go to boxes: 27 - 32

Series: National Religion and Labor Foundation, 1924-1951

Contains correspondence, writings, publicity material, administrative records, subject files, questionnaires, newsletters and other printed material, press releases, clippings as well as seminar and conference records. The material documents Uphaus' position as the executive secretary (1934-1951) of the National Religion and Labor Foundation which was founded in 1932 and ceased operating in 1966. The NRLF was a medium for bringing representatives of religion and labor together to plan and act on behalf of the millions of unemployed during a time of political and social upheaval.

Go to boxes: 33 - 42 | 43 - 52

Series: World Fellowship of Faiths, 1936-1978

Contains correspondence, records, printed material, news releases, newsletters, board meeting minutes, subject files and photographs related to Willard and Ola Uphaus' service as directors (1953-1969) of the World Fellowship of Faiths. Founded in 1941 by Charles and Eugenia Weller, the non-profit organization focuses on offering a camp experience with a "social conscience" which historically included defending civil liberties and promoting a just and free society.

Go to boxes: 53 - 62

Series: Willard Uphaus Prosecution and Incarceration, 1954-1977

Contains correspondence, legal documents, newsletters, petitions, publicity, writings, clippings and scrapbooks related to the prosecution and incarceration, in 1960, of Willard Uphaus on contempt charges stemming from Uphaus' refusal to divulge the names of guests who had visited the World Fellowship of Faiths Center in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The case had begun with two critical articles about the Center in the Manchester Union Leader in September 1953. In response, New Hampshire's Attorney General Louis C. Wyman began to investigate the Center and in particular Willard Uphaus under the Subversive Activities Act of 1951. The majority of the series is made up of hundreds of letters of support sent to Uphaus at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, NH. Notable correspondents include lawyers Hugh H. Bownes and Royal France, as well as Marion and Alex Munsell and members of the Civil Liberties Defense Committee. Inconsistencies in arrangement of the correspondence is due to the original order of the material.

Go to boxes: 63 - 70

Series: Manuscripts and Writings, 1909-1982

Contains drafts, source material, and some correspondence related to Uphaus' autobiography "Commitment" which he wrote while imprisoned in 1960. Typescripts of talks and articles on the subjects of religion and labor, civil rights, the first amendment, religion in higher education, world peace, Marxism, civil disobedience, liberty and democracy and the place of religion in everyday life can also be found in this series.

Go to boxes: 71 - 73

Series: Subject Files, 1924-1982

Contains correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, brochures, writings, flyers, clippings, newsletters, conference material, bulletins and other printed matter related to the causes Uphaus cared about and supported. Subjects include civil rights and liberties, the first amendment, world peace, disarmament and other peace actions, the socialist party, the House Un-American Committee and the Methodist Church. Of note is the material on the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship and the World Council of Peace which illustrates Uphaus' deep commitment to the cause.

Go to boxes: 74 - 85

Series: Audi-Visual Material, 1958-1976

Contains 5" and 7" audio reels with talks given at a variety of locations, including New York City and the World Fellowship Center in Conway, NH. Speakers include Scott Nearing, Ralph Buultjens, Carl and Ann Braden, Herbert Aptheker, Florence Luscomb, Lyman Lunner, and Willard Uphaus. Commercial interviews with Uphaus conducted during his stay in jail and after are also included.

Go to boxes: 86 - 88

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