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Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor Scrapbook

Identifier: MS-3777

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This scrapbook, put together by Walter C. Johnson, Sr., contains various articles that concern the Knoxville, TN branches of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor (YPSCE). Most of the articles are clippings from the Knoxville News Sentinel in the year 1896. They cover a variety of topics, including local officer elections and reelections, as well as national conventions that many Knoxville YPSCE members attended.

The majority of the articles contain information on the 15th International YPSCE Convention that was held in Washington, DC in July 1896. Delegates from the Knoxville YPSCE attended this convention, and the articles outline the major events of the convention. In addition to the convention coverage by the News Sentinel, included are clippings from the Washington, DC newspaper, the Evening Star. Additional articles include one on a speech Booker T. Washington gave the YPSCE as well as some on a Maryville YPSCE convention for Knoxville members.


  • 1896


The material in this collection is in English.

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


A scrapbook containing articles from the Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel concerning local branches of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor (YPSCE). Walter C. Johnson, Sr., board member of the Knoxville branch, put the book together. The articles cover a variety of topics but mainly discuss the YPSCE convention held in Washington, DC in July 1896.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor (YPSCE) was an evangelical society founded in Portland, Maine in 1881. The founder was Rev. Francis Clark, pastor at Williston Congregational Church. The society’s focus was to promote an earnest Christian life for its members, especially the youth. There was a group of Christian Endeavors located in Knoxville in the 1890s, composed of 15 separate societies with a total of 1,150 members. Walter C. Johnson, Sr. served as both the secretary and president over the Knoxville societies. The Knoxville societies were very active in the national conventions held for the YPSCE and attended them frequently.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA