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Collection 184 Records of the Campus-in-the-Woods

Identifier: CN 184

Scope and Contents

Personal correspondence, cards, resumes, and mission newsletters from a group of Canadian and American students who attended an Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship summer camp, 1951, near Toronto, Canada. This collection documents an eighteen-year period of the lives of those who communicated with Lois Ottaway with information which was compiled by her for an informal, annual Campus-in-the-Woods Newsletter.


  • Created: 1961-1981

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Lois N. Ottaway was born October 9, 1931, in Wichita, Kansas. She received a B.S. degree in technical journalism in 1953 at Kansas State University, where she won the Fay N. Seaton scholarship, and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Phi Alpha Mu honor societies. In 1958 she graduated from State University of Iowa with an M.A. in journalism. At the University she was editorial assistant for the Alumni Review and worked as Press Box Assistant during the football season. Between 1960 and 1980, Lois did special studies in theology at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.

Lois began her career in journalism on the Kansas State campus where she held a number of positions including business manager of Royal Purple, the yearbook, editor of K-Book, and collegiate editor of Who's Whoot, 4-H yearbook for the state of Kansas. The summer of 1951 she attended Campus-in-the-Woods, directed by a staff which included Ed Cornell, D. Stacey woods, H. Wilbur Sutherland, director of Canadian Inter-Varsity, and Edward C. Pentecost, missionary to Mexico, one of the principal speakers. In 1958 Lois accepted a position as assistant to the Director of the News Service at Wheaton College, a job which included advising for student publications and assisting the Director of Public Relations. From 1965 to 1981 she was manager of the News Service of the College.


0.80 Cubic Feet

2 Boxes

5 Photograph Files

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Arrangement of Material

The collection consists of nineteen folders arranged in chronological order for the years 1961 to 1981. Each folder contains selected correspondence to Ottaway for each year, which was then compiled by her for the annual Campus-in-the-Woods newsletter. Included are postcards and Christmas cards, Christmas letters, personal letters, mission newsletters, and a few newspaper clippings and pamphlets. They document a nineteen year span of the lives and careers of this group of former students who had attended the summer camp together. Also included is correspondence from Edward C. Pentecost, speaker at the camp.

Two-thirds of the correspondence is from those who were serving in foreign mission fields. A list of these families, in alphabetical order, the country in which they served, and the mission, if known, is included in this guide. Folders in which their correspondence can be found are noted. These letters contain details of daily life, facts about the people and country, the mission work, problems and successes with schooling, churches, evangelizing, translation, etc. Not all letters from each family are from the country listed because of furlough years, change of vocation, or return to the United States for other reasons.

A second group of letters is from individuals not in full-time Christian service but living in foreign countries where their professional lives have taken them. Comments in these letters range over reactions of Christian families living in cultures alien to them, their contacts with other Christians in those countries, and personal events of significance. A third group of families includes those who remained in this country or Canada, most of them involved with Christian work, either as vocation or avocation. Some of these are: professor of religion, Earlham College (Baer); staff member of Christian Home for Children (Hardwick); pastor, Calvary Bible Church (Jones); minister of Christian Education (Hoffman); tutor, PACE Institute, Cook County Jail (Ottoway); member of Christian Medical Society, Medical University of South Carolina (Rambo); Child Evangelism Follow-up, Chicago Billy Graham Crusade (Robinson).

Copies of Campus-in-the-Woods newsletters are found in folders 1-2 to 1-6, 1-8, 2-1, and 2-3.


The following list includes family names of those for whom there is substantial correspondence, except as indicated:

Beattie, Dr. Lillian M., Congo Republic, American Baptist Foreign Mission Society

Chapman, Robert and Dorothy, Ethiopia, Sudan Interior Mission

Corry, Kay, (folders 1-1, 1-2 only) Philippines, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc.

Dresser, Dr. C. Kenneth and Sylvia, Indonesia, The Evangelical Alliance Mission

Fletcher, Ruth, (folders 1-4, 1-7 only), India, Canadian Baptist Mission

Hughlett, John and Mary Jane, Congo Republic, Rhodesia Methodist

Milne, William and Lucie Gobbel, India, C. P. Mission

Pentecost, Edward and Margaret Piersma

Norman and Donna, Colombia, Latin America Mission

Rhodes, Dr. Charles and Marilyn, Central African Empire, Baptist Mid-Missions

Roberts, Alan and Doris, (folders 2-2 to 2-4, 2-9 only), Kenya, Africa Inland Mission

Secondino, Rosalie, (folders 1-3, 1-5 only), Philippines, Evangelical Free Church in America

Stewart, Ruth E., Algeria, North Africa Mission

Torsch, Rev. Edward and Mary, Africa, Brazil, Iran, Presbyterian Mission

Wakefield, Gordon L. and Florence, Peru, Emmaus Bible Correspondence School, Lima

Accruals and Additions

The materials for this collection were received by the Billy Graham Center in August, 1980.

Accession 80-104

December 14, 1981

Frances L. Brocker

J. Nasgowitz

Collection 184 Records of the Campus-in-the-Woods
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Repository Details

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