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Charles K. Ober papers

 Collection
Identifier: Y.USA.14

SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Ober's papers contain a variety of materials relating to his Association work. There is considerable material, primarily correspondence, relating to the student movement. Other materials relate to the recruiting and training of secretaries and correspondence from state committees concerning finances, personnel and conventions. There are also files for each state containing correspondence relating to the work of state committees in matters of finance, personnel and conventions.

Dates

  • Creation: 1882-1948
  • Creation: Majority of material found within ( 1882-1890).

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Use of Materials:

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BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES K. OBER

Ober was born in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1856. He found his first job as a bootcutter dull and became a cod fisherman. He entered into YMCA work after surviving eight days afloat at sea off the Newfoundland coast. Crediting his survival to prayer, Ober decided to devote himself to Christian work.

Ober enrolled in George Williams College and was a field assistant to Robert McBurney. After his graduation in 1882, he entered state work in Massachusetts, first as an assistant to S. M. Sayford for six months and then state secretary for two years. In 1885, Ober entered student work as secretary for the International Committee, a post he held for six years. It was during this time that John R. Mott became involved in the student movement and with Ober aided in the development of student conferences, and the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions.

For the next twenty years, Ober worked in the Field department, helping to build up state work and to promote the organization. During his career, he was active in recruiting men for Association work. In connection with his work in the Field Department, he developed the "Fellowship Plan" to bring men with high potential into the YMCA and groom them for secretaryship. In 1910 Ober was released from the regular work of the Field Department to concentrate on the development of this program, which he continued until his retirement in 1922. During World War I he also served as a special secretary in France and England.

Extent

2.0 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

Abstract

Papers of Charles Kellogg Ober, documenting his work in the student movement of the YMCA.

Physical Location

See Detailed Description section for box listing.

RELATED MATERIALS

The following books authored by Ober are separately catalogued in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives:

Adventures in Faith

The Association Secretaryship

Bible Studies in Missions

Exploring a Continent (Personal and Associational Reminiscences)

Luther D. Wishard, Projector of World Movements

Out of the Fog : a Story of the Sea

Processing Information:

Processed by: Chan Harries, August 2004.

Catalog Record ID number: 4454314

Title
CHARLES K. OBER :
Subtitle
An Inventory of his Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Chan Harries
Date
2004
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

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