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The Four Flats records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-59

Content Description

This collection contains newspaper articles, photos, music programs, letters, and musical recordings pertaining to the Four Flats from their early years at Pacific College in 1947, early missions trips to Asia in the early 1950's, their time in World Vision from 1956 to 1961, primarily including missions trips to the Philippines and Alaska, their Reunion Tours, especially around Newberg, OR, in 1968, and their later lives from 1968 to 2005. The collection would be useful to those researching barber shop quartets or musical groups in general, missions work, especially pertaining to World Vision and missions trips in Asia, and/or influential Friends Church members, particularly in Newberg.


  • 1947-2005


Language of Materials

Bulk of collection is in English, some things in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

George Fox University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of George Fox University is retained by George Fox University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

The Four Flats were a barber shop quartet consisting of Harlow Ankeny (Baritone), Norval Hadley (First Tenor), Richard "Dick" Cadd (Bass), and Ronald Crecelius (Second Tenor). Originally formed in 1947 at Pacific College in Newberg, OR (now known as George Fox University), they went on to work with World Vision as well as Crusade for Christ and Billy Graham. They traveled the world on missions trips before eventually parting ways with World Vision and with each other in 1961. In 1968 and 1972, the group came together again for a Reunion Tour, where they performed once more in and around Newberg. The group also perfomed in 1991 at the centenial celebration of George Fox College.


1 Cubic Feet (1 cubic foot is held in a record box)


Collection of the Four Flats Quartet including travel information and scrapbooks.


Contains three series: photos, scrapbooks, and audio recordings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Divonna Crecelius.

Condition Description

Good condition.


The Four Flats records
Jessica Truesdell, Rachel Thomas
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Repository Details

Part of the George Fox University and Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Archives Repository

416 North Meridian Street
Newberg Oregon 97132 U.S.A.