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Levi T. Pennington Papers

 Collection — Box: MS.6
Identifier: MS-06

Content description

This collection consists primarily of correspondence but also includes addresses, notebooks, diaries, writings and manuscripts (both published and unpublished), scrapbooks, minutes, reports, and some photographs. Materials include information about efforts to minimize war, revealing Pennington's interaction with organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee, the Oregon Peace Corps, Friends Forward Movement, Friends World Conference or the Friends Committee on National Legislation. There are also a number of guidebooks and other materials relating to his trip to England.


  • 1894-1977


Restrictions on access

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 Note

Levi Talbot Pennington, born in 1875 in Amo, Indiana, led an active and varied life encompassing several careers. His early years were spent on a fram and then working in lumber camps in Michigan. He taught in public schools in Michigan and worked as a reporter for the Traverce City, Michigan "Daily Record" until 1904. From 1904 to 1911, he was pastor of several Friends churches in Indiana.

Dr. Pennington recieved his A.M., from the University of Oregon in 1922 and his D.D. from Linfield College in 1923. He served as President of Pacific College (now George Fox University) from 1911 to 1941.

Pennington was active as a Lyceum and Chautauqua lecturer for many years while remaining active in various capacities as a member of the Society of Friends.

In his later years Pennington became a recognised author of short stories, articles, poetry, and an autobiography.

Levi T. Pennington was a prominent Quaker leader in the early 20th century and a long-time Lyceum and Chataqua lecturer, spreading his message of peace. His enthusiasm for the Quaker peace stance influenced many college students to volunteer time in Europe for war relief work after the First World War. Many of his lectures and pamphlets address the topics of temperance during the prohibition era.

As a national Quaker leader much of the material reflects communications with various Yearly Meetings of Quakers. Emphasis on Northwest Indians' fishing rights and the Vietnam War draft issues comprise much of Pennington's interaction with the American Friends Service Committee in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. A close friendship with former President Herbert Hoover is also reflected in the correspondence. In his later years Dr. Pennington compiled and published a number of writings including short stories, poems and longer fiction.


34.5 Cubic Feet (33 record boxes, 1 document box)

Language of Materials



The collection includes the correspondence and writings of Levi T. Pennington, president of Pacific College, Newberg, Oregon, from 1911 to 1941. Consisting primarily of correspondence, the collection also includes addresses, notebooks, diaries, writings and manuscripts (both published and unpublished), scrapbooks, minutes, reports, and some photographs.


No accruals are expected.


Given to the GFU/NWYM Archives in 1966.

Guide to the Levi T. Pennington Papers
Zoie Clark
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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.