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Richard J. Foster Papers

Identifier: MS-21
The Richard Foster Papers include manuscripts, writings, research materials, schedules of speaking engagements, interviews, invitations, calendars, brochures, correspondence, photographs, recordings, and media from Foster’s writing and speaking career. The bulk of these materials are records from his many speaking engagements both domestic and abroad. These materials tell about his speaking career, writing process, development of ideas, and teaching. They give insight into the character and mind of Foster as he developed some of his most famous works, spoke all over the world in churches, colleges, and universities, taught and counseled others. Some of the collection is from his time as a professor at Azusa Pacific University. This collection is especially useful for research on the life and theology of Richard Foster.


  • 1967-2010


Restrictions on Access

Collection is available for research. Correspondence is restricted. Materials must be reviewed by the archivist before use.

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.


64.25 Cubic Feet (28 record boxes, 34 document boxes, 7 file drawers)


The Richard J. Foster collection includes manuscripts, schedules of speaking engagements, brochures, correspondence, from the Quaker author's writing and speaking career.

Biographical Note

Richard J. Foster is the author of several spiritual books which have appealed to a wide audience since his 1978 publication of The Celebration of Discipline. Although he is ecumenical in focus, his works often reflect Quaker precepts that are described as an attempt to “promote a balanced understanding of the Christian faith.” Foster is the founder of Renovare Spiritual Formation Institute. He has been a frequent speaker in conferences around the world. He is a former pastor of a Quaker congregation that is part of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) and, as a graduate of George Fox College, Newberg, Oregon, he has chosen to house his papers at the combined archives of the University and the NWYM.


Richard Foster


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Guide to the Richard J. Foster Papers
Zoie Clark, Vivienne Inlow, Rachel Thomas
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Language of description
Sponsored by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Edition statement
Second edition of finding aid completed in February 2015

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.