Series 159/25 - Papers of General Secretary Charles Troutman

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AU AU-MTC 159/25


Papers of General Secretary Charles Troutman


  • 1953-1967 (Creation)

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Loose papers in manila folders

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The Inter Varsity Fellowship in Australia formed in 1936 from a network of groups at universities around the country. They had begun to form as a result of Howard Guinness' Australian tours in 1930 and 1933-4. In 1947 the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students was founded, and in 1973 the Australian IVF changed its name to the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

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Charles Troutman was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, and studied at Wheaton College. Illinois. In 1942 he married Lois Dickason. In 1936 Charles became a staff member with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in Canada, then was sent to Michigan in 1939. After military service he became Associate General Secretary of IVF in the US from 1946-1953. He and his family moved to Australia and in 1954 Troutman became General Secretary of IVF Australia. In 1961 he became General Director, and served on the executive committee of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. In 1966 he joined Latin America Mission and moved to Costa Rica. He retired in 1979 and he and Lois moved to Arizona. Charles died in 1990 and Lois in 1991.

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Mostly correspondence, as well as brochures and other ephemera, created and collected by Charles Troutman in his capacity as General Secretary of IVF Australia and General Director of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship in Chicago.

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