Rachel Josephine Andresen papers: 1948-1986 (bulk 1955-1970)
Summary Information
Title: Rachel Josephine Andresen papers
Creator: Andresen, Rachel Josephine, 1907-1988
Inclusive dates: 1948-1986
Bulk dates: 1955-1970
Extent: 2 linear feet
Abstract:
Founder of Youth for Understanding, teenage exchange program. Papers include correspondence, newspaper articles, and subject files relating to Youth for Understanding; also photographs.
Call number: 89475 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Linda Wojtanik, 1989

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Papers were acquired from Ada Rose Loebe (donor no. 7688) in 1989.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Rachel Josephine Andresen papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Rachel Josephine Andresen, founder of Youth for Understanding Teenage Exchange Program, was born in Deerfield, Michigan on April 8, 1907. She was the daughter of Reverend Earl R. Mills, a Methodist minister, and Josephine Mills.

Rachel was educated at Adrian High School and took special training at the Detroit Conservatory of Music. She married Henry C. Rose on July 27, 1927. He died six years later and Rachel was left to raise their three children alone.

Rachel continued her education and received a B.S. in Education from Wayne State University in 1937. Further studies earned her a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1943. During the mid 1940s, Rachel worked in various capacities in group counseling, as a camp director and as race relations and social action director for the Michigan Council of Churches. She married Arvid Andresen, a landscape architect, in 1947 and they settled in South Lyon, Michigan.

In 1951, while serving as executive director of the Ann Arbor-Washtenaw Council of Churches, Mrs. Andresen was asked to assist local Rotary clubs in locating homes for 75 German teenagers. These youngsters were selected by the U. S. State Department in an effort to counteract the bitterness and disillusionment of youth in post World War II Germany. The program's purpose was to acquaint students with American family and community life by having them live with an American family and engage in general high school studies.

Mrs. Andresen was asked officially to supervise the program in 1952 by the Rotarians and the State Department. Later, the project was adopted by the Michigan Council of Churches. The program was expanded to include students from other countries and also to provide for American students to go abroad for study, making it truly an exchange program.

As director of the program, Mrs. Andresen traveled abroad extensively, visiting host families and overseeing the supervision of all students. In 1964, Youth for Understanding was legally separated from the Council of Churches and was incorporated under the laws of Michigan as an independent, non-profit corporation. Mrs. Andresen was elected by the new Board of Directors as director of the program. She held this position until her retirement in 1973.

During her lifetime, Mrs. Andresen received numerous awards and citations which included honorary doctorate degrees, citations from U. S. presidents, governors, the State of Michigan, foreign governments, the United Nations and many other organizations. In 1958, she was presented the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit by President Heuss of the Federal Republic of West Germany. In 1964, she was presented the Order of Merit of the Lion of Finland by President Kekkonen. In 1968, the Ministry of Education of Brazil awarded Mrs. Andresen the Grand Cross of the Order of the Albatross and the Gold Medal of Marechal Rondon.

In 1974, Mrs. Andresen was appointed by Governor William Milliken to the newly-formed Commission for Volunteers in Michigan. Later, that same year, Mrs. Andresen won the Republican nomination for Supervisor in Green Oak Township.

Mrs. Andresen held the position of Honorary International President of the Youth for Understanding Teenage Exchange Program until her death at 81 on November 3, 1988.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers of Rachel J. Andresen cover the years 1948 to 1986, primarily 1955-1970, and measure two linear feet. Papers include correspondence, newspaper articles, and subject files relating to Youth for Understanding; also photographs.

The files are arranged alphabetically and divided into subject headings. Included is background information on Youth for Understanding, the Michigan Chorale, and the Wind Ensemble, correspondence, photographs, publications, newspaper articles and newsletters.

The papers focus primarily on Youth for Understanding (background, publications, newsletters, bylaws, and guidelines). The most extensive papers include student placement lists. These student lists include names of American and foreign students that have participated in the program and host families in the United States as well as abroad.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Youth.
  • Concerts.
  • Rites and ceremonies.
  • Tourism.
  • Photographs.
  • Youth for Understanding (Organization)
  • Andresen, Rachel Josephine, 1907-1988.
  • Michigan Chorale.
  • Youth for Understanding (Organization)
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Topical Files [series]
Box   1  
Andresen, Rachel Background Information
Box   1  
Application Information
Box   1  
Area Representatives Material 1969-1971
Box   1  
Conferences and Workshops 1960-1979
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
Andresen, Rachel 1955-1956, 1964, 1984
Box   1  
Foreign Students 1959
Box   1  
State Department 1955
Box   1  
Financial Reports 1957-1958, 1963, 1972
Box   1  
Fund Raising 1969
 
Guidelines
Box   1  
High Schools
Box   1  
Host Families
Box   1  
Students
Box   1  
Hammarskjold Society
Box   1  
Home Call Reports 1959
 
Hopkins, Ardell Robbins Sankey
Box   1  
Dissertation 1982
Box   1  
Inter-American Conference III 1968
Box   1  
Inter-American Conventions 1966-1967
Box   1  
Loutit Foundation Grant 1969
Box   1  
Mexican Summer Program 1962, 1965-1966
Box   1  
Michigan Chorale

(see also Photographs)

Box   1  
Miscellaneous
Box   1  
National Alumni Affairs
 
National Catholic Welfare Conference 1953-1971
Box   1  
Correspondence
Box   1  
Program Report
Box   1  
National Committees 1965, 1969
 
Newsletters
Box   1  
Exchange 1969-1971, 1986
Box   1  
INTERCOM 1975
Box   1  
International, 1977
Box   1  
M/S Aurelia 1966, 1968-1969
Box   1  
Newspaper Articles
 
Overseas Program
Box   1  
Guidebook
Box   1  
Viewbook
 
Photographs
Box   1  
Andresen, Rachel
Box   1  
Michigan Chorale
 
Program Report 1953
Box   1  
German Teenagers in Michigan
 
Promotion
Box   1  
1958
Box   1  
1959
Box   1  
1960
Box   1  
1962-1963
Box   1  
1965
Box   1  
1967-1969, 1972
Box   1  
1980
Box   1  
1983-1984
Box   2  
Publications
Box   2  
Reunion of YFU Students July 1981
 
Rose, Oliver T.
Box   2  
Dissertation 1969
 
Rupert, Hubert
Box   2  
Publications 1964, 1968
Box   2  
Shipboard Information 1965-1966, 1968-1969
 
Student Placement Book
 
Foreign
Box   2  
1979
Box   2  
1982
Box   2  
1983-1984
 
Student Placement Lists
 
American
Box   2  
1955, 1958, 1960
Box   2  
1962-1963, 1971
 
Foreign
Box   2  
1953-1959
Box   2  
1960-1962
Box   2  
1963-1964
Box   2  
1965-1968
 
Student Totals
 
American and Foreign
Box   2  
1951-1973
Box   2  
Wind Ensemble
 
Youth for Understanding
Box   2  
Background
Box   2  
By-laws
Box   2  
Manuscript History