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The Brainerd Society, Lafayette College’s first and longest-lived student religious organization, was named in honor of David Brainerd, a young missionary to the Native Americans of the Delaware River Valley Region from 1744 until his death in 1747. The material covers various aspects of the Society, including its founding in 1833 as the Brainerd Evangelical Society, its emphasis on evangelism and foreign mission work, its affiliation with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in 1877, and its various reorganizations and broader social responsibilities in the twentieth century. The records contain minutes, financial accounts, correspondence, writings, and memorabilia.