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Koinonia Agapes, meaning Fellowship of Love, is a non-profit organization established in 1963 to provide fellowship and support for international students at the University of Maryland and other colleges in the DC metro area. The organization was founded by Dr. Roberta M. Ma, a Chinese biochemist living in University Park, several years after first opening her home to international students looking for a place to gather and make connections with people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. The records document the functions of the organization from its founding and include correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, programs and announcements, newspaper clippings, financial reports, and zoning plans and blueprints from Koinonia Agapes' endeavor to buy a piece of land for an international center for students. Photograph albums, spanning from the 1940s to 1970s, include a combination of personal photographs of Dr. Ma and pictures of Koinonia Agapes social functions. The collection also contains memorabilia items, a Bible, and a signed copy of Dr. Ma's book, China Calls.
Majority of material found within 1963-1976
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6.00 Linear Feet
Guide to the Koinonia Agapes records
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Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Special Collections and University Archives