Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Friday, September 30, 1977

Master Bookbinder Max Adjarian moves to Renaissance

Photo of Max Adjarian, 23-yr old French bookbinder
for Cornell University, 1953

[ed. - Max Adjarian moved his bindery to Renaissance and trained members in his trade. See also this touching remembrance by his daughter, M. M. Adjarian: "What Abides."]

From the Lodi News-Sentinel December 23, 1953:
Cornell Bookbinder Got Start In War

The banning of Boy Scout meetings in occupied France during World War II started a young Parisian on a hobby that led him to the Cornell University library as a bookbinder.

When the meetings were banned in France in 1942, Max Adjarian and two other scouts decided to teach themselves how to bind books. Two years later, Adjarian packed a ton of equipment and set out for America. He visited Ithaca residents, liked the city and the Cornell campus. He applied for work and was quickly accepted.

Victor Emanuel of New York, Cornell alumnus and trustee who donated Cornell's Wordsworth collection, helps to sponsor Adjarian's work of restoring rare volumes from that collection and others in the library.
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