The collection is divided into two parts: the work of Beulah Hurley (later Waring) (1896-) primarily conveyed through correspondence, but also some photographs; and the photographs of P. Alston Waring (1895-1978). Although there is no statement by the creator, it is assumed that Waring was the creator.
The correspondence begins in 1918 when Quaker Beulah Hurley heads off to France to provide relief in war-torn areas, such as Sermaize. Her job consists of assistance in providing food aid to the starving population under the direction of Friends' War Victims Relief Committee. In 1919, Hurley moves around Europe, including to Austria and Germany, where she is put in charge of equipment, now working for the American Friends Service Committee. In 1920, she makes note of the Russo-Polish conflict and continues her description of her duties and a conference she attends. In 1921, she continues doing relief work in Poland, and gets her papers for work to continue in Russia. In 1922, already posted in Russia, in Sorochinskoye in Buzuluk district, she keeps a day book containing precise numbers of people assisted and food, medicine and transportation. The work she does and the quantity of people she helps to feed, as well as her own living conditions, is nothing short of amazing.
Some of Hurley's correspondents are also Quakers in Europe assisting in the post-war relief effort, such as Francis Bacon, Anna Haines and Murray Kenworthy. There is a folder of letters from Alston Waring beginning in 1926-28, spiritual in nature, but also about the relationship with Beulah Hurley, which culminates in their marriage in 1928.
P. Alston Waring (1895-1978) was also a Quaker. The photographs comprising volumes I-XII are assumed to all be by Waring. Some of them are professional, others are snapshots. Each volume consists of photographs from a particular geographic area, and the numbers for each volume are given. Volume I contains photographs of local scenery and architecture taken in Europe in 1922; Volume II contains photographs of scenery and people in the Middle East, Greece and Egypt; Volumes III-V contain photographs of scenery, people, sites, and architecture in India; Volume VI contains photographs of people, scenery, streetscapes, architecture and the Great Wall of China; Volume VII contains photographs of people and sites in Paris, Vienna, Eastern Europe and Russia, 1918-22, the latter including images of a food caravan; Volume VIII contains photographs of scenery, architecture and people in California, 1915; Volume IX contains photographs of Central America and California; Volume X contains photographs of India in 1923; Volume XI contains photographs of India and elsewhere; Volume XII contains photographs of India when Beulah Hurley Waring accompanied him in 1952-54, including images of well-digging, tree-planting, Indian daily life, medical clinic, people (including Beulah), ceremonies, projects, the Dalai Lama and intriguingly, Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948).
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