Theodore Brinton Hetzel papers and graphics
Scope and Contents note
Letter writers include: Hugh Borton, John Coleman, Ada Deer, Elihu Grant, Fritz Janschka, George McGovern, Arthur E. Morgan, Walter Taylor and Gilbert White.
All correspondence dates are standardized rather than transcribed, viz: yr mo/day.
Though not all letters are listed individually, those that are highlighted are done so on the basis of content of the letter or historical importance of the letter writer.
An addition to the Hetzel papers is in boxes 1-17 & 20-26. Boxes 18 & 19 were received earlier and their accession numbers are not recorded.
- 1866-1987 (bulk 1930s-1980s)
- Hetzel, Theodore Brinton, 1906-1990 (Person)
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Hetzel served on the Indian Committees of the American Friends Service Committee and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In 1955, the Indian Rights Association asked him to join its board of directors. In 1969 the Association appointed him its executive director and editor of its publication, Indian Truth. In 1971 he was named general secretary. Adopted by the Seneca Indians, he was given the Indian name “Our friend.” An avid photographer, Hetzel was a contract photographer for Haverford College for a number of years. His photographs were also used for Friends’ periodicals and for projects with which he was affiliated.
Hetzel was a member of Quaker organizations which worked with Native Americans, perhaps especially American Friends Service Committee. Among the projects with which he was connected was the Friends Kinzua Dam Project. In the 1950s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned a dam named Kinzua on the Allegheny which would flood nearly the entire Seneca reservation, but would protect the city of Pittsburgh. However, there was an alternative: by utilizing a naturally occurring glacier hole to create a reservoir, the Conewango dam would produce three times as much flood water at less cost than Kinzua. The Seneca asked that this alternative be investigated prior to final decision, though the Corps of Engineers was adamant. The Friends group worked to alleviate this situation.
Information from internal evidence and the Dictionary of Quaker Biography.
13 Linear Feet (26 boxes)
Custodial History note
Processing Information note
Finding aid entered into the Archivists' Toolkit by Garrett Boos.
- American Friends Service Committee
- Associated Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs
- Borton, Hugh
- Coleman, John Royston
- Deer, Ada Elizabeth
- Grant, Elihu, 1873-1942
- Haverford College
- Haverford College -- Buildings
- Haverford College -- Pictorial works
- Haverford College -- Sports
- Hetzel, Theodore Brinton, 1906-1990
- Indians of North America
- Indians of North America -- Government relations
- Janschka, Fritz
- Kinzua Dam (Pa.)
- McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922-
- Morgan, Arthur E. (Arthur Ernest), 1878-1975
- Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Library
- Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Indian Committee
- Quaker church buildings
- Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987
- Seneca Indians
- Society of Friends
- Society of Friends -- Indian affairs
- Taylor, Walter
- White, Gilbert F.
- family papers
- manuscripts (documents)
- Theodore Brinton Hetzel papers and graphics, 1866-1987 (bulk 1930s-1980s)
- Haverford College Library Special Collections
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project. Finding aid entered into the Archivists' Toolkit by Garrett Boos.
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