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Clarence Pickett journals

Identifier: HC.MC-1245

Scope and Contents

This collection contains typescript copies of the journals of Clarence Pickett (1884-1965), the executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee from 1929-1950 and a prominent Quaker. The original journals are held at the American Friends Service Committee archives. The journals record his daily activities of note--interactions with elected officials and other notables, as well as his Quaker activities, speaking engagements and travels. The individual entries vary from short sentences describing his location for days at a time to longer entries which go on for pages, describing his activities and thoughts in detail.

During the time covered by these journals,1933-1965, Pickett worked for a broad range of causes, working to both alleviate suffering where he found it and to address the root causes of that suffering. He attempted to address, among other issues, the plight of distressed coal-mining communities, subsistence homesteads, spiriting harassed Jews out of Nazi Germany, relief of devastated Europe and Asia, labor-management disputes, subsistence housing and cooperative farming for miners, economic assistance to African American slum-dwellers and war-displaced Japanese-Americans, more humane police practices in Philadelphia, and relief for Jewish, Arab, and other refugees, strengthening the United Nations and developing the Quaker program there, and shipping medical supplies to the Soviet Union.


  • 1933 - 1965
  • Majority of material found within 1933 - 1965


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Standard Federal Copyright Law applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Clarence Pickett (1884-1965) was a prominent Friend. The executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee from 1929 to 1950, he was influential in governmental and international circles as well. He served as an advisor to Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy. Eleanor Roosevelt once said that she would "always try to do the things Clarence asks because I have great trust in his judgment."


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This collection consists of typescript copies of the journals of Clarence Pickett (1884-1965), prominent Friend and Executive Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee for 23 years. These journals form a record of Pickett's daily activities promoting peace worldwide between 1933 and 1965.


All volumes except for 1944-1946 (which are loose) are bound. Each volume is highlighted by subject, and most volumes have an index.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deborah Hull gift, 2004.

Existence and Location of Originals

The manuscript copies of these volumes are kept at the American Friends Service Committee archives in Philadelphia.
Clarence Pickett journals, 1933-1965
Jon Sweitzer-Lamme
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