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American Friends Service Committee Reference Files

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-032
Minutes, reports, some correspondence and related papers of Quaker service agencies.

Dates

  • 1916-1944

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

7.5 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Overview

Contains the reference files collected and assembled by American Friends Service Committee over many years to keep it informed of parallel service work by British and Irish Friends. Includes minutes, reports, and related papers of Friends' War Victims' Relief Committee, Friends' Council for International Service, Friends Service Council, and other Quaker relief agencies, mostly under the direction of London and Dublin Yearly Meetings.

Biographical / Historical

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that was founded in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian victims during World War I. Today the AFSC includes people of various faiths and sponsors programs that focus on issues related to economic justice, peace-building and demilitarization, social justice, and youth in the United States, and in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. These reference files were collected and assembled by the American Friends Service Committee over many years to keep it informed of parallel service work by British and Irish Friends in the years 1916-1944.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 8 series. The series are:
  1. Friends' War Victims' Relief Committee
  2. Friends' Council for International Service
  3. Friends Service Council
  4. Other Relief and Related Agencies
  5. Quaker International Centres
  6. Quaker International Relief
  7. International Organizations and Conferences of Friends
  8. Quaker Yearly Meetings in Europe
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Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of American Friends Service Committee, 1981

Related Materials

A comprehensive account of service work of British Friends can be found in vols. 1 and 3 of Quaker Encounters, by John Ormerod Greenwood, published by William Sessions, Ltd., 1977-1978.
Title
An Inventory of the American Friends Service Committee Reference Files, 1916-1944
Author
FHL staff
Date
2000
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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