Rebecca Timbres Clark's long life spanned the twentieth century and reflects the humanitarian and social work undertaken by the American Friends Service Committee and other Quaker organizations, as well as the personal life of a family with many ties to the Philadelphia and Baltimore Quaker communities, including the Janney, Sinclair, Turner, and Holmes families. The collection contains extensive correspondence, journals (1913-1989), biographical data, articles, speeches, reviews, poetry, pictures, and memorabilia. The collection covers in detail her relief work in eastern Europe and Russia, undertaken by Clark and her first husband, Harry Garland Timbres, a Quaker physician, under the auspices of the American Friends Service Committee. The collection includes material relating to their medical and social work in India working in a school founded by Rabindranath Tagore whose poetry deeply influenced the couple. Rebecca wrote a book, We Didn't Ask Utopia, published in 1939, which describes her work and life with Harry Timbres. Rebecca's subsequent work in Hawaii, as well as later correspondence concerning her work with Friends World Committee and other Quaker organizations, is also covered by collection. In her later years, she worked on her autobiography which remains in multiple draft form. Correspondents include Charles Freer Andrews, Rabindranath Tagore, and Horace Alexander.
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