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Elizabeth Newlin Baker Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-248
Collection contains correspondence and material concerning the Pennsylvania Job Mobilization Program of the late 1930s.


  • 1932-1969


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Collection is open for research.

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


Elizabeth Newlin Baker was a Pennsylvania Quaker peace activist and graduate of Swarthmore College, Class of 1902. This small collection contains drafts of letters she wrote, miscellaneous correspondence received, and papers concerning the Pennsylvania Job Mobilization Program of the late 1930s.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Newlin Baker, Quaker peace activist from Coatesville, Pa., was born in September 29, 1880, the daughter of H. Preston and Eliza Baker. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1902.

She supported many peace organizations operating in association with the Society of Friends. Her correspondence reveals her fear of international communist movements and support of temperance. She supported the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Committee on Race Relations as a correspondent, promoting the agenda of the committee. Another letter shows her association with a goodwill project for German children after WWII. Other letters contain several student peace stamps which she helped promote.

She served as a committee member for the Chester County Job Mobilization Committee. The statewide program, envisioned to create jobs in late 1939 and early 1940 for Pennsylvania's one million unemployed citizens, called for a standing committee in each of Pennsylvania's counties to seek out and create job opportunities.

Elizabeth Baker died in June 1972.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Transfer from Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Date: 1991

Accession number: 93-052

Processing Information

Miscellaneous Quaker publications were removed from the collection and added to FHL reference files.
Finding aid for Elizabeth Newlin Baker Papers, 1932-1969
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  • 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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