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Bliss Forbush Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-043

Scope and Contents

The Bliss Forbush Papers contain the papers of Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator and author, and reveal a detailed picture of Quaker life in Baltimore, Maryland for most of the 20th century.

Dates

  • circa 1915-1945

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 of 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.

Biographical / Historical

Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator, and author, served as the Headmaster of Baltimore Friends School, Chairman of Friends General Conference, and Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting. He was born in 1896, the son of William B. and Maud Forbush. He married E. La Verne Hill (1894-1990) in 1915.

Most of the material in this collection is in the form of scrapbooks kept by Bliss Forbush. They record his work as Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, 1921-1943, as Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1928-1943, and as Instructor in Bible, 1923-1960 and later Headmaster of Friends School, Baltimore, 1943-1960. He was Chairman of Friends General Conference 1941-1949. He also served as a member of the American Section of the World Council of Churches, 1941-1950 and as a delegate to the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1948. He was President of the Board of Trustees of The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital from 1961-1971. For complete biographical information see Who's Who in America v.33, 1964-65.

    TIME LINE OF SERVICE
  • 1921-1943 Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting
  • 1928-1943 Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting
  • 1923-1960 Instructor of the Bible
  • 1941-1949 Chairman of the Friends General Conference
  • 1941-1950 Member of American Section of the World Council of Churches
  • 1943-1960 Headmaster of Friends' School, Baltimore
  • 1948 delegate to the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches
  • 1961-1971 President of the Board of Trustees of The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital

Extent

11.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes (and 49 volumes))

Language

English

Overview

Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator, and author, served as the Headmaster of Baltimore Friends School, Chairman of Friends General Conference, and Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting. The collection contains many of his scrapbooks, including “A Forbush Chronicle” is the three volume manuscript 1896-1976, with additions to 1979, of his autobiography. Also in this collection are the manuscripts of Elias Hicks, Quaker Liberal, and A History of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends, and notes for Moses Sheppard, Quaker Philanthropist of Baltimore. Also includes a small collection of correspondence and papers of his wife, La Verne Hill Forbush.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:
  1. Bliss Forbush
  2. LaVerne Forbush
  3. William Byron Forbush
  4. Forbush Family
Series I is majority of the collection, and within this Series, the material is divided into subseries:
  1. “A Forbush Chronicle” (autobiography of Bliss Forbush)
  2. “The Treasure Chest,” 1915-1978
  3. “My Baltimore Book,” 1921-1943
  4. “Baltimore Yearly Meeting Advancement Committee,” 1928-1943
  5. World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, 1948
  6. Album. (mostly correspondence)
  7. Books and articles
  8. Miscellaneous correspondence and paper
  9. Memorabilia

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Bliss Forbush, 1960-1985

Related Materials

See also:
  1. RG 1 World Council of Churches: Forbush correspondence

Separated Materials

The following materials were removed from the collection and recatalogued:
  1. Baltimore Yearly Meeting material was added to reference files on individual meetings in PG 1 or to RG 2/ Meeting Records
  2. Correspondence and reports of the Standing Committee on the Indian Concerns placed with that Committee in RG 2
  3. Early history of Swarthmore College placed in RG 6
  4. Some of the Elias Hicks material added to Hicks MSS
  5. Most printed material was catalogued separately

Processing Information

Originally catalogued as MSS collection. Transferred to RG5 and additions incorporated in 1986. At that time, additional material collected by Bliss Forbush as background for his writtings was placed in other, more appropriate collections. Baltimore Yearly Meeting material was added to reference files on individual meetings in PG 1 or to RG 2 / Meeting Records. Correspondence and reports of the Standing Committee on the Indian Concerns placed with that Committee in RG 2. Early history of Swarthmore College placed in RG 6. Some of the Elias Hicks material added to Hicks MSS. Most printed material was catalogued separately.

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Bliss Forbush Papers, circa 1915-1945
Author
FHL staff
Date
1986
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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