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Wilbur K. (Wilbur Kelsey) Thomas Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-149

Scope and Contents

The collection contains biographical material, correspondence (1918-1933), speeches and writings relating to his work with the AFSC and as a pastor in Quaker communities. Topics covered include peace, civil liberties, social service, prisons, and relief activities in Russia in 1922, as well as his Ph.D. dissertation, "the Social Service of Quakerism."

Dates

  • 1914-1933

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

Wilbur K. Thomas (1882-1953), a Quaker born in Indiana, was executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee from 1918 to 1929. He graduated from Friends University in 1904, served as pastor of various Quaker churches, graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1907, earned a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1914, and was a member of Boston Friends Meeting after 1909. He was director of the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia from 1930 to 1946.

Extent

0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Wilbur K. Thomas (1882-1953), a Quaker born in Indiana, was executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee from 1918 to 1929. He graduated from Friends University in 1904, served as pastor of various Quaker churches, graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1907, earned a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1914, and was a member of Boston Friends Meeting after 1909. He was director of the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia from 1930 to 1946. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence (1918-1933), speeches and writings relating to his work with the AFSC and as a pastor in Quaker communities. Topics covered include peace, civil liberties, social service, prisons, and relief activities in Russia in 1922, as well as his Ph.D. dissertation, "the Social Service of Quakerism."

Arrangement

The collection is divided into six series:
  1. Biographical material
  2. Correspondence
  3. Addresses and writings
  4. AFSC Archives
  5. Pictures
  6. Miscellaneous reference material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information

Donor: Elizabeth Thomas, 1956

The collection was given by the widow of Wilbur K Thomas.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. American Friends Service Committee Archives, Philadelphia, Pa.

Processing Information

The papers were received unprocessed; they were sorted and arranged by FHL staff.
Title
Wilbur K. (Wilbur Kelsey) Thomas Papers, 1914-1933
Author
FHL staff
Date
1957
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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