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American Friends Service Committee lantern slides of World War I relief work

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-PA-AFSC

Scope and Contents

This collection contains nearly 1000 lantern slides pertaining to AFSC relief efforts in a variety of European countries in the WWI period. They depict rebuilding efforts, war damage, orphanages, hospitals, other projects, and individuals. There is a large amount of duplication, particularly amongst the France slides. There are several sets of slides of France, and they include some variation but there is significant overlap.

Dates

  • 1914 - 1922

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is available for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to reproduce images must be submitted to the Curator. 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.

Biographical / Historical

English and American Quakers were involved in relief efforts in Europe during and after WWI. These efforts were begun by English Quakers of London Yearly Meeting, and later joined by the American Friends Service Committee. They expanded the scope of their aid from France to also include Russia, Serbia, Poland, Austria, and Germany. The lantern slides of this collection were taken during these relief efforts and, along with lecture notes, sent back home to Friends groups who would use the slides in presentations, usually for fundraising purposes.

Extent

3.4 Cubic Feet (29 lantern slide boxes (2 boxes of PA 193 - France set D; and 3 boxes of each other PA))

Language

English

Overview

English and American Quakers were involved in relief efforts in Europe during and after WWI. These efforts were begun by English Quakers of London Yearly Meeting, and later joined by the American Friends Service Committee. They expanded the scope of their aid from France to also include Russia, Serbia, Poland, Austria, and Germany. The lantern slides in this collection were taken during these relief efforts and, along with lecture notes, sent back home to Friends groups who would use the slides in presentations, usually for fundraising purposes.

Arrangement

This collection is in the order as received. Each PA number represents a slide deck used by the AFSC about the relief work in a particular country. There are several slide decks for France. There is duplication and variation amongst the France sets.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of American Friends Service Committee, circa 1930.

Existence and Location of Copies

All of the slides in this collection have been digitized and are available online at http://triptych.brynmawr.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/SC_Relief. See also exhibit at http://www.swarthmore.edu/library/friends/AFSC/lanternslides.htm
Author
Zoe Peyton Jones
Date
2018
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