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Rose Dabney Forbes Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-014

Scope and Contents

The material was sent to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection by Mrs. Forbes and includes her personal correspondence and writings as well as records of the many groups with which she worked. Also included are cartoons, photographs, and posters collected by Mrs. Forbes and many of her badges and pins. Two scrapbooks contain clippings about World War I.

For more material on her work as chairman of the Massachusetts Branch of the Woman's Peace Party (DG 43) (League for Permanent Peace from March 6, 1918 until 1920), see the boxes of that organization. See also the papers of Lucia Ames Mead, who was secretary of the national Woman's Peace Party and who worked closely with Mrs. Forbes.

Dates

  • 1914-1924

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Access is provided through microfilm.

The original materials in this collection are stored off-site. Please contact at least Peace Collection staff at: peacecollection@swarthmore.edu at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection to discuss retrieval of off-site materials.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Biographical note

Rose Dabney Forbes (ca. 1875-1947) or Rose Dabney Malcolm Forbes as she also frequently signed her name, a resident of Milton, Massachusetts. She was a woman of considerable means and worked in many causes. Although her main interest was peace and international relations, she also gave her time to the fields of food conservation and child welfare. Forbes was chairman of the Massachusetts Branch of the Woman's Peace Party from 1915 to 1920. Under her leadership the Massachusetts branch helped organize a food conservation program during the First World War, a kitchen and a series of stores that prepared and sold the conserved produce. A program for the proper nutrition and health of young children was another interest of the branch under Forbes. When the Woman's Peace Party became the U.S. section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 1920, Forbes became a member of the Massachusetts branch's Advisory Council. She was also active in many other organizations, including the Massachusetts Peace Society and the National Council for Prevention of War.

Rose Dabney Forbes was a wealthy woman who gave funds to various peace organizations. She was particularly generous to the National Council for Prevention of War, giving that organization $100,000 between 1921 and 1942.

There were a number of other organizations and causes besides peace in which Forbes showed especial interest. The Boston League of Women voters, the Milton Women's Club, and the Women's National Committee for Law Enforcement were among her concerns.

Correspondents and others in the collection are Jane Addams, Fanny Fern Andrews, Katherine Devereux Blake, James MacDonald, Christina Merriman, and Rosika Schwimmer.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (1.25 linear ft.)

Overview

Rose Dabney Malcolm Forbes' (ca. 1875-1947) main interest was peace and international relations, sbut he also gave her time to the fields of food conservation and child welfare. Forbes was chairman of the Massachusetts Branch of the Woman's Peace Party from 1915 to 1920. Under her leadership the Massachusetts branch helped organize a food conservation program during the First World War. In 1920 Forbes became a member of the Advisory Council Massachusetts branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was also active in many other organizations, including the Massachusetts Peace Society and the National Council for Prevention of War. Rose Dabney Forbes was a wealthy woman who gave funds the National Council for Prevention of War, giving that organization $100,000 between 1921 and 1942.

Arrangement

Box 1 contains correspondence of Rose Dabney Forbes and general peace movement material. Box 2 contains documents concerning the various organizations with which Forbes was connected.

Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Forbes and various organizations.

Existence and Location of Copies

Entire collection excluding scrapbooks of newspaper clippings: available on microfilm reel 73.1. Available on interlibrary loan from Swarthmore College.

Related Materials

For related materials, search the library's online catalog.

Separated Materials

Items removed:

  1. Scrapbook of clippings (about the war), 1915
  2. Scrapbook of clippings (many of them about the war), 1915
  3. Peace pins and other badges

Legal Status

Copyright to the materials created by Rose Dabney Forbes has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Copyright to all other materials is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by SCPC staff. This finding aid was prepared by Chloe Lucchesi- Malone, July 2009. This collection was microfilmed under NEH Grant No. RC 27706-77-739.
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