Norman Jehiel Whitney (1891-1967) was a Quaker teacher, writer and devoted peace worker. From 1919-1957, he taught English at Syracuse University (New York), during which time he helped establish and directed for many years the Syracuse Peace Council. He left Syracuse in 1957 to work for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in peace education.
Whitney's major peace work was in the area of counseling conscientious objectors to war (COs), particularly those in Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps. In 1941 he helped establish the New York State Board for Civilian Public Service, which attempted to counsel and assist Conscientious Objectors in New York state. Whitney also served in various positions with the American Friends Service Committee, including Field Representative for New York and New England, National Secretary for Peace Eduction, and as Peace Consultant. His activities sometimes overlapped, and this collection of papers reflects those often dual roles. In the 2001 reprocessing of the papers, it was often difficult to discern which entity Whitney was associated with at the time a particular folder was created, so that the organizing designations used below should be not be considered as entirely definite.
Correspondents include Stephen G. Cary, Harrop A. Freeman, Paul Comley French, Paul J. Furnas, Philip E. Jacob, Abraham Kaufman, Evan W. Thomas, Robert S. Vogel, Mildred C. Whitney, Harold P. Winchester, and many American Friends Service Committee staff members.