Scope and Contents
The Papers of Edward Evans consist of correspondence, administrative files, minutes of meetings, financial statements, flyers, leaflets, and miscellaneous documents from the years 1916-1922. The papers largely reflect his involvement in Fellowship of Reconcilation and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings Peace Committee. Much of the correspondence was penned by Evans and includes information on the Fellowship of Reconcilation members of the American Friends Reconstruction Unit (1917-1918), the Conference of Christian Pacifists (1917-1918), work on the committee which made arrangements for the American Delegation to the London Conference of All Friends held in London (1920), and the publication The World Tomorrow.
Correspondents include: Roger N. Baldwin, Gilbert A. Beaver, William C. Biddle, Henry J. Cadbury, Noble S. Elderkin, Walter G. Fuller, Floyd Hardin, Henry T. Hodgkin, Paul Jones, Rufus M. Jones, Mary Kelsey, Scott Nearing, Vincent D. Nicholson, Norman Thomas, Wibur K. Thomas, Anne Garrett Walton, Robert Whitaker, L. Hollingsworth Wood, and Walter C. Woodward.
Additional information on Edward Evans may be found within the Peace Collection in the Fellowship of Reconciliation, USA collection (DG 13) Series A, Box 1 which contains correspondence. Additionally, this Evans collection contains information from a few years of his life and addresses only a few aspects of his life. Some additional information on his life is available in the Haverford College Quaker Collection.
Edward Wyatt Evans (1882-1976) was born January 31, 1882 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1898. Evans received an A.B. from Haverford College in 1902, an A.B. from Harvard University in 1903, and an LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1907. He married Jacqueline Pascal Morris September 15, 1911. Evans served as a member of the board of managers of Haverford College from 1912 to 1965 and was secretary of the board from 1925 to 1943. He was a lifelong member of the Germantown Monthly Meeting and was active in the Friends Peace Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, serving as co-chairman from 1937 to 1939. Evans was secretary of the Yearly Meeting (Arch Street) from 1938 to 1946. He served on the board of directors of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Committee of Pendle Hill, and of the White Williams Foundation. Evans was instrumental in thefounding of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), and was the executive secretary from 1916-1919. During the 1920s, he was associated with the University of Pennsylvania, teaching and writing on international law. For more than sixty years. Evans was active in educational and peace programs of the Society of Friends. He died on May 26, 1976 at Foulkeways, Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.