Skip to main content
Archives & Manuscripts

Norman J. Whitney Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-061

Scope and Contents

This collection consists mostly of Whitney's files on his work for conscientious objectors and the Civilian Public Service system in the 1940s.

Dates

  • 1938-1967

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Yes, the records of this collection are restricted until the year 2020.

Copyright and Rights Information

Personal information from this collection must be disguised and the identity of the individual/s concerned not be disclosed. Researchers wishing to use the collection must sign a form agreeing to this stipulation.

Biographical

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.

Extent

7.5 Linear Feet (7.5 linear ft.)

Overview

Norman Jehiel Whitney (1891-1967) was a Quaker teacher, writer and devoted peace worker. From 1919-1957 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of his sister Mildred C. Whitney, the Syracuse Peace Council & the American Friends Service Committee.

Related Materials

Syracuse Peace Council (CDG-A)

Related Materials

For related materials search the library's online catalog

Separated Materials

A set of "Spectator Papers," edited by Whitney (from January 1943 until his death in 1967) was removed to the Periodical Collection. This set is not complete.

Legal Status

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed & checklist revised by Anne Yoder in November, 2001; this finding aid was prepared by Chloe Lucchesi- Malone in August, 2009.

Creator

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Find It at the Library

Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting Swarthmore College Peace Collection Library

Contact:
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore 19081-1399 USA US
610-328-8557
610-328-8544 (Fax)