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Elizabeth Marsh Jensen papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1154

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, articles, and speeches relating to the service work and interests of Elizabeth Marsh Jensen, as well as of Daniel Jensen, her husband.

Collection includes biographical information about Jensen (including her own summary description of her life written in 1987) and her work, beginning as a teacher, and especially her work for the American Friends Service Committee in the U.S. and Mexico, including her work with Spanish Civil War refugees. Materials document the Jensens' life and work on ranches in Colorado and Wyoming, and her political activism. Included is material on the period in 1928, which Jensen spent at the Quaker adult study center in England (Woodbrooke) and at the Quaker adult study center in the United States (Pendle Hill). The collection documents her work as representative to several Quaker organizations, such as Nebraska Yearly Meeting, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and her activities with the Quaker Young Friends group.

Correspondents include: Elizabeth Marsh Jensen, Daniel Jensen, Richard Cheney, Clifford Hansen, Gale McGee, Alan Simpson, Malcolm Wallop, Horace Alexander, Hans Buchinger, Emma Cadbury, Henry Cadbury, Colin Bell, Stephen G. Cary, Harold Chance, Wanneta Chance, Bronson Clark, Eleanor Stabler Clarke, Edwin Duckles, Garnet Guild, Lewis Hoskins, Clarence Pickett, J. Passmore Elkinton, Joan Mary Fry, Herbert Hadley, Alfred Jacob, Elmore Jackson, Margaret Jones, Levi Pennington, Lilly Pickett, Domingo Ricart, Heberto Sein, Suzanne Sein, Gilbert White, E. Raymond Wilson, Asia Bennett, Errol Elliott, Edward F. Snyder, John F. Rich, Jose Ignacio, Indalecio Prieto, Jose Puche, Alfonso Reyes, Herman Reissig, Jose Carner, Gutierre Tibon, Ricardo ViƱos, Ruth Ivor, Anna Brinton, Howard Brinton, Henry Hodgkin, and Jonathan Rhoads.


  • 1912-1989


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Marsh Jensen (1900-1999), daughter of Fred and Ivy Crites Marsh, was born in Nebraska. She graduated from Nebraska Central College (which merged in ca. 1963 with William Penn College), taught school in Nebraska, 1918-1922, and received a Master's in Economics from Haverford College in 1925. A Quaker, she was a member of Nebraska Yearly Meeting (see Nebraska Yearly Meeting folder dated La Grange, Wyoming, 1979). She served in Five Years Meeting of Friends (now Friends United Meeting), and as Young Friends Secretary from 1925 to 1930. She worked towards the establishment of an adult Quaker study center near Philadelphia, Pendle Hill, in 1930, and served on its Board until her marriage, continuing on committees thereafter. After her marriage to Daniel Jensen in 1935, they established the T-Box Ranch near Fort Morgan, Colorado, where their daughter Karen was born in 1936. Jensen worked for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in several capacities: as Home Service and Personnel Director, 1930-1935, and Personnel Director again in 1948. Jensen and her husband served in Mexico for two years, 1940-1941, working with Spanish Civil War refugees, and returned to Colorado in 1941. She worked for the AFSC in Richmond, Indiana, for four months to solicit gifts in kind (grain, potatoes, tomatoes, etc.) in 1946; and in Philadelphia, helping to find staff to work with Palestinian refugees on the Gaza Strip in the late 1940s. Jensen worked for the Des Moines office of AFSC (at least in 1958, possibly for longer). She served on the National AFSC and Des Moines AFSC Boards beginning in 1967. In 1949, the family moved west again, setting up the Double Slash J Ranch where many visitors found hospitality. She served as a delegate to Friends World Committee in 1967, and held many offices in local organizations. Jensen received an honorary doctorate from William Penn University. She often referred to herself as a "ranch wife."

Daniel Jensen (1893-1971) attended Wesleyan University and worked in several capacities for the YMCA. After 1929, he started in the ranching business. He also worked for AFSC for two years among Spanish refugees in Mexico, 1940-1941. He served as YMCA secretary in Omaha, Chicago, Monterey, and Mexico.

(Biographical information from registration forms for the Fourth Friends World Conference, 1967; In Memoriam for Daniel Jensen; EMJ obituary in Friends Journal, February, 2000; and other internal evidence)


5.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes)




Papers of Quaker Elizabeth Marsh Jensen, who worked for the American Friends Service Committee in several capacities, notably in Mexico to assist Spanish Civil War refugees from 1940 to 1941. She was also a businesswoman who successfully ran a ranch in Colorado.


Materials in the collection are arranged in five series: Education and biographical information, Articles, addresses, and other writings, Correspondence, Subject files, and Diaries. Within each series, materials are arranged alphabetically or chronologically.


Gift of Elizabeth Marsh Jensen, 1987

Related Materials

John F. Rich papers, 1902-1986 (MC 880)

Processing Information

Processed by Diana Alten, 1991.

Elizabeth Marsh Jensen papers, 1912-1989
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • October 2020: Reboxed and information updated by Ella Coulton
  • May 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project

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