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Harlem Ashram Collected Papers

 Collection — othertype: CDG-A
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Harlem Ashram


Collection consists of one printed letter from Jay Holmes Smith"A Call to a World Brotherhood Mobilization" by Smith, one issue of Play Coop News, and an undated letter from Agnes Ryan to David R. Clark about her plans to open a School of Non-Violence.


  • Majority of material found within 1942-1946

Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Harlem Ashram; in existence from 1940-1947; an interracial pacifist group living together, organized by J. Holmes Smith, a Methodist missionary working in India who had been expelled from India because of his support for Indian independence, and then came to the United States to spread Gandhi's message of pacifism; this ashram was located in Harlem near Fifth Avenue and 125th Street in New York City; residents of the ashram included James Farmer, George Houser, Bayard Rustin and John Swomley at various times, where they considered the potential for transforming satyagraha into a tool in the struggle against racism.


0.08 Linear Feet (1 folder.)

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