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Rebecca Mary Hannum correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-303

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the correspondence of Rebecca Mary Hannum (1889-1984) mostly related to work with the American Friends Service Committee in post WWI Germany, 1921-1924. She worked with the AFSC child feeding project in Berlin serving as executive secretary. After the project was transferred to local groups in Germany, Mary Hannum became involved with the Peasant Industries program which supported women's handwork for sale in the United States and elsewhere. Her personal and business letters contain detailed descriptions of relief work in Germany, travel, and administration of the Peasant Industries. Also included are three letters presumably from her brothers sent from Camp Greenleaf Detention Camp, Tennessee, and typed carbons of reports of relief workers in Poland and Russia including a diary of Quaker relief worker Beulah Hurley.

Dates

  • 1918 - 1924

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

Rebecca Mary Hannum was born in 1889, the daughter of Robert Marshall and Ida K. Hannum. The family joined the Society of Friends at Kennett Monthly Meeting in 1904. In 1914, they transferred their membership to Lansdowne Monthly Meeting. Mary attended the George School and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1911.

She worked with the American Friends Service Committee child feeding project in Berlin, Germany, in 1921-1924, serving as executive secretary. During WWI, the AFSC was organized to support and organize alternative service for conscientious objectors and conducted relief efforts in France working with British Quakers. After the war ended, the AFSC worked in relief in Central Europe and Russia as well as a massive effort to feed hungry children in Germany and Austria. The program gradually was transferred to local groups, and Mary Hannum became involved with the administration of the Peasant Industries program which supported women's handwork for sale in the United States and elsewhere. She left Berlin in October 1924, having attended the International Peace Conference in Berlin, held October 2-8, 1924. R. Mary Hannum was a long time employee of the Peasant Shop in Philadelphia and died in Friends Hall, West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1984.

Extent

6 folders

Language

English

Overview

The collection contains the correspondence of Rebecca Mary Hannum (1889-1984) mostly related to her work with the American Friends Service Committee child feeling program in post WWI Germany, 1921-1924 and Peasant Industries, Poland. After the child feeling project was transferred to local groups in Germany, Mary Hannum became involved with the Peasant Industries program which supported women's handwork for sale in the United States and elsewhere. Her personal and business letters contain detailed descriptions of relief work in Germany, travel, and administration of the Peasant Industries. Also included are three letters presumably from her brothers sent from Camp Greenleaf Detention Camp, Tennessee, and typed carbons of reports of relief workers in Poland and Russia including a diary of Quaker relief worker Beulah Hurley.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jason Venuto, great-nephew of Rebecca Mary Hannum. FHL Acc. 2021.011

Title
Rebecca Mary Hannum correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Susanna Morikawa
Date
December 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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