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American Friends Service Committee ephemera collection

Ms. Coll. 31

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the German Society of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
German Society of Pennsylvania: Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library
Creator:
American Friends Service Committee.
Title:
American Friends Service Committee ephemera collection
Date [inclusive]:
1919-1923
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 31
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet (8 folders)
Language:
English
Language of Materials note:
In English with some German
Abstract:
Collection of ephemera related to the relief work carried on by the American Friends Service Committee in Central Europe following the First World War, from 1919 to 1923. It includes AFSC fliers and bulletins, with some items printed in German; ephemera related to a mass meeting and concert for Quaker relief in Vienna held at the Academy of Music in 1922; and clippings about AFSC activities or conditions in Central Europe, mostly from Philadelphia newspapers.
Cite as:
American Friends Service Committee ephemera collection, Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library, German Society of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The American Friends Service Committee was founded in 1917 to coordinate relief activities of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, in the United States. Following the end of the First World War the AFSC fed undernourished children in Central Europe until around 1922. In 1924 the AFSC renewed feeding operations in Germany, funded through the American Committee for Relief of German Children, which had been organized by Henry T. Allen in response to the continued need he observed. The AFSC was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 and its work to relieve human suffering and foster peace continues today.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of ephemera related to the relief work carried on by the American Friends Service Committee in Central Europe, especially Germany and Austria, following the First World War, from 1919 to 1923. It includes AFSC fliers and bulletins, with some items printed in German; one AFSC annual report; ephemera related to a mass meeting and concert for Quaker relief in Vienna held at the Academy of Music in 1922; and clippings about AFSC activities or conditions in Central Europe, mostly from Philadelphia newspapers. Two clippings dated December 1923 concern Henry T. Allen's initiation of the American Committee for Relief of German Children, with the aim of raising money for the AFSC to renew its feeding work in Germany.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

German Society of Pennsylvania: Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library,  2012.01

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Violet Lutz

Sponsor

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from the Max Kade Foundation, as part of the grant project "Retrieval and Cataloging of the German-American Experience, 1918-1960."

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the German Society of Pennsylvania with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Provenance note

These materials were collected during the contemporary period at the German Society of Pennsylvania, which had many members involved in raising funds for relief in Central Europe. In particular, the Women's Auxiliary of the German Society of Pennsylvania, as well as the GSP Foreign Relief Committee collected funds that went directly to the AFSC in the period from 1920 to 1924. Included is one promotional flier for the AFSC presented under cover of a letter of the GSP Foreign Relief Committee.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Related collections at the German Society of Pennsylvania:

American Committee for Relief of German Children ephemera collection

Women's Auxiliary of the German Society of Pennsylvania records

German Society of Pennsylvania records. Foreign Relief Committee

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Brochures
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Manuscripts, American--20th century
  • Manuscripts, German--20th century
  • Printed ephemera
Geographic Name(s)
  • Germany
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Charities
  • Reconstruction (1914-1939)
  • Society of Friends--Charities
  • World War, 1914-1918--Children
  • World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief

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Collection Inventory

Folder

Ephemera, 1919-1922. 5 items. Includes flier with letter from Herbert Hoover to AFSC, 1919; appeal letter, 1921; and items related to "Mass meeting and concert in the interest of providing relief for the destitute university professors, students, artists, and musicians of Vienna," Academy of Music, Dec. 1922.

1

AFSC Bulletins, No. 24, 29, 31, 34, 35, circa 1920-1921. 1 item in German (Bulletin No. 29). The bulletins generally concern conditions in Central Europe and the feeding of German children. Bulletin No. 34 contains an address by Alonzo E. Taylor delivered at the University of Pennsylvania ("An Expert statement of conditions in Central and Eastern Europe").

2

AFSC flier with cover letter from the Foreign Relief Committee of the German Society of Pennsylvania, circa 1920-1921. Letter from GSP signed by Louis H. Schmidt, Chairman, Executive Commitee. AFSC flier entitled "Relief for German Children." The GSP letter refers the reader to "Service Committee Bulletin, No. 25," for details.

3

AFSC Bulletins related to "$3,000,000 campaign, German child feeding, August 1921 to July 1922", circa 1921. In German and English. Includes: Bulletin No. 39, in German; Bulletin No. 39 (2), in English; Bulletin No. 3 [39 (3)?], in German, with heading: "United Relief Committee, F. W. Haussmann, Treas."; and Bulletin No. 4 [39 (4)?], in English.

4

AFSC Bulletin No. 43, "Fourth Annual Report," September 1921.

5

Clippings, 1920-1921. 3 items. In English and German. Includes: "Quakers call on nation to rise in defense of menaced liberty," Philadelphia, Feb. 1920; "What a group of Philadelphians are doing for starving children," by Fullerton L. Waldo, Philadelphia, Public Ledger magazine section, 28 Nov. 1920; and "Wer gibt das Geld für die Quäkerspeisung?" ca. Jan. 1921. The latter is a broadside on newsprint (blank on verso), giving an alphabetical donor list for contributors (individuals followed by orgranizations) to the Quaker feeding operations in Germany in December 1920, published by the AFSC office in Berlin., 1920-1921.

6

Emily G. Balch, "Women's Work for Peace," reprint from The World Tomorrow, vol. 5, no. 10 (November 1922).

7

Clippings, 1922-1923. Includes clippings in English and German, mostly from Philadelphia, with one clipping apparently from a Berlin newspaper; concerning AFSC work or conditions in Central Europe.

8