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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 16011

Unitarian Service Committee. Administrative Records, 1948-1953.


Records of the Unitarian Service Committee, including correspondence and reports on medical and educational missions conducted in post-war Europe. The records cover 1948-1953.


  • Creation: 1948-1953.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


34 boxes

This collection consists of correspondence and reports on a wide variety of subjects, most of which document the Unitarian Service Committee's activities in post-war Europe. The records document the medical and educational missions the USC conducted in Europe after the war, and there are also reports on child care programs, case work, and other programs administered by the USC in France, Germany, and other countries. Information on funding sources for the work of the Service Committee is also included. The correspondents include USC staff members Howard Brooks, Raymond Bragg, Thomas Pym Cope, Persis Miller, Arthur Lee, and Helen Fogg. Much of this correspondence is with representatives of the United States government, international governments, international relief agencies, and international medical and nutrition projects personnel.

Biographical / Historical

The Unitarian Service Committee was formed as a standing committee of the American Unitarian Association in May 1940. Its purpose was to investigate opportunities in America and abroad for humanitarian service. During and after World War II, the Unitarian Service Committee aided hundreds of displaced persons in occupied countries, allowing many of them to find passage to the United States. The present-day Unitarian Universalist Service Committee continues to endeavor to advance human rights and social justice throughout the world.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

General note

NOTE: For each entry in the following list, the bMS number indicates the collection number, the number after the slash is the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number. Portions of this collection have been digitized for a collaborative project with the U.S. Holocaust Museum and the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine (CDJC), France. Those items have a "See digital image" link.

Unitarian Service Committee. Administrative Records, 1948-1953: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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