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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 16024

Unitarian Service Committee. Executive Director. Records, 1941-1953.

Correspondence and reports of many people associated with the Unitarian Service Committee, including: Raymond Bragg (executive director), Howard Brooks (associate director), Edward Cahill (associate director), Lotta Hitschmanova (director of the USC in Canada), Noel Field (European director of the USC), Helen French (director of the Bad Rothenfelde children's home in Germany), Helen Fogg (director of child and youth projects), Varian Fry (founder of the Centre Americain de Secours in Marseille), Seth Gano (vice-chairman of the USC's first Board of Directors), and Charles Joy (executive director). The collection documents the efforts the Unitarian Service Committee made during and after World War II to feed and clothe displaced children and adults in Europe, and to help many of them flee Europe and establish themselves elsewhere.

Dates

  • 1941-1953.

Extent

7 boxes

This collection consists of the correspondence and reports of many people associated with the Unitarian Service Committee. Among the individuals represented in this collection are: Raymond Bragg (executive director), Howard Brooks (associate director), Edward Cahill (associate director), Lotta Hitschmanova (director of the USC in Canada), Noel Field (European director of the USC), Helen French (director of the Bad Rothenfelde children's home in Germany), Helen Fogg (director of child and youth projects), Varian Fry (founder of the Centre Americain de Secours in Marseille), Seth Gano (vice-chairman of the USC's first Board of Directors), and Charles Joy (executive director). The collection documents the efforts the Unitarian Service Committee made during and after World War II to feed and clothe displaced children and adults in Europe, and to help many of them flee Europe and establish themselves elsewhere. Edward Cahill's correspondence concerns Japanese relocation efforts in the United States. The establishment of the USC medical missions is discussed in the files of Howard Brooks. The purpose of these medical missions was to send physicians and scientists overseas to share American medical and scientific techniques with doctors who had suffered from the long blackout on scientific knowledge caused by war and dictatorships.

Biographical / Historical

The Unitarian Service Committee was formed as a standing committee of the American Unitarian Association in May 1940. Its purpose was to be a committee to investigate opportunities both 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.

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.
Title
Unitarian Service Committee. Executive Director. Records, 1941-1953: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div16024

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological 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.

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