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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 16035

Unitarian Service Committee. Administrative Records, 1941-1952.


Records of the Unitarian Service Committee's relief work in Europe, as well as their work with other relief agencies. The records cover 1941-1952.


  • Creation: 1941-1952.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


35 boxes

This collection is arranged chronologically. It documents many aspects of the relief work that the Unitarian Service Committee conducted in France, Switzerland, Portugal, Holland, Hungary, Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Several different agencies and organizations are represented, such as the Council of Relief Agencies Licensed for Operation in Germany (CRALOG); the Child Projects Department of the USC, which included the American Youth for World Youth and a home for children in Olesovice, Czechoslovakia; and general reports that describe the relief work that the USC was doing with refugees in France and other countries. Many of these reports describe the conditions of the refugees, and outline the needs of the USC, which include money, clothing, and medical supplies. Individual correspondents include Helen Fogg, Raymond Bragg, Arthur Lee (director in France in 1948), Charles Joy, Noel Field, Ernst Papanek, and Herman Ebeling and Friedl Reifer, who were the two assistant directors from the New York office. Some files on workcamps in the United States and overseas are also included.

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.

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, 1941-1952: 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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