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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 16171

Unitarian Service Committee. Administrative Records, 1940-1953.


The bulk of this collection includes correspondence between various members of the Unitarian Service Committee. The records cover 1940-1953.


  • Creation: 1940-1953.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


4 boxes

This collection consists largely of correspondence between various members of the Unitarian Service Committee (USC), such as Raymond Bragg, Howard Brooks, Charles Joy, and Edward Cahill, who were all USC executives. The collection also includes material relating to several other USC staff members, such as Katharine Taylor, Marianne Welter, Helen Fogg, and Gustav Ulrich, who all worked on projects centered on children in Germany. There is also correspondence from such significant figures as Maurice Visscher, who worked on nutritional projects in France; Zoltan Nagy, a Unitarian minister who fled from Hungary to establish himself in the United States; and Ernst Papanek, who worked with American Youth for World Youth. The collection also includes reports that describe case work policies, the relationship of the USC to the UUA, medical missions in Italy, Austria, and Germany, and projects the USC was engaged in at home.

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, 1940-1953: 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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