Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Administrative Records, ca. 1935-2006.
Biographical / Historical
Both the Unitarians and Universalists had long histories of being strong supporters of social service activities in the United States and abroad. Between World War I and World War II, the Unitarian publication, the Christian Register, and the Universalist publication, the Christian Leader, helped to address issues of fascism abroad. The Unitarians especially became known for their humanitarian actions during World War II. They set up offices in such places as Prague; Czechoslovakia; Lisbon, Portugal; and Geneva, Switzerland; and sent representatives such as Martha and Waitstill Sharp who assisted Jewish and non-Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Prague, Czechoslovakia; and Pau, France, a region of the Basse Pyrenees in France. Another Unitarian representative, Noel Field and his wife Herta Field worked in a USC office in Marseille, France, and later opened an office in Geneva, where they also assisted refugees fleeing from Nazi occupied lands. Both the Unitarians and Universalists supported medical missions around the world following World War II and continuing after their union in 1963.
- Series I. UUSC general historical records, ca. 1938-1993
- Series II. UUSC war records
- Series III. UUSC post-war records
- Series IV. UUSC medical mission records, 1940-1996
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Administrative Records, ca. 1935-2006: A Finding Aid.
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