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bMS 16027

Unitarian Service Committee. Administrative Records, New York office, 1944-1949: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library


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Last update 2016 September 4

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
Call No.: bMS 16027
Creator: Unitarian Service Committee.
Title: Administrative Records, New York office,
Date(s): 1944-1949.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: The bulk of this collection documents the activities of the New York office of the Unitarian Service Committee. The records cover 1944-1949.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content

The bulk of this collection documents the activities of the New York office of the Unitarian Service Committee, which functioned as a center for shipping goods to needy people overseas. This office opened in 1942 and Henry Muller, a refugee who directed it during the first five years, operated appeals for clothing, food, medicine, and items such as toilet kits, tools and garden supplies. Total shipments for the peak year, 1946, amounted to more than 1,200,000 pounds. The collection includes correspondence to and from Henry Muller and his assistant, Anne G. Huppman; Herman Ebeling and Erna Sternberg, also from the New York office, and other USC members such as Dorothea B. Jones, who was the assistant to Howard Brooks in Boston.

Other Descriptive Data

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.

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