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Call No.: bMS 16036
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Unitarian Service Committee. Director, Child and Youth Projects.
Title: Unitarian Service Committee. Director, Child and Youth Projects. Records, 1947-1961.
Quantity: 8 boxes
Abstract: Chiefly the correspondence of Helen Fogg, director of the Child and Youth Projects Department of the Unitarian Service Committee. The collection also includes case work department records relating to its work with the International Refugee Organization and the Displaced Persons Commission, Washington.
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.
The bulk of this collection consists of the correspondence of Helen Fogg, who was director of the Child and Youth Projects Department. This department was in charge of the child care program in Germany and the Bremen Neighborhood House, which was begun in 1950 as an experiment in community development. Fogg had a far-reaching vision for her work, and thought that the model of the medical missions could be applied to social work education, which was reflected in the eventual change in the name of the department to the Social Work and Education-Overseas Department.The first three boxes of this collection also include case work department records. The USC case work department worked with the International Refugee Organization (IRO) and the Displaced Persons Commission, Washington (DPC), in the resettlement of displaced persons. The task of the IRO was to care for the Displaced Persons in the DP camps in Europe, providing shelter and food for them. The DPC was the administrative body of the U.S. Government in executing the Displaced Persons Act of 1948, which allowed 205,000 displaced persons to immigrate to the United States. The Displaced Persons Act of 1948 requested that job, housing, and inland transportation be assured for the displaced persons. The Commission relied upon the cooperation of voluntary agencies for the securing of these assurances. The Unitarian Service Committee was one organization which worked toward providing those assurances concerning individuals interested in immigrating to the United States. Many of these records consist of the correspondence of Erna Pustau, a case worker, and Raymond Bragg, executive director from 1947 to 1952.
The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates 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.