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bMS 16076

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Audiovisual Records, Photographs, 1940-1980: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 16076
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Title: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Audiovisual Records, Photographs, 1940-1980.
Date(s): 1940-1980.
Quantity: 14 boxes
Abstract: Photographs of relief efforts by the UUSC throughout Europe, the United States, and other countries. The records cover 1940-1980.

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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.

Scope and Contents

The photographs in this collection document the relief efforts of the Unitarian and Universalist Service Committees in a number of countries throughout the world, including France, Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. During and after World War II, the Unitarian Service Committee administered 10 homes for displaced and unaccompanied children in the British Zone of Germany, in cooperation with the International Relief Organization of the United Nations and the British Control Commission. The Arbeiterwohlfahrt, an anti-Nazi German workers' organization that had been suppressed under Hitler, also participated in directing these homes. The Service Committees were also very active in France, offering medical assistance, shelter, food, and clothing to many victims of war in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Meillon, Monnetier, Modane, St. Goin, St. Jean de Luz, and Toulouse. 
This collection also includes photographs of many key USC members, such as William Emerson, Duncan Howlett, Elizabeth and Robert Dexter, Persis Miller, Gustav Ulrich, Helen Fogg, Charles Joy, and Noel Field. It also includes photographs of some of the children rescued by Martha Sharp; the Diamant sisters, 1942; Mercedes Brown, 1940; and the Theis sisters, 1940. 

General

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.

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