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bMS 16081

Unitarian Service Committee. Executive Director. Records, 1941-1951: A Finding Aid.

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


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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 16081
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Universalist Service Committee. Executive Director.
Title: Unitarian Service Committee. Executive Director. Records, 1941-1951.
Date(s): 1941-1951.
Quantity: 17 boxes
Abstract: This collection contains the records of various acting and executive directors of the Unitarian Service Committee. The records cover 1941-1951.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Unitarian Service Committee (USC) was formed as a standing committee of the American Unitarian Association in May 1940. Its purpose was to investigate opportunities 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

This collection includes the records of Raymond B. Bragg, executive director, 1947-1952; Howard L. Brooks, associate director, 1943-1953, and acting director, July-November 1952, July 1946-March 1947; Charles Joy, executive director, 1944-1946; and Helen Fogg, director of child and youth projects. It also includes correspondence from USC staff members who worked with individuals who were attempting to flee Europe after World War II. Some of these case workers were Erna Pustau, Friedl Reifer, and Persis Miller.
The files in this collection cover a wide variety of subjects, focusing mainly on the work of the USC during and after World War II in France, Germany, Poland, Austria, and other parts of Europe, as well as in Canada and the United States. The correspondence deals with such subjects as the displaced intellectuals in Europe who were assisted by the USC; the work of various institutes for child care in Germany; and the plight of Spanish refugees in France. The USC had a program of workcamps for young people who wished to volunteer for service in the United States and abroad, and there are reports, correspondence, and applications concerning the workcamps in this collection. After World War II the Unitarian Service Committee sponsored a number of medical missions in various parts of Europe, and this collection includes information about some of those missions. There is also considerable correspondence about fund raising and public relations for the USC, which includes the correspondence of Elizabeth Schoppe, who was the USC promotional director.


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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