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bMS 16146

Unitarian Service Committee. Executive Director. Records, 1940-1950: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 16146
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Unitarian Service Committee. Executive Director.
Title: Unitarian Service Committee. Executive Director. Records, 1940-1950.
Date(s): 1940-1950.
Quantity: 3 boxes
Abstract: Chiefly the records of Robert Dexter, executive director, 1941-1944, and Charles Joy, executive director, 1944-1946. The collection also includes correspondence from Edward A. Cahill, associate director, 1944-1947; Howard L. Brooks, associate director, 1943-1953, and acting director, July-November 1952, July 1946-March 1947; and other people associated with the Service Committee, such as Noel Field and Elizabeth Dexter.

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

This collection includes the records of Robert Dexter, executive director, 1941-1944, and Charles Joy, executive director, 1944-1946. There is also correspondence from Edward A. Cahill, associate director, 1944-1947; Howard L. Brooks, associate director, 1943-1953, and acting director, July-November 1952, July 1946-March 1947; and other people associated with the Service Committee, such as Noel Field and Elizabeth Dexter. The records document controversies concerning Service Committee members Noel Field, Herta Tempi, and Charles Joy, and the serious financial crisis the Committee faced in the mid-1940s. There are also reports documenting the experiences of refugees in Italy, particularly in Vienna and Bologna, as well as in Czechoslovakia and other parts of Europe.

General

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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