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American Friends Service Committee Refugee Assistance Case Files

Document | Accession Number: 2002.296

Consists of case files concerned primarily with the sponsorship of individuals for immigration to the United States, and the process of their adjustment to America, including job-hunting and the placement of young adults in colleges and training programs. The collection contains a wealth of detail on individual refugees, the bulk of whom were fleeing Nazism, including their origins and their experiences before or during the war and their aspirations and activities in the United States, particularly job-hunting.

The files vary considerably in content and in amount of information they contain, but often include correspondence between case workers and potential employers, as well as between AFSC workers and various advocacy agencies. Also included in some case files is correspondence between the AFSC workers and other Quakers in communities where those immigrants settled and with school officials and medical personnel in regard to the health or academic progress of individual refugees; and letters of recommendation to the AFSC and other agencies on their behalf. Some files contain the results of psychiatric evaluations.

There is a personal name card index to the numerically-arranged files. Not all names in the index are in the files, as the index file includes names of those who applied to, but were not helped by the AFSC. The index also refers to related correspondence not in the case files; in addition, the index identifies not only the applicants themselves, but also correspondence by those who wrote letters in support of or offering sponsorship of refugees' immigration. The cards are color coded, but the key to these color codes has not been located.

A parallel series of numerically-arranged photographs of refugees is also included, as well as a series of case files marked "Casablanca."

Date
1933-1958  (creation)
Language
English
German
Extent
178 cu. ft paper correspondence.
80 linear ft. card index.
3000 photographs.
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