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Selected records of the Unitarian Service Committee and the Universalist Service Committee

Document | Accession Number: 2011.73 | RG Number: RG-67.028

Contains selected records of the Unitarian Service Committee and Universalist Service Committee relating to relief efforts and assistance to Jewish and non-Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution before, during and after World War II in a number of countries throughout the world, including France, Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, England, Switzerland, and Portugal. The collection includes mainly correspondence, reports, case files, photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia, posters, and clippings related to the humanitarian work of the Unitarian and Universalist Service Committees, also includes poems, writings and drawings by refugees, including some drawings by children, circa 1940. Includes correspondence of Robert Dexter, executive director, 1941-1944; Charles Joy, executive director, 1944-1946; and Raymond Bragg, executive director, 1947-1952; Edward A. Cahill, associate director, 1944-1947; Howard L. Brooks, associate director, 1943-1953; and other people associated with the Service Committee, such as Martha and Waitstill Sharp, Noel Field, Seth Gano, Helen Fogg, and Elisabeth Dexter, and others; correspondence of various organizations that were active in assisting people displaced by World War II, such as the American Christian Committee for Refugees, the American Friends Service Committee, the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, the Refugee Relief Trustees, the Congregational Christian Service Committee, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; correspondence with people who were attempting to get their relatives and friends out of Europe; reports on the work of the Unitarian Service Committee in countries such as France, England, Switzerland, and Portugal, and reports on the work of the Unitarian Home Service Committee in the United States. Includes photographs documenting humanitarian work in many European countries, photographs of some of the children rescued by Martha Sharp; the Diamant sisters, 1942; Mercedes Brown, 1940; and the Theis sisters, 1940, and photographs documenting medical missions in Europe, Israel and Iran, as well as some photographs of key USC members.

Main topics include: relief work in Czechoslovakia, an early efforts on behalf of several agencies to aid the victims of war-torn Europe; case files on individuals the Service Committee tried to assist, including children and several well-known artists and writers; assistance to displaced persons from World War II; medical projects in European countries and Israel; International Refugee Organization projects, International Youth Projects, activities of the new York office of the UUSC for the refugee project; collaborations with the United Nations service efforts; fund-raising programs; youth volunteer projects; and information about Helen Fogg, who was a leading figure in the Service Committee's activities during and after World War II; work of the Committee in children's homes and work camps in Europe after World War II; and assistance to people in finding shelter and employment in the United States.

Harvard Divinity School has made the collection available online:

inclusive:  1935-1957
Case files.
244,026 digital images : JPEG ; 202 GB.
195 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 15:26:48
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