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American Friends Service Committee

Identifier: FRG-45

Scope and Contents

The American Friends Service Association collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports of AFSC intervention overseas, various AFSC pamphlets and booklets, and other publications. Dates range from mid-1920s to the late 1970s. The original organization for the collection has been kept with a few exceptions. Upon receiving the collection, mold was discovered and most of the documents had to be scanned onto clean paper. All of these files have remained in the same folder and organization scheme. A box of publications, including pamphlets, informational handouts, and annual reports, was free of mold, but lacked an organizational scheme. This box has been divided into folders including pamphlets, annual reports, AFSC booklets, and publications/advertisements. Box 1- The collection consists of a small amount of American Friends Service Committee material focusing on civil rights in the American South. The material includes correspondence, legal defense documents, participants list, and other organizational material. Box 2- Pamphlets, staff and committee members, by-laws, publications, and advertisements are included in this box. Box 3- This box contains annual reports, conferences, miscellaneous notes for years 1926-1929, service and peace reports, and financial documents.


  • 1920-2008

Biographical or Historical Information

The American Friends Service Committee was formed in 1917. World War 1 inspired a group of Quakers to crease a way to give young peace-minded objectors a way to help in the war effort without violence. AFSC values are based off of Quaker beliefs and include integrity, simplicity, and practicality and the goal of the AFSC is to serve humanity while reaming devout to the idea of nonviolence. The AFSC was the co-recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize in 1947. Some of their main accomplishments include feeding hungry children in Germany and Austria after WWI, sending aid teams to India, China, and Japan after WWII, and aiding civilians of both sides of the Vietnam War. Sources: "Mission, Vision, and Values." American Friends Service Committee. N.p., 24 Feb. 2016. Web. 17 Feb. 2017.

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3 Boxes

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository