Quaker Emergency Services Records
Span Dates: 1941-1948
Volume: 4 folders
The Quaker Emergency Services collection is organized into four folders: the group's general records, including the initial plan and charter; the records of the Civilian Readjustment Committee, the post-war arm of the group; information on a project in Brazil; and writings by people outside the group. Of interest are transcript talks given by Peter F. Amoroso of the New York Department of Correction, and Austin H. MacCormick of the Osborne Association.
The Quaker Emergency Service was founded in January, 1942, by members of the combined Peace and Service Committees of the two New York Monthly Meetings. Josiah P. Marvel was named Chairman. Quaker Emergency Service was originally an alternative for conscientious objectors, authorized by New York Office of Civilian Defense. The goal of the group was to provide manpower and funding for already approved existing projects. Additionally, they provided training for people going into the Civilian Public Service Camps and they worked to organize neighborhoods to deal with the war.
After the war, the group formed the Civilian Readjustment Committee and began to work with psychiatric institutions to rehabilitate those suffering from after-effects of the war. They focused particularly on male homosexuals and criminals.
A finding aid is available online.
The Quaker Emergency Service Records are held in the Friends Historical Library (FHL)at Swarthmore College. More information about the collection can be obtained from the FHL staff at the following web address.
Friends/Quakers | Quaker Emergency Services | New York | South America