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Henry Joel Cadbury papers


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Henry Joel Cadbury graduated from Haverford College (A.B. 1903) and Harvard University (M.A. 1904 and Ph.D. 1914). From 1910-1919 he was Assistant Pro0fessor of Biblical Literature at Harvard University, also teaching at Andover Theological Seminary and at Episcopal Theological School. Cadbury was professor of Biblical Literature at Bryn Mawr College from 1926 to 1934 when he returned to Harvard as Hollis Professor of Divinity. He retired from that post in 1954.

Cadbury served as a trustee and director of Bryn Mawr College for many years and was Chairman for the Board of Directors from 1956 to 1969. He was one of the foudners of the American Friends Service Committee in 1917 and Chairman of that organization 1928-34, 1944-60. AFSC won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Britain's Service Council in 1947.

The Henry Joel Cadbury papers holds the papers of the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) Family Planning and Population Education Committee relating to a special report being prepared for publication on the subject of abortion. The collection, which is from around 1965-1971, sheds light on the Quaker opinion on abortion, contraceptives, and sex education during the late 1960s-early 1970s.

The collection is divided between two boxes. The first of these contains 22 folders and primarily contains information AFSC Family Planning and Population Education Committee and their report on abortion. The second box contains 5 folders, and contains a collection of reports from various family planning clinics and administrators abroad.

Box 1 contains a manuscript, draft, and working papers for a book entitled "Who Shall Live?" It also contains materials related to the Committee on Family Planning and Population Education, a volunteer promotion kit for "Who Shall Live?," the "Report on Family Planning Services for Medically Indigent Families in Philadelphia," and the Committee on Family Planning and Population Education international reports. Box 2 consists of more material related to the Committee on Family Planning and Population Education, but from their clinics abroad. There are folders relating specifically to Latin America; Africa (general); Uganda, Togo, and Kenya; Algeria to 1966; and Algeria since 1966.

Originally solely an ethical and religious consideration of abortion, "Who Shall Live?" also discusses euthanasia, birth control, and population control from a Quaker perspective. The book supports access to abortion and contraceptives and quality sex education, and opens the conversation to discuss euthanasia and end-of-life support. As a whole, the collection illuminates Quaker opinion on topics that are still hotly debated today.

It is not known how this collection came to the Archives.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
March 28, 2017
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