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Dan Wilson Memoir: Relief, Rehabilitation and Hope: A.F.S.C Work in Germany and Austria


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Dan Wilson first became acquainted with the Society of Friends in 1936, and eventually officially joined with his wife, Rosalie, in 1943. They lived in Whittier, California with their two children, Mickey and Larry, who were six and two respectively in 1948. The couple were active members of the Whittier First Friends Church. Wilson was hired by the AFSC in 1947 to raise funds for foreign relief and reconstruction projects, concentrating in Southern California. He then joined the Pasadena Shares initiative which created a "sister city" relationship between the city of Pasadena and Ludwigshafen to encourage comprehensive war relief. In coordination with the AFSC and Pasadena Shares, Wilson embarked on a months-long journey to Ludwigshafen, Germany beginning on June 1, 1948. Wilson returned to the US on September 5th, 1948 in New York, traveling to Philadelphia to debrief his work to the AFSC headquarters and then returning home to Pasadena on September 20th.

Following his travels, Wilson continued to work on projects with the AFSC and other organizations such as C.O.R.E (Committee on Racial Equality). Wilson and Rosalie's third child, Kathleen Deborah, was born in 1950. In 1952, Wilson shifted from outreach work and became acting director of Pendle Hill and eventually graduated to official director until 1980, working frequently with Douglas Van Steere, who served as clerk at the time.

Sourced from: "Relief, Rehabilitation and Hope: A.F.S.C Work in Germany and Austria"

Collection includes a typed copy of Dan Wilson's transcript of his memoir, "Relief, Rehabilitation and Hope: A.F.S.C. Work in Germany and Austria". Within the transcript includes his experiences and reflections on his time working for the AFSC post WWII relief effort in Germany and Austria from 1947 to 1950. There are also typed copies of correspondence he kept with his wife, Rosalie, his children, and many others during his time abroad. Included with the transcript are copies of official documents such as government travel permits, labeled copies of photographs which accompany Wilson's writings, and fourteen sleeves of Kodachrome transparency slides taken by Wilson across Germany and Austria.

Collection arranges as found.

Acquisition unknown.

Processed by Campbell Adams, September 2023

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Campbell Adams
Finding Aid Date
September, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Box 64

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