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Speakers' Bureau of the Friends Peace Committee records


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

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The Speakers' Bureau of the Friends Peace Committee, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting was founded as a volunteer-run sub-committee for the Friends Peace Committee. It was originally arranged by Elizabeth T. Rhoads, under the Orthodox Peace Committee. The Bureau worked with schools, civic groups, service clubs, and church groups, among other organizations interested in "discussing or studying problems of the international order and the strengthening of the peace," according to one of their brochures. Its tagline was "Informed Speakers on Headline Topics ... A Service for Program Chairmen." Topics they spoke about included: disarmament, war and peace, nonviolent direct action, the peace testimony, and more.

Source: local sources

This collection is comprised of six volumes of record books for the Speakers' Bureau of the Friends Peace Committee, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The books are written by month and year, from 1926 - 1963. They include the date, place of visit, and the person who was sent. Some of them also have the time of the event, the topic discussed, the number of attendees, the type of meeting (rotary club, school, monthly meeting, etc.) and/or street address of place of visit. The sixth volume also includes a brochure for the Bureau, along with comparative numbers at the end of each month, to previous months and years.


Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff; completed November 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Mary A. Crauderueff
Finding Aid Date
November 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Record Book, 1926 - 1933.
Volume 1
Record Book, 1933 - 1936.
Volume 2
Record Book, 1937 - 1940.
Volume 3
Record Book, 1941 - 1948.
Volume 4
Record Book, 1948 - 1955.
Volume 5
Record Book, 1956 - 1963.
Volume 6

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