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Stephen Cary student materials


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Stephen Cary was born on September 21, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Haverford College and graduated as a member of the Class of 1937, majoring in Economics and minoring in Chemistry. He then obtained a masters degree in International Administration from Columbia University in 1943. He was drafted into the World War II in 1942, however he became a conscientious objector and served in the Civilian Public Service instead. Between 1946 and 1948 he served as a chief of American Quaker Relief Operations in Europe, for which Quakers earned the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1965, Cary undertook a 12,000 mile journey through Russia in order to improve the understanding between the US and the USSR, one of five Quakers to do so. In the same year, he also undertook a fact-finding mission to South Vietnam, writing a report that Quaker organizations used as a baseline for all their service missions in Vietnam during the next decade. In 1969, he participated in a seminar designed to connect young professionals and leaders across newly independent countries in Africa.

Cary served on Haverford's Board of Governors between 1955 and 1969, then worked as a Vice President of Development and Finance, and then served as an Acting President of the College from 1977 till 1978. He was also a Chairman of the American Friends Service Committee between 1979 and 1991. Stephen Cary died on July 30, 2002 in Chatham, Massachusetts at 86 years old.

The collection consists of six items, four of which are booklets and two of which are sets of photos. The booklets include a handbook presented to freshmen in September 1936 by Haverford College's Student Association, of which Stephen Cary was a chairman; a booklet describing Haverford's aims and characteristics from 1879; the Haverford Athletic Annual Class book from 1900; and a booklet called "Continuation of Short History of '37" from 1942, which lists the members of the class of 1937 and their post-college accomplishments and paths. The photos in the collection are photos of Stephen Cary with various sports teams at Haverford in the late 1980s and early 1990s and a photo from a reunion of the class of 1937 taken in front of Roberts Hall, presumably 5 or 10 years after their graduation.

Materials are arranged chronologically and thematically.

Processed by Alexa Horkava, completed November 2020

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alexa Horkava
Finding Aid Date
November, 2020
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Booklets, 1879-1942.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photographs, ca. 1930s-1990s.
Box 1 Folder 2

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