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New York Quarterly Meeting Workroom Committee photographs


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Overview and metadata sections

Established in 1940 by the Joint Peace and Service Committee of the New York Monthly Meetings (15h Street and 20th Street), the Workroom, a sewing room, served the world in its relief efforts by its production of garments for needy children during World War II and later expanding to include Greece, Nigeria and other locations world-wide until December 31, 1976.

This collection contains one photo album, two packets of snapshots, and one folder of sixteen loose photographs. The photo album documents the Workroom activities as well as international photos of recipients of garments, with descriptions. The collection dates from are 1940 to 1976.

This collection was removed from New York Quarterly Meeting Workroom Committee Records, RG2-NY-N478

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Zoe Peyton Jones
Finding Aid Date
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Collection Inventory

unidentified portrait of a woman mounted on cardboard.
Mrs. George A. Vandermarshall (?).
Elsie Kuapp Powell (Mrs. Wilson M. Powell).
Elsie Powell, Ida Day, Alvah Roberts, Anna T. Cook, Katharine E. Cook in workroom.
unidentified man with cod liver oil.
unidentified baby.
unidentified woman and baby.
unidentified woman and baby (2).
unidentified women folding clothes.
unidentified woman folding layette.
unidentified woman (of layette folding) holding baby clothes.
unidentified woman (of layette folding) and another unidentified woman.
unidentified women sewing.
two unidentified women cutting fabric.
Mrs. Marjary Myers.
Mrs O'Higgins, Dorothy Habsore (sitting), Mrs. Littmace, Ida Redman, Marie Qhels, Molly Rosenblatt (back), Miss Such, Mrs. Suter, Madam Alice deSamarjay, Phebe Jeffers hocking table in foreground, 1960.
packet of eight color photographs of unidentified women at a gathering.
packet of thirty-seven mostly unidentified snapshots of men and women in the workroom.
Photograph album.
Scope and Contents

Includes black and white photographs of international recipients of garments (Palestinian, Algerian, Chinese, and European refugees), black and white photographs at the workroom, colour and black and white photographs at the Meeting house (15 Rutherford Place), and letters (from "Uncle" to a Friend, 11/23/71; from Josephine Robertson to Mary Cook, 10/71; from Enid Rubinstein to Mrs. Carey, 10/15/64)

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