American Friends Service Committee photographs
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that was founded in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian victims during World War I. Today the AFSC includes people of various faiths and sponsors programs that focus on issues related to economic justice, peace-building and demilitarization, social justice, and youth in the United States, and in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
This collection consists of miscellaneous photographs, collected over time from various sources, documenting the American Friends Service Committee and its projects. Post-World War I and post-World War II and Vietnam War relief work are well documented, and there are also photographs of AFSC work in the United States, Africa, other parts of Asia, and the Middle East.
These photographs were previously filed in the Friends Historical Library Miscellaneous Photographs Collection, Social Services series, PA 100/S6. In 2019, the AFSC photographs were removed to a separate collection.
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AFSC Service Centers and buildings at various locations. Most photographs were taken in the 1900s and are from the collection of E.Z. Palmer.
2 photographs. 1 photograph is from The Friend (August 5, 1960, Vol. 118, no. 32). It is supplied by Matt Herron, of the AFSC, and is one of the new headquarters of the AFSC in Philadelphia. This is the Meson Building, at the junction of Fifteenth and Race Streets.
Includes Wilhelm Hubben, Mary Sullivan (Patterson), Amy Sharpless, Ruth Balderston (Lippincott), and more. List included with photograph includes identification and country for most individuals pictured.
Most postcards are about the child-relief mission of the AFSC around 1930s
The internal quaker conference is held in this castle from August 24th-28th, 1934. The castle was founded in 1297.
In Berlin, Feb 17th, 1933
Most photographs are from the AFSC work camps in the 1940s. Tom Jones is the director and Byron Thomas is the assistant director (Howard Alexander was a camper).
In a lighter vein work campers in Mexico included as part of their summer's work the showing of films to the villagers. This was particularly enjoyed by the children in the area who crowded up to the edge of the screen.
Work campers set up recreation for the young children in the neighborhood. Every afternoon two or more of the work campers went into the alleys behind the homes to organize games
Chungking, Sze, China
Most photographs were taken in the early 1930s, probably by Rebecca Timbres
Experimental farm at Sriniketan.
Rebecca in right lower corner, Nadja in front.
Consists of one ward containing twelve beds, one ante-room, which could be used as a ward, and one doctor's room.
2 photographs Binuria
Most photographs are taken in the Rehabilitation Center
4 photographs. Joe Clark is the director of the AFSC Prosthetics Program. He insists that with a properly-fitted below-knee limb a patient should be able to walk so naturally that only an expert can tell which leg is artificial.
4 photographs. Sally Squires is a Quaker physical therapist. She help patients to exercise to restore use of their arms or legs.
2 photographs. Dorothy Weller is a senior Physical Therapist. She help her patients to recover from losing a limb. Her patients include a seven-year-old Montagnard orphan nick-named Mozart Maendel and a carpenter from Tam ky.
Sally Squires preparing basins for burn victims, Dorothy Weller renewing dressings , Chris Chacos working a stiff knee, wheel-chair patient trying crutches
Nguyen Thi Kim works with the tin-can bar-bells in a trunk-building exercise
Nguyen Be was the first patient at the Rehab. Center. He lost his right foot and parts of his gingers in an artillery-shell explosion. Extended therapy and practice was necessary.
Co Phuong was the first Vietnamese Physical Therapy Aide at the Rehab. Center.
He has just poured polyester resin into a vinyl envelope for a below-knee prosthesis.
Bui Chau is a five-year-old patient who has lost her limb.
Chris Chacos devised an exercise from his patient to learn how to crawl
They dismantle salvaged airplane wing for metal stock to be used in making hinge and brace hardware
Looking eastward along the porch of the Quaker Rehabilitation Center, two-storey building in right background is the Provincial Hospital surgical ward.
Photos by Sidney Henderson (American), taken in France after WWI and after WWII in France. Photos are labeled with numbers.
Relief work including setting up feeding center and day-nursery to feed hungry children.
In a Day-Nursery in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.
The feeding center is in a Parish House in Frankfurt, Germany
In a Roman-catholic day-nursury in Berlin, Dorotheenstr.
In Berlin, Charlottenstr
A drawing of a girl standing outside the window, looking at other girls eating inside the house
Taken by Mahlon Harvey in Nuremberg. Louise Jacobs in center
Nursery in North of Berlin
Copy, made from glass lantern slide
Copy, made from glass lantern slide
A total of 3 different postcards. New Allotment, Maesteg, 1934
From some of the educational centers operated by Friends in the Rhondda Valley in Wales
Series consists of copies made from nitrate negatives (nitrate was disposed of). Reputed to be taken by AFSC personnel during or after WWI. No identification available, except in Holland.
Esther Strong, Margaret Graut, Raymond Maxwell
Seminar members learn practical lessons in cooperation by sharing the daily household tasks with one another. Crews take care of dishwashing, meal preparation, cleaning and other chores. This sharing of jobs of daily living helps to put the ideals of cooperation and brotherhood, so important to peace, into action.
2 photographs. Unit members started their day at 6:45 and ended their ward work at 3:45. They also did extra work on their own with the patients, including singing on the wards, teaching square dancing, etc. Their regular work included feeding and bathing patients, changing beds, giving hydro-therapy, etc.
A small exhibition. Tyler Fogg, Photographic Illustration, 31 S 18th St, Philadelphia.
Took place at the time of Hiroshima Day in Reyburn Plaza, Philadelphia, and was sponsored by the Peace Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. From The Friend (London, 1960)