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Russell and Juanita Rosene slides, scrapbook, and videocassette

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

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Russell and Juanita Rosene were international development workers.

Russell David "Russ" Rosene (1922-2014) was born to Carl and Mildred Rosene in Swampscott, Massachusetts. During his teenage years the family moved to Southern California, and when not abroad Russell remained based in that area for the rest of his life. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. military as a radio operator and served in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. After the end of the war he married Juanita Haupt in 1946.

Juanita "Nita" Haupt Rosene (1927-) was the daughter of Horace and Claire Haupt. Though born in Oak Park, Illinois, she grew up in Los Angeles County, California, where her family moved before her third birthday. In 1946 she married Russell Rosene. The next year the couple undertook a cross-country tour of the U.S, hitchhiking from Maine to California. Their photographs from this trip were published in Life Magazine in 1948.

In 1949 the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) hired the couple as aid workers in the Gaza strip. For nearly a year Nita distributed food to refugees while Russ worked as a radio operator for the AFSC and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA). They left in 1950 and returned to California after sightseeing in Europe and visiting Russ's brother Ken in Chile.

The Rosenes continued to travel when possible. In 1957 they got a contract to make a film for the Los Angeles Schools in Central America. The Rosenes became Quakers while in Mexico. In 1960 they took on archaeological photography work in Chihuahua, and in 1961 they joined a Voluntary International Service Assignment (VISA) program run by the AFSC in Guatemala. Russ also worked for the Peace Corps, U.N. disaster relief, and Chevron. The couple divorced in 1973.

This collection documents Russell and Juanita Rosene's development work with the American Friends Service Committee in the Gaza Strip and in Guatemala. Color photographic slides make up the bulk of the material, but the collection also contains some black-and-white photo prints and negatives, a scrapbook, and a 1992 videocassette.

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Gift of Chris Rosene, 2018.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
James Truitt
Finding Aid Date
2022 April
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Collection Inventory

Gaza scrapbook, 1949-1950.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

The scrapbook includes letters to the Rosenes from the AFSC, writings by Palestinian refugees, newspaper clippings, minutes from staff council meetings, an informal welcome 'zine for UN relief workers, and other items documenting humanitarian work in Gaza.

SS Fernplant slides (trip to Egypt en route to Gaza), 1949. 8 photographic slides.
Box 2
Physical Description

8 photographic slides

Gaza slides, 1949-1950. 147 photographic slides.
Box 2
Physical Description

147 photographic slides

Gaza slides, 1950. about 240 photographic slides.
Box 2
Physical Description

about 240 photographic slides6 folders

Rosene Gaza slides, 1950. about 52 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

about 52 photographic slides

Unlabeled (slides from Gaza, Israel, Beirut, and Damascus), 1950. 47 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

47 photographic slides

Gaza photographs, 1950. 54 photographic prints.
Box 3
Physical Description

54 photographic prints

Gaza photograph and map negatives, 1950.
Box 3
Europe slides (after Gaza), 1950. 25 photographic slides.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Slides from Italy, London, France, and Switzerland.

Physical Description

25 photographic slides

SS Auriga slides (trip from Italy to Buenos Aires), 1950. 9 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

9 photographic slides

Slides of AFSC staff and volunteers in Mexico and El Salvador, 1957. 6 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

6 photographic slides

Newspaper photocopies, September 1961 and January 1962.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of 3 pages of the AFSC Reporter containing articles discussing the Rosenes' work in Guatemala.

Guatemala slides, 1961-1962. 12 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

12 photographic slides

Guatemala slides, 1962-1963. 15 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

15 photographic slides

Guatemala slides, 1962-1964. 60 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

60 photographic slides

Tecpan and Patzun slides (Guatemala), 1962-1964. 18 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

18 photographic slides

Guatemala slides (AFSC VISA group), 1963-1964. 48 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

48 photographic slides

San Luis Pueblo Nuevo slides (Guatemala), 1963-1964. 44 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

44 photographic slides

Slides from Russ's AFSC training in Philadelphia, 1964. 7 photographic slides.
Box 3
Physical Description

7 photographic slides

Gaza reunion recording, 1992-09-20.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

1 videocassette (8mm). From cassette label: "9/20/92. Gaza Reunion. Tape #2 of 2 (90 minutes). Russ Rosene. Includes James Akins' talk. W/ 2nd slide show."

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