Bliss Forbush Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator, and author, served as the Headmaster of Baltimore Friends School, Chairman of Friends General Conference, and Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting. He was born in 1896, the son of William B. and Maud Forbush. He married E. La Verne Hill (1894-1990) in 1915.
Most of the material in this collection is in the form of scrapbooks kept by Bliss Forbush. They record his work as Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, 1921-1943, as Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1928-1943, and as Instructor in Bible, 1923-1960 and later Headmaster of Friends School, Baltimore, 1943-1960. He was Chairman of Friends General Conference 1941-1949. He also served as a member of the American Section of the World Council of Churches, 1941-1950, and as a delegate to the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1948. He was President of the Board of Trustees of The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital from 1961-1971. For complete biographical information see Who's Who in America v.33, 1964-65.
The Bliss Forbush Papers contain the papers of Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator and author, and reveal a detailed picture of Quaker life in Baltimore, Maryland for most of the 20th century.
The collection is divided into four series:
- Bliss Forbush
- LaVerne Forbush
- William Byron Forbush
- Forbush Family
Series I is majority of the collection, and within this Series, the material is divided into subseries:
- "A Forbush Chronicle" (autobiography of Bliss Forbush)
- "The Treasure Chest," 1915-1978
- "My Baltimore Book," 1921-1943
- "Baltimore Yearly Meeting Advancement Committee," 1928-1943
- World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, 1948
- Album. (mostly correspondence)
- Books and articles
- Miscellaneous correspondence and paper
Donor: Bliss Forbush, 1960-1985
Originally catalogued as MSS collection. Transferred to RG5 and additions incorporated in 1986. At that time, additional reference material collected by Bliss Forbush as background for his writings was transferred to more appropriate collections. Baltimore Yearly Meeting material was added to reference files on individual meetings in PG 1 or to RG 2/ Meeting Records. Correspondence and reports of the Standing Committee on the Indian Concerns placed with that Committee in RG 2. Early history of Swarthmore College placed in RG 6. Some of the Elias Hicks material added to Hicks MSS. Most printed material was catalogued separately.
The following materials were removed from the collection and recatalogued:
- Baltimore Yearly Meeting material was added to reference files on individual meetings in PG 1 or to RG 2/ Meeting Records
- Correspondence and reports of the Standing Committee on the Indian Concerns placed with that Committee in RG 2
- Early history of Swarthmore College placed in RG 6
- Some of the Elias Hicks material added to Hicks MSS
- Most printed material was catalogued separately
- Casette tapes and CDs, Acc. 2019.028 to AV processing
- Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends (Hicksite: 1828-1968)
- Baltimore Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Hicksite : 1864-1950 : Baltimore, Md.)
- Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital
- Friends School (Baltimore, Md.)
- Friends General Conference (U.S.)
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce items in this collection beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder or their heirs/assigns. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-RUU/1.0/.
The journal contains dates, titles and subjects of talks.
The 20 bound volumes go to 1973, additions cover 1973-1977, and family correspondence of 1978 is included. Contains much personal correspondence, but also many papers pertaining to Bliss Forbush's work as Headmaster of Friends School, Baltimore from 1943-1960.Physical Description
20 bound vols + additions
Contains the record of Bliss Forbush's work as Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, in cooperation with the Advisory Committee. Includes copies of minutes of the meetings of the Advisory Committee, programs, announcements, clippings, snapshots, etc.Physical Description
These scrapbooks contain the record of Bliss Forbush's work as Secretary of the Advancement Committee. Includes copies of the minutes of meetings of the Committee, programs, announcements, clippings, snapshots, etc.Physical Description
Album and Program. Bliss Forbush was appointed as a representative to the Council by Friends General Conference. LaVerne Forbush also attended as an accredited visitor. Album contains clippings, photographs, and some correspondence.
The album was presented to honor Bliss and LaVerne Forbush when he retired as Headmaster of Friends School, Baltimore. Presented by the Parents' Auxiliary of the School.
Published by Columbia University Press, 1956. Folder of miscellaneous papers used by Forbush in writing the book includes:Physical Description
typewritten ms. and proof sheets
Manuscript as edited by Alfred Stefferud.
A term paper for Johns Hopkins.
From a talk delivered at Abington Friends Meeting.
Includes travelling minute for Bliss and Laverne Forbush to Friends Centers in Europe 1939, signed by Clarence Pickett.Physical Description
Correspondents are Sam Legg, Carol (Albrecht) Penn, Robert W. Gibson, W. Berkeley Mann.Physical Description
Mostly honorary degrees and citations.
Four pamphlets of the church fraternity.