Wilbur K. (Wilbur Kelsey) Thomas Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Overview and metadata sections
Wilbur K. Thomas (1882-1953), a Quaker born in Indiana, was executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee from 1918 to 1929. He graduated from Friends University in 1904, served as pastor of various Quaker churches, graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1907, earned a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1914, and was a member of Boston Friends Meeting after 1909. He was director of the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia from 1930 to 1946.
The collection contains biographical material, correspondence (1918-1933), speeches and writings relating to his work with the AFSC and as a pastor in Quaker communities. Topics covered include peace, civil liberties, social service, prisons, and relief activities in Russia in 1922, as well as his Ph.D. dissertation, "the Social Service of Quakerism."
The collection is divided into six series:
- Biographical material
- Addresses and writings
- AFSC Archives
- Miscellaneous reference material
Donor: Elizabeth Thomas, 1956
The collection was given by the widow of Wilbur K Thomas.
The papers were received unprocessed; they were sorted and arranged by FHL staff.
- Quakers -- Massachusetts
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania
- Peace -- Societies, etc
- Quakers -- World War, 1914–1918 -- Civilian relief
- International relief -- Russia
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Civilian relief
- Prison reform -- Society of Friends
- Society of Friends -- United States
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research
- Use Restrictions
Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.
Wilbur Thomas and group
Organized alphabetically by topic.