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Philip W. Smith Papers

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

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Philip W. Smith (1889-1981) was a Quaker dairyman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who was a prominent peace activist and active in Russian concerns. He was born May 3, 1889, on the family farm in New Hope to Heston Jacob and Anna (Johnson) Smith and was associated closely with his older brother, James Iden Smith, also a prominent Bucks County Quaker farmer. He attended the George School and later spent a few years at Penn State University. He married Edna Wood in 1913, and the couple had four children, but they later divorced. He subsequently married Anna Waterman. In 1925-1926, he and his wife and children lived in the U.S.S.R. where he worked with Russian Reconstruction, Inc., to learn about collective farming and give witness to his Quaker testimony. In 1958-1960 he again visited the U.S.S.R., and in later life, traveled widely for peace causes.

Smith was a member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting and as an ardent pacifist, wrote voluminous letters to congressmen, presidents, and newspaper editors. He died in 1981.

The collection consists of Smith’s personal correspondence (to friends, family, editors, congressmen and business acquaintances), his writings, records of various associations, and dairy cattle records.

Organization: Organized in 6 series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Russia trips; 3. Journals; 4. Farm documents; 5. Writings and speeches; 6. Biographical and miscellaneous.

Deposit, Lucille Smith Ulrich, 1981-82.

The collection was given to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection in 1981-1982 by Lucille Ulrich, who was the daughter of Philip W. Smith. The reminiscences were transferred to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College in 1995, and the bulk of the papers transferred in 2000.

In 1995, Memories of a Life Time, 1973-1975. 1 v. with genealogical information was transferred to Friends Historical Library and catalogued as a Miscellaneous Manuscript, MSS 003/127. About the same time, staff in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection made a preliminary sort and subsequently transferred the bulk of the remaining papers to Friends Historical Library in 2000. Processing completed at FHL and placed in RG 5. Also from the same donor, Franklin's farm atlas of Bucks County, Penna. with clippings of Smith's letters to the editor to various newspapers and other memorabilia are pasted on blank pages among the maps. These materials were photocopied and the photocopies and miscellaneous material retained by the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. The Farm Atlas was transferred to Friends Historical Library.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Date
2004
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1906, 1916-1927.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Family correspondence and love poems, 1925-1939.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Family correspondence, 1925-1958.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, 1930-1939.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, 1932-1963.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Rothchild correspondence, 1932-1936.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, 1940-1980.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Congressional and presidential correspondence, 1974-1980.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to editors, 1930s and n.d.,, ca. 1930s-1970s.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes miscellaneous documents through 1970s

Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to editors, ca. 1960-1980.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

International concerns: Russia, ca. 1921.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Russian photos, ca. 1921.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous from Russian trip, 1925-1926.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence on Russia, 1924-1925.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Russian vision, 1958.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

International concerns: Russia, 1958-1959.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

“Harold M. Ware: Agricultural Pioneer, U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.” by Lement Harris, 1978.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence on Russian concerns, 1921-1922.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Descriptions of Russian travels, 1913-1925.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Complaint at Buckingham meeting, 1950.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Autobiography, written 1978-1981, 1978-1981.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Journal, 1975.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 volume

Journal, 1934.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 volume

Journal, 1964.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 volume

Journal, 1971.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 volume

Journal, 1968.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 volume

Journal, 1974.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 volume

Writings regarding Quakerism, ca. 1931-1932.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Notes from Farmers’ National Relief Conference, 1932.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Pedigrees and dairy records, n.d.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Dairy advertisement proofs, ca. 1950s.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Correspondence, 1939-1955.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Correspondence and miscellaneous, 1948-1959.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Some pages in Russian

Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Memberships, awards, photos, clippings regarding Guernsey Breeders Association, 1930-1957.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Dairy Herd Improvement Association records, 1941-1942, 1952-1955.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Dairy Herd Improvement Association records, 1956-1958.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: National Farmers Relief Conference photo, Dec. 9th, 1932.
Box 3
Physical Description

2 copies

Farm: Guernsey registrees and miscellaneous, 1929-1955.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Statistics (milking), 1953-1955.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Correspondence, statistics, records, 1941-1955.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Records, 1956-1965 and n.d.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: Writings and records, 1946-1949, 1954-1956.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 folder

Farm: miscellaneous, 1963 and n.d.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Tracts and presentations, 1922-1959 and n.d.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Tracts and presentations, 1960-1978 and n.d.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Writings, 1960, 1974, n.d.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Newspaper clippings and biographical information, 1925-1981.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Pamphlets and newsletters, 1918-1979.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Commencement address, 1958.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

List of participants in various events, 1960-1966.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Lists of periodicals, 1960-1966.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Writings, n.d. and list of trunk’s contents, n.d., 1925?.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Appeal and vigil at Ft. Derrick, 1957.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Papers on Vietnam, 1957.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Papers on Vietnam, 1965.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Roosevelt Day dinner, 1960.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

School of Living, 1968.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Bucks County Natural Science Association, 1965.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Bucks County Association for Retired and Senior Citizens, 1967.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Solebury Cooperative Association, 1949.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters and newspaper clippings, 1959.
Box 4
Physical Description

1 folder

Print, Suggest