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Elizabeth Newlin Baker Papers


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

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Elizabeth Newlin Baker, Quaker peace activist from Coatesville, Pa., was born in September 29, 1880, the daughter of H. Preston and Eliza Baker. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1902.

She supported many peace organizations operating in association with the Society of Friends. Her correspondence reveals her fear of international communist movements and support of temperance. She supported the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Committee on Race Relations as a correspondent, promoting the agenda of the committee. Another letter shows her association with a goodwill project for German children after WWII. Other letters contain several student peace stamps which she helped promote.

She served as a committee member for the Chester County Job Mobilization Committee. The statewide program, envisioned to create jobs in late 1939 and early 1940 for Pennsylvania's one million unemployed citizens, called for a standing committee in each of Pennsylvania's counties to seek out and create job opportunities.

Elizabeth Baker died in June 1972.

Collection contains correspondence and material concerning the Pennsylvania Job Mobilization Program of the late 1930s.

Donor: Transfer from Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Date: 1991

Accession number: 93-052

Miscellaneous Quaker publications were removed from the collection and added to FHL reference files.

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Collection Inventory

Letters (drafts) from Elizabeth Baker, 1938-1948.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Including letters to Herbert Hoover and Joseph Kennedy

Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence received, 1932-1968.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Job Mobilization Program literature and peace posters, 1939, 1956.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous, 1942-1969.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Christmas cards received, clippings, etc.

Physical Description

1 folder

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