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Elizabeth Hunt Stoddard-Sennott Girl Scout papers


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

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Elizabeth Ann Hunt (1916-2004) graduated from Antioch College in 1939. While at College, she worked in Girl Scout camps and then as an executive secretary of the Girl Scouts Office in Utica, NY. In August 1942 she married Herbert Stoddard, a Quaker who served in the Civilian Public Service Corps during WWII. Her marriage raised concerns from some in the Girl Scouts organization who feared that her husband's views would affect the support of the organization in the community and she had to defend her marriage and personal conviction. Elizabeth joined the Society of Friends at Syracuse Monthly Meeting in 1947, and in 1953 she and Herbert transferred their memberships to Providence Monthly Meeting, Media, PA. She contineud to work for the Girl Scouts after the War and was a life-long volunteer for the organization. Herbert remained committed to a number of Quaker and other activist organizations. He died in 1966. In 1969 Elizabeth married second John C. Sennott under the care of Providence Monthly Meeting.

This small collection contains primarily correspondence between Elizabeth Hunt Stoddard-Sennott and the Girls Scouts organization concerning her planned marriage to a concientious objector during World War II. It offers insight into contemporary views towards pacifism in wartime and the influences on women's employment. Also included are copies of two papers written as a student at Antioch College.

Arranged in two folders: 1. Correspondence and papers relating to Elizabeth Hunt Stoddard's employment with the Girl Scouts of the United States, 1942-1982; 2. Elizabeth Hunt student papers.

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Date
May 2017

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