Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Bertram and Irene Pickard Collected Papers, 1918-1972

Collection: CDG-B Great Britain

Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator)
Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for these papers/records.
Pickard, Bertram (1892 - 1973)
Bertram and Irene Pickard Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
Call Number
CDG-B Great Britain

Language of Materials
Materials in English
15 linear inches [papers only]
Bertram Pickard was an internationalist; peace leader; Quaker; official for Society of Friends and United Nations organizations, including the Friends Peace Committee of the London Yearly Meeting, the Friends' Service Council, the Friends Geneva Centre, and the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations; and founder of the Quaker Press Service, later called the World Outlook Press Service.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Bertram Pickard, 1948; daughter (Dr. A.M. Bush), 2002 [acc. 00A-039]
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff; checklist revised by Anne Yoder, April 2002; this finding aid created by Eleanor Fulvio, August 2010
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Bertram and Irene Pickard Collected Papers (CDG-B Great Britain), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record

Related Collections
Pacifist Research Bureau Records (CDG-A) (for a pamphlet by Pickard)
Peace Committee of the Society of Friends Records (CDG-B: Great Britain) (for "Pacifist Commentary on Current International Events" written by Pickard and Karlin Capper-Johnson)

Historical Background
Bertram Pickard (1892-1973) was Secretary of the Friends Peace Committee of the London Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends from 1921-1926. This interest in peace motivated Pickard and his wife, Irene, to go to Geneva, Switzerland as representatives of the Friends' Service Council in 1926. There he served as Secretary of the Friends Geneva Center until 1940, and Chair of the International Consultative Group on Peace and Disarmament from 1935-1940; the Pickards also acted as hosts of the Quaker Student Hostel, which Irene had been chiefly responsible for founding. Bertram Pickard was much interested in the work of the League of Nations, and he was active in promoting its work. In that regard, he wrote careful interpretations of its actions and meetings, some of which were published in Quaker Press Service and World Outlook Press Service (which he helped establish). The Pickards became quite active in the Geneva Quaker Meeting, orienting its focus on the League of Nations rather than on simply being a home-away-from-home for elderly displaced persons.

Bertram Pickard was a Fellow at Woodbrooke, Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham, England from 1940-1941. The Pickards moved to the United States in 1941, where he lectured that year at Pendle Hill, near Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; later he edited Washington Commentary, a news sheet circulated among American Quaker peace leaders from 1942-1944. Pickard was also an associate of the American Friends Service Committee from 1941-1942.

Following the war, the family moved to England and eventually back to Geneva. There Pickard was a liaison officer with the Economic and Social Council (?) of the United Nations. In addition, Pickard became the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Quaker Center, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the International School, where he was instrumental in establishing the International Schools Association, which set up a chain of international schools throughout the world. The Pickards left Geneva in 1954 (1955?) after Bertram's retirement from the United Nations. Further information about their lives is unknown.

Ellen Starr Brinton, curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection until 1951, visited the Pickards in Geneva in 1948 and selected some of his files for preservation at the SCPC. These make up the bulk of this collection, and reflect Pickard's wide range of interests and deep concern for peace and goodwill on an international level.

Collection Overview
This collection includes reports, writings of Bertram Pickard, reference files, releases of the Quaker Press Service and the World Outlook Press Service, some items by or referring to Irene Pickard, and correspondence of Bertram Pickard with Hugh Richardson, Frederick Libby, Joseph B. Howie, Mary Sheepshanks, Dr. Anna Kamensky, Albert Wigniolle, Carl Heath, Roderick Clark, Kathleen Innes, and others.

The 2nd accession to this collection was given by the Pickards' daughter in 2001, from photocopies she made of material at the Quaker House in London (Great Britain). No attempt was made to compare this material with what had been received earlier from Bertram Pickard (in boxes 1 &2).

Items removed:
Posters were removed to the Poster Collection

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Correspondence, 1928-1940
Correspondence etc. re: setting up the Quaker Press Service / World Outlook Press Service, 1927-1930
Correspondence etc. re: International Police Force, 1934
Correspondence etc. re: International Relief Union, 1935
Tributes to Arthur Henderson, 1935 [includes tributes by Pickard and by Laura Puffer Morgan]
Work re: Geneva Disarmament Conference, 1936
Writings: Miscellaneous [published and unpublished], 1930-1943
Writings: "Washington Commentary on Current International Events," 1942-1944
Reference material:
- Quaker Press Service / World Outlook Press Service releases/articles [includes MS. and printed versions], 1928-1932, 1934

Box 2
Reference material (cont.):
- Statelessness of refugees, 1926-1934
- Geneva Conference for the Limitation of Naval Armament, 1927
- Paris International Conference on Disarmament, 1931- Paris International Conference on Disarmament, 1931
- Geneva Disarmament Conference, 1932
- Miscellaneous, 1926-1934, 1947

Box 3 [Box 1 of acc. 00A-039 given by daughter]
Index of papers sent to SCPC by daughter 2002 (photocopied from originals at Friends House, London); list of items discarded because copies are available in the Friends Historical Library
Biographical information
Biographical information -- farewells, 1955
Correspondence, 1932-1937
Correspondence, 1942-1947
Correspondence re: job at United Nations in Geneva, 1945 - 1956 (January)
Correspondence, 1952-1958
Correspondence, 1961-1969, 1972
Published writings re: Britain's scheme for a state bonus, 1918-1919
Published writings/reports, 1919-1929
Published writings/reports, 1930-1959
Published writings/reports, 1966-1967, undated
Unpublished writings/reports/notes, 1919-1939
Unpublished writings/reports/notes, 1940-1949

Box 4 [Box 2 of acc. 00A-039 given by daughter]
Unpublished writings/reports/notes, 1950-
Unpublished writings/reports/notes, undated
Reference files

This file was last updated on August 21, 2015