Swarthmore College Peace Collection

A. Ruth Fry Papers, 1905-1957

Collection: DG 046

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
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Fry, A. Ruth (1878 - 1962)
A. Ruth Fry Papers
Inclusive Dates
Call Number
DG 046
Language of Materials
Materials in English
1.1 linear feet [papers only]
[Anna] Ruth Fry was an activist and a writer born into a prominent Quaker family in England. From 1914-1924, she served as general secretary of the Friends Relief Commission, which provided help for refugees and others ravaged by World War I. Fry wrote about her experiences in A Quaker Adventure (1926). She was also the first chairman of the Russian Famine Relief Fund in 1921. Fry went on to write numerous books, pamphlets and tracts, on a variet of Quaker and peace topics. She died on April 26, 1962.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of A. Ruth Fry, 1948-1960
Processing Information
Collection originally processed and checklist prepared by Martha Shane, April 1986 (under a grant from the Ford Foundation);updated finding aid by Anne Yoder, November 1997. This version of the finding aid by Wendy E. Chmielewski, October 2009.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the A. Ruth Fry Papers (DG 046), 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
Other institutions:
There is much additional material about Fry in the
Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College
Other Fry papers are in the Hoover Institution of War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University
Archives of the American Friends Service Committee is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Library, Friends House, London

Historical Background
[Anna] Ruth Fry was born in Highgate, England on September 4, 1878, into a Quaker family. Her father, Sir Edward Fry, was both a judge and a lawyer who gained international repute for his role as a skilled negotiator at the Hague Tribunal in 1917. Ruth was educated at home, and then went on to work for peace as an activist and a writer. From 1914-1924, she served as general secretary of the Friends Relief Commission, a committee organized by British Quakers to provide help for refugees and others ravaged by the war. Fry toured the war zones as a traveling commissioner and wrote about the various relief efforts in her book A Quaker Adventure (1926). She was also the first chairman of the Russian Famine Relief Fund in 1921. In 1926-1927, she served as the secretary for the National Council for the Prevention of War, and in 1936-1937 as the treasurer of the London branch of the War Resisters' International. The pacifist journal Reconciliation appointed her to its editorial board in 1935. During the Boer war, Fry was treasurer of the Boer Home Industries Commission. Fry wrote numerous books, pamphlets and tracts, many of which are available in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. She died on April 26, 1962.

Silhouette of Ruth Fry, December 1933

Collection Overview
The Fry Papers contain biographical information; correspondence (1918-1948); a scrapbook (1925-1942); photographs; hand-drawn maps of Friends' relief work in Poland and the Soviet Union; and her writings. The latter consist of books, numerous peace tracts, articles and reports that were printed in newspapers and periodicals, and manuscript reports and journals about her trips to France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, the Soviet Union, Germany, the United States, Switzerland, and South Africa (with her father and alone).

Items removed:
Photographs, 1920-1921, of Quaker relief efforts in Hungary, Poland, Germany, Serbia and Austria and Russia (including the famine in 1921); Watercolor drawings of Russia by V. Mirolubovka
Maps; includes hand-drawn maps of American Friends Service Committee relief work in Poland and the Soviet Union, 1921-1925
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence and a manuscript by Fry, 1925-1942

Arrangement of Collection
Box 1 contains biographical information about A. Ruth Fry and her correspondence, and some of the books and pamphlets she wrote. Box 2 contains more writings, mostly published, by and about Fry. Some of these items have been cataloged on Tripod.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical Information
Autobiographical writings
Articles from periodicals about A. Ruth Fry, 1925-1948
Articles from newspapers about A. Ruth Fry, 1905-1947
Correspondence, 1918-1948
Correspondence with William Albright, 1920-1921
Pamphlets by A. Ruth Fry (cataloged)

Books by A. Ruth Fry (cataloged)

Box 2
Material by A. Ruth Fry
-Articles published in periodicals, 1914-1948
-Articles and letters to the editor published in newspapers, 1919-1945
-Articles published in pamphlets, 1932-1946
-Travel journals and/or reports, 1905, 1909, 1915-1918, 1919-1922 (Poland), 1922 (Soviet Union), 1923-1926, 1927-1937 (South Africa)
-Manuscripts, 1906-1948
-Appeals etc. written from Thorpeness, Suffolk, 1939-1945

Box 3
Literature, pamphlets (written by others) distributed by A. Ruth Fry
Photographs (removal sheets only)
Maps (removal sheets only)
Inventories of writings by A. Ruth Fry
Miscellaneous writings (written by others) collected by A. Ruth Fry

This file was last updated on August 21, 2015