Norman J. Whitney Papers, 1938-1967
Collection: DG 061
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Whitney, Norman Jehiel (1891-1967)
Norman J. Whitney Papers
Language of Materials
Materials in English
7.416 linear feet [papers only]
Norman Jehiel Whitney (1891-1967) was a Quaker teacher, writer and devoted peace worker. From 1919-1957 he helped establish, and directed for many years, the Syracuse Peace Council. He left Syracuse in 1957 to work for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in peace education. Whitney's major peace work was in the area of counseling conscientious objectors to war (COs), particularly those in Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps. In 1941 he helped establish the New York State Board for Civilian Public Service, which attempted to counsel and assist Conscientious Objectors in New York state.
Restrictions to Access
Yes, the records of this collection are restricted until the year 2020. Personal information from this collection must be disguised and the identity of the individual/s concerned not be disclosed.
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Alternate Form of Material
Gift of his sister Mildred C. Whitney, the Syracuse Peace Council & the American Friends Service Committee
Collection reprocessed & checklist revised by Anne Yoder, November 2001; finding aid prepared by Chloe Lucchesi- Malone, August 2009.
[Identification of item], in the Norman J. Whitney Papers (DG 061), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Syracuse Peace Council (CDG-A)
Norman Jehiel Whitney (1891-1967) was a Quaker teacher, writer and devoted peace worker. From 1919-1957, he taught English at Syracuse University (New York), during which time he helped establish and directed for many years the Syracuse Peace Council. He left Syracuse in 1957 to work for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in peace education.
Whitney's major peace work was in the area of counseling conscientious objectors to war (COs), particularly those in Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps. In 1941 he helped establish the New York State Board for Civilian Public Service, which attempted to counsel and assist Conscientious Objectors in New York state. Whitney also served in various positions with the American Friends Service Committee, including Field Representative for New York and New England, National Secretary for Peace Eduction, and as Peace Consultant. His activities sometimes overlapped, and this collection of papers reflects those often dual roles. In the 2001 reprocessing of the papers, it was often difficult to discern which entity Whitney was associated with at the time a particular folder was created, so that the organizing designations used below should be not be considered as entirely definite.
Correspondents include Stephen G. Cary, Harrop A. Freeman, Paul Comley French, Paul J. Furnas, Philip E. Jacob, Abraham Kaufman, Evan W. Thomas, Robert S. Vogel, Mildred C. Whitney, Harold P. Winchester, and many American Friends Service Committee staff members.
This collection consists mostly of Whitney's files on his work for conscientious objectors and the Civilian Public Service system in the 1940s.
A set of "Spectator Papers," edited by Whitney (from January 1943 until his death in 1967) was removed to the Periodical Collection. This set is not complete.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Box 1 (1/2 box)
Involvement with Syracuse Committee on Concientious Objector Counseling, 1942-1944