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Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator, and author, served as the Headmaster of Baltimore Friends School, Chairman of Friends General Conference, and Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting. The collection contains many of his scrapbooks, including “A Forbush Chronicle” is the three volume manuscript 1896-1976, with additions to 1979, of his autobiography. Also in this collection are the manuscripts of Elias Hicks, Quaker Liberal, and A History of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends, and notes for Moses Sheppard, Quaker Philanthropist of Baltimore. Also includes a small collection of correspondence and papers of his wife, La Verne Hill Forbush.
|TIME LINE OF SERVICE|
|1921-1943||Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting|
|1928-1943||Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting|
|1923-1960||Instructor of the Bible|
|1941-1949||Chairman of the Friends General Conference|
|1941-1950||Member of American Section of the World Council of Churches|
|1943-1960||Headmaster of Friends' School, Baltimore|
|1948||delegate to the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches|
|1961-1971||President of the Board of Trustees of The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital|
Additional Authors and Contributors
Ser. 1. Bliss Forbush (1896-1987); 1835-1979
|Subseries 1. “A Forbush Chronicle” (autobiography of Bliss Forbush), 1896-1979|
|Vol. 1||1896-1939||Box 1|
|Vol. 2||1939-1960||Box 2|
|Vol. 3||1960-1976||Box 3|
|Epilogue II||1977-78||Box 3|
|Epilogue III||1979||Box 3|
|“Talks given home Meeting”
The journal contains dates, titles and subjects of talks.
|Subseries 2. “The Treasure Chest,” 1915-1978
The 20 bound volumes go to 1973, additions cover 1973-1977, and family correspondence of 1978 is included. Contains much personal correspondence, but also many papers pertaining to Bliss Forbush's work as Headmaster of Friends School, Baltimore from 1943-1960.
|(20 bound vols + additions)||Box 4|
|Subseries 3. “My Baltimore Book” (scrapbooks), 1921-1943
Contains the record of Bliss Forbush's work as Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, in cooperation with the Advisory Committee. Includes copies of minutes of the meetings of the Advisory Committee, programs, announcements, clippings, snapshots, etc.
|(22 vols)||Box 4|
|Subseries 4. “Baltimore Yearly Meeting Advancement Committee,” 1928-1943
These scrapbooks contain the record of Bliss Forbush's work as Secretary of the Advancement Committee. Includes copies of the minutes of meetings of the Committee, programs, announcements, clippings, snapshots, etc.
|(11 vols)||Box 4|
|Subseries 5. World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, 1948
Album and Program. Bliss Forbush was appointed as a representative to the Council by Friends General Conference. LaVerne Forbush also attended as an accredited visitor. Album contains clippings, photographs, and some correspondence.
|Subseries 6. Album, mostly correspondence
The album was presented to honor Bliss and LaVerne Forbush when he retired as Headmaster of Friends School, Baltimore. Presented by the Parents' Auxiliary of the School.
|Subseries 7. Books and articles, 1835-1972, n.d.|
|Elias Hicks, Quaker Liberal; 1835-1956
Published by Columbia University Press, 1956. Folder of miscellaneous papers used by Forbush in writing the book includes:
|(typewritten ms. and proof sheets)||Box 6|
|Hicks family genealogical material||Box 7|
|Notes on photographs of persons and houses in Old Westbury and Jericho, New York||Box 7|
|Maps and charts||Box 7|
|Elias Hicks (bust)||Box 7|
|Elias Hicks's home in Jericho||Box 7|
|Elias Hicks's cherry desk||Box 7|
|Marriage certificate of Elias Hicks and Jemima Seaman.||Box 7|
|Biographical sketch of Elias Hicks from Hannah L.||Box 7|
|Robbins's notebook, copied by Phebe U. Seaman,||1900 4mo 3||Box 7|
|Account of Jemima Hicks's funeral service from newspaper||1835.||(ms. copy)||Box 7|
|“Orthodox Reflections...” and Elias Hicks's reply||Box 7|
|Scrapbook of reviews.||Box 7|
|Moses Sheppard, Quaker Philanthropist of Baltimore||Box 7|
|Lippincott, notes for||1968||Box 7|
|A History of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends, published by the Yearly Meeting in 1972
Manuscript as edited by Alfred Stefferud.
|“Three Hundred Years of Quakerism in Maryland, Virginia and Central Pennsylvania”||Box 8|
|“A History of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends”||Box 8|
|Articles, 1928-1939, n.d.|
|“Quaker education in Maryland as found in the discipline”
A term paper for Johns Hopkins.
|“Permanent contributions of Quakerism”
From a talk delivered at Abington Friends Meeting.
|March 6, 1938||Box 9|
|“Teuton and Semite in Germany”||1939||Box 9|
|Bible study guides published by Friends General Conference|
|A study of the Old Testament||Box 9|
|The life of Jesus||Box 9|
|The life and letters of Paul||Box 9|
|The growth of the Bible||Box 9|
|Bible study guide: The Old Testament published for Friends School, Baltimore||Box 9|
|Subseries 8. Miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1939-1976|
|General correspondence, 1939-1976||Box 9|
Includes travelling minute for Bliss and Laverne Forbush to Friends Centers in Europe 1939, signed by Clarence Pickett.
|1939-1947||(one folder)||Box 9|
Correspondents are Sam Legg, Carol (Albrecht) Penn, Robert W. Gibson, W. Berkeley Mann.
|1972-1976||(one folder)||Box 9|
|Papers concerning Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital||1969-1976|
|Letter from William V. S. Tubman, President of Liberia||Box 9|
|Reference material||Box 9|
|Papers concerning Detroit Friends School, 1962, including:|
|Letter from Bliss Forbush to Peter Ashurkoff||1962 9mo 11||Box 9|
|Letter from Peter Ashurkoff to Bliss Forbush||1962 8mo 29||Box 9|
|Draft statement of purposes, Detroit Friends School||August, 1962||Box 9|
|Recommendations of the Curriculum Committee||Box 9|
|Recommendations of the Personnel Committee||Box 9|
|Subseries 9. Memorabilia, 1949-1956, n.d.
Mostly honorary degrees and citations.
|State of Maryland: Appointment as a Trustee of Morgan State College||1949||Box 9|
|Picture of Board of Trustees of Morgan State College||1956||Box 9|
|Baltimore Urban League: Citation||Box 9|
|Encyclopaedia Britannica, Certificate as a Contributor||Box 9|
|Morgan State College. Degree of Doctor of Laws||1954||Box 9|
|Citation for LL.D. Morgan State College||Box 9|
|Citation accompanying the degree of Doctor of Laws from Swarthmore College||Box 9|
Ser. 2. LaVerne Hill Forbush (1894-1990), 1955, n.d.
|Correspondence and material on the Baltimore potters||Box 9|
|Manuscript of “The sufferings of Friends in Maryland”||Box 9|
|Notes on Quaker china makers||Box 9|
|Picture and reference material on Friends' Hymnal||1955||Box 9|
Ser. 3. William Byron Forbush (1868-1927)
|“Knights of King Arthur”
Four pamphlets of the church fraternity.
Ser. 4. Forbush Family Reference material, 1971-1973, n.d.
|Christmas cards||Box 9|
|Table of contents of autobiography||Box 9|
|Bibliography of material on Quakers and slavery in America presented to Morgan State College||Box 9|
|“The Highlander Myth” by Hugh Trevor-Roper||Box 9|
|Checklists of material received from Bliss Forbush||1971-1973||Box 9|