An Inventory of the Bliss Forbush Papers, circa 1915-1945

(9 boxes and 53 volumes; 21 linear ft.)

RG 5/043


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Abstract
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.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE 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. He was born in 1896, the son of William B. and Maud Forbush. He married E. La Verne Hill (1894-1990) in 1915.

Most of the material in this collection is in the form of scrapbooks kept by Bliss Forbush. They record his work as Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, 1921-1943, as Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1928-1943, and as Instructor in Bible, 1923-1960 and later Headmaster of Friends School, Baltimore, 1943-1960. He was Chairman of Friends General Conference 1941-1949. He also served as a member of the American Section of the World Council of Churches, 1941-1950 and as a delegate to the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1948. He was President of the Board of Trustees of The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital from 1961-1971. For complete biographical information see Who's Who in America v.33, 1964-65.

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
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS The Bliss Forbush Papers contain the papers of Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator and author, and reveal a detailed picture of Quaker life in Baltimore, Maryland for most of the 20th century.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into four series:

Series I is majority of the collection, and within this Series, the material is divided into subseries:


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Subjects
  • Baltimore (Md.) -- Education -- Schools
  • Baltimore (Md.) -- Quakers
  • Baltimore Monthly Meeting of Friends
  • Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends (Hicksite: 1828-1968)
  • Friends General Conference (U.S.)
  • Friends School (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Maryland -- Quakers
  • Quakers -- Education
  • Quakers -- Maryland
  • Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Forbush, Bliss, 1896-1990
  • Forbush, La Verne, 1894-1990
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1986
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

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.
1931-1964 Box 3

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.
Box 5

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.
Box 5

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

Photographs:

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.
1972 Box 8

“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.
1928 Box 9

“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

Correspondence
Includes travelling minute for Bliss and Laverne Forbush to Friends Centers in Europe 1939, signed by Clarence Pickett.
1939-1947 (one folder) Box 9

Correspondence
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.
Box 9

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

Clippings Box 9

Checklists of material received from Bliss Forbush 1971-1973 Box 9