An Inventory of the Anna Bassett Griscom Papers, ca. 1914-1962

(4 boxes; 2 linear ft.)

RG 5/053


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Abstract
Anna Bassett Griscom (Elkinton) (1889-1974) was a prominent American Quaker active in the peace movement. She served as Executive Secretary of the Friends General Conference, chairman of a committee to organize the Friends World Conference held at Swarthmore College in 1937, chairman of the Friends Peace Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and was a founder of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She married J. Passmore Elkinton in 1931. The collection includes correspondence, speeches and writings, and miscellaneous manuscripts of Anna B. Griscom. Of particular interest is material relating to Woodbrooke, a Quaker study center in England where she worked in 1914, and of the Friends World Conference in 1937.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE Anna Bassett Griscom (Elkinton) (1889-1974) was a prominent American Quaker, active in the peace movement. She graduated from Friends Central School, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Executive Secretary of the Friends General Conference, chairman of a committee to organize the Friends World Conference held at Swarthmore College in 1937, chairman of the Friends Peace Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and was a founder of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She married J. Passmore Elkinton in 1931.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS The collection includes correspondence, speeches and writings, and miscellaneous manuscripts of Anna B. Griscom. Of particular interest is material relating to Woodbrooke, a Quaker study center in England where she worked in 1914, and of the Friends World Conference in 1937.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into five series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Bassett family
  • Elkinton family
  • Friends World Conference
  • Griscom family
  • Peace
  • Quakers - Peace
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Woodbrooke College (Birmingham, England)
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Elkinton, J. Passmore (Joseph Passmore), 1887-1971
  • Griscom, Anna Bassett, 1889-1974
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: ca. 1963
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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. Genealogical material

Genealogical charts of Griscom & Bassett families
Includes one binder of Griscom-Bassett genealogical data, and one binder of Bassett genealogical data.
(2 binders)

Photographic copy of Tree of Norwegian Clans, prepared by Dagney Tischendorf Box 1

Biographical papers relating to Mary Williams Shoemaker estate 1938-1953 Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1914-1967

Letters written home by Anna B. Griscom, 1914
Written during her stay at Woodbrooke and while travelling in England and on the Continent, 1914. Among letters of special interest:
1914

to Mrs. Cornelia B. Wistar, aunt
Letter comments on London Y.M.; mentions of Joseph Elkinton and family.
5-25-14 Box 2

to Mrs. Cornelia B. Wistar
Contains further comments on London Y.M. and attitude toward Phila. Y.M. (Race St.). Costs of travel.
6-2-14 Box 2

to John Milton Griscom (brother)
Describes Cadbury factory, particularly measures for welfare of employees.
6-11-14 Box 2

to Mrs. Mary M. Griscom (mother)
Comments on the beginning of the First World War.
8-5-14 Box 2

Anna B. Griscom to Margaret Broomell, during her stay at Woodbrooke 1914. Box 2

General correspondence 1915-1931 Box 2

Letters by Anna Griscom (Elkinton) for Round Robin of Swarthmore College friends 1923-1964 with gaps, 1963-1967 Box 2

Letter by Anna Griscom (Elkinton) to Winterthur Museum
re: gift of chairs.
1961. Box 2

Ser. 3. Speeches and Writings, 1914-1955, n.d.
By Anna B. Griscom, ms. and printed.


“The Christian Basis of a Peace Conviction,” by Anna B. Griscom. n.d. (ms. notes.) Box 2

“The Do's and Don'ts For Peace,” to Dr. Ueda, by Anna Griscom Elkinton and J. Passmore Elkinton n.d. (typewritten) Box 2

“The 75th Birthday of J. Passmore Elkinton, January 18, 1962,” by Anna Griscom Elkinton. (typewritten) Box 2

“Fellowship of Reconciliation,” by Anna B. Griscom. n.d. (ms. notes) Box 2

Germantown Friends Association

Correspondence, A.B.G. to Thos. H. Shoemaker 1917 Box 2

Secretary's Report, by Anna B. Griscom. 1916-1917 (typewritten, 2 copies) Box 2

“Explanation," by Anna B. Griscom. 1917? (typewritten, 2 copies) Box 2

“Is the Spiritual Force of Love Stronger than the Physical Force of Might?” by Anna B. Griscom n.d. (printed, 3 copies) Box 2

Jamaica, “A New Yearly Meeting Is Born,” by Anna Griscom Elkinton.
2 clippings from The American Friend.
5-8-1941 Box 2

“Elizabeth Lloyd - A Memorial,” by Elizabeth Powell Bond
Clipping from Friends Intelligencer with quotation from Anna B. Griscom.
6-23-1917

“Lucretia Mott,” by Anna B. Griscom 1928 Box 2

“My Philosophy,” verse, by Anna B. Griscom. 1928 (typewritten) Box 2

“New Life,” A Symbolic Morality Play by Anna B. Griscom. (typewritten) Box 2

“Our Canadian Venture,” clipping from Friends Intelligencer, by Anna Griscom Elkinton
Attached: typewritten copy of devotional talks on “The Way,” given by Anna Griscom Elkinton at Canadian and Genesee Y.M.'s, 1940; and program of the Meetings, held at Pickering College, Newmarket, Ont.
7-20-1940. Box 2

Letter on pacifism to editor of American Friend, by Anna Griscom Elkinton
In reply to two articles by Brand Blanshard on the subject. Also letter by Brand Blanshard to A. G. E., 8-15-1941, regarding her reply.
8-6-1941 Box 2

Peace Crusaders, correspondence regarding, 1928, 1931 Box 2

Phila. Y.M. program,
Anna Griscom Elkinton was chairman of Committee which formulated the program.
1955 Box 2

“The Quaker Peace Testimony and the Scientific Interpretation of Human Progress. Cooperation vs. Competition,” by Anna B. Griscom. n.d. (typewritten) Box 2

“The relative importance and effect of the peace and war theories in some of the ancient civilizations,” by Anna B. Griscom. n.d. Box 2

"Studies of the Separation of 1827, made by a group of 12 Young Friends" (including Anna Griscom) 1912-1913 Box 2

Social Service Papers and Studies, 1923-1924, n.d. Includes:

Report for Annual Meeting 1923 (ms.) Box 2

Pamphlet, The Working Children of Philadelphia, by Anna B. Griscom
The White-Williams Foundation, Phila., 1924, Bulletin Series No. 30.
1924 (2 copies) Box 2

“The Working Children of Philadelphia. A Study of the Work of 3,312 Continuation School Children,” by Anna B. Griscom. n.d. (typewritten) Box 2

“Social Service; Our Quaker Inheritance, and Its Modern Application,” by Anna B. Griscom? n.d. (typewritten) Box 2

“Analysis and Follow-Up Study of the First Children Placed by the Children's Bureau,” by Anna B. Griscom? (typewritten) Box 2

“Altruistic Tendencies of Modern Life,” by Anna B. Griscom? (typewritten, 2 copies) Box 2

“The Strong Points of the Quaker Doctrine,” by Anna B. Griscom. (ms., 2 copies) Box 2

“War and Social Idealism,” by Anna B. Griscom.
Thesis for M.A. in Sociology.
1918 (typewritten, 2 copies) Box 2

"What Should Be The Message of Friends Today?" by Anna B. Griscom
Published by Friends General Conference, Phila.
n.d. (typewritten copy, 7 printed copies) Box 2

“The Whittier Guest House Conference,” by Anna B. Griscom? 1916? (ms.) Box 2

Woodbrooke, 1914-1953, n.d. Includes:

“A Letter from Woodbrooke to Phila. Young Friends Association," by Anna B. Griscom
Clipping from Friends Intelligencer for that date.
7-25-1914 (2 copies) Box 2

The Woodbrooke International Journal, Special Reunion Number
No. 52, pub. by International Old Woodbrookers' Assoc. Contains article “Re-Union Through American Eyes”, by Anna Griscom Elkinton. Also 2 typewritten copies.
Dec. 1946 Box 2

“Woodbrooke's Contribution to the Development of Efficiency in Religion,” by Anna B. Griscom
No. 52, pub. by International Old Woodbrookers' Assoc. Contains article “Re-Union Through American Eyes”, by Anna Griscom Elkinton. Also 2 typewritten copies.
n.d. Box 2

Review, “Woodbrooke, 1903-1905,” by Anna Griscom Elkinton. 11-1-1953 (typewritten) Box 2

“The Spirit of the Young Friends' Movement”, by Anna B. Griscom? (ms. & typewritten copies) Box 2

Program of the Young Friends Movement during Yearly Meeting 1916 Box 2

Ser. 4. Friends World Conference material, 1934-1956

Friends World Conference Committee handbook of Anna Griscom Elkinton
Handbook for while serving as chairman of the Committee.
1934-1937 Box 3

Letters of appreciation regarding Friends World Conference at Swarthmore
With some related printed items. Addressed mainly to Anna Griscom Elkinton.
1937, 1936-1943 Box 3

Other Friends World Conference material, 1935-1956, n.d.
Arranged chronologically.
Box 3

The Messenger of Phila. Y.M., re: FWC 1935 6mo Box 3

Clipping from The Friend (London)
Article, p.407, re: FWC to be held 9/1 to 9/8/1937.
5-8-1936 Box 3

The Friend (London), "Preparing For The World Conference” 10-16-1936 Box 3

The Friend (Phila.)
Containing article, p. 465, “The Story of the Conference”, by Anna Griscom Elkinton, and other articles re: the Conference.
6-17-1937 Box 3

Friends Intelligencer, Friends World Conference Number
containing pictures of Conference leaders and some of the foreign delegates.
6-19-1937 Box 3

The Friend (Phila.), Conference pictures and summary of program. 7-1-1937 Box 3

The Friend (Phila.), "The World Conference." 9-23-1937 Box 3

The Friend (Phila.), "The World Conference." 10-7-1937 Box 3

Article by Anna Griscom Elkinton written for The American Friend
Article gives background and leading up to Friends World Conference at Oxford, 1952. Also, The American Friend, 11-22-1951, containing the article, p. 378, under the title “The Growth of Quaker World Fellowship, How it Came to Be.”
Nov. 1951 (typewritten copy) Box 3

Friends Journal, article, “A Concern and a Plea,” by J. Passmore and Anna G. Elkinton
Includes typewritten copy, 8/2/1956.
8-18-1956 (p. 522) Box 3

“Memorandum,” events leading up to FWC of 1937. (typewritten) Box 3

The Wayfarer, clipping of article “The Friends World Conference of 1937,” by Anna Griscom Elkinton. n.d. Box 3

Clipping, picture of Ethel Rhodes, and Anna Griscom Elkinton (chairman of FWC Committee). n.d. Box 3

“Visiting American Yearly Meetings in Preparation for the Friends World Conferences of 1937,” by Anna Griscom Elkinton Box 3

Ser. 5. Miscellaneous Material

Memorabilia Box 3

Reference Material Box 3

Photograph Albums (4 albums) Box 3,4