Wilbur K. (Wilbur Kelsey) Thomas Papers, 1914-1933

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG 5/149


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Abstract
Wilbur K. Thomas (1882-1953), a Quaker born in Indiana, was executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee from 1918 to 1929. He graduated from Friends University in 1904, served as pastor of various Quaker churches, graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1907, earned a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1914, and was a member of Boston Friends Meeting after 1909. He was director of the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia from 1930 to 1946. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence (1918-1933), speeches and writings relating to his work with the AFSC and as a pastor in Quaker communities. Topics covered include peace, civil liberties, social service, prisons, and relief activities in Russia in 1922, as well as his Ph.D. dissertation, "the Social Service of Quakerism."

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL Wilbur K. Thomas (1882-1953), a Quaker born in Indiana, was executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee from 1918 to 1929. He graduated from Friends University in 1904, served as pastor of various Quaker churches, graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1907, earned a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1914, and was a member of Boston Friends Meeting after 1909. He was director of the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia from 1930 to 1946.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains biographical material, correspondence (1918-1933), speeches and writings relating to his work with the AFSC and as a pastor in Quaker communities. Topics covered include peace, civil liberties, social service, prisons, and relief activities in Russia in 1922, as well as his Ph.D. dissertation, "the Social Service of Quakerism."

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into six series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • International relief -- Russia
  • Peace -- Societies, etc
  • Prison reform -- Religious aspects -- Society of Friends
  • Quakers - World War, 1914-1918 - Civilian relief
  • Quakers -- Massachusetts
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Russia -- Civilian relief
  • Society of Friends -- United States
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Civilian relief
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Thomas, Wilbur K. (Wilbur Kelsey), 1882-1953
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 1957
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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. Biographical Material
Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1918-1933

Correspondence 1918-1933 Box 1

Ser. 3. Addresses, 1922-1933 & n.d.; Writings, 1915-1934 & n.d.

"The Need for the Denominational School" 1922 Box 1

"American Participation in European Affairs" 1923 Box 1

"The Kellogg Treaty" (abstract) 1928 Box 1

"World Peace and the Future" 1929 Box 1

"The Christian and the State" 1930 Box 1

"The Individual Responsibility for World Peace" 1933 Box 1

"Twenty-third World Peace Congress" n.d. Box 1

"The Strength of Passive Resistance" n.d. Box 1

"On the Application of Christian Principles to Present Day Conditions' n.d. Box 1

"The Social Service of Quakerism" (Ph. D. Thesis, Boston University" 1914 Box 1

"Facts Concerning the Conscientious Objector During the World War 1917-1918" n.d. Box 1

"Food and Friendship for the Russian People" 1922 Box 1

"Special Training for Religious Service" n.d. Box 1

"Why Friends are Opposed to War" Box 1

Includes other published and unpublished writings.

Ser. 4. AFSC Archives
Box 1

AFSC Archives, sorting lists, and checklist of containers.

Ser. 5. Pictures
Box 1

Ser. 6. Miscellaneous Reference Material
Organized alphabetically by topic.


American Friends Service Committee Box 2

Boudinot, Elias Box 2

Civil Liberties Box 2

Conscientious Objectors Box 2

Germany Prisons Box 2

Quakers Box 2

Russia Box 2

War and Peace Box 2