Ernest Votaw Family Papers, 1913-1929

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/154


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Abstract
Ernest Votaw (1894-1988) was the Quaker administrator of a child feeding program in Germany in 1919-1922. The collection contains reports and related materials (some in German) of the Friends Feeding Mission, 1910-1923, other activities of the American Friends Service Committee, and reference material collected by Ernest Votaw in post-war Germany concerning jail conditions and other social problems. The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence and four articles written by Ernest Votaw's father, Albert H. Votaw, presumably for publication in a Quaker periodical. Included is his account of Yearly Meetings in Richmond, Indiana, reminiscences of Indiana Friends, and a discussion on the subject of singing in meeting.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL Ernest Votaw (1894-1988) was the Quaker administrator of a child feeding program in Germany in 1919-1922. He was the son of Albert H. and Phebe Nicholson Votaw. His father, Albert H. Votaw (1850-1931) was a Pennsylvania Quaker active in prison reform. He was born in 1850 and grew up in Indiana.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT Ernest Votaw (b. 1894) was the Quaker administrator of a child feeding program in Germany in 1919-1922. The collection contains reports and related materials (some in German) of the Friends Feeding Mission, 1910-1923, other activities of the American Friends Service Committee, and reference material collected by Ernest Votaw in post-war Germany concerning jail conditions and other social problems. The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence and four articles written by Ernest Votaw's father, Albert H. Votaw, presumably for publication in a Quaker periodical. Included is his account of Yearly Meetings in Richmond, Indiana, reminiscences of Indiana Friends, and a discussion on the subject of singing in meeting.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into three series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • International relief --Germany
  • Quakers -- Indiana
  • Quakers -- International relief -- Germany
  • Reconstruction (1914-1939)
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends
  • Votaw, Albert H. (Albert Hiatt), 1850-1931
  • Votaw, Ernest, 1894-1988
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 2000
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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, n.d.

Sketch of the life of Ernest Votaw brief and description of the twelve teachers of his mother, Anna M. Votaw. Box 1

Ser. 2. Albert H. Votaw (1850-1931), 1913-1922, n.d.

Correspondence
Includes letters from Hiram Hadley, Henry Hodgkin, George W. Kirchwey, regarding views on ministry, unity, suggested subjects to include in reporting jail conditions, and other matters.
7/21/1913-12/9/1922 Box 1

Four articles
Presumably for publication in a Quaker periodical. Included is an account of Yearly Meetings in Richmond, Indiana, reminiscences of Indiana Friends, and a discussion on the subject of singing in meeting. Prveiously cited as SC 139.
Box 1

Ser. 3. Ernest Votaw (b. 1894), 1920-1921, n.d.

Friends German Mission papers
Includes mimeographed reports of German mission of the AFSC; description of its work and of its re-organization; graphs; bulletins outlining procedures for district officers; clippings; list of personnel; reunion letters (2 c. 7/1922, 6/1923) of Friends Service; AFSC bulletins; and miscellaneous material such as feeding mission tickets.
Box 1

Reference material, Other Quaker material
Excerpts from minutes of General Meeting of Friends, held at Fritchley, Derbyshire, England, 1917; minute from same General Meeting, 1919 to the Mtg. of Friends in America or elsewhere...; leaflet issued by the Society of Friends in Great Britain, London, 1919, pamphlet containing two articles, (1) "The Quakers", by Alfons Paquet, (2) "A Letter to the Quakers", by Wilhelm Schäfer; Directory of Delegates to the All Friends Conference, London, 1920; booklets listing names, addresses of those present at the International Conference of Young Friends, Jordan, 1920; program of Five Years Meeting of Friends, Richmond, Indiana, 1922; series of outlines for course of study on The Life and Teachings of Jesus, prepared by Elbert Russell, for use at Woolman School, fall of 1922; 2 flyers of Friends' Union for International Service; typewritten copy of The Declaration of Faith, regarding "the form of its faith" in the Society of Friends, author not given.
Box 1

Reference material, Non-Quaker, in English
Includes periodical, The Crusader; "Thirty-Three Questions About Germany;" Leaflet, What is the Young Democracy?
1920-1921 Box 1

Reference material, in German
Includes Alfons Paquet article "The Quakers"; program prepared for visit of Quakers to orphanage at Rummelsburg; letter of appreciation from Youth Commission in Berlin to Quaker Feeding Mission; cartoon with inscription "The League of Nations has only stones for Germany -the Quakers have bread"; materials on Quaker views and practices.
Box 1

Pictures
Includes napshots; family, Feeding Mission, scenes and events in Germany such as Kapp Putsch, Quaker groups in England. Some not labeled.
Box 1