Howard Haines Turner Papers, 1927-1995

(16 boxes; 8 linear ft.)

RG 5/210


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Abstract
Howard Haines Turner (1909-1996) was a Quaker economist and educator who was active in a variety of social concerns, particularly in improving the justice system. He also had a lifelong interest in cooperative communities and worked in South Vietnam under the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL
Howard Haines Turner (1909-1996) was a Quaker economist and educator who was active in a variety of social concerns, particularly in improving the justice system. He also had a lifelong interest in cooperative communities and worked in South Vietnam under the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
1909-1930, 1931-1941 Born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 12, 1909, the son of Henry Chandlee (1871-1954) and Charlotte Chapman (1877-1942) Turner, he graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Political Science in 1930. He married Catherine Pierson (1910-1999) two days after his Commencement, and then left for Europe to study at the London School of Economics. The couple returned to the United States the following year. Haines Turner did graduate study at Columbia University from 1931-33, and was awarded a Ph.D. from Columbia in 1941.
1937-38, 1941 Turner held a number of jobs during his career. He began work as a statistician with the economic advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was employed as the Executive Secretary of the District of Columbia Cooperative Federation from 1937-38, and also was an instructor at the University of Texas and the Wharton School. In 1941 he joined the staff of Pendle Hill, a Quaker conference center in suburban Philadelphia, Pa., where he developed short-term courses to broaden the outlook of labor union members.
1957-1973 In 1957 he joined the faculty of Earlham College, and two years later moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where he was an Associate Professor of Labor and Economics at Indiana University. He retired from Indiana in 1973.
1940s-1950s Partially due to the influence of Clair Wilcox at Swarthmore College, Haines Turner refused his inheritance from his father, one of the founders of Turner Construction Company. He strongly believed in living on the fruits on his own labor. While he was at Pendle Hill, Turner took a leave of absence to work as a laborer for Magma Copper Company in Arizona, farm hand at Losantville, Indiana, and machine operator for Chevrolet Motor Company in Muncie, Indiana. From 1951-52 he worked as an office worker, and later worked for the American Labor Education Service and for the Amalgamated Food and Allied Workers Union of New Jersey. His job at Indiana allowed him to develop off-campus courses for labor unions in the State, establish advisory committees of local union officers, and coordinate a Union Leadership Program. After his retirement he continued to work part-time for the Labor Center.
1966-1982 Turner was an active member of the Society of Friends. In 1966-1967, he took a leave of absence and did volunteer work for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), establishing a social service project in South Vietnam and recruiting personnel for a medical project at Quang Ngai. At home, he was involved in working to improve conditions in the penal system. He visited prisoners in the local county jail, maintained correspondence with some of them, and tried to assist in their rehabilitation. He was a cofounder of Citizens for Juvenile Justice. He and his wife played a significant role in founding the Community Kitchen of Bloomington in 1982. He was also one of the founders of Harmony School in 1975, which was originally begun to serve disadvantaged children. He was also interested in intentional and cooperative communities.
1910-1999 His wife, nicknamed Cay, was born Catherine Clark Pierson (1910-1999), the daughter of Senator and Mrs. Arthur Pierson of Westfield, N.J. She graduated from the Mary Lyon School of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and was a member of the class of 1933 of Swarthmore College.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The Turner Papers are the archives of H. Haines Turner. Materials include a full range of personal documents, diplomas and certificates, financial and medical records, some personal and family correspondence, particularly in his later years, as well as his files of the courses that he taught at Earlham, Indiana University, and other institutions of higher learning. Of particular interest are his letters home from Vietnam while he was there under the auspices of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in the mid 1960's; some of these were previously published by the AFSC. Also included is his correspondence with prisoners in Indiana and documentation of the work that he did with inmates.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into five series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Adult education and state
  • American Friends Service Committee -- Relief work -- Vietnam
  • Church and social problems -- Society of Friends
  • Indiana --- Quakers
  • Indiana University -- Faculty
  • Labor union members
  • Pennsylvania--Quakers
  • Prison reform--Quakers
  • Relief work--Quakers
  • Relief work--Vietnamese Conflict, 1961 1975
  • Social reformers --Quaker
  • Society of Friends -- Prison reform
  • Swarthmore College -- Alumni
  • Vietnam --Quakers
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961 1975
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Turner, Catherine, 1910-1999
  • Turner, Howard Haines, 1909-
Credits
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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: Early Life & Education

Brooklyn Friends School diploma 1925 Box OE

Valedictory 1925 Box 1

George School diploma 1926 Box OE

Cost of Trip West (Haines & Talbot) 1927 Box 1

Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity certificate 1927 Box 1

College Papers 1927-30 Box 1

Course Notes 1927-32 & n.d. Box 1

Mary Lyon School diploma 1929 Box OE

The Youth Declaration for Peace 1929 Box 1

Clippings 1929-30 & n.d. Box 1

Swarthmore College diploma 1930 Box OE

Marriage certificate 1930 Box OE

Working Notes Ph.D. Research 1936-37 Box 1

Columbia University (Ph.D.) diploma 1941 Box OE

Ser. 2: Teaching & Other Employment

Miscellaneous economic memos &other papers 1934 Box 2

Weekly Review of Economic Situation in the United States (No. 1-28) 1935 Box 2

Weekly Business Review (Central Statistical Board) 1935 Box 2

Statistics U. of Texas 1939 Box 2

Labor Education 1944, 1952, 1956 Box 2

How to Teach (Rutgers) 1952 Box 2

Economics 274D Exams 1956 Box 2

Economics 1 outline 1956 Box 2

Econ 274 Current 1956 Box 2

Econ Theory 211 C2 1956 Box 2

Term Papers 1956 & n.d. Box 2

Social Economics (& Labor): Swarthmore College 1956-58 Box 2

Teaching job: correspondence etc. 1956-57 Box 2

211 Exam 1956-57 Box 2

Grades 1957-58 & 1958-59 Box 2

Economics 270 Exam 1957 Box 2

EC115 (Labor Economics) autobiographies at Indiana University 1957 Box 2

Econ 270 1957 Box 2

Econ 211 F (Econ Analysis) 1957 Box 2

Econ 112 1957 Box 3

Grievance Process 1957 Box 3

Course plans 1957 & n.d. Box 3

Exams Consumer Economics 1957-59 Box 3

Labor Economics Exams 1957-59 Box 3

Econ 1 1957-58 Box 3

Econ 1 Exams 1957-58 Box 3

Consumer Economics 1957-58 Box 3

Social Economics 1957-58 Box 3

Econ-Labor 1957-58 Box 3

Econ 2 1958 Box 3

Econ 2 Exams 1958 Box 3

Consumer Economics plans etc. 1958 Box 3

The Business Enterprise 1958 Box 3

Lectures at Pendle Hill Summer Session 1958 Box 3

Exams (Earlham) 1958 & n.d. Box 3

Notes on Housing 1958 & n.d. Box 3

Catalogue of Spring classes at Indiana University 1958-59 Box 3

Exams-Econ Comprehensive 1958-59 Box 3

Course Plans/Econ 1-2 1958-59 Box 3

Labor Economics 1958-59 Box 3

Econ 1 Notes Spring 1959 Box 3

Econ 106 1959 Box 3

Labor-Management Relations 1959 Box 3

Sabbatical ca.1963 Box 4

Education project report 1964 Box 4

IUP Notes 1970 Box 4

IU Project Expenses 1971, 1973 Box 4

Indianapolis Class 1973 Box 4

Correspondence with Walter Kendall
at the Labor Education & Research Center
1975 Box 4

Report of European Labor Study 1977 Box 4

Midwest Committee for Labor Study in Europe 1977-78 Box 4

Final Report to the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. 1978 Box 4

Mondale debate 1984 Box 4

Letters to Representatives and guest column
re: Economic Program
1992 Box 4

Notes and clippings on the Economy (pre-Clinton) 1992 Box 4

Letters to the Editor 1995 & n.d. Box 4

Ser. 3 Vietnam, AFSC, & Peace Work

AFSC Job Assignment 1966-67 Box 4

AFSC circulated letters from Vietnam 1966 Box 4

Correspondence sent 1966-67 Box 4

Correspondence received 1966-67 & 1980 Box 4

Speaking on Vietnam: Reports AFSC & IVS 1966-68 Box 4

New York Trip
re: Nat'l Rehabilitation Center (Saigon)
1967 Box 4

Civil Disobedience 1968 Box 4

Vietnam 1968 Personal Reports
reports of AFSC Social Service Workers etc., rec'd by Haines Turner
1968-70 Box 4

Citizens for Peace (Bloomington Ind.) 1968-75 Box 4

Nguyen Van Thang 1968-75 Box 4

Bloomington Committee for Aid to the Vietnamese People 1975 Box 4

Non Violence Workshop 1984 Box 4

AFSC Finance Work 1989-95 Box 4

Ser. 4 Prison Work

Jails including Recommendations Task Force 1976-78 Box 5

Jail Clippings 1977-82 Box 5

Food in Jail 1978 Box 5

Jail Conditions 1978-82 Box 5

Jail Visiting Talks 1979-84 Box 5

Vermont Youth Diversion Program 1980 Box 5

Bob Brummett 1985 Box 5

Correspondence rec'd from Billy Joe Chambers 1988-91 Box 5

Correspondence rec'd from Billy Joe Chambers 1992-93 Box 5

Case files and other information on Chambers ca.1990 Box 5

Correspondence rec'd from Mike Andrews 1985 Box 5

Ser. 5 Family & Personal Life

Autobiography n.d. Box 5

Vitae 1960-80 Box 5

Memorabilia
Drivers license, classification notices, passports, etc.
1930-48, 1976, 1984 Box 5

Catherine P. Turner memorabilia
birth certificate (copy), mileage ration records, passport, etc
1910-45, 1984 Box 5

Journal 1935-37 Box 6

Journal (travels) 1947-48 Box 6

Travels 1947-48 Box 6

Journal & family letters 1943-46, 1955 Box 6

Evaluating My Life Activities
inc. Personal Journal
1955-56 & 1967 Box 6

My Thoughts & Plans/Project 1963-64 Box 6

Joan Bennett & Planning (life goals) 1979-83 Box 6

Calendars and phone logs, 1949-1995

Calendars and phone logs 1949-1953

Calendars and phone logs 1949-53 Box 6

Calendars and phone logs 1959-65 Box 6

Calendars and phone logs 1966-69 Box 6

Calendars and phone logs 1970-75 Box 7

Calendars and phone logs 1976-79 Box 7

Calendars and phone logs 1980-83 Box 7

Calendars and phone logs 1981-84 Box 7

Calendars and phone logs 1985-87 Box 7

Calendars and phone logs 1988-91 Box 8

Calendars and phone logs 1992-95 Box 8

Correspondence with Henry C. Turner 1948-51 Box 8

Correspondence with Clark P. Turner 1951, 1962-87 Box 8

Correspondence with Richard T. Turner 1971-72 Box 8

Correspondence with James Rigbie Turner 1970-84 Box 9

Family correspondence 1948 Box 9

Family correspondence 1983-92 Box 9

Correspondence about travels 1947-48 Box 9

Correspondence 1930-1996 Box 9

Correspondence 1930 Box 9

Correspondence 1933-56 Box 9

Correspondence 1955-70 Box 9

Correspondence 1971 Box 9

Correspondence 1972-77 Box 9

Correspondence 1978-80 Box 9

Correspondence 1981-82 Box 9

Correspondence 1983-87 Box 9

Correspondence 1988-90 Box 9

Correspondence 1991-94 Box 9

Correspondence 1995-96 Box 10

Correspondence: Bob & Sue Turner 1974-95 Box 10

Correspondence: Joseph Mire and Alice Cook 1975-76 Box 10

Marlee Turner Coughlan 1971-78 Box 10

Bob Lindesmith 1989 & n.d. Box 10

Lance Woodruff 1973-76 Box 10

Keith Turner 1981 Box 10

Addresses (including correspondence) 1973-94 Box 10

Bills 1977-95 Box 10

Checks 1987-88 Box 11

IU Credit Union: Statements 1978-94 Box 11

Contributions, 1987-1994 Box 11

Contributions 1987-90 Box 11

Contributions 1991-92 Box 11

Contributions 1994 Box 11

Finance debts 1971-77 Box 11

Property on Harrell Road 1959-72 Box 11

Vermont property 1972-85 Box 11

830 S. Woodlawn 1987-95 Box 11

Retirement Planning: Friends Village & Chandler Hall 1991 Box 11

Insurance (Health & Fire) 1959-67 Box 11

Home Fire Insurance Policy 1972 Box 11

Cambridge apartment 1970 Box 11

Car 1989-95 Box 11

Life Insurance/TIAA 1974 Box 11

Social Security 1974-75 Box 11

Indiana tax & correspondence, -1994 Box 11

Indiana tax & correspondence to 1981 -1981 Box 11

Indiana tax 1971-81 Box 11

Indiana tax 1982-83 Box 11

Indiana Tax 1984-94 Box 11

Indiana Tax 1994 Box 11

Tax returns 1939-41 Box 11

IRS, 1956-1994 Box 12

IRS 1956-69 Box 12

IRS 1970-73 Box 12

IRS 1974-77 Box 12

IRS 1978-80 Box 12

IRS 1981-83 Box 12

IRS 1984-85 Box 12

IRS 1986-88 Box 13

IRS 1989-91 Box 13

IRS 1992-93 Box 13

IRS 1994-95 Box 13

IRS (Cay's securities) 1991,92, 1994 Box 13

Refusal to pay 1977-83 Box 13

Unpaid tax notices 1984-85 Box 13

Homer L. Morris Fund 1975-86 Box 13

Charlotte Chapman Turner Trust 1958-74 Box 13

HHT Trust: Morgan Guarantee et. al. 1955-79 Box 13

Hilliard-Lyons Securities 1981-85 Box 14

Hilliard-Lyons Securities 1986-87 Box 14

Kemper Money Market Fund 1987 Box 14

Trust Accounts: Townie, Rigbie, & Clark Box 14

Legacy to Clark Townie & Rig 1973-90 Box 14

Property (Securities etc.) 1937-68 Box 14

Provident Custodians Account: Securities 1959-62 Box 14

Charlotte C. Turner trusts 1944-77 Box 14

CPT Trust 1993-95 Box 14

Trust correspondence with WW. Marshall Schmidt 1977-87 Box 14

Sale of Securities 1938-64 Box 14

H.C. Turner will 1954-75 Box 15

Newspaper Clippings on Inheritances 1931-32 & n.d. Box 15

Eye Exams and Prescriptions 1962-94 Box 15

Medical, 1964-1995 Box 15

Medical 1964-78 Box 15

Medical 1979 Box 15

Medical 1980-85 Box 15

Medical 1986 Box 15

Medical 1987 Box 15

Medical 1988 Box 15

Medical 1989 Box 15

Medical 1990-91 Box 15

Medical 1992-93 Box 15

Medical 1994 Box 15

Medical 1995 Box 15

Final care & cremation instructions 1970 Box 15

Memorial minutes 1996 Box 15

Family Meetings 1943 & n.d. Box 15

Henry C. Turner biographical notes/family reunion 1976-81 Box 15

The Narrative of Col. Jas. Rigbie by H.C. Forman n.d. Box 15

Genealogical research: Turner/Chapman families 1991-92 Box 15

Journal (transcript) of R.T. Turner 1836-37 Box 15

Meeting business 1990-91 Box 15

Cecil Meeting 1976 Box 15

Photography lists 1967-78 Box 16

Quotations 1984 Box 16

Woodbrook & Fircroft 1961 Box 16

Columbia University Press: Case Studies of Consumers Cooperatives 1941-55 Box 16

Macedonia Coop Community 1947-57 Box 16

Book on Coops: correspondence 1940-41 Box 16

Bryn Gweled 1967 Box 16

D.C. Co-ops 1937-38 Box 16

Notes on Small Community Experiments 1974 Box 16

School for International Training 1973-77 Box 16

Loescher award 1981 Box 16

Retreat places 1982 Box 16

Harmony School 1987-94 Box 16

Library for the Blind 1986-95 Box 16

Pendle Hill Publications orders 1979 Box 16

Letters to the Editor 1995 & n.d. Box 16