Philip W. Smith Papers, 1906-1981

(4 boxes; 2 linear ft.)

RG5/224


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Abstract
Philip W. Smith (1889-1981) was a Quaker dairyman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who was active in Russian concerns and a prominent peace activist. In 1925-1926, he spent two years on a collective farm in Russia, and in later life he traveled extensively for peace causes. He was a member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting. This collection contains his correspondence, several journals and day books, photographs, writings on Russia, dairy farm records, and information on various groups he was involved with.

Background note:
Philip W. Smith (1889-1981) was a Quaker dairyman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who was a prominent peace activist and active in Russian concerns. He was born May 3, 1889, on the family farm in New Hope to Heston Jacob and Anna (Johnson) Smith and was associated closely with his older brother, James Iden Smith, also a prominent Bucks County Quaker farmer. He attended the George School and later spent a few years at Penn State University. He married Edna Wood in 1913, and the couple had four children, but they later divorced. He subsequently married Anna Waterman. In 1925-1926, he and his wife and children lived in the U.S.S.R. where he worked with Russian Reconstruction, Inc., to learn about collective farming and give witness to his Quaker testimony. In 1958-1960 he again visited the U.S.S.R., and in later life, traveled widely for peace causes.

Smith was a member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting and as an ardent pacifist, wrote voluminous letters to congressmen, presidents, and newspaper editors. He died in 1981.

Scope and content
The collection consists of Smith’s personal correspondence (to friends, family, editors, congressmen and business acquaintances), his writings, records of various associations, and dairy cattle records.

Organization: Organized in 6 series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Russia trips; 3. Journals; 4. Farm documents; 5. Writings and speeches; 6. Biographical and miscellaneous.


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

Copyright has not been assigned to the Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Library as the holder(s) of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Acquisition Information
Deposit, Lucille Smith Ulrich, 1981-82.

The collection was given to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection in 1981-1982 by Lucille Ulrich, who was the daughter of Philip W. Smith. The reminiscences were transferred to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College in 1995, and the bulk of the papers transferred in 2000.

Processing information
In 1995, Memories of a Life Time, 1973-1975. 1 v. with genealogical information was transferred to Friends Historical Library and catalogued as a Miscellaneous Manuscript, MSS 003/127. About the same time, staff in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection made a preliminary sort and subsequently transferred the bulk of the remaining papers to Friends Historical Library in 2000. Processing completed at FHL and placed in RG 5. Also from the same donor, Franklin's farm atlas of Bucks County, Penna. with clippings of Smith's letters to the editor to various newspapers and other memorabilia are pasted on blank pages among the maps. These materials were photocopied and the photocopies and miscellaneous material retained by the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. The Farm Atlas was transferred to Friends Historical Library.

Related material
Memories of a Life Time, 1973-1975. 1 v., MSS 003/127 with genealogical notes.

Franklin's farm atlas of Bucks County, Penna. : from official records, private plans, and actual surveys. Philadelphia : Franklin Survey Co., 1948. Catalogued in FHL book collection.

Letters to the editor written by Philip W. Smith and others and some notes, pictures. Materials removed from Farm Atlas and catalogued by Swarthmore College Peace Collection, S Peace ArCDG-A.


Added entries

Subjects
  • Buckingham Monthly Meeting of Friends
  • Dairy Farming -- United States
  • Quakers -- Agriculture
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Russia
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
  • Smith, Philip W., b. 1889.

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

     


    Collection inventory

    Note to Researchers: These records may only be consulted at Swarthmore, and are not available through inter-Library loan.


    Series 1: Correspondence, 1906-1980

    Correspondence
    1906, 1916-1927
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Family correspondence and love poems
    1925-1939
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Family correspondence
    1925-1958
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondence
    1930-1939
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondence
    1932-1963
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Rothchild correspondence
    1932-1936
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondence
    1940-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Congressional and presidential correspondence
    1974-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Letters to editors, 1930s and n.d.,
    ca. 1930s-1970s
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Includes miscellaneous documents through 1970s

    Letters to editors
    ca. 1960-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Series 2: Russian Trips, 1913-1959

    International concerns: Russia
    ca. 1921
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Russian photos
    ca. 1921
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Miscellaneous from Russian trip
    1925-1926
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Correspondence on Russia
    1924-1925
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Russian vision
    1958
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    International concerns: Russia
    1958-1959
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    “Harold M. Ware: Agricultural Pioneer, U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.” by Lement Harris
    1978
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence on Russian concerns
    1921-1922
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Descriptions of Russian travels
    1913-1925
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Series 3: Journals, 1950-81

    Complaint at Buckingham meeting
    1950
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Autobiography, written 1978-1981
    1978-1981
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Journal
    1975
    (1 vol.)
    Box 2

    Journal
    1934
    (1 vol.)
    Box 2

    Journal
    1964
    (1 vol.)
    Box 2

    Journal
    1971
    (1 vol.)
    Box 2

    Journal
    1968
    (1 vol.)
    Box 2

    Journal
    1974
    (1 vol.)
    Box 2

    Writings regarding Quakerism
    ca. 1931-1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Series 4: Farm documents, 1929-59

    Farm: Notes from Farmers’ National Relief Conference
    1932
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Pedigrees and dairy records
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Dairy advertisement proofs
    ca. 1950s
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Correspondence
    1939-1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Correspondence and miscellaneous
    1948-1959
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Some pages in Russian

    Farm: Memberships, awards, photos, clippings regarding Guernsey Breeders Association
    1930-1957
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Dairy Herd Improvement Association records
    1941-1942, 1952-1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Dairy Herd Improvement Association records
    1956-1958
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: National Farmers Relief Conference photo
    Dec. 9th, 1932
    (2 copies)
    Box 3

    Farm: Guernsey registrees and miscellaneous
    1929-1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Statistics (milking)
    1953-1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Correspondence, statistics, records
    1941-1955
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Records
    1956-1965 and n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: Writings and records
    1946-1949, 1954-1956
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Farm: miscellaneous
    1963 and n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Series 5: Writings and speeches, 1922-78

    Tracts and presentations
    1922-1959 and n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Tracts and presentations
    1960-1978 and n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Writings
    1960, 1974, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Series 6: Miscellaneous and Biographical, 1918-1981

    Newspaper clippings and biographical information
    1925-1981
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Pamphlets and newsletters
    1918-1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Commencement address
    1958
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    List of participants in various events
    1960-1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Lists of periodicals
    1960-1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Writings, n.d. and list of trunk’s contents
    n.d., 1925?
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Appeal and vigil at Ft. Derrick
    1957
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Papers on Vietnam
    1957
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Papers on Vietnam
    1965
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Roosevelt Day dinner
    1960
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    School of Living
    1968
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Bucks County Natural Science Association
    1965
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Bucks County Association for Retired and Senior Citizens
    1967
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Solebury Cooperative Association
    1949
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Letters and newspaper clippings
    1959
    (1 folder)
    Box 4