Rose Dabney Forbes Papers, 1914-1924
Collection: DG 014
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Dabney Forbes, Rose (1875 - 1947)
Rose Dabney Forbes Papers
Language of Materials
Materials in English
1.25 linear feet [papers only]
Rose Dabney Malcolm Forbes' (ca. 1875-1947) main interest was peace and international relations, sbut he also gave her time to the fields of food conservation and child welfare. Forbes was chairman of the Massachusetts Branch of the Woman's Peace Party from 1915 to 1920. Under her leadership the Massachusetts branch helped organize a food conservation program during the First World War. In 1920 Forbes became a member of the Advisory Council Massachusetts branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was also active in many other organizations, including the Massachusetts Peace Society and the National Council for Prevention of War. Rose Dabney Forbes was a wealthy woman who gave funds the National Council for Prevention of War, giving that organization $100,000 between 1921 and 1942.
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Alternate Form of Material
Yes, on microfilm reel 73.1
Gift of Mrs. Forbes and various organizations
The collection was processed by SCPC staff. This finding aid was prepared by Chloe Lucchesi- Malone, July 2009. This collection was microfilmed under NEH Grant No. RC 27706-77-739
[Identification of item], in the Rose Dabney Forbes Papers (DG 014), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record
American Union Against Militarism Records (DG 004)
Committee on Militarism in Education Records (DG 009)
Massachusetts Peace Society Records (DG 020)
Edwin D. Mead and Lucia Ames Mead Papers (DG 021)
New York Peace Society Records (DG 026)
Woman's Peace Party Records (DG 043)
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Records (DG 043)
Rose Dabney Forbes (ca. 1875-1947) or Rose Dabney Malcolm Forbes as she also frequently signed her name, a resident of Milton, Massachusetts. She was a woman of considerable means and worked in many causes. Although her main interest was peace and international relations, she also gave her time to the fields of food conservation and child welfare. Forbes was chairman of the Massachusetts Branch of the Woman's Peace Party from 1915 to 1920. Under her leadership the Massachusetts branch helped organize a food conservation program during the First World War, a kitchen and a series of stores that prepared and sold the conserved produce. A program for the proper nutrition and health of young children was another interest of the branch under Forbes. When the Woman's Peace Party became the U.S. section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 1920, Forbes became a member of the Massachusetts branch's Advisory Council. She was also active in many other organizations, including the Massachusetts Peace Society and the National Council for Prevention of War.
Rose Dabney Forbes was a wealthy woman who gave funds to various peace organizations. She was particularly generous to the National Council for Prevention of War, giving that organization $100,000 between 1921 and 1942.
There were a number of other organizations and causes besides peace in which Forbes showed especial interest. The Boston League of Women voters, the Milton Women's Club, and the Women's National Committee for Law Enforcement were among her concerns.
Correspondents and others in the collection are Jane Addams, Fanny Fern Andrews, Katherine Devereux Blake, James MacDonald, Christina Merriman, and Rosika Schwimmer.
The material was sent to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection by Mrs. Forbes and includes her personal correspondence and writings as well as records of the many groups with which she worked. Also included are cartoons, photographs, and posters collected by Mrs. Forbes and many of her badges and pins. Two scrapbooks contain clippings about World War I.
For more material on her work as chairman of the Massachusetts Branch of the Woman's Peace Party (DG 43) (League for Permanent Peace from March 6, 1918 until 1920), see the boxes of that organization. See also the papers of Lucia Ames Mead, who was secretary of the national Woman's Peace Party and who worked closely with Mrs. Forbes.
Scrapbook of clippings (about the war), 1915
Scrapbook of clippings (many of them about the war), 1915
Peace pins and other badges
Arrangement of Collection
Box 1 contains correspondence of Rose Dabney Forbes and general peace movement material. Box 2 contains documents concerning the various organizations with which Forbes was connected.
Detailed Description of the Collection