Swarthmore College Peace Collection

George Nasmyth and Florence Nasmyth Papers, 1911-1937

Collection: DG 057


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator)
Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/


Descriptive Summary
Repository
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
Nasmyth, George (1882 - 1920), and Nasmyth, Florence 1911 - 1937)
Title
George Nasymth and Florence Nasmyth Papers
Inclusive Dates
1911-1937
Call Number
DG 057

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
17.5 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
George W. Nasmyth was educated at Cornell, Berlin, Gottingen, Heidelburg and Zurich. He
dedicate his life to the cause of international understanding and peace. In 1919, he attended the Paris Peace Conference, and to organize the first meeting since the outbreak of the war of the World Alliance for Friendship Through the Churches. He died of a typhus infection at the age of 39, on September 20, 1920. Florence Nasmyth was a writer on peace issues.



Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. Ransome H. Poythress, 1962, 1964
Processing Information
Checklist prepared by Jennifer Podlecki, February 1999; collection reprocessed and checklist revised by Anne Yoder, February 2001; finding aid prepared by Chloe Luuchesi- Malone, August 2009
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the George Nasmyth and Florence Nasmyth Papers (DG 057), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record


Related Collections
World Alliance for International Friendship Through the Churches Collected Records (CDG-A)

Historical Background
George W. Nasmyth was born in Cleveland, Ohio, July 9, 1882. He was educated at Cornell, Berlin, Gottingen, Heidelburg and Zurich. During his graduate studies in Europe, he founded class clubs similar in ideals to those of the American Cosmopolitan Club. These he organized into an Association of International Clubs of which he was president; in 1911, he was a delegate to the International Student Congress in Rome (7th). He was elected President of the Central Commission of the Federation Internationale des Etudiants with Louis Lochner. In the services of the international student movement, he visited the universities of 22 countries.

It was during the tense years of 1912-1914 that Nasmyth finally decided to give up mathematical physics which he had studied, and dedicate his life increasingly to the cause of international understanding and peace. In 1909, in recognition of his international work with students, he was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the World Peace Foundation, Boston. He later became a member of its executive staff. In 1919, he went again to Europe to attend the Paris Peace Conference, and to organize the first meeting since the outbreak of the war of the World Alliance for Friendship Through the Churches. It was there in Geneva that he died of a typhus infection at the age of 39, on September 20, 1920.

In addition to the above mentioned positions, George W. Nasmyth was president of Corda Fratres, 1911-1913; an administrator in the U. S. Fuel Administration, 1917-1919; and a founder and member of the Trade Union College.

Florence Nasmyth was a writer on peace issues.

Nasmyth's correspondents included Edwin Mead, Norman Angell, E.D. Morel, Hamilton Holt, John Haynes Holmes, Dorothy Douglas, Norman Thomas, Frederick Lynch and Agnes Warbasse. Letters of condolence were sent by Emily Greene Balch, David Starr Jordan, Norman Thomas, Alfred Fried, and Lucia Ames Mead, among others.

Collection Overview
The collection contains biographical information about George Nasmyth, his correspondence, writings, and material about him. Also included is a small amount of material, including correspondence of Florence Nasmyth.

Items removed:
Photographs were removed to the Photograph Collection
See also poster (with photo) re: Nasmyth's lectures on "Vital Questions of America's Foreign Policy" [located in Poster Box B10 (miscellaneous Organizations: A-Com.)]

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized with the files of George Nasmyth-biographical material, correspondence, and writings; items concerning Florence Nasymth are to be found at the end of the collection.




Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Checklist
Material from/about George
Biographical information
Biographical information re: death in 1920
Letters of introduction for his travels
Outgoing correspondence, 1911-1920
Incoming correspondence, 1911-1920, n.d.

Box 2

Material from/about George
Speaking engagements / lecture series
Speeches/lectures given to Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1919 (March 18 and 25, April 1 and 8)
Writings -- published, 1911-1920
Writings -- unpublished
"The Vision"
Article "The New Testament as a Social Document" [includes notes]
Re: Christianity/religion
Work in progress re: Christianity and social reconstruction
Writings and speeches re: internationalism / foreign policy
Writings and speeches re: the League of Nations
Writings and speeches re: peace/disarmament
Work in progress re: foreign trade

Box 3
Material from/about George
Writings -- unpublished
Work in progress re: morality
Working papers re: peace and militarism
Work in progress re: the religion of power
Work in progress re: social reconstruction
Work in progress re: possible Socialist University
Miscellaneous writings/speeches
Miscellaneous notes/outlines
Miscellaneous notes
Translation of "The New Freedom of Women" (by Jacques Novikov)
Reference/reading material

Box 4
Material from/about George
Reference/reading material
Material from/about Florence
Account written of George's death
Letters of condolence received after George's death, 1920-1921
Correspondence and miscellaneous


This file was last updated on July 16, 2012.