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  • Title
    Friends Emergency and War Victims Relief Committee
  • Reference
    YM/MfS/FEWVRC
  • Date
    1898-1935
  • Scope and Content
    The collection comprises the papers of the Friends War Victims Relief Committee and the Friends Emergency Committee, later the Friends Emergency and War Victims Relief Committee. Material includes committee meeting minutes, agenda and notes; correspondence; administrative papers; reports; internee case records; financial papers, cash account books and ledgers; printed material; building blueprints and drawings; photographs, glass plate and film negatives, lantern slides and posters.
  • Extent
    99 boxes, 103 volumes and 8 small boxes
  • Level of description
    sub-sub-sub-fonds
  • Publication note
    A. Ruth Fry, A Quaker adventure: the story of nine years' relief and reconstruction (London: Nesbit,1926)
  • Condition governing access
    Open, except where indicated otherwise
  • Creator
    • Society of Friends. London Yearly Meeting. Friends Emergency & War Victims Relief Committee (1919-1923)
      At Meeting for Sufferings (qv) on 7 August 1914, Stephen Hobhouse expressed his concern that "German subjects and their Foreigners now resident in England may suffer molestation and destitution". The Meeting(1) appointed a small committee to confer with Stephen Hobhouse as to the best step to take at the moment "and to act as they may think desirable". In the minutes of the Meeting on 4 September, the Committee is referred to as Foreigners in Distress Relief Committee. In the minutes of the Meeting held 4 December(2) its first appears under the style Emergency Committee. At Meeting for Sufferings on 4 September 1914, Hilda Clark proposed the Meeting "should support a movement to give medical and ambulance help to the non-combatants in France or Belgium". A minute from the Peace Committee reported that its attention had been "drawn to the desirability of Friends arranging to undertake War Victims Relief". Meeting for Sufferings(3) appointed a committee with power to act. An interim report was given to an adjourned Meeting for Sufferings on 11 September and in a fuller report on 2 October(4) the style War Victims Relief Committee is used. Meeting for Sufferings on 4 July 1919(5) learned of "the concern felt by the Friends Emergency Committee and the War Victims Relief Committee for the further work that lies before them, for the amalgamation of the two committees and the linking up of their work with that of the American Service Committee". Friends were appointed by the Meeting to confer with the two committees and the Council for International Service: as a result of their report on 1 August 1919(6) a Friends Emergency and War Victims Relief Committee was appointed comprising the Friend members of the Executive Committee of Friends Emergency Committee and Foreign Fund Committee (qv) and the General Committee of Friends War Victims Relief Committee, with further Friends added by the Meeting.(7) The Joint Committee, appointed by minute 5 of the Meeting held 5 April 1919 was continued "until the new Committee is fully constituted". The Emergency and War Victims Relief Committee first met in its combined capacity on 5 September 1919. The Emergency and War Victims Relief Committee at a meeting on 29 April 1924 asked to be discharged and Meeting for Sufferings on 2 May(8) agreed to this course. _________________ 1. Meeting for Sufferings minutes, 7 August 1914, minute 6. 2. Meeting for Sufferings minutes, 4 December 1914, minute 12. 3. Meeting for Sufferings minutes, 4 September 1914, minute 3. 4. Meeting for Sufferings minutes, 2 October 1914, minute 3. 5. Meeting for Sufferings minutes, 4 July 1919, minute 5. 6. Meeting for Sufferings minutes, 1 August 1919, minute 2. 7. Meeting for Sufferings minutes, 5 September 1919, minute 3. 8. Meeting for Sufferings minutes, 2 May 1924, minute 13 Note: throughout the period 1914-1923 the Committee is often identified (e.g. on its own publications, printed labels, reports to Yearly Meeting, etc) as "Friends Relief Committee". The longer titles remained the full, official designations.
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