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  • Title
    Silvia Cowles papers
  • Reference
    TEMP MSS 198
  • Date
    1914-1966
  • Scope and Content
    The papers include diaries, correspondence, photographs and postcards, and research notes from Silvia Cowles' time in France during World War I; from her time working in relief in post-war Germany and Poland; and includes some records of her work during World War II.
  • Extent
    1 box
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Publication note
    A Quaker Adventure : the story of nine years' relief and reconstruction / by A. Ruth Fry ; with an introduction by Viscount Cecil of Chelwood. - London : Nisbet, 1926. - xxxii, 389 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • Condition governing access
    Open
  • Creator
    • Cowles, Silvia, 1881-fl.1975
      This is a collection of the personal papers of Silvia Cowles. The papers mainly relate to her work just after World War I as a member of the Friends Emergency War Victims Relief Committee (1). During World War I Cowles worked as a nurse with the American Red Cross in France. There is a letter among the collection stating that she worked as a masseuse in the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1 from 1915 until its closure in 1919 (signed by Colonel James P. Hutchinson, 7th Feb 1919). There is a diary covering this period, including photos, as part of the collection. After the war she joined the Anglo-American Mission of the Society of Friends doing relief work in Germany. From 1920 until early 1922, Silvia Cowles worked with the Mission on its’ child-feeding programme. She worked in District IV with the American mission which was centred in Berlin, and in District II with the English mission, which had its centre in Cologne. By mid-1921 the programme was feeding over one million German children, according to published accounts in the collection. As the mission wound down, Cowles was released from the work in January 1922. She then joined the Committee for Help to the Polish Eastern Borders (Komitet Pomocy Polskim Kresom Wschodnim, KPPKW) which had been formed as a response to the Polish government's request for help from the Society of Friends, in fighting the typhus outbreak in Poland. During World War II, Silvia Cowles was involved in sending parcels to prisoner of war camps in Germany to aid prisoners in making arts and crafts. There are some documents and photographs relating to this work in this collection, including photographs of Silvia Cowles at an exhibition in 1943 in London, displaying work made by POWs, for Lady Louis Mountbatten and Mrs Wellington Koo, the wife of the Chinese Ambassador. The correspondence in the collection gives a great insight into the relief work undertaken by the Society of Friends in the years closely following the war in Germany and Poland. ________________________________ 1. Silvia Cowles appears in the FEWVRC list of members 1914-1923 in the appendix of A Quaker Adventure : the story of nine years' relief and reconstruction / by A. Ruth Fry ; with an introduction by Viscount Cecil of Chelwood. - London : Nisbet, 1926. - xxxii, 389 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • Normal location
    TEMP MSS sequence
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