• Title
    Florence Barrow papers
  • Reference
    TEMP MSS 590
  • Date
  • Scope and Content
    7 folders containing correspondence from Florence Barrow, mainly from Buzuluk, Russia, 1916-1917 and an account by Florence Barrow of her time in Russia, undated, correspondence from a colleague, Annie Wells, from Russia, 1916-1917, typed copies of correspondence from Elsie L. Fox, from Russia, 1916-1917, contemporary correspondence and secondary accounts of relief work in Russia by various authors, some unknown, 1916-?, published books and pamphlets relating to Russia, an account of relief work in Montenegro and Albania, written by Theodore Rigg in 1958, and a file of photographs from Efimovka in Russia, 1917 (featuring Anna Haines, Mary Patterson,' Miss' Leigh, Nancy Graveson, Florence Barrow), portraits of FEWVRC workers, c.1920's (Nellie Heath, Anna Ruth Fry, William Arthur Albright, Percy Ade, Harrison Barrow, Arthur Watts, John B. Henderson, Bernard G. Lawson, Edgar G. Dunston, Richard Reynolds Ball, Gertrude Mary Powicke), a group photo of relief workers in Sermaizes, 1915 (W. Showell, R. Tatlock, Margery Fry, T. Rigg, Eleanor Lindsay, Dorothy White, Hilda Fox, A. Pumphrey, R. Ball) and a portrait of Florence Barrow, c.1930. All photos are well annotated on the reverse.
  • Extent
    1 box
  • Level of description
  • Publication note
    Quakers in Russia / [by] Richenda C. Scott ; [with a foreword by Henry J. Cadbury]
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  • Creator
    • Barrow, Florence Mary, 1876-1964
      Florence Mary Barrow, born 27th Jan 1876, daughter of Richard Cadbury Barrow and Jane Barrow of Birmingham. She was educated at Edgbaston High School and Mason College, Birmingham. She went to London to train in social work at St. Hilda’s Settlement, Bethnal Green. When World War I broke out she volunteered for relief work. She was first stationed at a quarantine centre in Marseilles helping Serbian refugees. In 1916 she went with FEWVRC to Russia and worked there for 2 years. She managed a home for refugees at Mogotovo. After the war she went to Poland and was head of the FEWVRC mission there from 1921 to 1924, organising rebuilding of houses and agriculture. She returned to Poland several times later to ensure development continued. Barrow became a member of Friends Service Council and continued work on the continent as part of that organisation for 20 years. She returned to work in the Birmingham Settlement and joined the Birmingham Copec House Improvement Society which she was a member of for 37 years, working as Honorary Secretary of the Society for 26 years. The society aimed at improving housing in Birmingham. Barrow was awarded the gold medal of the Birmingham Civic Society in 1958 for this work in redeveloping social housing. She also worked for many years in the Adult School movement. Florence Barrow died in Birmingham, on 3rd March 1964, aged 88.
  • Archival history
    These papers were assembled by Florence Barrow to give to Richenda Scott to assist her in writing a book on Quakers in Russia (see publication note).
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