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The Unitarian Service Committee was formed as a standing committee of the American Unitarian Association in May 1940. Its purpose was to investigate opportunities in America and abroad for humanitarian service. In 1945, the Universalist Service Committee was formed. During and after World War II, these two Committees aided hundreds of displaced persons in occupied countries, allowing many of them to find passage to the United States. In 1961, these two committees joined, and the present-day Unitarian Universalist Service Committee continues to endeavor to advance human rights and social justice throughout the world.

From the description of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Records, 1935-2006 (Harvard University, Divinity School Library). WorldCat record id: 721956168

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

From the description of Records of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 1989, n.d. (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702132811

The Unitarian Service Committee was formed as a standing committee of the American Unitarian Association in May 1940. Its purpose was to investigate opportunities in America and abroad for humanitarian service. During and after World War II, the Unitarian Service Committee aided hundreds of displaced persons in occupied countries, allowing many of them to find passage to the United States. The present-day Unitarian Universalist Service Committee continues to endeavor to advance human rights and social justice throughout the world.

From the guide to the Audiovisual Records: Photographs, slides, and negatives, 1972-2005., (Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School)

The Unitarian Service Committee was formed as a standing committee of the American Unitarian Association in May 1940. Its purpose was to investigate opportunities in America and abroad for humanitarian service, and the present day Unitarian Universalist Service Committee continues this tradition.

From the description of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Audiovisual records: Photographs, slides and negatives, 1972-2005 (Harvard University, Divinity School Library). WorldCat record id: 229650627

The Unitarian Service Committee was formed as a standing committee of the American Unitarian Association in May 1940. Its purpose was to be a committee to investigate opportunities both in America and abroad for humanitarian service. During and after World War II, the Unitarian Service Committee aided hundreds of displaced persons in occupied countries, allowing many of them to find passage to the United States. The present-day Unitarian Universalist Service Committee continues to endeavor to advance human rights and social justice throughout the world.

From the description of Audiovisual Records, Photographs, 1940-1980 (Harvard University, Divinity School Library). WorldCat record id: 422850981

From the guide to the Scrapbooks and Memorabilia, 1946-1971., (Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School)

From the guide to the Audiovisual Records, Photographs, 1940-1980., (Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School)

From the guide to the Audiovisual Records. Photographs, 1941-1986., (Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School)

The American Unitarian Association (AUA) was created and headquartered in Boston, MA, in 1825. In May 1940, the Unitarian Service Committee (USC) was established as a committee of the American Unitarian Association (AUA) for the United States and Canada. In mid 1945, the Universalist Service Committee was formed. The USC separated from the AUA and USC Canada became a separate entity in December 1948. In 1961, the AUA united with the Universalist Church of America to establish the Unitarian Universalist Association. The official establishment of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) occurred in 1963, when the Unitarian Service Committee and the Universalist Service Committee merged into one.

Both the Unitarians and Universalists had long histories of being strong supporters of social service activities in the United States and abroad. Between World War I and World War II, the Unitarian publication, the Christian Register, and the Universalist publication, the Christian Leader, helped to address issues of fascism abroad. The Unitarians especially became known for their humanitarian actions during World War II. They set up offices in such places as Prague; Czechoslovakia; Lisbon, Portugal; and Geneva, Switzerland; and sent representatives such as Martha and Waitstill Sharp who assisted Jewish and non-Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Prague, Czechoslovakia; and Pau, France, a region of the Basse Pyrenees in France. Another Unitarian representative, Noel Field and his wife Herta Field worked in a USC office in Marseille, France, and later opened an office in Geneva, where they also assisted refugees fleeing from Nazi occupied lands. Both the Unitarians and Universalists supported medical missions around the world following World War II and continuing after their union in 1963.

From the guide to the Administrative Records, ca., 1935-2006., (Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School)

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creatorOf Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Records: Printed Records, 1942-1971. Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Records, 1935-2006 Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Scrapbooks and Memorabilia, 1946-1971. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Lawrence Graham Brooks papers, 1897-1981 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Ernst Papanek papers, 1928-1976, 1940-1970 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Ralph and Ruth Tefferteller papers, 1928-1988 University of Minnesota Libraries. Social Welfare History Archives. [swha]
referencedIn Records, 1962-1989 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Scrapbooks and Memorabilia, 1946-1971. Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Audiovisual records: Photographs, slides and negatives, 1972-2005 Harvard University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Records, 1940-1988. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
creatorOf Administrative Records, ca., 1935-2006. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Records, 1905-2003 (inclusive), 1972-1997 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Records of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 1989, n.d. Yale University Library
referencedIn Inter-University Labor Education Committee. Series 2, Subseries 9. General correspondence, 1951-1957. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Audiovisual Records, Photographs, 1940-1980. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
creatorOf Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Audiovisual Records, Photographs, 1940-1980 Harvard University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Papanek, Ernst, 1900-1973. Ernst Papanek papers, 1928-1976, bulk (1940-1970). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Unitarian Service Committee Executive Director. Records 1940-1941 Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Audiovisual Records: Photographs, slides, and negatives, 1972-2005. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
creatorOf Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Publicity material, 1940-1992 Harvard University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Papers, 1919-2001. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Coyote (Organization). Records, 1962-1989 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn First Parish (Cambridge, Mass.). Records, 1804-2010. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Sharp, Martha Dickie, 1905-1999. Martha and Waitstill Sharp collection [electronic resource], 1905-2005. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
creatorOf Audiovisual Records. Photographs, 1941-1986. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Unitarian Universalists
World War, 1939-1945
Humanitarian assistance
Social service--Religious aspects--Unitarian Universalists
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