Gilbert MacMaster papers, 1901-1968.


Brown, H. Tatnall (Henry Tatnall), 1900-. Gilbert MacMaster papers, 1901-1968.

Gilbert MacMaster papers, 1901-1968.

These papers, which are closely related to the Archives of the American Friends Service Committee, consist of letters (both autograph and typed, mostly signed), diaries, passports, clippings, photographs, etc. Especially important is the diary of Gilbert MacMaster's life, covering his and his wife's 30 years of service, 1920-1950, with the A.F.S.C. child feeding mission in Germany, after World War I, as head of the Friends Center in Hamburg, during Hitler's rise to power, and as American Friends' representative in Basel, Switzerland, during World War II and later. His correspondence with A.F.S.C. officials, 1918-1967, and with individual Friends, notably Clarence E. Pickett (l884-1965), Margaret E. Jones, Henry Tatnall Brown (1871-1938), Alfred G. Scattergood (1878-1954) and Douglas V. Steere (1901-1995) parallels and amplifies his record of the events of these years. Taken together the papers form an unusually vivid account of the upheavals in Europe from the point of view of a private citizen, both as observer and as participant. The fourth box contains MacMaster's correspondence with William Maul Measey, 1950-1964. Written on many topics, Measey's letters are often commentary and criticisms of some people teaching or working at Haverford College and the American Friends Service Committee and his trust fund, while MacMaster's letters are more general commentary on daily life.

4 boxes (2 linear feet)

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