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ARCHIVE HIGHLIGHTS: World War I and its aftermath

The founders of AFSC approached World War I eager to use service to humanity as a powerful form of patriotism. The term “conscientious objector” was not yet commonly used. Rather, men applied to join AFSC to serve nonviolently. Our archival resources from WW I encompass all media of the day—including film—and document the passionate beginnings of a great enterprise. The Service Committee has always prioritized feeding women and children, regardless of political considerations. The archives collection reflects that emphasis and documents our earliest evolution, from providing aid in a crisis to encouraging post-war infrastructure and empowerment. Our rich collection of children’s drawings from many conflict zones also begins here. These pictures include naive expressions of gratitude for “being Quakered” (as the feeding came to be known) and drawings of trauma that promote healing.

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