Bliss Forbush Papers
Scope and Contents
The Bliss Forbush Papers contain the papers of Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator and author, and reveal a detailed picture of Quaker life in Baltimore, Maryland for most of the 20th century.
- circa 1915-1945
- Forbush, Bliss, 1896-1990 (Person)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator, and author, served as the Headmaster of Baltimore Friends School, Chairman of Friends General Conference, and Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting. He was born in 1896, the son of William B. and Maud Forbush. He married E. La Verne Hill (1894-1990) in 1915.
Most of the material in this collection is in the form of scrapbooks kept by Bliss Forbush. They record his work as Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, 1921-1943, as Secretary of the Advancement Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 1928-1943, and as Instructor in Bible, 1923-1960 and later Headmaster of Friends School, Baltimore, 1943-1960. He was Chairman of Friends General Conference 1941-1949. He also served as a member of the American Section of the World Council of Churches, 1941-1950, and as a delegate to the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1948. He was President of the Board of Trustees of The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital from 1961-1971. For complete biographical information see Who's Who in America v.33, 1964-65.
11.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes (and 49 volumes))
Bliss Forbush (1896-1987), Quaker educator, administrator, and author, served as the Headmaster of Baltimore Friends School, Chairman of Friends General Conference, and Executive Secretary of Baltimore Monthly Meeting. The collection contains many of his scrapbooks, including “A Forbush Chronicle” is the three volume manuscript 1896-1976, with additions to 1979, of his autobiography. Also in this collection are the manuscripts of Elias Hicks, Quaker Liberal, and A History of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends, and notes for Moses Sheppard, Quaker Philanthropist of Baltimore. Also includes a small collection of correspondence and papers of his wife, La Verne Hill Forbush.
The collection is divided into four series:
- Bliss Forbush
- LaVerne Forbush
- William Byron Forbush
- Forbush Family
Series I is majority of the collection, and within this Series, the material is divided into subseries:
- “A Forbush Chronicle” (autobiography of Bliss Forbush)
- “The Treasure Chest,” 1915-1978
- “My Baltimore Book,” 1921-1943
- “Baltimore Yearly Meeting Advancement Committee,” 1928-1943
- World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, 1948
- Album. (mostly correspondence)
- Books and articles
- Miscellaneous correspondence and paper
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Bliss Forbush, 1960-1985
The following materials were removed from the collection and recatalogued:
- Baltimore Yearly Meeting material was added to reference files on individual meetings in PG 1 or to RG 2/ Meeting Records
- Correspondence and reports of the Standing Committee on the Indian Concerns placed with that Committee in RG 2
- Early history of Swarthmore College placed in RG 6
- Some of the Elias Hicks material added to Hicks MSS
- Most printed material was catalogued separately
- Casette tapes and CDs, Acc. 2019.028 to AV processing
Originally catalogued as MSS collection. Transferred to RG5 and additions incorporated in 1986. At that time, additional reference material collected by Bliss Forbush as background for his writings was transferred to more appropriate collections. Baltimore Yearly Meeting material was added to reference files on individual meetings in PG 1 or to RG 2/ Meeting Records. Correspondence and reports of the Standing Committee on the Indian Concerns placed with that Committee in RG 2. Early history of Swarthmore College placed in RG 6. Some of the Elias Hicks material added to Hicks MSS. Most printed material was catalogued separately.
- Baltimore (Md.) -- Quakers
- Baltimore Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Hicksite : 1864-1950 : Baltimore, Md.)
- Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends (Hicksite: 1828-1968)
- Friends General Conference (U.S.)
- Friends School (Baltimore, Md.)
- Quakers -- Education
- Quakers -- Maryland
- Quakers -- Maryland
- Schools -- Maryland -- Baltimore
- Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital
- An Inventory of the Bliss Forbush Papers, circa 1915-1945
- FHL staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
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