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Louis W. Schneider Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-293

Scope and Contents

Louis W. Schneider (1915-2012) worked for the American Friends Service Committee for more than four decades and served as Executive Secretary from 1974-1980. His Papers, including notes, diaries, speeches, and writings, reflect his long career in relief efforts and as an advocate for peace.

  1. Series 1: Biographical: Includes academic records, news clippings about Schneider, travel documents, and interviews by Roberta Foss
  2. Series 2: Correspondence: Letters to Lou Schneider and letters from Lou Schneider to Frances E. Schneider
  3. Series 3: Writings and Speeches: Includes transcripts of speeches and writings by Lou Schneider as well as his notes and diaries upon traveling to South Asia
  4. Series 4: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC): Includes AFSC publications, records and reports made by Schneider to the committee, and program information
  5. Series 5: Reference: Includes booklets, wrtitings by Duncan Wood, Robert Leopold, Henry J. Cadbury, Colin Bell, Stewart Meacham, John A. Sullivan, Bruce Birchardand Wallace T. Collett,
  6. Series 6: Miscellaneous


  • 1933-1941


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 22, 1915, Louis W. Schneider graduated from Columbia College in 1936 and then from Union Theological Seminary in 1938. Leaving the ministry of a non-denominational church, he volunteered as a conscientious objector during WWII and joined the Society of Friends in 1946. He was the Executive Secretary for the American Friends Service Committee from 1974 until 1980, but had been involved in AFSC work for many decades. He was involved in various relief work after the World War II and during the Vietnam War. He travelled extensively through Asia and Latin America. After retiring from the Secretary position, Schneider continued to work as an advocate for peace and relief efforts. He died in Glenmoore, PA, on September 20, 2012.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)




Louis W. Schneider (1915-2012) worked for the American Friends Service Commiittee for more than four decades and served as Executive Secretary from 1974-1980. His Papers include notes, diaries, speeches, and writings, as well as publications by American Friends Services Committee.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Louis T. Schneider, son of Louis W. Schneider

Acc. FHL.2014.016

Related Materials

See American Friends Service Committee by Henry J. Cadbury in Friends Historical Library, call number BX7747.A2 C2am

The collection as received includes schedule planners, art books, books on Quakers and war, and the video, "Love amid the Ruins: Quaker Service After the War" (1996).


Louis W. Schneider Papers, 1932-2004
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