Tag Archives: World War I

Library resources for researching World War I: peace pamphlets

It’s sometimes said that the richness of a library’s collection can be judged by the number and variety of its pamphlets. This Library has over a thousand boxes and volumes of pamphlets, which we aim to catalogue individually. Pamphlets have … Continue reading

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White Feather Diaries

The white feather diaries is an online Quaker storytelling project to mark the centenary of World War I. It offers an insight into overlooked aspects of war: resistance to killing and the relief of suffering. Going live on Monday 4 … Continue reading

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Library resources for researching World War I: Wartime Statistics Committee

The Wartime Statistics Committee was established by Meeting for Sufferings in June 1917, a year after the introduction of conscription, to collect statistics on men of military age. Its records are of value for researchers interested in British Quakers and … Continue reading

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Library resources for researching World War I: Friends Ambulance Unit

The records of the Friends Ambulance Unit are the focus of this blog post, the latest in our series on resources for researching World War I. Established in the First World War and revived in the second, the Friends Ambulance … Continue reading

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Library resources for researching World War I: prison experiences of conscientious objectors

Most of the men who found themselves imprisoned for conscientious objection during World War I were characterised as absolutist objectors. These men were not willing to participate in the war effort to any extent, turning down non-combatant duties and alternative … Continue reading

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Library resources for researching World War I: Friends Peace Committee

The first of our World War I resources blogposts focuses on the Friends Peace Committee, a committee of Meeting for Sufferings (the standing representative body of Quakers in Britain) that had already been in existence for many years before the … Continue reading

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Library resources for researching World War I

The horror of the First World War made such a profound impact that responses to it a century later are still powerful. Historians, journalists and members of the public are engaging in passionate debate about the war and its causes … Continue reading

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A life of Quaker service in England and Germany from World War I to II: cataloguing the papers of Dorothy Henkel (1886-1983)

We’re pleased to present a guest blog post from Hannah Ratford, who recently spent two weeks at the Library as part of her archives and records management training. As part of the M.A. course in Archives and Records Management at … Continue reading

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Testing convictions: Harold Wild, a Manchester conscientious objector

What might a 19 year old pacifist think and feel under the threat of imminent military conscription? The papers of Harold Wild (1896-1979), recently received by the Library (MSS Acc. 11791), give us an insight into one young man’s experience. … Continue reading

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World War I and its aftermath: cataloguing the papers of Hilda Clark (1881-1955)

We’re pleased to present a guest blog post from Emma Hancox, who recently spent two weeks at the Library as part of her archives and records management training. As a student on the M.A. course in Archives and Records Management … Continue reading

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