As early as 1929, the papers relating to the work of the American Friends Service Committee were being organized and collected at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Mary Hoxie Jones helped arrange additional papers in the l930s while she was writing "Swords Into Ploughshares," a history of the AFSC up to that point.
Several temporary employees and volunteers kept the records in reasonable order until a part-time archivist was hired in the early 1950s. A full-time archivist has been on staff since 1969.
Now at AFSC's national headquarters in Philadelphia, there are more than 3,000 linear feet of material on file in the Archives.
All materials collected in the Archives are directly related to the activities of the AFSC - except for one record group. This is a collection of the private papers of Clarence E. Pickett, who served as executive secretary of the Service Committee from 1929 until 1950.
In 1947, AFSC was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, for our work “…from the nameless to the nameless….” on behalf of all Quakers.