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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleCL 69 Overseas Relief PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:September 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the New Beginnings United Methodist Church in 2010. 
Terms:Charities; Elmira (N.Y.); Methodist Church; Refugees; World War, 1939-1945 - Refugees
Historical:Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief - The MCOR was founded in 1940 in response to the humanitarian disaster of World War II.  One of the primary objectives of the MCOR following the war was to find homes for the refugees displaced by the war.  In Elmira, Harvey O. Hutchinson, member of the Hedding Methodist Church and retired Superintendent of Elmira City Schools, worked as the local liaison arranging homes and jobs for displaced persons from Eastern Europe resettled in the Twin Tiers. 
Scope:The Overseas Relief Papers include case files for displaced persons placed in the Twin Tiers, and assorted administrative papers and correspondence, 1949-1951. 
Notes:This collection shares a box with CL 58 & CL 73. 
Extent.25 Linear Feet
Date Span1949-1951
AbstractThis collection contains documents relating to the resettlement of displaced persons in the Twin Tiers following World War II. 

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Correspondence between the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief and Harvey Hutchinson regarding Walentyna Phoza, February 8, 1951. Correspondence010418
Biographical sketches and photographs of Mrs. Antonija Priede and daughters. Document010419
Correspondence between the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief, Harvey Hutchinson and Herbert & Zenija Salaks regarding their resettlement, November-December 1950. Correspondence010420
Letter from Harvey Hutchinson to the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief regarding Mrs. Saulita, March 8, 1951. Letter010421
Telegram from the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief to Harvey Hutchinson regarding Prokopczyk Wladislaw, March 12, 1950.Telegram010422
Biographical sketches and photographs of Teodors & Alise Zeltins and children. Document010423
Letter from Harvey Hutchinson to Herbert regarding immigrations mix-up, September 7, 1950. Letter010501
Letter to Harvey Hutchinson from Mrs. Clifford Leet of Horseheads offering to take in a family, October 10, 1950.Letter010502
Letter from the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief to Robert Criss of Ithaca regarding his proposal to host a family, October 17, 1950. Letter010503
Letter from Harvey Hutchinson to the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief regarding an administrative mix-up, October 21, 1950. Letter010504
Letter from Dutton S. Peterson of the World Council of Churches, Refugee Division, regarding his visit to Europe, November 12, 1950. Letter010505
Letter from the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief toHarvey Hutchinson regarding travel expenses for an unidentified family, January 4, 1951.Letter010506
Letter from the Tolstoy Foundation, Inc. to Feodor Sanscharovskij, January 9, 1951. Letter010507
Letter from Elsa Novickis to Harvey Hutchinson concerning her new life in America, February 21, 1951. Letter010508
Letter to the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief from Harvey Hutchinson regarding Clement Hofbauer's request to host a family, March 8, 1951. Letter010509
Assurances for Resettlment of Displaced Persons in the USA for unspecified individuals signed by Samuel B. Criss of Millerton, PA, August 29, 1950. Document010510
U.S. Displaced Persons shipping schedule as of February 23, 1951. Document010511
List of displaced persons available for sponsorship by a local Methodist church, October 2, 1950. Document010512
Newspaper clipping about alien registration cards in Elmira, January 1951. Newspaper Clipping010513
Contact information for various people involved in the overseas relief program, ca. 1950. Notes010514
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