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The New York Public Library
Manuscripts and Archives Division

Guide to the

Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars records
1927-1949 [bulk 1933-1945]
MssCol 922

Compiled by John D. Stinson, 1982 .

Summary

Creator: Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars

Title: Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars records

Date: 1927-1949 [bulk 1933-1945]

Size: 98.46 linear feet (222 boxes)

Source: Gift of the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, 1946

Abstract: The Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars was formed in New York
City in 1933 by American academicians for the purpose of employing refugee German scholars in
American institutions. Many of these refugee scholars were Jews displaced by the National Socialist
government. The collection consists chiefly of grant files on refugee scholars who applied for aid from
the Committee. The records also include correspondence with other refugee and philanthropic
organizations and with the educational institutions which accepted refugee scholars.

Access: Advance notice required.

Preferred citation: Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars records, Manuscripts
and Archives Division, The New York Public Library

Processing note: Compiled by John D. Stinson, 1982 .

Creator History
The Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars was formed in New York City in 1933
for the purpose of employing refugee German scholars in American institutions. Many of the refugee
scholars were Jews displaced by the National Socialist government. The Committee came into
existence through the efforts of a small group of academics and philanthropists in New York City. In May
of 1933, Alfred E. Cohn, Bernard Flexner, and Fred M. Stein contacted Stephen Duggan, the director of
the Institute of International Education, to discuss the possibility of creating an organization to assist
German scholars fleeing to the United States. These four men formed the organizing committee that
became the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars. Felix Warburg and Alan
Gregg served as advisors to the organizers and helped gain support from other refugee and

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