Inventory of the Robert Arrowsmith papers

Finding aid prepared by Beaudry R Allen
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Robert Arrowsmith papers
Date (inclusive): 1914-1921
Collection Number: XX135
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: In English, French, and German
Physical Description: 4 oversized boxes, 4 envelopes (6.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, printed matter, memorabilia, and photographs, relating to conditions in German-occupied Belgium during World War I, relief activities of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, and war loan and relief publicity in the United States.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Arrowsmith, Robert, 1860-1928.


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Arrowsmith papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives


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Biographical Note

Robert Arrowsmith (1860-1928) was an engineer from New Jersey and served as a member of Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) in World War I, working in Belgium and campaigning for funds in the United States. Arrowsmith was in charge of the transportation and distribution of food supplies in the province of Liège during the War and in 1918 took up the clothing campaign of the CRB.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of photographs and four large scrapbooks which contain correspondence, news-clippings, maps, posters, photographs, ephemera, and CRB distribution orders and inventories, all of which relate to Arrowsmith's participation with the CRB, the conditions in German-occupied Belgium during World War I, CRB relief activities, as well as CRB war loan and relief publicity in the United States.

Related Collection(s)

Commission for Relief in Belgium Records, Hoover Institution Archives
Frederick H. Chatfield papers, Hoover Institution Archives

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Commission for Relief in Belgium (1914-1930)
Belgium--History--German occupation, 1914-1918.
International relief.
World War, 1914-1918--Belgium.
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief.
World War, 1914-1918--United States.


Photographs and Postcards, circa 1914-1918

Scope and Contents note

Consists of photographs, postcards, and illustrations depicting life in Belgium, the activities of the CRB, and effects of World War I. Arranged by subject.
Envelope A

Photographs and postcards of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and their children during World War I, circa 1914-1916

Envelope B

Photographs and postcards depicting war damage and scenes at the Western front during World War I, circa 1914-1918

Envelope C

Postcards and political cartoons relating to Belgium in World War I, circa 1915-1917

Envelope D

Small prints of CRB members, offices, and activities, circa 1914-1918


Scrapbooks, 1914-1921

Scope and Contents note

The scrapbooks include CRB service related material such as distribution inventories, logs, correspondence, membership handbooks, maps, news-clippings, posters, and other epherma. Postcards and photographs are also included, which reflect the CRB efforts and devastation to occupied Belgium. Arranged in chronological order.
Box 1

Scrapbook, 1914-1916

Box 2

Scrapbook, 1915-1917

Box 3

Scrapbook, 1916

Box 4

Scrapbook, 1918-1921