Collection contains personal files and records, notes and reports, correspondence, indexed photographs, negatives, and slides,
contemporary military-issued maps, a diary from 1948, and a 200,000-word manuscript pertaining to Charles Maxton Schermerhorn's
experiences in Greece as a social worker and author. 1924-2019
The American Charles Maxton Schermerhorn (1901-1986) attended Princeton Theological Seminary in the early 1920s followed by
his work as a social worker during the 1930s in San Francisco, where he worked at an orphanage and as a juvenile probation
officer. In 1946, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) sent him to Greece, but he was shortly
thereafter employed by the Near East Foundation in Thessaloniki and by UNICEF, where he was the only civilian (native Greek
or foreigner) running humanitarian food distribution campaigns throughout 170 war-torn northern Greek towns and villages between
1948-1951, during and after the Greek Civil War. His interactions included associations with the renowned photographer David
Seymour and important journalists such as George Polk, Dana Adams Schmidt, Maynard Owen Williams, and Mark Gayn. Upon returning
to the US after 1951, Schermerhorn was reportedly blacklisted, which prevented his employment with the US State Department.
Subsequently, he pursued gainful employment as a social worker in California starting in East Los Angeles's Plaza Community
Center, then Bakersfield as a coordinator for the Job Corps, and finally at Friends Outside, a support organization for people
imprisoned in Tehachapi and their families, until his eventual death in 1986.
5 Linear Feet
(4 Record Cartons)
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