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American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief.

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1915 (date of establishment)
  • Existence: 1918 (date of dissolution)

Historical Summary

The American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief was founded in 1915 in response to Ambassador Henry Morgenthau Sr.’s reports of governmental atrocities against Ottoman Armenians. Morgenthau referenced the deportations of intellectuals and requested urgent and immediate assistance. Former missionary and educator James L. Barton and philanthropist Cleveland Hoadley Dodge led a group of prominent New Yorkers in forming the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief (ACASR). The Committee raised $60,000 for direct relief at its first meeting on September 16, 1915. The money was wired to Ambassador Morgenthau for distribution. Cleveland H. Dodge personally financed the Committee’s operating expenses in order to ensure that all funds went to direct relief. ACASR then embarked upon an unprecedented grassroots campaign to raise money and awareness across the United States. The campaign combined striking imagery, passionate celebrity spokespeople, and captivating stories from the field to inspire Americans from all economic backgrounds to become citizen philanthropists.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

American Committee for Relief in the Near East records, 1891-1979.

 Collection
Identifier: RG5334
Abstract The American Committee for Relief in the Near East, formerly American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief, was officially established in 1915, with operations through 1930. Its main objectives included fund raising and providing humanitarian relief through the establishment of hospitals, clinics, orphanages and other initiatives (information obtained from the Armenian National Institute website). This collection documents the experiences of missionaries and natives during war...
Dates: 1891-1938, 1979