Manuscript Collections - Bernard H. Fraser Papers

Oct 18, 2021

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11 linear inches (2 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Bernard H. Fraser was born as Hermann B. Frese on May 14, 1908 in Bremen, Germany. He moved to the United States in 1928 for a job with a New York shipping firm. At the outset of World War II, Frese began to work for the Commission for Polish Relief, compiling statistics, making reports, and serving as press agent. This work continued through 1941 as the organization expanded into the National Committee on Food for the Small Democracies. Frese then entered the military, working with Navy logistics at the Office of the Quartermaster General and until the end of the war.  After the war, Frese changed his name to Bernard H. Fraser.  He worked for UNICEF from 1947 until retiring in 1977 and died in October 1998.


The papers contain reports, statistics and press releases relating to the Commission for Polish Relief and the National Committee on Food for the Small Democracies from March 1940 to July 1941. The reports document food needs in Europe (especially central Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Norway), Germany’s capacity for food production, and the United States food production. The collection also includes materials about the founding of UNICEF; correspondence about Herbert Hoover’s role, and a term paper regarding Maurice Pate’s role. The materials are arranged chronologically


Box      Contents

1          National Committee on Food for the Small Democracies, Mar 1940-Feb 1941 (9 folders)

2          National Committee on Food for the Small Democracies, Mar-July 1941 (4 folders)
            Herbert Hoover and UNICEF – Correspondence, 1947-1986 (scattered)
            Maurice Pate and UNICEF by Phillip H. Waldoks, 1972 (Yale term paper)