ManuscriptPearl Buck archive of 3 items, a TLS and two typescripts. Pearl S. Buck was the first American female Nobel laureate, and used her work to advocate for child refugees and women. TLS 1 page 1957. The letter is signed in full by Buck. She states she is sending an editor two texts promoting post war child adoption. Also her original Typescript, 25 pages, titled "Children Waiting"; and a second Pearl Buck Typescript, 19 pages titled "What We Can Do About Children Waiting." Both typescripts have important content on adoption of children in Asia specially by American soldiers and include hand annotations.
In part: "Two babies came from adoption agencies, where they were considered unadoptable because it was difficult to find adoptive parents to “match” them. I was sure that there must be good families, matching or not, who could love these babies and indeed there were. . .Yet I continue acutely and constantly aware of the thousands of children waiting. . . . These are the citizens of my new world, the children without parents and the parents without children, pressing eagerly toward each other, and yet unable to reach each other. A barrier stands between, a high wall, and in the middle of the wall is a narrow gate, kept locked until a social agency unlocks it a little way and lets one child through at a time. . . .Nobody knows truthfully how many children are in our orphanages. There are many kinds of orphanages.. most children are not perfect, and so on. They can be helped to want a handicapped children, a child of mixed origin, or any child at all. . . . We can tear down the walls that keep them prisoners of red tape, prejudice and religious division. . . . We can refuse to accept the excuse that there are not enough children to satisfy adoptive parents."