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Guide to the Vassar College Coordinating Council for War Activities Records, 1942-1945

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar College. Coordinating Council for War Activities
Title: Vassar College Coordinating Council for War Activities Records
Dates: 1942-1945
Quantity: 2 cubic ft (5 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence, government pamphlets, reports, posters, memoranda, financial records, brochures, and other items relating to women's involvement in World War II activities including the armed services, Red Cross work, college war councils, and raising bonds.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, government pamphlets, reports, posters, memoranda, financial records, and brochures.

Administrative History

The Vassar College Coordinating Council for War Activities (War Council) was formed in October 1942 to formulate and guide student initiatives in support of the U.S. war effort during World War II. Originating in the earlier Defense Council (established in the fall of 1941), the War Council was established formally through an act of the college's Legislative Assembly. The Council included a faculty advisory panel that helped students develop their academic programs in preparation for war service. The Council oversaw activities in several areas, including refugee relief, enforcing blackouts, and civilian volunteer efforts. The Council also took part in curriculum development, helping to devise courses that taught sklills, such as first aid and office management, directly relevant to the war effort. The Council continued its work until the fall of 1943, when it was replaced by the War Service Committee.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, government pamphlets, reports, posters, memoranda, financial records, brochures, and other items relating to women's involvement in World War II activities including the armed services, Red Cross work, college war councils, and raising bonds.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Librarywithout any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Related Material

  • War Service Committee Records

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • American Red Cross.

Subjects:

  • Vassar College--History.
  • War--Women's work.
  • World War, 1939-1945--War work--Red Cross.

Document Types:

  • Posters

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, April 2007. Updated by Mark Seidl, November 2011.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vassar College Coordinating Council for War Activities Records, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown. Additional processing by Mark Seidl, November 2011.

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Series List

Series I. Subject Files, 1942-1943 (Boxes 1-3)

The material in this series documents the founding, administration, and activities of the Coordinating War Council. Arranged alphabetically.

Series II. Posters, circa 1942-1945 (Boxes 4-5)

This series consists of posters addressing a broad range of topics, including support for U.S. allies, military and civilian service, resource conservation, and investment in war bonds.

Container List

Series I. Subject Files

Folder 1.1 Air Raid Wardens, 1942-1943
Folder 1.2 Alumnae: Dealings, [n.d.]
Folder 1.3 American Friends Service Committee, [n.d.]
Folder 1.4 Athletic Associations, [n.d.]
Folder 1.5 British War Relief Society, [n.d.]
Folder 1.6 Business Office Administration - First Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.7 Canteen - Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.8 Catherine St. Center - Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.9 Child Care Aides, 1942-1943
Folder 1.10 China, [n.d.]
Folder 1.11 Civilian Defense Corps Pamphlets, [n.d.]
Folder 1.12 Civilian Volunteer Activities: Programs-Reports, [n.d.]
Folder 1.13 Community Church: Information, Program, [n.d.]
Folder 1.14 Completed Courses, First Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.15 Coordinating Council for War Activities-Notes, [n.d.]
Folder 1.16 Correspondence: Students Association and Intracollege, [n.d.]
Folder 1.17 Correspondence: With Outside Agencies, [n.d.]
Folder 1.18 Curricular Courses, Department Reports, [n.d.]
Folder 1.19 Curriculum Committee and New Courses, 1943
Folder 1.20 Danish Fundamental Gymnastics, 1942-1943
Folder 1.21 Debate Society, [n.d.]
Folder 1.22 Drama Department, [n.d.]
Folder 1.23 Drafting and Blue Print Reading, Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.24 Emergency Relief Drive, [n.d.]
Folder 1.25 Emergency Relief Drive, [n.d.]
Folder 1.26 Emergency Relief Drive - Pledges, [n.d.]
Folder 1.27 Emergency Fund Drive, [n.d.]
Folder 1.28 Faculty Advisory Panel War Service, [n.d.]
Folder 1.29 Fair Club, 1942-1943
Folder 1.30 Films, [n.d.]
Folder 1.31 Financial and Administrative Documents, [n.d.]
Folder 1.32 First Aid, All sections, First Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.33 First Aid: All sections, Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.34 First Aid (Advanced), Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.35 Free French, [n.d.]
Folder 1.36 Geology: CSMWT, Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.37 Greece, [n.d.]
Folder 1.38 Health Programs, [n.d.]
Folder 1.39 Home Nursing, [n.d.]
Folder 1.40 Home Nursing: All Sections, Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.41 International Student Service, [n.d.]
Folder 1.42 Inventory - War Office, [n.d.]
Folder 1.43 Jobs - War - Women, [n.d.]
Folder 1.44 Key Center Finance, [n.d.]
Folder 1.45 Krautheimer and Emergency Rescue Committee, [n.d.]
Folder 1.46 Lincoln Center, 1942-1943
Folder 1.47 Miscellaneous Committees, [n.d.]
Folder 1.48 Music in Wartime, [n.d.]
Folder 1.49 News Clippings, [n.d.]
Folder 1.50 Nutrition, First Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 1.51 Office Practice Training, First Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 2.1 Office of Price Administration Pamphlets: Consumer in War, [n.d.]
Folder 2.2 Pamphlet, [n.d.]
Folder 2.3 Pamphlet, [n.d.]
Folder 2.4 Pamphlets, [n.d.]
Folder 2.5 Post War Planning, [n.d.]
Folder 2.6 Presidential Orders, etc., [n.d.]
Folder 2.7 LISTS: Public Administration, First Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 2.8 Radio Workshop, 1942-1943
Folder 2.9 LISTS: Recreational Leadership, First Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 2.10 Recreational Leadership, Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 2.11 Red Cross, [n.d.]
Folder 2.12 Courses: Red Cross Information, [n.d.]
Folder 2.13 Refugees, [n.d.]
Folder 2.14 Reports and Lists, 1942-1943
Folder 2.15 Requisition Forms, [n.d.]
Folder 2.16 Russia, [n.d.]
Folder 2.17 Salvage, [n.d.]
Folder 2.18 Sheet Music, [n.d.]
Folder 2.19 Social Consciousness on Women's Campuses, [n.d.]
Folder 2.20 Social Museum, 1942-1943
Folder 2.21 Social Welfare Aides, 1942-1943
Folder 2.22 Statistics, [n.d.]
Folder 2.23 Suggestions for Second Semester, 1942-1943
Folder 2.24 Teaching, [n.d.]
Folder 2.25 Tyron, K. - Personal, [n.d.]
Folder 2.26 Typing, [n.d.]
Folder 3.1 Typwriting, [n.d.]
Folder 3.2 United Service Organizations, [n.d.]
Folder 3.3 United Service Organization (U.S.O.), [n.d.]
Folder 3.4 Volunteer Land Corps, [n.d.]
Folder 3.5 Volunteer Workers, (Poughkeepsie Ration Board Office), [n.d.]
Folder 3.6 War Chest: Articles of Agreement, [n.d.]
Folder 3.7 War Council Accounts, [n.d.]
Folder 3.8 War Council: Accumulations of operation, 1942-1943
Folder 3.9 War Council: History and Structure, 1942-1943
Folder 3.10 War Council: Organization Publications, [n.d.]
Folder 3.11 War Savings Bonds - Stamps, [n.d.]
Folder 3.12 War Service Programs Master List, 1942-1943
Folder 3.13 Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACS), United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS), etc., [n.d.]
Folder 3.14 World Student Service Fund, [n.d.]
Folder 3.15 World Student Service Fund, [n.d.]

Series II. Posters,

Box 4 Posters, circa 1942-1945 (48 folders)
Box 5 Poster, circa 1942-1945 (1 folder)

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