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Dots and Dashes, Camp Alfred Vail, NJ (originals), 1918.

 File — Box: 140

SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

From the Collection: The records include minutes and related materials from major administrative bodies, primarily the National War Work Council and its subcommittees: the executive committee, the finance committee, the committee of eleven, the committee of fourteen, the religious work bureau committee, the overseas committee, and the committee of nine. Also included are press releases, publicity bulletins, and fundraising materials; training pamphlets for war workers; blueprints of buildings for war work; and correspondence and reports relating to work in army camps. There are also reports and correspondence relating the the dissolution of the War Work Council.

A major portion of the records consists of materials relating to the United War Work Campaign, a joint campaign of seven American welfare organizations, including the YMCA. These records include minutes, bylaws, and agreements; correspondence, reports, and minutes of the committee of eleven; correspondence of John Mott relating to the campaign; financial statements and budget materials; press releases, bulletins, and promotional publications; state and local fundraising materials; and staff lists. There are also reports and publications of the other organizations which participated in the Campaign, including the American Library Association, the Jewish Welfare Board, the the Salvation Army.

Materials relating to various program departments include publications of the Army Educational Commission; reports and publications of educational work in France; and reports and publications concerning entertainment, transportation, work by women, and work in the area of physical fitness and recreation (the latter includes publications on the Inter-Allied Games held in Paris in 1919).

Records relating to the AEF YMCA are also included in the collection and consist of publications, correspondence, and minutes relating to work with American soldiers in France; AFG (American Forces in Germany) materials, including pamphlets for soldiers and reports concerning work with the occupying forces; and leave area publications relating to recreational and site-seeing opportunities in France and Germany.

A variety of materials contain personal reminiscences of YMCA work, including narrative manuscripts, personal journals, interviews of secretaries, testimonials of soldiers, and a historical statement. The collection also includes three sets of personnel records for war workers: a punch card file, a contract file, and a statements of returning secretaries. These provide names, addresses, and information on YMCA war work service.

Prisoner of war work is documented by administrative correspondence, budget materials, reports, news clippings, and publications for prisoners. There is also a pictorial publication describing work with eastern European prisoners.

A number of YMCA-sponsored newspapers for soldiers are included in these records. The most prominent of these is the Red Triangle Bulletin,reporting on work in France. Trench and Camp,a joint project between the YMCA and various U.S. newspapers, was distributed in military camps in the United States.

Non-YMCA materials relating to YMCA war work and the war in general include government reports and publications on matters such as selective service, training camps, and regulations. There are also some reports to the English Parliament on prisoner-of-war work.

There is voluminous material concerning the post-war investigations of the YMCA's work. These include the eleven volume "YMCA Answer to the Inspector General" and the five volume "Letter from E. C. Carter to William Sloane Supplementing YMCA Answer to the Inspector General'; Answers to Criticisms"; "Report on the Investigation of the YMCA"; and articles and news clippings.

Also included in the collection are materials relating to the military build-up on the Mexican border in 1916. The YMCA followed the soldiers and did war work there. These materials include promotional publications, news clippings, press materials, Border Work(another YMCA-sponsored newspaper for soldiers), blueprint maps, and a report on the work.

Dates

  • 1918.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Extent

From the Collection: 59.2 Cubic Feet (144 boxes)