Women United for United Nations. Records of Women United for United Nations, 1946-1978:
A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 70-70--78-M200
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Women United for United Nations
Title: Records of Women United for United Nations, 1946-1978
Quantity: 1.96 linear feet (1 carton, 1 folio box) plus 1 oversize scrapbook, 11 slides)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, minutes, membership lists, etc., of the Women United for United Nations,
created to disseminate information about the U.N. and to mobilize interest and support
Accession numbers: 70-70, 78-M200
The records of Women United for the United Nations were given to the Schlesinger Library
by Women United for United Nations in June 1970 and November 1978.
Preliminary inventory: February 1986
By: Anne Engelhart
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Women United for United Nations as
well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors,
or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Women United for United Nations Records, 1946-1978; item description, dates. 70-70--78-M200,
folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
In the spring of 1946, the representatives of some 30 women's organizations accredited
to the nongovernmental section of the United Nations met informally to discuss how
best to disseminate information about the activities of the U.N. In January 1947,
Women United for the United Nations was formed and began publicizing the work of the
U.N. It distributed catalogs of documentary films, produced a monthly bulletin entitled
"U.N. News for Women Broadcasters," promoted coverage of the U.N. in the press, and
in 1948, in conjunction with the American Association for the United Nations, established
an Information Center for the U.N. Women United for United Nations was also instrumental
in gaining national support for the United Nations International Children's Emergency
Relief Fund (UNICEF) and inaugurating its successful program to sell greeting cards.
Among its many other activities, Women United for United Nations sought to mobilize
interest in the U.N. through a series of community pilot projects. These projects
heightened public awareness of the importance of the U.N. by sponsoring speakers,
panel discussions, films, and other educational programs.
This collection consists of correspondence, minutes, membership lists, news releases,
pamphlets, clippings, and photographs. Most of the material was organized as an "official
history" by Women United for United Nations (WUUN) members; their scheme, as described
in #1, has been retained in #1 6, with supplementary material in #7-21.
There are also two folders (#22-23) of correspondence concerning WOMAN (World Organization
of Mothers of All Nations), an organization founded in 1951 by Dorothy Thompson in
an effort to mobilize women to work for peace and disarmament. The correspondence
between DT and Rose P. Parsons, founder and chair of WUUN, reflects the WUUN's concern
that WOMAN was being used for the purposes of Soviet bloc propaganda. WOMAN had a
particularly active chapter in the Federal Republic of Germany.
- 1. Official history of Women United for United Nations I. Introduction - IV. Organization
- 2. Official history of Women United for United Nations V. Legal Papers - VI. Who's Who
- 3. Official history of Women United for United Nations VII. We'll Tell the World [re:
educational and informational programs].
See also Folio Box 2, 18vo-21.
- 4. Official history of Women United for United Nations VIII. A Helping Hand [re: special
projects at the U.N.].
See also #16.
- 5. Official history of Women United for United Nations IX. Here's How [re: sharing information,
- 6. Official history of Women United for United Nations X. Checking Up [re: publicity]
- XI. Good Neighbor Policy [includes PHOTOGRAPHS].
See also #15v.
- 7. Membership minutes, November 1946 - October 1948
- 8v. Membership minutes, November 1948 - March 1951
- 9v. Membership minutes, May 1951 - June 1954
- 10v. Membership minutes, October 1954 - November 1957
- 11v. Membership minutes, January 1958 - May 1960
- 12v. Membership minutes, September 1960 - June 1966
- 13. Steering Committee minutes, June 1959 - June 1964
- 14v. Membership lists, 1957-1966, n.d.
- 15v. Ambassadorial correspondence [letters to WUUN], 1963-1964
- 16. ["United Nations News for Women Broadcasters," 1947(?), 1953-1956, mimeo.; "Covering
the U.N.," 1978]
- Folio Box 2. Scrapbook of the Information Center for the U.N. [includes correspondence, news releases,
UNICEF cards, clippings, programs, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1948-1956]
- 18vo. [Scrapbook re:] U.N. Day in Port Jervis, New York, February 16, 1961 [includes correspondence,
- 19. Report of Pilot Project at Woonsocket, Rhode Island, U.N. Observance, October 24-31,
1961 [includes clippings, diary entries by Diane Reed, correspondence, PHOTOGRAPHS]
- 20. [Slides re: Woonsocket activities]
- 21. Woodstock, New York, Pilot Project, April 20, 1963 [includes clippings, correspondence,
- 22. WOMAN [World Organization of Mothers of All Nations; includes correspondence, news
releases], 1951 [includes letters from Eleanor Roosevelt and Anna Lord Strauss]
- 23. WOMAN [World Organization of Mothers of All Nations; includes correspondence, news
releases, 1952, 1958, n.d.]
Associations, institutions, etc.
Germany--Politics and government--20th century
Women--Societies and clubs
Parsons, Rose P.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
Straus, Anna Lord, 1889-1979
Thompson, Dorothy, 1893-1961
United Nations--Non-governmental advisory organizations
World Organization of Mothers of All Nations