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70-70--78-M200

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

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Descriptive Summary

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
Date(s): 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 nationally.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: February 1986
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Preferred Citation:

Women United for United Nations Records, 1946-1978; item description, dates. 70-70--78-M200, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.

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Additional Index Terms

Associations, institutions, etc.
Germany--Politics and government--20th century
International cooperation
Minutes
Peace--Societies, etc.
Scrapbooks
Women--Germany
Women--Societies and clubs
Parsons, Rose P.
Reed, Diane
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
Straus, Anna Lord, 1889-1979
Thompson, Dorothy, 1893-1961
UNICEF
United Nations--Non-governmental advisory organizations
World Organization of Mothers of All Nations

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