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High Commissioner for Germany. Women's Affairs Branch Records, 1949-1985
2 boxes (1.6 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 368

Abstract:
International organization. In 1949, the Office of the United States sent a Women's Affairs Specialist to Germany to assist in organizing associations for German women. The records document efforts to promote women's participation in the public sphere of postwar Germany. The papers include official correspondence of the National Office, the Women's Affairs Branch, the Council of Hessian Women's Organizations, and the Buero fuer Staatsbuergerliche Frauenarbeit of the Regional Branch in Hessen.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the rules and regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of unpublished works in this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

In 1949, the H.I.C.O.G. sent Betsy Knapp of the League of Women Voters as their Women's Affairs Specialist to Germany to assist in organizing travel to the U.S. for German women. In addition, her responsibility included targeting women's organizations for Marshall Plan funding. With Knapp as their American consultant, the Buero fuer Frauenfragen was created in 1949-50 under the directorship of Antje Lemke-Bultmann. The funding for the first year (1951) came predominantly from the U.S. By the end of 1952, the U.S. was pressing the organization to seek its funding in Germany. Ursula Gaertner, a delegate from the German government, was able to secure resources for that year. At the end of 1952, the organization realized that in order to increase their constituency, they needed to broaden their platform, and the Buero fuer Staatsbuergerliche Frauenarbeit was created in early 1953. Furthermore, they combined their efforts with the Council of Hessian Women's Organizations to counsel approximately 16 women's organizations. Their purpose was to span from voter registration to foreign affairs, to the promotion of women in politics and public affairs. Erna Schlepper replaced Antje Lemke-Bultmann as the director of the Buero in 1954.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

These are records of the Women's Affairs Specialist of the H.I.C.O.G. and affiliated women's organizations in the Federal Republic of Germany. The collection has printed materials and official correspondence of the H.I.C.O.G.'s National Office, the Women's Affairs Branch, the Council of Hessian Women's Organizations, and the Buero fuer Staatsbuergerliche Frauenarbeit of the Regional Branch in Hessen. The records document these organizations' efforts to promote women's participation in the public sphere of postwar Germany. There are scattered reports for each of the organizations from 1949 to 1985.

This collection is organized into two series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the rules and regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of unpublished works in this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

High Commissioner for Germany--Women's Affairs Branch Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

History of the Collection

These records were received from Betsy Knapp in three installments between 1985 and 1987. An earlier group of records was consolidated with this gift.

Processing Information

Processed by Anke Voss, 1995.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Language
English.