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Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc. Records, 1938-2004
2 boxes (1.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 657

Abstract:
Women's club. Cosmopolitan Associates was a support organization formed after World War II for war brides of American servicemen to give them an affordable way to visit their families back in England and Europe. Records contain primarily monthly newsletters (1953-1978). There are also histories, photographs, clippings, printed materials, and a video biography of co-founder Enid K. Wood. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

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

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc., an organization of World War II war brides, was founded in 1950 by Enid Kathleen Brazil Wood and Judy Bond Ward, both Englishwomen who had married American servicemen. The purpose of the organization was to charter airline flights to Europe so war brides living in the U.S. could visit their families overseas, at a time when flying on commercial airlines was prohibitively expensive and private parties were not permitted to charter flights. Wood served as President for more than 30 years, and Bond as Vice-President, and the two were assisted by a dedicated team of national officers. Cosmopolitan Associates evolved over 25 years to include many other ways of supporting war brides, with 6,000 members in 90 chapters across the U.S. The organization is still in existence, however its mission has changed over the years to be more of a social club operating out of New Jersey. Membership now includes immigrant women in the U.S.

In her youth, Enid Wood was a champion swimmer. She married Charles C. Wood with who she had two sons, Glenn and Keith. Enid Wood left Cosmopolitan Associates in 1978 to start her own travel business, Enid's Travel Desk. in the 1970s.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Cosmopolitan Associates Records contain primarily monthly newsletters (1953-1978). There are also histories, photographs, clippings, printed materials, and a video biography of co- founder Enid K. Wood.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission 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:

Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc. Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The first installment of the Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc. Records was donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Kathleen Porter and Enid Wood in 2009.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2009.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


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Subjects
  • Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc.
  • Military spouses -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Ward, Judy Bond
  • Wood, Enid K
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States


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