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Canadian-American Women's Committee/Association Records, 1941-1969
13 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 355

Abstract:
The Canadian-American Women's Committee was founded as an international organization with the aim of developing appreciation and cooperation between the two countries through increased knowledge. Records of the American Section and the Connecticut Branch include material on conferences, field study trips, affiliation with the National Council of Women, student exchanges, and administrative records.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to portions of the Canadian American Women's Committee Records. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note
Letter to May Hall James, January 5, 1944

Letter to May Hall James, January 5, 1944

Vera Beggs and Cairine Wilson believed that the practical international cooperation between Canada and the U.S. developed during World War I could not be trusted to extend into the future solely through treaties and joint boards. In 1941, they founded the Canadian-American Women's Committee, an international organization with the aim of developing appreciation and cooperation between the two countries through increased knowledge. The Committee was composed of two sections. The Canadian division had headquarters in Ottawa, while the its American counterpart was based in New York. Each operated separately to suit their activities to the situation of their respective countries, and joint international conferences of Committee leaders were held to determine general policies. In both countries, the Committee worked a great deal with national women's organizations. In addition, it sponsored educational conferences, field study trips for college students and teachers, student exchanges, teacher exchanges, and lecture tours. Though the Canadian Section disbanded in 1966 and the American section disbanded in 1969, the group established permanent student exchanges.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Canadian-American Women's Committee Records consist of 5 linear feet of the records of the American Section and the Connecticut Branch. They contain material on conferences, field study trips (itineraries, student notes, and records regarding class activities), affiliation with the National Council of Women, student exchanges, and administrative records. Types of materials include clippings; publications, such as newsletters and pamphlets for conferences; correspondence; reports; financial records; minutes; and speech texts. Also included is correspondence concerning programs to foster mutual appreciation, cooperation, and communication (such as an art exchange between school-children).


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

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

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to portions of the Canadian American Women's Committee Records. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

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

Canadian American Women's Committee Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Canadian American Women's Committee Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by May Hall James.

Recent additions to this collection are unprocessed and are not reflected in the finding aid.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger. Finding aid revised in 2002 by Christine Jedziniak, intern.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. SUBJECTS



AAUW Conference


Box 1: folder 1
Art Exchange


Box 1: folder 3
Bibliography


Box 1: folder 3
Canadian tour, Willimantic


Box 1: folder 4
Chautauqua meeting


Box 1: folder 5
Canadian section



Addresses of members


Box 2: folder 6
Canadian Institute of Public Affairs


Box 2: folder 7
Letters from Canadians


Box 2: folder 8
Cairine R. Wilson: correspondence, photograph


Box 2: folder 9-10
Newsletters


Box 2: folder 11
Conference on Canada,
1964-65

Box 3: folder 12-13
Conferences, general,
1943-49

Box 3: folder 14
Correspondence,
1942-65

Box 3: folder 15-25
Correspondence, official,
1949

Box 3: folder 26
Correspondence re: published materials on Canada,
1955-56

Box 3: folder 27
Field Study course to Canada,
1945

Box 4: folder 28
Field Study course to Canada (trans-Canada air tour),
1946

Box 4: folder 29
Fifteenth anniversary,
1957

Box 4: folder 30
Financial records


Box 4: folder 31
Hall, May James, photo


Box 4: folder 32
History


Box 4: folder 33
History, original meeting


Box 4: folder 34
League college project


Box 4: folder 35
MacSkimming visit


Box 4: folder 36
Manuscript materials and miscellaneous clippings


Box 4: folder 37
Miscellaneous material


Box 4: folder 38
Nursery education project


Box 4: folder 39
Project in international hospitality


Box 5: folder 40
Publications


Box 5: folder 41
Small informal group meetings


Box 5: folder 42
Survey of teaching about Canada in American Schools


Box 5: folder 43
Teacher exchange program


Box 5: folder 44
Twentieth anniversary


Box 5: folder 45
SERIES II. AMERICAN SECTION



Chronological files,
1943-1969

Box 6: folder 46-54
Subject files



Activities,
1958

Box 6: folder 55
Addresses of members


Box 6: folder 56
Art teacher grants,
1960, 1966

Box 6: folder 57-58
By-laws


Box 6: folder 59
Correspondence,
1949-50

Box 6: folder 60-61
Correspondence and reports,
1953

Box 6: folder 62
Education re: Canada


Box 7: folder 63
James, May Hall, first trip to Canada,
1941

Box 7: folder 64
Meetings, major,
1951-59

Box 7: folder 65
Membership lists


Box 7: folder 66
New York group,
1959

Box 7: folder 67
Newsletters


Box 7: folder 68
Official publications


Box 7: folder 69
Quebec, Montreal Conference,
1950

Box 7: folder 70
Sophia Smith Collection


Box 7: folder 70a
Transfer of headquarters


Box 7: folder 71
Treasurer's reports,
1949-67

Box 7: folder 72
National Council of Women in the United States (part of American Section).



General


Box 8: folder 73
Hospitality Committee


Box 8: folder 74
SERIES III. CONNECTICUT BRANCH



Chronological files,
1946-1964

Box 9: folder 75-78
Art grants


Box 9: folder 79
Correspondence, minutes, reports,
1943-44

Box 9: folder 80
Correspondence and reports,
1945-49

Box 9: folder 81
James, May Hall, trip to Canada,
1949

Box 9: folder 82
Special records


Box 9: folder 83
Study guide on Canada


Box 9: folder 84
Traveling library


Box 9: folder 85
Treasurer's reports,
1944-67

Box 9: folder 86
SERIES IV. STUDENT EXCHANGES



Chronological files,
1844-1957

Box 10: folder 87-98
Toronto-Smith exchange



Correspondence,
1945-67

Box 11: folder 99-100
Newsletters, "The Journal" (Smith student experiences),
1953-65

Box 11: folder 101
Chronological files,
1960-1969

Box 12: folder 102-106
Subject files



Address list


Box 13: folder 107
Alberta--Central Connecticut,
1945-50

Box 13: folder 108
Alberta--First exchange,
1951-2

Box 13: folder 109
Alberta--TCC exchange,
1953, 1954, 1955, 1960

Box 13: folder 110
Central Connecticut State College


Box 13: folder 111
Danbury State Teachers College


Box 13: folder 112
Douglas College


Box 13: folder 113
Evaluation


Box 13: folder 114
General


Box 13: folder 115
Saskatchewan--Trenton


Box 13: folder 116
University of Maine


Box 13: folder 117
Willimantic State Teachers College


Box 13: folder 118

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Subjects
  • Beggs, Vera W. (Vera Wadsworth), d. 1968
  • Canadian-American Women's Committee--History--Sources
  • James, May Hall
  • Student exchange programs--Canada--History--Sources
  • United States--Relations--Canada
  • Women-International cooperation--History--Sources


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