World War II Materials - Barnard College War Service
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection consists of newspaper clippings, flyers, booklets, publications, record books, meeting minutes, reports, brochures, articles,petitions, correspondence, posters, ephemera, and photographs. These materials relate to committees,curriculum, clippings from newspapers and other publications, and correspondence about activities takingplace during the war years and the work done by undergraduate students, alumnae and faculty at Barnard College.
- Creation: 1940 - 1995
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1945
This collection has no restrictions.
Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.
The Barnard College World War II collection reflects the college community’s attitude towards involvement in the war in Europe both before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The student population, and the faculty, espoused strong viewpoints in defense of their positions which can be seen in the materials collected for the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies and the Barnard chapter of the British War Relief Society. However, with events at Pearl Harbor and a formal declaration of war by the U.S. government, Barnard undergraduates, faculty and alumnae enthusiastically supported the war relief efforts and national service commitments necessary to alleviate war time shortages in goods, services, and manpower. Barnard women joined many branches of the armed services during World War II including the WAVES, WACS, SPARS, WASPS and the American Red Cross Overseas to do their duty. The curriculum at the college was changed to an accelerated course of studies that emphasized science, mathematics and economics. The National Service Committee offered courses in First Aid, Motor Transport, Women’s Voluntary Services, Ambulance Driving, Map Reading, etc., to ensure that the Barnard graduate would have practical and beneficial skills to offer if they chose to enlist in a branch of the military either abroad or at home. As the war drew to a close, Barnard College was honored by the Maritime Commission with the commissioning of a warship in its name, the S.S. Barnard Victory, and later in the century, in 1995, with the dedication of a Peace Altar in Columbia University’s St. Paul’s Chapel to the students from Columbia University (including Barnard College) who died in World War II.
.63 Linear Feet
This collection consists of newspaper clippings, flyers, booklets, publications, record books, meeting minutes, reports, brochures, articles, petitions, correspondence, posters, ephemera, and photographs.
The materials in the World War II collection are arranged into five series, and 5 suberies:
Series 1, Clippings, 1941-1995
Subseries 1, Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1948 Subseries 2, Barnard Honor Rolls 1942-1945 Subseries 3, Peace Altar at St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University 1995
Series 2, Course Catalog Supplements, 1942-1944
Series 3, Committees, 1940-1981
Series 4, Correspondence, 1945
Series 5, Photographs, 1940-1945
This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The acquisition date and source is unknown.
No additions are expected.
This collection was processed and the finding aid written by graduate assistant DiAnn Lai in July, 2011.
Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.
Finding aid written in English.
- Guide to World War II Materials - Barnard College War Service
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- DiAnn Lai
- © 2011
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