Columbia University Archives

Columbia University in World War I Collection, 1914-1970

Series IV: Committee on Women's War Work, 1917-1919

Series IV includes correspondence, lists, meeting minutes, and bulletins related to the University's attempts to organize women for the war effort. The University created the Committee for Women's War Work on April 10, 1917, with Virginia Newcomb as an instrumental member. By the end of the 1916-1917 academic year, the Committee "furnished 790 women for volunteer work and 25 for salaried positions." (1917 Annual Report, p.5) The Committee sent out enrollment cards to gather names of women interested in participating in the war. With this information, the Committee looked to place women in both volunteer and salaried positions. The University also created specific courses to train women in areas necessary to the war effort. Also included in this series is a separate card file box (Box 7) with membership cards the Committee asked women to fill out. At the front of the box is a sample instruction card. The card file is incomplete and only contains cards for surnames from A to Col.

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Box 5 Folder 4 Correspondence and Finances, 1917-1918

Box 5 Folder 5 General Information, 1917-1919, undated, 1917-1919, undated

Box 5 Folder 6 Information Bulletins, 1917-1918

Box 5 Folder 7 Meeting Minutes, 1917-1918

Box 5 Folder 8 Related Organizations and Information, 1917-1918, undated, 1917-1918, undated

Box 5 Folder 9 Weekly Bulletins, 1918