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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in chronological order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains reports and newsletters created or compiled by Reverend William W. Bell, a Methodist missionary working in India and Burma, and relating to his work with British prisoner of war camps during WWII through the YMCA. Reports are typed and detail Bell's efforts to introduce creative activities to prisoners of war from Axis countries in order to "prevent boredom;" some notes of thanks from prisoners of war are also included. Newsletters include the "Y.M.C.A. War Prisoners' Aid Commentator," "War Prisoners Aid Reporter," and "Y.M.C.A. War Prisoners Aid News."
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Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.
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Item description, William W. Bell papers, circa 1941-1945, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was purchased and received in the spring of 2022, accession GEN-2022-005.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Leah Edelman in 2022.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
William W. Bell was a Methodist missionary for 42 years in India and Burma, where he lived with is wife and children. During World War II, Bell worked in British prisoner of war camps with prisoners from Axis countries, under the auspices of the World's Committee of the Y.M.C.A., which was part of the National Council of the Y.M.C.A.s in India, Burma, and Ceylon.