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Guide to the Four Minute Men, Women's Division, Birmingham, Alabama, scrapbook MSS.0539

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

2003

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2009-11-25T10:08-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

November 2009
Collection Title:

Four Minute Men, Women's Division, Birmingham, Alabama, scrapbook

Unit ID:

MSS.0539

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet

Dates:

1918-1919

Abstract:

One scrapbook containing newspaper clippings and other materials about this organization, whose members gave speeches in support of World War One.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Cather & Brown Books, 1989

Biographical/Historical note

During World War One, President Woodrow Wilson established the Committee on Public Information (CPI) to manage news and encourage domestic support for the war. George Creel, the director of the CPI, organized volunteers to give brief speeches (no more than four minutes) wherever they could get an audience. The group of volunteers became known as the "Four-Minute Men." The Women's division of the Birmingham Four-Minute Men spoke at theaters and public gatherings of women. They also formed a chorus, sang at public events, and marched in parades. The group strongly supported patriotic drives and often spoke on the behalf of the Red Cross. They also participated in patriotic drives. The organization disbanded in February 1919.

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of one scrapbook containing documents from 1918-1919. The scrapbook contains mostly newspaper clippings discussing conferences and programs of the Four-Minute Men and the Four-Minute Men's Women's Division in Birmingham, Alabama. It also contains programs from banquets and conferences as well as letters pertaining to awards and the honorable discharge of the Four-Minute Men.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Kristi Robinson, 2003

Preferred Citation:

The Four-Minute Men, Women's Division Scrapbook, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Four Minute Men Scrapbook Box 3110 Folder 4

Four Minute Men, Women's Division, Birmingham, Alabama, scrapbook, November 1918-June 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20445