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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Fighting French Relief Arm band and poem MSS.0541

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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

January 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-04-08T10:31-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

April 2013
Collection Title:

Fighting French Relief Arm band and poem

Unit ID:

MSS.0541

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

2261
Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (2 items; 2 pieces)

Dates:

between 1939 and 1945

Abstract:

A Free French Relief arm band, featuring a swastika and the words "Sous la Botte Nazie (Under the Nazi Boot)," and a printed poem in English by Marie C. Benney entitled "France," about the Nazi suppression of freedom in France.

creator

Fighting French Relief Committee.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a paper Free French Relief arm band, featuring a swastika and the words "Sous la Botte Nazie (Under the Nazi Boot)." Written in pencil on the back of the arm band is "Fighting French Relief, 1710 Comn Ave." The collection also includes a printed poem in English by Marie C. Benney entitled "France," about the Nazi suppression of freedom in France.

Usage Restrictions:

None

Access Restrictions:

None

Preferred Citation:

Fighting French Relief Arm band and poem, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

The Fighting French Relief Committee was formed in New York early in World War II, with the purpose of providing aid and comforts to French soldiers and resistance fighters. The committee was part of the National War Fund and local Community Chests.

The National War Fund was a philanthropic federation with three aims: (1) to determine the nature and the extent of the war-related needs; (2) to see that everybody had a chance to contribute to the funds required; and (3) to channel the sums raised for its member agencies.

The Community Chests in the United States and Canada were fund-raising organizations that collected money from local businesses and workers and distributed it to community projects. The first Community Chest, "Community Fund," was founded in 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio by the Federation for Charity and Philanthropy. The number of Community Chest organizations increased from 39 to 353 between 1919 and 1929, and surpassed 1,000 by 1948. By 1963, and after several name changes, the term "United Way" was adopted in the United States, whereas the United Way/Centraide name was not adopted in Canada until 1973-4.

Acquisition Information:

unknown

Processing Information:

Processed by

S. Braden, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Source(s)

Artifacts (aat)

Civil Rights and Human Rights (localbroad)

Poems (aat)

World War II (localbroad)

Arm Band and poem Box 2261