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5.57 linear feet ((1 half file box, 4 folio+ boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
The scrapbooks include sample patterns of clothes to be sewn for displaced children, bills for notions, purchased clothing and other supplies, photographs of French children, letters to and from American women working in France, reports, and other documents. While most of the correspondence is with other New England relief groups and suppliers, several letters from women's aid groups in Tennessee and [other states] speak to the national reach of the war relief work. The collection also contains a number of loose letters Constance H. Hall received from Caroline R. Hill, who worked with the Comité and the Red Cross. These letters (and others from Hill pasted into the scrapbooks) provide detailed descriptions of needed clothing, methods of packing and shipping, and describe situations of individual children under the Comité's care. Printed material includes a New England Clothing Committee circular detailing clothing, food, and supplies needed for relief of French children. Also Volume 1, Number 1 (October, 1919) of Children of the Frontier magazine. Thirty five photographs of displaced children, their new surroundings and caregivers are glued to a linen backing. Folders #5.1-5.2 and PD.1 were originally cataloged as A/H174.
Constance Hall was chairman of the New England Clothing Committee working with the Comité Franco-Américaine pour la Protection des Enfants de la Frontière. She was also a member of the Cambridge Sewing Club.
Hall earned a master's degree in history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MS, 1938). She lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for most of her life, and died in 1973.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Constance H. Hall were given to the Schlesinger Library by Constance H. Hall in 1953.
The following related volumes were also given tot he Schlesinger by Constance H. Hall and can be found in the library's Printed Material collection:
- Mitchell Percy. The American Relief Clearing House, Its Work in the Great War. (Paris, 1922?)
- Corinna Haven Smith and Caroline R. Hill. Rising above the Ruins of France. (New York: Putnam, 1920)
By: Jenny Gotwals
- Hall, Constance H. (Constance Huntington), 1886-1973. Papers of Constance H. Hall, 1915-1921: A Finding Aid
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