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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 373

Records of the American Council on Education, 1951


Press releases, conference program, papers, etc., of the Conference on Women in the Defense Decade in 1951.


  • Creation: 1951


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the American Council on Education as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

This collection consists mainly of papers given at the American Council on Education Conference on Women in the Defense Decade held in New York City, September 27-28, 1951, and accompanying press releases. Also included are a conference program and summary, biographies of participants, and accounts of the conference given to the Faculty Council and Women's Student Government Association of the University of Maine by Alice Stewart, a representative of the university at the conference.


The American Council on Education was established in 1918 to coordinate the services that educational institutions and organizations could contribute to the federal government during World War I. After the war it broadened and intensified its study of American education, developed a series of national educational examinations, expanded its services to member institutions and to educational institutions in general, and initiated and supported projects designed to promote better international understanding and relations.

The American Council on Education Conference on Women in the Defense Decade was convened for the purpose of stimulating discussion as to "what women's attitudes, philosophy and activities should be" for the years 1951-1960. With the onset of the Cold War and the Korean conflict, particular emphasis was placed on the ways in which women could contribute to the defense and development of the United States.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 69-23

The records of The American Council on Education were given to the Schlesinger Library by Alice Stewart in November 1969.

Processing Information

Processed: June 1986

By: Jolene A. Robinson

American Council on Education. Records of the American Council on Education, 1951: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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