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American Committee for Devastated France Records

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American Committee for Devastated France

The American Committee for Devastated France (ACDF) had its origins in the Civilian Division of the American Fund for French Wounded (est. 1916) and was organized in 1918 to provide emergency relief and restoration aid to the citizens of post-World War I France. Its original stated purpose was to establish a community center which would determine the needs of French citizens, and act as a liaison between them and American relief workers. The group was also to "further understanding and friendship between France and the United States."

The ACDF, staffed primarily by American women of a professional background, set out first to provide basic necessities: food, clothing, shelter and day care. Beginning in 1919, it concentrated on more constructive aid, such as vocational, educational, and physical training, providing farm equipment, housing and building restoration, public health facilities, libraries and scouting camps. The organization collected nearly five million dollars from over one million U.S. donors and members through canvassing and fund-raising benefits. ACDF received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal of French Reconnaissance (1920).

In March 1924, ACDF announced that it had completed its work and officially disbanded. All assets were liquidated and remitted to French organizations to carry on projects begun by ACDF, such as the Camp-École de Scoutisme and the Comité Francais de la Bibliothéque Moderne.

The collection contains annual reports, minutes, records of account, promotional pamphlets and several news clippings praising the work of the ACDF. A report by an unknown author chronicles the establishment of École de Scoutisme, and recommends facilitating "the scout movement of France." Approximately half of the collection consists of the correspondence (1920-1926) of ACDF treasurer Alexander C. Humphreys. The letters and telegrams document exchanges between Humphreys and several members of the Executive Committee (especially Chairman Anne Morgan) on funds allocation. The correspondence also includes donor acknowledgments and routine messages regarding meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Several letters contain hand-written calculations.

The papers in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Princeton University Library purchased the Tournament for the Benefit of Devstated France -- Par Auction Score Card in 2012. The associated accession number is ML.2012.015.

The oversize certificate of appreciation was donated by Jim Poole in 2015 (accession number ML.2015.005) and the medal was donated by Mr. Poole in 2017 (accession number ML.2017.006).

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This collection was processed by Laura E. Burt in 1994. Finding aid written by Laura E. Burt in 1994.

No information about appraisal is available for this collection.

Publisher
Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Laura E. Burt
Finding Aid Date
Published in 2001.
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Collection Inventory

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1 box

Annual Report, 1919. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Statement of Mrs. A. M. Dike, 1919. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Annual Report, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Progress Reports, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Libraries Report, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Report on Canning Work, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

System of Accounts, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Treasurer's Report, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Annual Report, 1921. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Six Months Among the Ruins, 1921. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Special Six Months Report of the Work in France, 1921. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Annual Report, 1922. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Six Months Report on Accomplishment in France and Program for Termination of the Work Synopsis of Present Activities by Mrs. Anne Dike, Commissioner in France, 1922. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Printed Reports/Minutes, 1923. 1 item.
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1 item

Proposals Regarding The Good Will Foundation, 1923. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Constitution and By-laws of The American Good Will Association, The Franco-American Branch, Inc. from April 1, 1918 to March 31, 1924, 1924. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Summarized Statement of the Work of the American Committee for Devastated France, Inc. from April 1, 1918 to March 31, 1924, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scouting in France (Camp École de Scoutisme), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence of Alexander C. Humphreys, 1920-1926. 7 folders.
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7 folders

Travel Diary of Maud J. Conway during ACDF Good Will Tour, 1923. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Tournament for the Benefit of Devastated France -- Par Auction Score Card, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Oversize Certificate of Appreciation, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Medal, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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