Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc. records
Scope and Contents
The Cosmopolitan Associates Records contain primarily monthly newsletters (1953-1978). There are also histories, photographs, clippings, printed materials, and a video biography of co- founder Enid K. Wood.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1938-2004
- Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc. (Organization)
Language of Materials
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Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Biographical / Historical
Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc., an organization of World War II war brides, was founded in 1950 by Enid Kathleen Brazil Wood and Judy Bond Ward, both Englishwomen who had married American servicemen. The purpose of the organization was to charter airline flights to Europe so war brides living in the U.S. could visit their families overseas, at a time when flying on commercial airlines was prohibitively expensive and private parties were not permitted to charter flights. Wood served as President for more than 30 years, and Bond as Vice-President, and the two were assisted by a dedicated team of national officers. Cosmopolitan Associates evolved over 25 years to include many other ways of supporting war brides, with 6,000 members in 90 chapters across the U.S. The organization is still in existence, however its mission has changed over the years to be more of a social club operating out of New Jersey. Membership now includes immigrant women in the U.S.
In her youth, Enid Wood was a champion swimmer. She married Charles C. Wood with who she had two sons, Glenn and Keith. Enid Wood left Cosmopolitan Associates in 1978 to start her own travel business, Enid's Travel Desk. in the 1970s.
2.5 linear feet (2 containers)
Women's club. Cosmopolitan Associates was a support organization formed after World War II for war brides of American servicemen to give them an affordable way to visit their families back in England and Europe. Records contain primarily monthly newsletters (1953-1978). There are also histories, photographs, clippings, printed materials, and a video biography of co-founder Enid K. Wood.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Kathleen Porter and Enid Wood in 2009.
Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2009.
- Cosmopolitan Associates, Inc. records
- Finding Aid
- Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger.
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