Scope and Contents
The Association of Former Juniors in France records consist of files relating to club activity from 1936 to 1972. Types of materials include: correspondence, information pertaining to the founding of the French House, invitations, photographs, meeting minutes and notices, records of World War II relief efforts, membership lists, organization and officer information, scholarship records, and publications.
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This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Access
Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.
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Biographical / Historical
In 1927, the first Smith College juniors studied abroad in Paris, France. Nine years later, in 1936, the Association of Former Juniors in France was established by college alumnae who had participated in the Paris Junior Year Abroad program. The primary goal of the association was to fund a scholarship for future Smith students to study abroad in France. The secondary aim of the members was to stay up-to-date on information regarding both France and the Smith students currently studying abroad in the country. In addition, the association raised money to aid French soldiers and refugees displaced due to World War II, including sponsoring French children and their families. Holding an annual dinner in New York City, the members actively fundraised while reconnecting with old friends and maintaining a strong alumnae network. The association also published a newsletter, Trait D'Union, which included articles from both former and current Smith students, commentary from various professors, and updates on French politics, music, cinema, and books. While having a lively membership for over thirty years, the Association of Former Juniors in France was no longer active by the mid-1970s.
0.875 linear feet (2 containers)
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