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Association of Former Juniors in France Records

Identifier: CA-MS-00327

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.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1925 - 1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. 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. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, 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

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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Contains correspondence, photographs, financial records, publications, minutes, and news clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Association of Former Juniors in France records were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Finding aid to Association of Former Juniors in France Records
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-19: Finding aid updated as part of the College Archives Survey

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
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Northampton MA 01063