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Four Minute Men, Women's Division, Birmingham, Alabama, scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0539

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one scrapbook containing documents from 1918-1919. The scrapbook contains mostly newspaper clippings discussing conferences and programs of the Four-Minute Men and the Four-Minute Men's Women's Division in Birmingham, Alabama. It also contains programs from banquets and conferences as well as letters pertaining to awards and the honorable discharge of the Four-Minute Men.

Dates

  • 1918-1919

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

During World War I, President Woodrow Wilson established the Committee on Public Information (CPI) to manage news and encourage domestic support for the war. George Creel, the director of the CPI, organized volunteers to give brief speeches (no more than four minutes) wherever they could get an audience. The group of volunteers became known as the "Four-Minute Men." The Women's Division of the Birmingham Four-Minute Men spoke at theaters and public gatherings of women. They also formed a chorus, sang at public events, and marched in parades. The group strongly supported patriotic drives and often spoke on the behalf of the Red Cross. They also participated in patriotic drives. The organization disbanded in February 1919.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings and other materials about this organization, whose members gave speeches in support of World War I.

Provenance

Purchased from Cather and Brown Books, 1989

Processed by

Kristi Robinson, 2003; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Title
Guide to the Four Minute Men, Women's Division, Birmingham, Alabama, scrapbook
Status
Completed
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500