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NCWC Lantern Slide Collection

An inventory of The NCWC Lantern Slide Collection at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Catholic University of America, American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: United States Catholic Conference of Bishops
Title: The National Catholic Welfare Conference Lantern Slide Collection
Dates: ca. 1927
Dates: ca. 1942-1946
Extent: 2.6 linear feet; 2 oversize boxes
Abstract: The collecton contains 111 slides that appear to have been used together in a lecture or presentation highlighting the National Catholic Welfare Conference's work with the American veterans of both the First and Second World War. The images are mostly in black and white, although there are a number of color images. They feature photographs of social events, religious events, National Catholic Community Service and National Council of Catholic Men events, United States' Armed Forces personnel, children, and assorted NCWC organizational charts. Many of the slides prominently feature African American soldiers, children, and interracial events and groups. There are also slides of women in Armed Forces uniforms involved with the war effort.
Collection Number: ACUA 010
Language: English

Historical Note

The National Catholic Welfare Council (NCWC), consisting of the American bishops and its working secretariat, was established in 1919 as the successor to the National Catholic War Council of 1917. In 1922, it was renamed the National Catholic Welfare Conference. In 1966, following the Vatican II Council, the NCWC was reorganized and re-named the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and its standing secretariat, the United States Catholic Conference (USCC). Another reorganization and renaming occurred in 2001 with the emergence of the combined United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Amongst the many records deposited from the organization at The Catholic University of America (CUA) are the glass lantern slides that were donated in 1996. Glass lantern slides were a popular format used for both educational and entertainment purposes throughout the beginning of the Twentieth Century. They were created by encasing positive film between two pieces of glass with a thin paper based frame around the edges. The machines used to project the slides (also know as "magic slide projectors") could be used for viewing them on a screen or a wall. Glass lantern slides were eventually replaced by 35mm slides and transparency projectors. Each slide in this collection has a small label with a number (1-111).

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Scope and Contents

The National Catholic Welfare Conference Lantern Slide Collection consists of a series of 111 slides. The slides were all orinally housed together in the same box. They appear to have been created for use with a lecture or presentation detailing the National Catholic Welfare Conference's work with veterans of the First and Second World Wars in the United States. The slides dated ca. 1942-1946 are in black and white, the slides dated ca. 1927 are mostly in color. They feature photographs of social events, religious events, National Catholic Community Service and National Council of Catholic Men sponsored events, United States' Armed Forces personnel, children, and assorted National Catholic Welfare Conference organizational charts. Many of the slides prominently feature African American soldiers, children, and interracial events or groups. There are also slides of women in Armed Forces uniform and their work contributing to the war effort. Locations named in slides: Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada New Hampshire, New York, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, DC.

The 111 images are contained on 3.5" by 4" glass lantern slides (also known as "magic lantern slides). Slides 1-8, 10-14, 24-26, 44-46, 49, 51-56, 65-71, and 79 appear to have been created in 1927 to highlight the efforts of the National Catholic Welfare Conference during World War One. Slides 9, 15-23, 27-44, 47, 48, 50, 57-64, 72-78, and 80-111 appear to have been created between 1942-1946 to highlight the efforts of the National Catholic Welfare Conference durring World War Two.

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Arrangement

The National Catholic Welfare Conference Lantern Slide Collection consists of 111 glass lantern slides arranged as they were found in the original case.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

No image from this collection may be published in any manner without the permission of the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by the United States Catholic Conference Library Staff on February 13, 1996.

Processing Information

Arrived in original travel case designed to hold 3.5" by 4" glass slides.

Processing completed in 2004-2005 by Patrick Cullom and Marcella Fredriksson. EAD markup completed in February 2006 by Patrick Cullom. Digital archival object links updated in 2015 by Paul Kelly.

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Related Material

Related Collections at the Catholic University of America:

National Catholic Welfare Conference Lantern Slide Digital Collection

Records of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

Related Collections at Other Repositories:

Burke papers at the Paulist Archives in Washington, DC

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Archives in Baltimore, MD

National Catholic Welfare Conference Immigration Department records at the Center for Migration Studies at Staten Island, NY

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Organizations:
National Catholic War Council (U.S.)
National Catholic Welfare Conference
National Catholic Welfare Council (U.S.)

Places:
Connecticut
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
United States--Church history--20th century
Utah
Virginia
Washington (D.C.)
Washinton

Subjects:
Catholic Church--United States--Bishops--History--20th Century
Catholic Church--United States--History--20th Century
Christian Sociology--Catholic Church--United States
Church and Social Problems--United States
Race Relations--Religious Aspects--Catholic Church
World War, 1914-1918--Catholic Church
World War, 1939-1945--Religious Aspects--Catholic Church
World War, 1939-1945--Social Aspects--United States


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Bibliography

Bibliography for National Catholic Welfare Conference

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
National Catholic Welfare Conference Lantern Slides ca. 1927, 1940-1945 (2 boxes)
Box Folder
1 A 1 1. Most Reverend John T. McNicholas, OP, DD, Archbishop of Cincinnati, ca. 1927
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  2 2. Right Reverend Joseph Schrembs, DD, Bishop of Cleveland, Episcopal Chairman, Lay Organizations Department, National Catholic Welfare Conference, ca. 1927
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  3 3. Excerpt from Holy Father's letter praising the Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops of the U.S. for results achieved through the Welfare Conference, "Not only useful, but also necessary for you,"
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  4 4. Right Reverend Michael J. Gallagher, DD., Bishop of Detroit (Michigan), ca. 1927
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  5 5. National Catholic Welfare Conference travel map of the world, ca. 1927
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  6 6. Right Reverend John F. Noll, Bishop of Fort Wayne, ca. 1927
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  7 7. Text slide: "This Program is given in compliment to His Excellency, Most Rev. John Bonzano, DD., Apostolic Delegate to the United States by the Committee on Special War Activities of the National Catholic War Council,"
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  8 8. Chart showing religious affiliation of the U.S. in 1927, ca. 1927
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  9 9. Interacial group of boys with servicemen playing basketball,
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  10 10. Catholic University of America, Washington, DC: campus and buildings, ca. 1927
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  11 11. Organizational chart of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, ca. 1927
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  12 12. Various unidentified bishops in front of an American flag, ca. 1927
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  13 13. Unidentified bishops and priests walking
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  14 14. Civic education literature of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, ca. 1927
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  15 15. Sacred congregation's approval of work of National Catholic Welfare Conference, ca. 1942-1946
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Box Folder
1 B 1 16. Text slide: "Volunteers, with Special Skills and Leadership Abilities, have given the NCCS Program a Richer Quality by Means of Discussion Groups, Classes, Musical Programs and Hobby Shops", ca. 1942-1946
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  2 17. Text slide: "The Success of Dances, Parties, Social Functions and Out Door Activities has been due to the Gay and Friendly Participation of the Companionable NCCS Junior Hostesses", ca. 1942-1946
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  3 18. Text slide: "NCCS Volunteers have given their time and efforts generously to provide a rich variety of personal services and program activities for our Armed Foces. Their tireless service for God and Country is without precedent in American community cooperation", ca. 1942-1946
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  4 19. Text slide: 'Literally, Thousands of Organizations -Civis, Religious, Fraternal, Professional, Cultural and Service- have made it Possible for a Relatively Small Number of Professional Staff to Serve More than 270,000,000 people through the Services of over 700,000 carefully selected Volunteers", ca. 1942-1946
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  5 20. Text slide: "In Helping to bring a "Home Away From Home" to members of the Armed Forces and their Families, NCCS Volunteers have offered an Endless List of Personal Services varying in urgency from Housing Information and Mending to the ever popular Coffee and Doughnuts", ca. 1942-1946
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  6 21. Text slide: "NCCS Volunters, especially trained for Hospital Service, have been of particular assistance in the Convalescence and Rehabilitation of Patients in Military, Naval, and Veterans Administration Hospitals", ca. 1942-1946
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  7 22. Text slide: "NCCS Administrative Volunters have worked for the most part unnoticed behind the Scenes planning and organizing the USO Program in light of local needs and resources. The have served on USA Councils, NCCS Advisory Boards, operating commitees and program commitees", ca. 1942-1946
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  8 23. Text slide: "Field Masses, Communion Breakfasts, Retreats, and Spiritual Conferences have been Important Parts of the NCCS Religious Program. Volunteers have assisted Army and Navy Chaplains and NCCS Moderators in planning and arranging these Activities", ca. 1942-1946
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  9 24. Headquarters of the Pan American Union, Washington, DC, ca. 1927
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  10 25. Mexican Bishops forced into exile by despotic government, Archbishop Mora y del Rio of Mexico City, ca. 1927
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  11 26. United States Supreme Court Chambers, located in the Capitol Building, Washington, DC, ca. 1927
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  12 27. Soldier with two women in a library, ca. 1942-1946
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  13 28. Meeting of National Catholic Community Service (NCCS) Officials, ca. 1942-1946
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  14 29. U.S. Sailors at a table with a USO sign and an unidentified woman
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  15 30. Serviceman showing sculpture to two servicewomen, Washington, DC, ca. 1942-1946
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1 C 1 31. Serviceman being instructed how to dance by a woman, Middle River, MO, ca. 1942-1946
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  2 32. Several young women at a table wrapping gifts, ca. 1942-1946
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  3 33. Sailors getting English/French lessons from a young woman with a black board, New York City, New York, ca. 1942-1946
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  4 34. African American women reading to children, Charlestown, Indiana, ca. 1942-1946
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  5 35. African American servicewomen at a table looking on as one woman reads a card, Des Moines, Iowa, ca. 1942-1946
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  6 36. African American children at a USO function, Las Vegas, Nevada, ca. 1942-1946
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  7 37. Young women knitting, Rome, New York, ca. 1942-1946
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  8 38. Woman, perhaps a Nurse, with unidentified African American women and children, ca. 1942-1946
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  9 39. Interracial boys choir, with USO sign in background, ca. 1942-1946
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  10 40. Interracial groups of men, women, and children working together at a table, ca. 1942-1946
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  11 41. Seated African American man with four children in front of a fireplace, Hampton, Virginia, ca. 1942-1946
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  12 42. African American children in costumes, Charlestown, Indiana, ca. 1942-1946
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  13 43. African American serviceman (Joe Louis?) signing autograph for children at a soda fountain, ca. 1942-1946
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  14 44. Chart showing "Gradations of Catholic Educations Institutions in the Catholic Educational System", ca. 1927
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  15 45. Chart showing "Gradations of Catholic Educations Institutions in the Catholic Educational System", ca. 1927
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1 D 1 46. Pamphlet covers reading, "Spreading the Gospel of Catholic Education is one of the Important Works of the National Catholic Welfare Conference", ca. 1927
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  2 47. Two older women at a desk, Manchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1942-1946
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  3 48. Three women with a child at a desk, ca. 1942-1946
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  4 49. Chart of National Catholic Welfare Conference Press Department with insert of Bishop McDevitt, Episcopal Chairman, ca. 1927
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  5 50. Interacial group of men playing chess, ca. 1942-1946
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  6 51. Arlington Cemetery Bridge, Arlington, VA, ca. 1927
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  7 52. Aerial view of Arlington House, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, ca. 1927
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  8 53. View of Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, ca. 1927
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  9 54. Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, ca. 1927
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  10 55. National Catholic Welfare Conference Logo with "Airplane View of the Nation's Capitol," Washington, DC, ca. 1927
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  11 56. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with three inserts, Linclon Memorial, Washington Monument, The Capitol, Washington, DC, ca. 1927
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  12 57. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with "Washington, DC, in "Cherry Blossom Time", ca. 1927
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  13 58. View of the Potomac River, Washington, DC, ca. 1927
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  14 59. View of Washington's Home at Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA, ca. 1927
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  15 60. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with "Shrine in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, where are housed the originals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America", ca. 1927
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1 E 1 61. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with "House of Representatives Office Building, Washington, DC", ca. 1927
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  2 62. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with "the White House, Home of the Chief Executive of the Nation, Washington, DC", ca. 1927
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  3 63. Servicemen at a soda fountain being served by two women, ca. 1942-1946
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  4 64. Soldiers and sailors with women at an information desk, ca. 1942-1946
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  5 65. National Catholic Welfare Conference Logo with book covers reading, "Social Action Series of Books and Pamphlets", ca. 1927
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  6 66. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with pamphlet covers reading, "The Civics Catechism has been Translated into Fourteen Languages: Arabic, Bohemian, Croatian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portugese, Roumanian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish", ca. 1927
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  7 67. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with pamphlet covers reading, "Aids to Better Citizenship", ca. 1927
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  8 68. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with "The English and Foreign Language texts are Printed in Parallel Column form in the Foreign Language Translation of the "Civics Catechism", ca. 1927
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  9 69. National Catholic Welfare Conference logo with "Naturalization" the Goal of Civic Education Work among the foreign-born", ca. 1927
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  10 70. National Catholic Welfare Conference organizational chart for the National Council of Catholic Men (NCCM), including organization, membership, and special functions, ca. 1927
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  11 71. National Catholic Welfare Conference organizational chart for the National Council of Catholic Men (NCCM), ca. 1927
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  12 72. Group of sailors, soldiers, and women gathered around a piano, ca. 1942-1946
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  13 73. Servicemen and civilians with musical instruments, ca. 1942-1946
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  14 74. Two African American sailors and two women speak with a priest at a social event, ca. 1942-1946
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  15 75. Soldier and an unidentified older woman sitting at a fireplace, ca. 1942-1946
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1 F 1 76. Play being performed on stage, ca. 1942-1946
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  2 77. Young men and women at a dance, ca. 1942-1946
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  3 78. Two African American servicemen with a priest, Hampton, Virginia, ca. 1942-1946
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  4 79. National Catholic Welfare Conference publication cover, "Review, Official Publication of the National Catholic Welfare Conference", ca. 1927
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  5 80. Sailors with women helping them wrap Christmas gifts, ca. 1942-1946
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  6 81. Serviceman and a young woman painting, San Antonio, Texas, ca. 1942-1946
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  7 82. African American servicemen with Priest at USO Club entrance, Fayetteville, North Carolina, ca. 1942-1946
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  8 83. Servicemen with young women at a sewing machine, ca. 1942-1946
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  9 84. Interracial couples addressing letters / cards, Bremerton, Washington, ca. 1942-1946
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  10 85. People with a large cake and a USO sign
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  11 86. Servicemen and sailors in a USO club / café, ca. 1942-1946
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  12 87. Servicemen and servicewomen at a telephone exchange, ca. 1942-1946
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  13 88. Two servicemen receiving instructions in leather working by a USO member, ca. 1942-1946
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  14 89. Serviceman sitting with an older woman holding rosaries, ca. 1942-1946
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  15 90. Two servicemen being served turkey by a woman, Louisville, Kentucky, ca. 1942-1946
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2 A 1 91. Civilians (older be veterans?) prepare a turkey dinner with servicemen at USO club, ca. 1942-1946
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  2 92. Convalescents: Two men in wheelchairs with a young woman, ca. 1942-1946
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  3 93. Convalescents: Man on crutches ascending stairs to USO building, Jones Beach, New York, ca. 1942-1946
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  4 94. Convalescents: Seated servicemen with women at a ping pong table, Charleston, South Carolina, ca. 1942-1946
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  5 95. Convalescents: Sailor with doctor working on his feet
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  6 96. Convalescents: Soldier with an older man with NCCS Advistory Rehabilitation Department sign, ca. 1942-1946 ca. 1942-1946
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  7 97. Convalescents: Three men sitting with a woman, ca. 1942-1946
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  8 98. Convalescents: Four male patients with a woman playing a piano, ca. 1942-1946
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  9 99. Convalescents: Man with arm in sling with woman, Patchogue, Long Island, New York, ca. 1942-1946
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  10 100. Several servicemen at a bar with woman bartender, ca. 1942-1946
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  11 101. Servicemen and women on an Army truck with a Text slide: "USO Apostleship of the Sea Picnic,"
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  12 102. Interracial dance, Geneva, New York, ca. 1942-1946
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  13 103. Three servicemen skiing with two women, ca. 1942-1946
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  14 104. Servicemen seated outside the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC
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  15 105. Chief Master Sergeant and a Boy Scout receive uniform from a USO service member, ca. 1942-1946
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2 B 1 106. Group with USO banner at waterfall (Niagara Falls?), Buffalo, New York, ca. 1942-1946
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  2 107. African American servicemen with USO office personnel, Salt Lake City, Utah, ca. 1942-1946
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  3 108. Outdoor mass for servicemen, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, ca. 1942-1946
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  4 109. Outdoor mass for servicemen, ca. 1942-1946
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  5 110. African American women and children in an office with a USO sign, ca. 1942-1946
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  6 111. Two servicemen with women on a picnic, Waukegan, Illinois, ca. 1942-1946
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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

National Catholic Welfare Conference Lantern Slides ca. 1927, 1940-1945

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