Chicago Woman's Aid Records

An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago




Collection Summary

Creator:Chicago Woman's Aid
Title:Chicago Woman's Aid Records
Dates:1903-1988
Abstract: The Young Ladies Aid Society, organized in 1882, was incorporated by the State of Illinois in 1895 and renamed the Chicago Woman's Aid. The collection contains correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, minutes, and photographs dating from 1903 to 1988.
Quantity: 24 linear feet
Identification: CWA

Administrative History

The Young Ladies Aid Society, organized in 1882, was incorporated by the State of Illinois in 1895 and renamed the Chicago Woman's Aid. The founding members adopted the motto, "She lightened the burden of life to others" from the novel Romola. This motto guided them in establishing programs of civic, philanthropic, literary, educational, and social welfare nature.

To develop these programs more fully, the executive officers created the Civics and Philanthropy Department to give assistance to those seeking public housing, to safeguard public morality, to provide mild for school children, and other such programs. The Education Department, which furnished books for the library of the Maxwell Street Settlement, also sponsored summer school programs and playgrounds. The Art and Literature Department encouraged local artists to exhibit their paintings, sponsored lectures and concerts for adults and children, etc. Besides these departments, standing and special committees are used to conduct business affairs and to supervise special projects.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, minutes, and photographs dating from 1903 to 1988. The materials pertain to such issues as birth control, child welfare, public housing, immigration, racial discrimination, and juvenile delinquency. The collection includes correspondence with Hull-House residents and friends including Rachelle Yarros, Louise de Koven Bowen, and Charlotte Carr


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Subjects:
Birth control --United States --Sources.
Bowen, Louise de Koven, b. 1859 --Correspondence.
Carr, Charlotte E. (Charlotte Elizabeth), 1890-1956 --Correspondence.
Chicago Woman's Aid --Archives.
Child welfare --United States --Sources.
Emigration and immigration --United States --Sources.
Juvenile delinquency --United States --Sources.
Public housing --United States --Sources.
Race discrimination --United States --Sources.
Yarros, Rachelle S., 1869-1946 --Correspondence.
Chicago Community Organizations
Midwest Women's History


Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Series I - Administrative Records

BoxFolder
01Achievement Day Committee - reports, 1934-1937
2Adult Education Survey Committee - reports, 1931-1942
3Anniversaries - Parties - lists and programs, 1923-1946
4Anniversaries - plays, scripts, 1931
5Anniversary - 55th - correspondence and lists, 1937-1938
6Anniversary - 60th - correspondence, 1942-1943
7Anniversary - 65th - correspondence and report, 1947-1948
8Annual meetings - bulletins, 1942-1945
9Anti-Semitism - correspondence and reports, 1939-1945
10Applied Arts Committee - reports, 1932-1944
11Art Committee - correspondence and reports, 1926-1945
12Arts Student Aid Fund - reports, 1932-1940
13Auditor's Reports, 1936-1944
14Auditor's Reports, 1936-1944
15Bequests - note, undated
16Board of Directors - correspondence, 1940-1945
17Board of Managers - Welfare - minutes, 1939-1940
18Book Review Committee - reports, 1943-1946
19Braille Committee - correspondence, 1939-1947
20British War Relief Committee - reports, 1941-1942
21Bulletin Committee - correspondence and statements, 1930-1949
22Bulletins - Chicago Woman's Aid Weekly, 1940-1942
23Bulletins - Chicago Woman's Aid Weekly, 1942-1944
24Bulletins - Chicago Woman's Aid Weekly, 1944-1947
25Bulletins - Chicago Woman's Aid Weekly, 1947-1950
26Calendars - annual, 1896-1901
27Calendars - annual, 1901-1905
28Calendars - annual, 1905-1910
29Calendars - annual, 1910-1914
30Calendars - annual, 1914-1918
31Calendars - annual, 1918-1922
32Calendars - annual, 1923-1927
33Calendars - annual, 1927-1931
34Calendars - annual, 1931-1935
35Calendars - annual, 1935-1940
36Calendars - annual, 1940-1943
37Calendars - annual, 1943-1946
38Calendars - annual, 1946-1950
39Calendars - annual, 1949-1952
40Calendars - annual, 1956-1958
41Calendars - annual, 1958-1960
42Calendars - annual, 1960-1962
43Calendars - annual, 1962-1964
44Calendars - annual, 1964-1966
45Calendars - annual, 1966-1967
46Cardiac Committee - reports, 1926-1949
47Chicago Government Planning Commission - correspondence, 1929
48Child Health Committee - reports, 1924-1949
49Child Study Committee - reports, 1924-1949
50Children on the Stage Committee - reports, 1929-1931
51Children's Concerts Committee - reports, 1929-1931
52Children's Party - programs, 1936-1938
53Choral Group - reports, 1934-1940
54Civic Secretary - reports, 1934-1940
55Civics Co-ordinator - reports, 1938-1939
56Clippings - miscellaneous, 1923-1942
57Clothes Depot Committee - reports, 1934-1941
58Correspondence - Public Affairs, 1928-1941
59Correspondence - Welfare, 1911-1942
60Corresponding Secretary - reports, 1939-1948
61Council of Civic Agencies - correspondence and lists, 1936-1937
62Courts and Jails Committee - reports, 1931-1947
63Current Events Committee - correspondence, 1939-1945
64Delegate - Arts and Programs - reports, 1924-1947
65Delegate - Club - reports, 1928-1942
66Delegate - Public Affairs - reports, 1924-1947
67Delegate - Welfare - reports, 1924-1947
68Dental Fund - reports, 1945-1950
69Dental Service Committee - correspondence and minutes, 1928-1947
70Dining Room Committee - reports, 1928-1947
71Dining Room Committee - ration allotments - forms, 1943-1947
72Drama Committee - reports, 1929-1946
73Dues - correspondence, 1938-1940
74Effective Speaking Committee - reports, 1936-1941
75English Classes - lists and reports, 1949-1951
76English Classes - English Conversation Committee - reports, 1939-1942
77Ethics for Today - report, undated
78Evening Meetings Committee - correspondence, 1930-1935
79Executive Committee - minutes, 1931-1946
80Family Relations Committee - reports, 1931-1946
81Fiftieth Project Committee - correspondence, 1932-1934
82Finance Class Committee - correspondence, 1942
83Finance Committee - correspondence, 1937-1942
84Finance Committee - reports, 1928-1940
85Finance Committee - reports, 1941-1946
86Finance for Women Committee - reports, 1945-1946
87Financial Secretary - reports, 1942-1947
88Food Service Committee - correspondence, 1930-1935
89Forms - correspondence, 1932-1942
90French Committee - reports, 1927-1942
91Gerstley, Jennie R. Fund - correspondence, 1930-1946
92Girls' Work Committee - report, 1924
93Hearing Aids Committee - minutes, 1927-1939
94Hearing Aids Committee - minutes, 1940-1947
95Hospital Social Service Committee - reports, 1931-1949
96House Committee - reports, 1925-1947
97Housing Committee - reports, 1925-1947
98Industrial Workshops Committee - reports, 1925-1933
99Institutions Committee - reports, 1924-1941
100Insurance - correspondence, 1931-1944
101International Relations Committee - reports, 1928-1946
102Jewish Charities - correspondence, 1933-1946
103Jewish Welfare Fund - lists, 1938-1942
104Legislative Committee - reports, 1929-1947
105Library Committee - reports, 1933-1936
106Literature Committee - reports, 1930-1945
107Membership Committee - reports, 1929-1945
108Membership Committee - resignations - correspondence, 1922-1930
109Minutes - arts and programs, 1940-1949
110Minutes - civics and philanthropy, 1911-1918
111Minutes - club, 1882-1883
112Minutes - club, 1890-1892
113Minutes - club, 1892-1897
114Minutes - club, 1897-1903
115Minutes - club, 1903-1908
116Minutes - club, 1908-1912
117Minutes - club, 1922-1925
118Minutes - club, 1923-1945
119Minutes - public affairs, 1921-1943
120Mothers' Club - reports, 1923-1950
121Motion Pictures Committee - reports, 1922-1943
122Music Committee - reports, 1925-1946
123Name Committee (for Club) - list, 1927
124Naturalization Committee - minutes, 1921-1938
125Nominating Committee - minutes, 1921-1938
126Nutrition Fund Committee - reports, 1925-1945
127Order of Business - minutes, 1941-1943
128Organizations - correspondence, 1935-1945
129Pamphlet committee - reports, 1936-1943
130Philosophy Class - reports, 1928-1933
131Photographs - miscellaneous, 1904-1932
132Photographs - miscellaneous, 1929-1930
133Planned Parenthood Committee - correspondence, 1941-1942
134Planned Parenthood Committee - receipts, 1937-1941
135Planned Parenthood Committee - reports and photographs, 1928-1942
136Planned Parenthood Committee - reports, 1942-1947
137Players Committee - reports, 1938-1946
138Playground Committee - lists and reports, 1924-1926
139President - reports, 1940-1945
140President - reports, 1927-1939
141Printing and Stationary Committee - reports, 1929-1946
142Program - arts and programs - reports, 1928-1938
143Program - arts and programs - reports, 1939-1946
144Program - club - notes, 1945
145Program - public affairs - reports, 1927-1945
146Program - welfare - reports, 1924-1942
147Public Affairs Committee - reports, 1925-1946
148Public Health Committee - reports, 1925-1945
149Public School Administration Committee - reports, 1921-1947
150Publicity Committee - reports, 1926-1946
151Race Relations Committee - reports, 1927-1947
152Radio - statements, 1933-1941
153Realignment of Committees - lists, undated
154Recording Secretary - reports, 1924-1932
155Recreation Centers, 1924-1932
156Recreation Committee - reports, 1925-1946
157Red Cross - correspondence and reports, 1933-1947
158Refugee Service - correspondence and lists, 1938-1940
159Reports - arts and programs, 1921-1937
160Reports - arts and programs, 1938-1945
161Reports - public affairs, 1924-1945
162Reports - welfare, 1910-1944
163Reports - welfare, 1938-1946
164Revisions Committee - reports, 1928-1946
165Roberta Strauss Fund - correspondence, 1933-1947
166Russian Welfare Committee - report, 1945-1946
167Scholarships - reports, 1927-1930
168Scribblers' group - reports and scrapbooks, 1935-1942
169Sight-Saving and Assisting the Blind Committee - reports, 1924-1947
170Sites Committee - reports, 1925-1946
171Social Committee - reports, 1925-1946
172Spanish Committee - reports, 1942-1944
173Special school activities - reports, 1924-1946
174Summer activities - reports, 1932-1946
175Summer recreation research - correspondence, 1926-1929
176Surveys - reports, 1931-1934
177Tax (Federal - guest fees) - reports, 1942-1951
178Tours - reports, 1931-1936
179Treasurer - reports, 1929-1937
180Vehon Legacy Committee - correspondence, 1932-1944
181Veterans' Services - reports, 1942-1949
182Virginia Myers Fund for Dental Care - correspondence, 1936-1946
183Volunteer Committee - reports, 1943-1947
184World's Fair - correspondence, 1934
185Youth Committee - reports, 1945-1947
186Zeizler, Fannie Bloomfield - program, 1927



Series II -- Chicago Woman's Aid Society: Supplement I - (1892-1988), approx. 11 linear ft.

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Scope and Content: The Chicago Woman's Aid Society: Supplement I consists of reports, correspondence, photographs, clippings, notes, administrative files, yearbooks, bulletins, plaques, award certificates, scrapbooks and other commemorative materials. Some items from Jewish philanthropic organizations such as the Jewish Welfare Board are also included. Supplement I is organized into 5 series: General, Bulletins, Yearbooks, Bound Records, and Oversize and Miscellaneous Materials. Some bulletins and yearbooks are interfiled with general materials to respect provenance. Files are arranged by chronological order within each series.
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Sub-Series I: General
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Scope and Content: Series I includes reports, correspondence, clippings, notes, photographs, historical materials, plaques, award certificates, administrative files, and the contents of several scrapbooks.
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11Correspondence, reports, 85th Anniversary program, 1892-1972
2Bulletin, program, 1918-1957
3Clippings, photographs, Bulletins, 1923-1973
4Photographs of past presidents of the Chicago Woman's Aid Society, c. 1925-1977
5Correspondence, clippings, c. 1926
6Correspondence, clippings, Bulletins, copy of Scribblers Soap Box, photograph, 1927-1968
7Photographs, historical material, 1932
8Brochure, "A History of the Chicago Woman's Aid", by Irma R. Frankenstein undated
9Correspondence, printed programs, Bulletin, 1932-1933
10Clippings, copy of Society News, published writings, 1932-1982
11Scrapbook - Clippings, 1933-1970
12Correspondence, clippings, photographs, Bulletins, 1935-1936
13Bulletins, clippings, programs, correspondence, 1935-1972
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214Clippings, photographs, 1948-1978
15Reports, correspondence, Jewish Vocational Service bulletin, 1951-1952
16Printed programs, historical material, Crime Prevention Bureau case, 1952
17Correspondence, printed programs, 1952
18Correspondence, 75th Anniversary materials, 1952
19Correspondence, printed programs, invitations, 1952-1957
20Correspondence, invitations, place cards, menus, programs, 1952-1967
21Correspondence, clippings, business contracts, programs, 1926-1958
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322Programs, 1957
23Contents of 80th Anniversary scrapbook, part I, 1957-1966
24Contents of 80th Anniversary scrapbook, part II, 1957-1962
25Contents of 80th Anniversary scrapbook, part III, 1957-1962
26Correspondence, 1961
2780th Anniversary tapes, 1962
28Photographs, c. 1962
29Scrapbook - Clippings, 1964-1966
30Contents of 85th Anniversary scrapbook, part II, 1967
31Contents of 85th Anniversary scrapbook, part III, 1967
32Contents of 85th Anniversary scrapbook, part IV, 1967-1968
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433Contents of 85th Anniversary scrapbook, part V, 1967
34Contents of 85th Anniversary scrapbook, part VI, 1967
35Contents of 85th Anniversary scrapbook, part VII, 1967
36Scrapbook containing clippings, 1967 - 1969
37Board of Directors minutes, correspondence, reports, 1967 - 1970
38Correspondence, reports, 1968 - 1970
39Scrapbook containing clippings, 1967 - 1969
40Board of Directors minutes, 1970 - 1971
41Board of Directors minutes, notes, 1970 - 1977
42Board of Directors minutes, notes, 1970 - 1977
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543Board of Directors minutes, notes, 1970 - 1977
44Minutes, correspondence, 1971 - 1972
45Clippings, correspondence, Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago, 1971 - 1972
46Photographs, clippings, 1972
47Administrative files, 1972
48Clippings, 1972
49Correspondence, brochures, 1972 - 1973
50Yearbook supplements, 1973 - 1986
51Reports, correspondence, 1974 - 1980
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652Greater Chicago Jewish Welfare Board Services Council materials, 1974 - 1983
53Articles of Incorporation, registration, 1975 - 1976
54Correspondence, clippings, notes, pamphlets, 1976 - 1981
55Clippings, business cards, brochures, 1977
5695th Anniversary files - Part A, 1977
5795th Anniversary files - Part B, 1977
58Correspondence, printed programs, 1979 - 1981
59Summer program, 1980
60Photographs, clippings, 1981
61Michael Reese Hospital - Reports, newsletters, 1980 - 1981
62Miscellaneous Bulletins and Yearbooks, 1980 - 1981
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763Reports, C.A.S. programs - A, 1980 - 1981
64Reports, C.A.S. programs - B, 1980 - 1981
65Administrative files, 1980 - 1982
66Speeches, materials for Jewish philanthropic organizations, 1980 - 1981
67Summer program, 1981, misc. Bulletins, 1981
68Administrative files, 1981
69Clippings, certificates, correspondence, misc. Bulletins, 1982 - 1983
70Committee reports, 1983
71Reports, 1984
72Photographs, misc. Bulletins and Yearbooks, 1984 - 1986
73Photograph - Jennie R. Gerstley, C.W.A.S. founder, undated
74Photographs, undated
75Brochure, undated
76Photographs, undated
77Photographs, undated
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878Photographs, undated
79Plaque, undated
80Plaque, undated
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Sub-Series II: Bulletins
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Scope and Content: This series consists entirely of published bulletins of the Chicago Woman's Aid Society.
81Bulletins, 1918 - 1921
82Bulletins, 1921 - 1923
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983Bulletins, 1923 - 1926
84Bulletins, 1926 - 1929
85Bulletins, 1930 - 1932
86Bulletins, 1932 - 1933
87Bulletins, 1933 - 1935
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1088Bulletins, 1934 - 1982
89Bulletins, 1935 - 1936
90Bulletins, 1936 - 1937
91Bulletins, 1937 - 1938
92Bulletins, 1937 - 1954
93Bulletins, 1939
94Bulletins, 1940
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1195Bulletins, 1941 - 1946
96Bulletins, 1942 - 1944
97Bulletins, 1943 - 1944
98Bulletins, 1955
99Bulletins, 1956
100Bulletins, 1956 - 1961
101Bulletins, 1957
102Bulletins, 1958
103Bulletins, 1959
104Bulletins, 1960
105Bulletins, 1961
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12106Bulletins, 1961 - 1973
107Bulletins, 1962
108Bulletins, 1963
109Bulletins, 1964
110Bulletins, 1965
111Bulletins, 1966
112Bulletins, 1967
113Bulletins, 1967 - 1972
114Bulletins, 1968
115Bulletins, 1969
116Bulletins, 1970
117Bulletins, 1971
118Bulletins, 1972
119Bulletins, 1973
120Bulletins, 1973 - 1976
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13121Bulletins, 1974
122Bulletins, 1975
123Bulletins, 1976
124Bulletins, 1977
125Bulletins, 1977
126Bulletins, 1977 - 1978
127Bulletins, 1977 - 1980
128Bulletins, 1978
129Bulletins, 1979
130Bulletins, 1980
131Bulletins, 1980 - 1982
132Bulletins, 1981
133Bulletins, 1982
134Bulletins, 1982 - 1986
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14135Bulletins, 1983
136Bulletins, 1983 - 1984
137Bulletins, 1984
138Bulletins, 1985
139Bulletins, 1986
140Bulletins, 1987
141Bulletins, 1987 - 1988
142Bulletins, 1988
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Sub-Series III: Yearbooks
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Scope and Content: Chicago Woman's Aid Society Yearbooks containing the organization's by-laws, lists of officers, membership lists, and occasionally reports and financial statistics.
143Yearbooks, 1904 - 1908
144Yearbooks, 1908 - 1913
145Yearbooks, 1913 - 1917
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15146Yearbooks, 1917 - 1921
147Yearbooks, 1921 - 1925
148Yearbooks, 1925 - 1929
149Yearbooks, 1930 - 1933
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16150Yearbooks, 1933 - 1934
151Yearbooks, 1937 - 1942
152Yearbooks, 1942 - 1945
153Yearbooks, 1970 - 1974
154Yearbooks, 1973
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17155Yearbooks, 1975 - 1979
156Yearbooks, 1976 - 1982
157Yearbooks, 1977 - 1979
158Yearbooks, 1980 - 1986
159Yearbooks, 1984 - 1988
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Sub-Series IV: Bound Records
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Scope and Content: This series consists of minutes, reports, memoranda, correspondence, and related administrative materials including by-laws and amendments, bound in volumes.
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18160Bound Records, 1912 - 1915
161Bound Records, 1917 - 1919
162Bound Records, 1922 - 1923
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19163Bound Records, 1923 - 1925
164Bound Records, 1925 - 1927
165Bound Records, 1927 - 1929
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20166Bound Records, 1929 - 1931
167Bound Records, 1931 - 1934
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21168Bound Records, 1934 - 1936
169Bound Records, 1936 - 1938
170Bound Records, 1938 - 1940
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22171Bound Records, 1941 - 1942
172Bound Records, 1942 - 1944
173Bound Records, 1944 - 1946
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23174Bound Records, 1946 - 1949
175Bound Records, 1949 - 1951
176Bound Records, 1951 - 1953
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24177Bound Records, 1953 - 1955
178Bound Records, 1955 - 1957
179Bound Records, 1957 - 1959
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25180Bound Records, 1959 - 1962
181Bound Records, 1962 - 1964
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26182Bound Records, 1964 - 1966
183Bound Records, 1966 - 1968
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27184Bound Records, 1968 - 1970
185Bound Records, 1982 - 1983
186Bound Records, 1985 - 1986
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Sub-Series V: Oversize and Miscellaneous Materials
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28187Scrapbook - Photographs, clippings, correspondence, memoranda, brochures, children's art in crayon on paper, and related materials, 1963 - 1964
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29188Bicentennial certificate in frame, 1976
189Frame for photograph of Jennie R. Gerstley, C.W.A.S. founder, undated
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Oversize Folders
190Memorabilia, posters, photographs, clippings, 1912 - 1976
191Photograph, 1932
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Slide Container
192Slides, undated