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Series IV: Civilian Defense

This series contains correspondence, memos, lists, minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and ephemera (actual ID cards and armbands) concerning the activities of the civilian defense program at Columbia University. Issues include civilian defense courses, air raid drills, and building control activities. The original order of this series was lost prior to processing so a new order was imposed based on the subject matter of the materials.

Correspondence in this series is primarily from Nicholas McKnight, Director of the Civilian Defense Program, but a significant amount of communication also comes from Fon W. Boardman, Jr. who was Assistant to the Director of the Civilian Defense Program. Boardman was in charge of ID card and armband distribution, a well documented aspect of the program in these files. In addition to correspondence and materials concerning the activities of the various committees and the Student Auxiliary Corps within the university community, McKnight’s dealings with suburban defense organizations (particularly in New Jersey), the NYC Police Department, and the local New York civilian defense councils is also documented.

Three incidents are of particular note. These include December, 1941 correspondence between McKnight and representatives of Harvard, McGill University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and Yale regarding the civilian defense activities at those institutions; December, 1941 and early January, 1942 correspondence from students and staff concerning how they could help the war effort on campus in the wake of Pearl Harbor; and correspondence within the Barnard file concerning civilian defense activities on that campus and how it would work within the larger program forming at Columbia.

Air Raid Alarm Information, 1941-1942
undated

Box 45
Folder 11
Air Raid Drills,
1942 March
Box 45
Folder 12
Assorted Material,
1941
undated
Box 45
Folder 13
Building Control—Academic Buildings & Dormitories, c. 1941-1942
Box 45
Folder 14
Unit Enrollment, 1941-1942
undated
Box 45
Folder 15
Units—Lists,
1941
undated
Box 45
Folder 16
Bulletin & Mailing List—Correspondence & Memos, 1941-1942
Box 45
Folder 17
Civilian Defense
Council Bulletin,
1942
1946
Box 45
Folder 18
Council Minutes, 1941-1942
Box 45
Folder 19
1 (Course), Dr. William H. McCastline, 1941-1942
Box 45
Folder 20
2 (Course), Professor Carl F. Kayan, 1941-1942
Box 45
Folder 21
3 (Course), Professor William D. Turner, 1941-1942
Box 45
Folder 22
4 (Course), Professor W.H. Hayes,
1942
Box 45
Folder 23
L100 (Course-- "An American in a World War"),
1942
Box 45
Folder 24
Courses
Info & Enrollment, 1941-1942
Box 45
Folder 25
Printed Matter, 1941-1942
Box 45
Folder 26
Program Outline,
1941
1943
Box 45
Folder 27
C.U. Civilian Defense Notebook,
1942

Box 46
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1941-1943
(3 Folders)
Box 46
Folder 2-4
Correspondence with Barnard College, 1941-1942
Box 46
Folder 5
Committee on Campus Protection
General, 1941-1942
Box 46
Folder 6
Memoranda, 1941-1943
undated
Box 46
Folder 7
Committee on Community Education, 1942-1943
Box 46
Folder 8
Committee on Courses of Training
General, 1941-1942
Box 46
Folder 9
Minutes, 1941-1942
Box 46
Folder 10
Committee on Protection of Valuable Possessions, 1941-1943

Box 47
Folder 1
Committee on Technical Advice,
1942
Box 47
Folder 2
Committee on Volunteer Participation
General, 1942-1943
Box 47
Folder 3
Meeting Minutes,
1942
Box 47
Folder 4
Extension Committee on Defense Courses,
1942
Box 47
Folder 5
Fire Safety Program, 1941-1942
1950
Box 47
Folder 6
Identification Card Record,
1942
Box 47
Folder 7
Identification Cards & Arm Bands
General, ca.
1940s
Box 47
Folder 8
Correspondence, 1942-1943
Box 47
Folder 9
N.Y.C. Air Warden Service,
1942
Box 47
Folder 10
New York Police Department—Correspondence,
1942
Box 47
Folder 11
Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1945
Box 47
Folder 12
Publications,
1942
undated
General,
1942
undated
Box 47
Folder 13
Correspondence,
1942
Box 47
Folder 14
Student Auxiliary Corps, 1941-1942
General, 1941-1942
Box 47
Folder 15
Campus Patrol,
1942
Box 47
Folder 16
Fire Control Division, 1942-1943
Box 47
Folder 17
First Aid Squad, 1942-1943
Box 47
Folder 18
Suburban Defense Organizations—Correspondence, 1941-1942
Box 47
Folder 19
24th Precinct—Correspondence, 1941-1942

Box 48
Folder 1
Volunteer Faculty Instructors
Air Raid Warden Training,
1942
Box 48
Folder 2
Lists,
1942
undated
Box 48
Folder 3

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