The U.N.A.U.S.A. developed in 1943 out of the League of Nations as a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization. The organization sponsored research projects on important international issues and encouraged members to seek and explore solutions to world problems at the local level.
The Whatcom County Chapter began as a temporary committee that first met on July 7, 1954. The first official meeting of the Whatcom County Chapter of the U.N.A.U.S.A. was held at the Leopold Hotel in Bellingham on September 25, 1957. It was dissolved in 1998 due to lack of membership.
Chapter meetings were held monthly, usually at the home of a member or in a local church. Meeting minutes were regularly kept and a chapter government was elected. In keeping with its organizational mission, the Whatcom Chapter hosted community events to promote education and awareness of global issues as well as fundraising campaigns in the Whatcom community. Examples of these included commemorations of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and panels such as "Developing the Final Frontier: International Cooperation and Competition in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space" that was presented in 1986. The chapter gathered news clippings related to their activities and interests in addition to producing a local newsletter.
This collection comprises approximately 2.5 linear feet of records documenting the activities of the Whatcom Chapter of the United Nations of the United States of America (U.N.A.U.S.A.). The collection contains administrative records, meeting minutes, chapter presidential papers, correspondence, financial records, printed materials and scrapbooks generated between 1954 and 1998. Also included in the collection are a small number of materials created by the national parent organization.
Corporate and administrative records include founding documents, by-laws, annual reports, a brief overview of the chapter’s history, and membership lists. The series also includes meeting minutes from 1954 to 1994 documenting event planning, chapter discussion, and proposed community campaigns; chapter presidential papers including correspondence and notes from chapter presidents; general correspondence; and mayoral proclamations.
Financial records include a number of fragmented financial reports and a check register. Also included is a corporate resolution of authority. The collection includes three Whatcom Chapter U.N.A.U.S.A. scrapbooks spanning the years from approximately the mid-1950s through 1988. The older scrapbook, dating to the mid-1960s, contains a large collection of newspaper and magazine clippings. The later scrapbooks from the mid- to late-1980s contain many photographs of chapter events and related printed materials.
Printed materials, dating from 1952 to 1992 include materials produced by the national U.N.A.U.S.A. organization as well as the Whatcom County chapter. These encompass pamphlets, flyers, and local news clippings related to chapter interests and events. Also included are local newsletters dating from 1965 through 1998. The collection also includes printed pamphlets, clippings, programs and notes pertaining to U.N. Day Events.
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public.Preferred Citation :
Whatcom County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.
The Whatcom County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America records are organized in accordance with the following series and subseries:
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
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