Guide to the Whatcom County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Whatcom County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America
Title: Whatcom CountyWhatcom County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America Records
Dates: 1952 - 1997 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2 linear feet
Collection Number: XOE_CPNWS0148whatcomun
Summary: The collection includes records documenting the activities of the Whatcom County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (U.N.A.U.S.A). The chapter was active from 1954 to 1998 in Whatcom County, Washington and was part of the larger parent organization, the United Nations Association of the United States of America.
Repository: Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Contact Information: Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding the finding aid was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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:

  • Series I: Corporate and Administrative Records, 1954 - 1997
  • Series II: Financial Records, 1956 - 1995
  • Series III: Printed Materials, 1952 - 1995
  • Series IV: Scrapbooks, circa mid-1950s - June 1988
Acquisition Information :  

Materials donated by Bruce Radke and Bill McCallen

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I:  Corporate and Administrative Records, 1954-1997
Sub-series 1: Organizational Records 1954-1996
1/1 Accreditation and First Biennial Certificate 1967 (certificate undated)
1/2 Bylaws 1961-1986
1/3 Annual Reports 1994; 1996
1/4 Chapter History 1954-1988
1/5 Membership Lists 1959-1996 (1 undated)
Sub-series 2: Minutes 1954-1994
1/6 Minutes 1954-1960
1/7 Minutes 1961-1976
1/8 Minutes 1977-1982
1/9 Minutes 1983-1985
1/10 Minutes 1986-1994
Sub-series 3: Presidential Papers 1982-1997
1/11 Bruce Radke 1982
1/12 Arthur Hicks 1983
1/13 Arthur Hicks and Violet Rudd 1984
1/14 Violet Rudd 1985
1/15 Violet Rudd 1986
1/16 Howard Harris 1987
1/17 Howard Harris 1988
Sub-series 4: Correspondence 1956-1997
1/18 Correspondence 1956-1997
Sub-series 5: Mayoral Proclamations 1956-1992
1/19 Mayoral Proclamations 1975-1992

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Series II:  Financial Records, 1956-1995
1/20 Corporate Resolution of Authority 1956
1/21 Check Register 1956-1987
1/22 Financial Reports 1983-1995 (fragmented)

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Series III:  Scrapbooks, circa mid-1950s - June 1988
2/1 Whatcom U.N.A.U.S.A. Chapter Scrapbook circa mid-1950s - mid-1960s
2/2 Whatcom County Chapter of the United Nations of the U.S.A. 1984 June-1986 June

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Series IV:  Printed Materials, 1952-1995
1/23 National 1986-1992 (much undated)
1/24 Local Newsletters 1965-1998 (fragmented)
1/25 Local Announcements 1963-1995 (fragmented)
1/26 Local Members Directory 1987-1988
1/27 Local Fliers 1987-1988
1/28 Local News Clippings 1952-1992
1/29 Local Publications 1982 April 2 - 1985 April 28

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Series V:  U.N. Day Events, 1964-1991
1/30 Programs and News Clippings 1964-1991

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Corporate Names :
  • United Nations Association of the United States of America
  • Whatcom County Chapter of the United Nations Association of America  ( creator)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Whatcom County (Wash.)--History--Sources
  • Subject Terms :
  • International relations--Citizen participation--Washington (State)--Whatcom County--History--Sources
  • Nonprofit organizations--Washington (State)--Whatcom County--History--Sources
  • World politics--Citizen participation--Washington (State)--Whatcom County--History--Sources

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