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Minutes and reports of the field work committee and its secretaries for the central field, covering Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. Reports from field work secretaries assess the condition of existing associations and populations served, make recommendations for improvements, summarize their trips and comment on the general needs of the regions. Committee minutes describe the submitted reports, authorize and discuss budgets and pass motions relevant to the department. In the years prior to World War I, field work concerned unifying associations and developing consistent programming. World War I brought on greater participation and a focus on war work. Following World War I, the focus of associations and field work moves to immigration, industrial work and eventually retrenchment and reorganization.
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Central Field Committee minutes and reports, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.