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Belgians, 1944-63

 File — Item: 6, Folder: 49-50

Scope and Content

From the Collection: Part I: The papers of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit consist of minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, clippings, newsletters, pamphlets and other publications reflecting the activities of the Institute during its affiliation with the YWCA and after its incorporation as an independent agency in 1945. During this time, the Institute offered a variety of programs, including language and citizenship classes, dances, concerts, folk festivals, and the Old World Market. The papers also reflect the Institute’s work with particular groups like Japanese war brides, war refugees, Polish- and Lebanese-Americans, and others living in established ethnic communities in the Detroit area, its effort to educate metropolitan Detroiters about foreign cultures, and its campaign to fund the construction of the Kirby building.

Important subjects in the collection: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) American Council for Nationalities Service American Federation of International Institutes Emigration and immigration law--United States Ethnic art Ethnic folklore Ethnic performing arts Immigrants--Michigan--Detroit International Seamen’s Service Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons and Refugees Michigan Commission on Immigration Old World Market Refugees--Vietnam Social work with immigrants War brides World War, 1939-1945--Refugees Young Women’s Christian Association International Institute Branches

Important correspondents in the collection: Roy Adelberg Edith Alvord Robin Bahr Mary Ball Judith Brown Florence Cassidy Laura Gogola Edna Jellinek Margaret Montgomery Alice Sickels Brian John Smith Ben Snyder Pamela Rosso Stotz Renee Van Dewater
From the Collection: Part II: Part two of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Records consists of the bulletin, “International Institute News.” The bulletin was published several times a year.

Important Subjects: Immigrants--United States--History International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit


  • 1919 - 1981

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 25.25 Linear Feet (25 SB, 1 MB)


Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA