The Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense, Grand Rapids Unit Records consists of over 23,000 registration cards containing data about women who registered for home front service during World War I. The collection provides insight into the lives of women during the early 20th century. Not only do the cards provide biographical information such as name, age, and address; but they also record education levels, skills, and employment status. These cards provide valuable information for researchers of women's history and genealogy. You can search the cards here.
For more information about the cards see the Grand Rapids Historical Commission's essay on the Woman's Committee and the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council’s page listing registration card collections across the United States.
View the full collection inventory here.
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