Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of correspondence, administrative records, reports, circular letters, pamphlets, bulletins, and a few clippings and photographs. Much of the correspondences between Mrs. Schuyler van Rensselaer, the New York president of the AFFW, and Anna Vail, the treasurer of the Paris Depot. There is additional correspondence of other members and volunteers. Most of these documents, along with circular letters, report on the delivery of supplies to French hospitals, often describing in detail the physical conditions of hospitals and other locations and the individual conditions of the wounded, and including lists of needed materials. There are some letters, mostly in French, from hospitals and French organizations thanking the AFFW for its services.
The collection is grouped according two the two major periods of accession. Material received in the period 1917-1926 is in the first box, with chronologically-arranged correspondence preceding published and related materials. The second box consists of materials transferred from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in 2000, and consists primarily of circular letters chronologically arranged, followed by files pertaining to related organizations, and pamphlets and related materials.