Register of the Aleta Brownlee Papers, 1945-1950.

Processed by Keith A. Jantzen.; machine-readable finding aid created by James Ryan.
Hoover Institution Archives
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Register of the Aleta Brownlee Papers , 1945-1950.

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Processed by:
Keith A. Jantzen.
Date Completed:
1982.
Encoded by:
James Ryan.
© 1998 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Aleta Brownlee Papers ,
Date (inclusive): 1945-1950.
Collection number: 69059
Creator: Brownlee, Aleta.
Collection Size: 9 manuscript boxes (3.8 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Memoirs and office files, relating to UNRRA and IRO relief work for displaced children in Austria at the end of World War II.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Aleta Brownlee Papers , [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1969.

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Access Points

International Refugee Organization.
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
Child welfare--Austria.
International relief.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Austria.
World War, 1939-1945--Children.
World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief.
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees.
Austria.

Biographical History.

Aleta Brownlee began her employment with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration as a Welfare Specialist on the Yugoslavian Mission in 1945. Later that year she was transferred to Vienna and promoted to Director of Child Welfare in Austria. In that position, both with UNRRA and with the International Refugee Organization (which superceded UNRRA in 1947), she worked with displaced children. The Child Welfare Agency had the responsibility of locating and reestablishing, either through repatriation or resettlement, children who had been moved from their homelands during the war. Ms. Brownlee continued this work until 1950 when the International Refugee Organization ceased its activities.
The collection consists almost exclusively of UNRAA and IRO documents. Of these, a small number relate to the Welfare Program in Yugoslavia directly after the war. The overwhelming majority of documents, however, concerns the location and reestablishment of orphans and children separated from their parents. Approximately 35% of the collection is comprised of case files, complete with the children's histories and their eventual placement. Occasionally there is follow-up correspondence from the children. The remainder of the UNRRA and IRO documents concern the problems of finding children absorbed by the Third Reich and what should be done with them once found. The correspondence, memoranda and transcripts of meetings relating to the specific problems of Polish, Yugoslavian and Russian refugees are the most complete. Included in the collection is documentation relating to the roles played by various national chapters of the Red Cross and by the French, American, British and Soviet military governments. Considered all together, the UNRRA and IRO documents chronicle both the operations and the results of the Child Welfare Program in Austria from 1945 to 1950.
Also included in the collection is a manuscript, "Whose Children?," written by Aleta Brownlee ca. 1950-1951 concerning her experiences with UNRRA and IRO. In addition there is a very small miscellany file.

Series Description

Box No. 1-9.

Office File, 1945-1950.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, reports, correspondence, interview transcripts, etc. pertaining to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration's welfare mission in Yugoslavia and the International Refugee Organization, arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box No. 9.

Writings, 1950-1951.

Scope and Content Note

One manuscript, "Whose Children?"
Box No. 9.

Miscellany, 1950-1952.

Scope and Content Note

Printed items, arranged chronologically.

Container List

 

OFFICE FILE, 1945-1950

Box 1-9.

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration -Welfare

 

Displaced Persons Program

 

Letters, reports, memoranda and interviews, 1945-1946, compiled by A. Brownlee. Includes calendar of documents (3)

 

Yugoslavian Mission, 1945

 

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration/International Refugee Organization

 

Displaced Persons

 

Children

 

Argentinian, 1946

 

Austrian, 1946-1949

 

Belgian, 1946-1949

 

Case loads, analyses of monthly reports

 

June 1949-December 1949

 

January 1950-June 1950

 

Cases

 

Fragmentary

 

"A"

Box 2.

"B" (5)

 

"C"

 

"D" (2)

Box 3.

"E"

 

"F" (2)

 

"G" (2)

 

"H" (2)

 

"J"

 

"K"

 

"L"

Box 4.

"M" (2)

 

"N"

 

"P" (2)

 

"R"

 

"S" (3)

 

"T"

 

"U"

 

"V"

Box 5.

"W"

 

"Z"

 

"Child Welfare in the Displaced Persons Programme." Report, 1947

 

Children receiving assistance, 1947-1950

 

Correspondence, 1946-1950

 

Czechoslovakian, 1946-1949

 

Danish, 1946

 

Dutch, 1946-1948

 

Ethnic German ( Volksdeutsche), 1945-1949

 

German, 1946-1948

 

Greek, 1947-1948

 

Hungarian, 1946-1950

 

Italian, 1947-1948

 

Jewish, 1946-1949

 

Legal status, 1947-1949

 

"List of Children Repatriated, Resettled, or Otherwise Reestablished by UNRRA or IRO, 1946-1950." Report, 1951

 

Non-Austrians living in Austria, 1946-1950

 

Policy

 

General, 1946-1949

Box 6.

Adoption

 

Undated, 1945

 

1946

 

1947

 

1948

 

1949

 

1950

 

Eligibility, 1946-1950

 

Procedures, 1946-1948

 

Repatriation, 1946-1950

 

Resettlement, 1947-1949

 

Standards of care, 1946-1949

 

Polish

 

Undated

 

1945

 

1946

 

1947

 

1948

 

1949

 

"Master List of Polish Children Processed by Lebensborn and Heimschule in terms of Directive 67/I compiled by the Documents and Intelligence Section of I.T.S., Child Search Branch," April 1949

 

1950

 

Polish Ukrainians, 1946-1947

 

Resettlement

 

General, 1946-1950

 

Australia, 1949-1950

 

Canada, 1947-1950

 

Chile, 1948

Box 7.

France, 1948

 

Great Britain, 1947-1949

 

Handicapped, 1948-1950

 

New Zealand, 1949

 

Paraguay, 1946-1948

 

Sweden, 1948-1950

 

Transportation, 1948-1949

 

United States

 

Undated

 

1946

 

1947

 

1948

 

1949

 

1950

 

Rumanian, 1946-1949

 

Russian

 

Undated

 

1946

 

1947

 

1948

 

1949

 

1950

 

Tracing

 

Undated

 

1946

 

1947

 

1948

Box 8.

1949

 

"Lebensborn Report - An Outline of the Structure and Practices of Lebensborn for Guidance in Child Search," 1948

 

"Nazional-Sozialistische Volkswohlfahrt" (National Socialist Welfare Agency) Copies and translations of official NSDAP documents relating to the appropriation of foreign children as German citizes, 1938-1944

 

"S.S. Lebensborn Activities in Upper Austria," by Wilhelmina Van Dop, ca. 1947

 

Turkish, 1947

 

"UNRRA Closure Report on United Nations Unaccompanied Children in Germany," June, 1947

 

Yugoslavian

 

Undated

 

1945

 

1946

 

1947

 

1948

 

1949

 

1950

 

Miscellaneous, 1946-1950

 

Citizenship, Austrian, 1945-1950

 

Policy - General, 1946-1950

 

"Psychological Problems of Displaced Persons." Report, 1945

 

Operations

 

American Zone

 

Children's Home

 

Undated

 

1946

Box 9.

1947

 

1949

 

1950

 

Youth Center, 1948-1950

 

British Zone

 

General, 1946-1948

 

Children's Home

 

Undated

 

1945

 

1946

 

1947

 

1948

 

1949

 

1950

 

French Zone - General, 1946-1948

 

Vienna - General, 1946, 1950

 

Personnel, 1945-1948

 

WRITINGS, 1950-1951

Box 9.

"Whose Children?" Typescript, ca. 1950-1951 (3)

 

MISCELLANY, 1950-1952

Box 9.

Comic book, Czechoslovakian, ca. 1950 and printed articles