About This Collection
The National Catholic Welfare Council (NCWC), officially defined as the annual meeting of the American hierarchy and its standing secretariat, was established by the bishops in 1919. In 1922, the NCWC was renamed the National Catholic Welfare Conference, not Council, underlining the fact that it was consultative rather than legislative body.
The NCWC Lantern Slide Collection consists of a series of one hundred and eleven slides. The slides were all originally housed together in the same box. They appear to have been created for use with a lecture or presentation detailing the NCWC's work with veterans of the First and Second World Wars in the United States. The slides dated Ca. 1942 - 1946 are in black and white, the slides dated ca. 1927 are mostly in color. They feature photographs of social events, religious events, National Catholic Community Service (NCCS) / National Council of Catholic Men (NCCM) sponsored events, United States' Armed Forces personnel, children, and assorted NCWC organizational charts. Many of the slides prominently feature African American soldiers or children, and many also show interracial events or groups. There are also slides of women in Armed Forces uniform and their work contributing to the war effort. Locations named in slides: Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada New Hampshire, New York, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, DC.