Affiliates and Journals and Publications in 1940

Many new organizations formed this year, and several reported their activities at the national conference. Among these were the Midwest Region, which held its conference in Cincinnati, OH, on May 21–22. The New England Region met at Harvard University; the Pacific Northwest Region meeting was held in Seattle, WA; and the California Council was chaired by Nadina Kavinoky, MD, in Los Angeles. Ernest Groves’s Conference on Conservation of Marriage and the Family was held at Duke University, Raleigh, NC, and the Kalamazoo Conference, led by Dr. Paul Popenoe, was held on February 19–20. The New York State Conference was chaired by Dr. Sidney […]

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Membership and Awards in 1940

Membership in the state and regional conferences continued to grow, and reports of their meetings were detailed in the Spring issue of Living (Vol. 2, No. 2). The Award of Merit in 1940 was given to Katherine F. Lenroot, Chief of the Children’s Bureau, for her distinguished service in the field of family relations.

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Structure and Governance in 1940

The 1940 officers were as follows: President: Adolph Meyer Vice President: Ernest R. Groves Secretary–Treasurer: Ernest W. Burgess Executive Director: Mary K. White The Board of Directors was established and expanded from 10 to 25 members, and the Advisory Council also grew, from 10 to 33 members. These included leaders of the state and regional councils. Mary K. White was elected NCFR’s first Executive Director and Associate Editor of Living. She held a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University and had done graduate work at the University of Chicago. She was coauthor of the Social Science Research Council’s “Memorandum on […]

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1940 Conference: The Family in Wartime

The third annual NCFR conference was held at the Stevens Hotel in Chicago, IL, December 26–27, in conjunction with other national associations: the American Sociological Society, the American Association of Law Schools, and the American Statistical Association. The conference theme was “The Family in Wartime,” with an emphasis on national emergency and its significance for the family. (Originally it was to have been “Trends and Resources in Family Living,” but the pending war changed the focus.)

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Leadership in 1940

Adolph Meyer’s second term as President was marked by improved organization and planning of the annual conference as well as changes in the by-laws and constitution to allow state and regional leaders to be members of the advisory council. This Council was given the responsibility of developing regional, state and local conferences. The following is an excerpt from Meyer‘s Presidential Address: Man has been very slow to allow himself to submit to the process of scientific and truly science-making study. The family in our own midst as a going concern has only in the last two decades received active consideration when […]

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