Salvation Army International Headquarters departments: Post-War Relief Department

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

These are the records of the Salvation Army Post-War Relief Department (which became known as the European Relief Department in April 1945), 1942-1953.

This collection comprises administrative records from the European Relief Department Headquarters and reports from various Salvation Army Relief Sections of the Council of British Societies for Relief Abroad (CBSRA).

The collection is arranged as follows:

PWR/1: Administrative records

PWR/2: Relief Section files

PWR/3: Photographs

Administrative / Biographical History

The Council of British Societies for Relief Abroad (CBSRA) was formed in 1942 by 22 British voluntary organisations with international affiliations for the purpose of co-ordinating their efforts in the liberated countries of Europe and elsewhere in the aftermath of the Second World War. Its chairman was Sir William Goode and it had offices at 75 Victoria Street, London. By August 1945, the CBSRA had some 1,500 relief workers organised in mobile teams: sixty-six general relief teams, nineteen mobile medical teams and seven mobile hospital sections. In Greece, Italy, Austria, Yugoslavia, France, Holland and Germany these teams worked in camps and hostels, organised food and clothing distribution, and ran emergency hospitals and travelling clinics. Individual relief teams attached to the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) in Europe were organised by the International Red Cross, the Society of Friends, International Voluntary Service for Peace and other voluntary organisations, as well as The Salvation Army.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. The reading room of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre is open Tue-Fri 9.30-4.00. It is advisable to make an appointment. Tel: 0207 326 7800; email: heritage@salvationarmy.org.uk.

Other Finding Aids

A multi-level description of this collection can be accessed in the International Heritage Centre's online catalogue: http://www.calmview.eu/SalvationArmy/CalmView/. A paper catalogue is available in the reading room of the International Heritage Centre.

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