University of Minnesota

Roche, Josephine Aspinwall, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Roche, Josephine A. (Josephine Aspinwall), 1886-1976.
Dates: 1913-1923
Abstract: Papers (1913-1928) of Josephine Roche include material relating to the Foreign Language Information Service and its work with immigrants. Included are personal letters and reminiscences of immigrants; materials pertaining to the immigrants and to the problems faced by them, with excerpts from the immigrant press; all aspects of immigrant life, including health, organizations, work, immigrant women, and legal problems.
Quantity: 1 microfilm reel.
Language: Mainly in English.
Collection ID: IHRC2273


Director of the Foreign Language Information Service, Josephine Aspinwall Roche (1886-1976) was educated at Vassar and Columbia University. Before coming to the Service, she was chief probation officer and director of girls' work in the Denver (Colorado) juvenile court, inspector of amusements and policewomen in Denver, and special investigator for the National Consumers' League. The FLIS served sixteen nationality groups; its purpose was to interpret America to the immigrants and vice versa. It was organized by the federal government during World War II and continued to work with the cooperation of the government, sending press releases to foreign language newspapers and providing other information and services. The FLIS later merged to become the American Council for Nationalities Service.



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The Roche, Josephine Aspinwall Papers, General/Multiethnic Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief--Belgium.
Immigrants--Personal narratives.
Hungarian Americans--Kentucky.
Czech Americans.
Slovak Americans.

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