The American Relief Administration (A.R.A.) was the organization created by Woodrow Wilson to administer humanitarian relief to Europe after World War I. Herbert Hoover (then U.S. Food Administrator), became the Director General of the A.R.A. on Feb. 24, 1919.
At this stage of my PhD dissertation, I’m reading all 44 issues of the American Relief Administration Bulletin, which was published to “keep workers in the field in touch with what is being done in all parts of the relief territory as well as in Paris.” The A.R.A. headquarters was in Paris at 51 Avenue Montaigne.
As I finish reading subsequent issues of the Bulletin I’ll be uploading the full PDF files to my site. I’m grateful to the Hoover Institution Library and Archives where the A.R.A. Bulletins are housed, where I was able to make digital photos of the issues with my iPhone. The staff (of which I was once a part) is always highly professional and supremely helpful. If you’re ever at Stanford University, you’d be well served to pay a visit to the Hoover Library in the Hoover Tower or in the Hoover Archives next door, and at the very least to the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion that I was in charge of for six years.
Hoover Institution Archives Reading Room, Stanford University