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Minutes and reports concerning YWCA of the USA work with African American women and girls, 1920-1921

 File — Box: 4, Reel: 278, microdex: 6

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. work with African American women and girls. Jane Olcott Walters' report on the history of "colored work" in the YWCA of the U.S.A. from 1907-1920 is a compilation of excerpts from records, reports and conferences arranged chronologically. An index provides a guide to topics and types of records that can be found in the compiled report. In 1921 a conference is held in Louisville, Kentucky to assess the progress of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work with African American women, have open and frank discussions of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s role in the African American community, acknowledge and discuss their failures and struggles in regards to this work and share information and ideas. The proceedings of the conference include a transcript of the discussions, presentations and resolutions. 


  • 1920-1921

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From the Record Group: This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.

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