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Business and professional women, 1928-1950

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 19, microdex: 6
Business and professional women, 1928-1950
Business and professional women, 1928-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. Business and Professional summer conferences in the Rocky Mountain and southern regions of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Regional conferences bring together girls and women with common interest to unify them in their work, provide training and education, convey the national program and method and encourage fellowship beyond one's usual circles. Conference materials give an overview of events of the Rocky Mountain and Southern summer conferences. In addition, materials include data concerning the persons attending, where they come from, their jobs, and other participant data. Minutes and reports outline the schedule including lectures, committee meetings, discussion groups, and recreational activities. Bulletins and newsletters give a personal and narrative account of the conferences sometimes including poetry and art. Efforts to integrate the Southern conferences are detailed throughout the documents. Integration begins in the early years with a few delegates and expands slowly. Conference proceedings also indicate the presence and discussion of interracial matters and describe difficulties in finding accommodations for an integrated conference. With the coming of World War II international relations are also a topic that is much discussed throughout the program.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1928-1950

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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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