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Conventions, sixteenth, 1940

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 35, microdex: 1
Conventions, sixteenth, 1940
Conventions, sixteenth, 1940

Scope and Contents

Volumes one and two of the stenotype proceedings of the Sixteenth National Convention of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America. Proceedings follow the convention from opening remarks through the Monday morning session and include all convention business, presentations, and addresses. Volume three of the stenotype proceedings follows the official proceedings on reel 35, microdex 2. Matters of national importance are discussed and voted on following a prescribed democratic process. These matters include electing board and committee members, adopting revisions to the constitutions, accepting reports and recommendations and adopting a political or social positions. Addresses and remarks include representatives from the World YWCA and experts from outside the organization. The emphases for the convention continues to be religion, democracy, and world citizenship. In response to World War II a lot of focus is on international work, conditions in other countries, and what the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s role as a Christian organization may be. As part of the international focus an address by Queen Elizabeth is broadcast to the convention. In addition to the international focus, the convention addresses the labor movement, student movements, and work with younger girls. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1940

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.


1047 frames (1 partial reel)