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Conventions, sixteenth, 1938-1940

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Conventions, sixteenth, 1938-1940
Conventions, sixteenth, 1938-1940

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the Sixteenth National Convention of Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America. Immediately following the previous convention, the Convention Committee begins meetings to collect and assess feedback regarding convention content, processes and accommodations. Using this information, the committee plans the upcoming convention arranging speakers, discussion topics and emphases and accommodations. Included in these documents is a summary of collected suggestions for convention topics. The main topics of the convention continue to be religion, world citizenship and democracy with an increased attention to youth movements and younger members. Groups represented in discussion sessions are agricultural, foreign, Girl Reserve leadership, health education, public affairs, and World Council members. Group meetings discuss their national program and focus for the upcoming term, come to consensus on issues of public policy and social matters, and clarify their relationship to the national movement. Throughout the discussions, World War II and its effect on association work is discussed. Foreign work discussion groups include updates on work in foreign countries, summaries of current conditions in many countries affected by war, and a report from the YWCA in China. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1938-1940

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.


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