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Conventions, twentieth, 1953-1955

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 40, microdex: 7
Conventions, twentieth, 1953-1955
Conventions, twentieth, 1953-1955

Scope and Contents

Special addresses and ceremonies and Convention Committee documents for the Twentieth National Convention of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America. The Convention Committee is formed following each convention to plan the next one. They discuss and assess previous conventions, take comments and requests from local associations regarding desired content and business, arrange special guests, and organize the format. Following convention, the committee evaluates the convention content and organization. As the YWCA is celebrating its centennial anniversary as a world Christian women's movement addresses, services, and dramatizations reflect on the past, the changing role of women, and the work to be done in the future. Speeches concern the role of Christianity in the world, the meaning of being a woman, anxiety in the atomic age, social and demographic changes in the United States, and building an inclusive movement. These speeches and convention proceedings are summarized in the June 1955 issue of "YWCA Magazine" reproduced following the speeches. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1953-1955

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.


325 frames (1 partial reel)