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Economics, 1920-1937

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 43, microdex: 3
Economics, 1920-1937
Economics, 1920-1937

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A's economic programs including the cooperative movement, and economics discussion course and the economic aspects of their public affairs program. The YWCA of the U.S.A. shows an interest in the cooperative movement and following a trip to Europe to learn about the cooperatives begin sharing information learned and supporting member cooperatives. Educational materials concern the history of the movement, how to begin a cooperative, and a report on a cooperative housing endeavor by women in New York. Additionally, the YWCA of the U.S.A. takes an interest in educating its members on topics that affect their everyday lives with economic and social welfare taking on greater importance during the years of the Depression. A discussion course held in 1934 seeks to provide an overview of the economic situation including applicable laws, government programs and descriptions of how groups of women are directly affected. A list of convention actions concerning economic and social welfare provides an overview of the national economic issues taken on by the organization. Miscellaneous materials include the educational pamphlets such as one titled "'Misses' coats and wearing apparel" that follows where an American woman's coat comes from and other published materials intended for educational use. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1920-1937

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.


187 frames (1 partial reel)