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Africa, circa 1920-1950

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 47, microdex: 6
Africa, circa 1920-1950
Africa, circa 1920-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. Foreign Division work in Ethiopia, Liberia and South Africa. American secretaries from the YWCA of the U.S.A. work in other countries to train leaders, develop programs for women, address local needs, and work towards the development of women in other countries. The foreign program emphasizes working with women and their cultural and local customs. During the conflict in Ethiopia with Italy YWCA of the U.S.A. secretaries work to aid local women and cooperate with the American Committee on the Ethiopia Crisis. In Liberia, secretaries struggle with the divide between the ruling class and the rest of the population. Other materials include correspondence regarding social and living conditions, health, planning programming and association work, constitutions for local associations in South Africa and Liberia and summary reports to the Foreign Division. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1920-1950

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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