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Central America, circa 1919-1948

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 49, microdex: 5
Central America, circa 1919-1948
Central America, circa 1919-1948

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. work in Central America focusing on activities in Panama. Work begins in Panama in the Canal Zone following World War II, and continues until the sale of the YWCA of the U.S.A. building in 1933. American YWCA secretaries develop programming for young women and girls in addition to other service work in the Canal Zone. Correspondence and reports provide background information on the United State's relationship with Central America and the Canal Zone, describe work sites and the segregation of white workers and workers of color and comment on the ongoing efforts and programs.

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1919-1948

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.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group: Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.


250 frames (1 partial reel)