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Japan, circa 1916-1950

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 59, microdex: 3
Japan, circa 1916-1950
Japan, circa 1916-1950

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and reports from YWCA of the U.S.A. secretaries working in or visiting the YWCA of Japan. The narrative accounts of their journeys often contain vivid descriptions of their surroundings and the nature of their work. Reports assess the work being done for women and girls commenting on areas needing improvement or more support. In addition, the letters and reports contain accounts of interpersonal conflicts or challenges that may arise when cooperating with other organizations or even other secretaries. The YWCA of the U.S.A. sends secretaries to Japan to advice on YWCA activities, train leaders and report back to the National Board and local associations concerning the work being carried out in Japan. Reports are arranged alphabetically by reporter's last name covering the letters A through H.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1916-1950

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.


783 frames (1 partial reel)