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Japan, circa 1916-1939

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 60, microdex: 2
Japan, circa 1916-1939
Japan, circa 1916-1939

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and reports concerning the YWCA of Japan. The YWCA of the U.S.A. sends secretaries to Japan to advise on YWCA activities, train leaders and report back to the National Board and local associations concerning the work being carried out in Japan. YWCA of Japan secretaries and American YWCA secretaries in Japan write narrative accounts of their journeys often containing 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 1923 there is a major earthquake near a YWCA building in Yokohama. Reports and correspondence describe the effects of the earthquake, request additional support and describe recovery efforts. Documents are arranged alphabetically by reporter's last name covering the letters R through Y. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1916-1939

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.


1075 frames (1 partial reel)