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Japan, 1919-1949

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 60, microdex: 4

Scope and Contents

The YWCA of the U.S.A. takes a special interest in the women of Japan and the YWCA of Japan by sending financial support, sending secretaries to Japan as trainers and advisors, and sponsoring Japanese YWCA members to visit the United States. While in the United States, the Japanese visitors observe local associations, attend conferences and may attend American universities. YWCA work in Japan aims to enable women to grow intellectually, spiritually, physically and mentally by providing opportunities and space for women to meet and advocating for women's rights and opportunity. As tensions between China and Japan rise, and later with the United States, concern about the threat of war grows. The YWCA of the U.S.A. continues to support Japanese women and advocates for peace. The correspondence and reports describe concern travel arrangements as well as providing narrative accounts of the work being done in Japan for women. Papers on Christian Ethics by Kiyo Takeda while she was studying in the United States concern the government of Japan, the rights of the people and the social structure in Japan. Other materials address employment for women, YWCA summer and training camps, the effect of international conflicts on the people of Japan and summaries of work in local YWCA of Japan associations. 

Dates of Materials

  • 1919-1949

Language of Materials

English

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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Extent

714 frames (1 partial reel)