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Malaya and Mediterranean Area, circa 1920-1950

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 61, microdex: 3

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and reports from YWCA work in British Malaya and Singapore and documents concerning the Eastern Mediterranean Federation Conferences and YWCA work in the Middle East. Similar to their other work with foreign countries, the YWCA of the U.S.A. supports secretaries in Malaya and Singapore and the Middle Eastern region. In Malaya and Singapore the YWCA seeks to help women in their physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual growth. As international conflict in the Pacific grows correspondence describes the effect this is having on the people and the women of the YWCA. In the Middle East in 1926 a federation of YWCA's is formed between Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. The purpose of the federation and the conferences to follow is to unite the groups under a common purpose, exchange ideas and encourage interaction between the groups. Correspondence and reports describe the conflict between the groups and efforts to help the women overcome their differences. Conference proceedings give overviews of the conference discussions and addresses and describe the conditions faced by women in the participating countries and the efforts of the YWCA's to address these problems. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1920-1950

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

334 frames (1 partial reel)