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Syria, circa 1920-1951

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 62, microdex: 3
Syria, circa 1920-1951
Syria, circa 1920-1951

Scope and Contents

Beginning as relief work following World War I, the YWCA of Syria seeks to provide a place for all women in Syria to meet and to promote their spiritual, physical, mental and intellectual well being. The YWCA of Syria is part of the World YWCA and supported by the YWCA of the U.S.A. In addition to providing financial support, the YWCA of the U.S.A. sends secretaries to Syria to act as leaders, train Syrian leadership and assess YWCA activities and performance in Syria and report back to the National Board and the Foreign Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Of the many goals and aims for YWCA work in Syria, work with young girls and work with industrial and employed women are of great importance. Summer camps are organized for young girls and a Girl Reserve program is established similar to the program in the United States. In addition, YWCA centers provide job training, education opportunities, housing, fellowship opportunities and more. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1920-1951

Language of Materials

English; Arabic

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.


631 frames (1 partial reel)