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Turkey, circa 1911-1950

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 63, microdex: 2
Turkey, circa 1911-1950
Turkey, circa 1911-1950

Scope and Contents

Beginning with war relief efforts following World War I, the YWCA of the U.S.A. works in Turkey to develop the Istanbul Service Center for the spiritual, physical, mental and intellectual well-being of the women and girls. The centers provide housing, education opportunities, activities where women and girls from different background can socialize, job and skills training and summer camp activities. The American staff serving in Turkey assist by acting in leadership positions and serving as advisors. In addition to serving the women and girls of Turkey in traditional YWCA activities, the YWCA in Turkey responds to the ongoing area conflicts by providing for refugees and working with an orphanage in Smyrna. In addition to challenges due to political conflict, the YWCA in Turkey faces difficulties in operating Christian activity centers and schools as seen by the prosecution of American staff working in Bursa for converting young girls to Christianity while they are attending a school there. Correspondence and reports contain narrative accounts of YWCA progress and work, statistical information regarding attendance and demographics and assessments of future needs. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1911-1950

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.


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