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Near East, circa 1919-1937

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 64, microdex: 2
Near East, circa 1919-1937
Near East, circa 1919-1937

Scope and Contents

Formed in 1920, the YWCA in the Near East is conceived to unite the YWCA activities supported by the YWCA of the U.S.A. in Turkey and Syria. This united body aids in the coordination of efforts to improve the spiritual, physical and intellectual well-being of the women and girls of the Near East. As an area that is under constant political, racial and religious conflict, the YWCA in the Near East assists refugees with housing and provides migrant services to those in need. The migrant services assist families and individuals moving through the area from many countries. Services include assisting in locating family members in the United States, corresponding with agencies to obtain permissions or information, providing temporary housing and tracking cases. Documents concerning the migrant services include updates on cases, correspondence to other agencies and reports to the YWCA of the U.S.A. Foreign Division describing the work being done. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1919-1937

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.


751 frames (1 partial reel)