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Philippines, circa 1918-1950

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 65, microdex: 4
Philippines, circa 1918-1950
Philippines, circa 1918-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the development and programs of young women's Christian associations in the Philippines. Following the end of World War I, the YWCA of the Philippines works with women and girls to cultivate their spiritual, intellectual, mental and physical well-being. Petitions and letters are sent to the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and it is subsequently agreed to support the YWCA formation in the Philippines. The United States supports the work financially as well as by sending staff to serve as leaders and advisors. In addition to this, the YWCA of the U.S.A. trains Filipino leadership by arranging visits to the United States. Letters and reports from these trainees summarize their experiences and report on the value of their training experiences. The student department of the YWCA of the Philippines works with women college students to develop their skills, offer activities and provide a place for women of similar interests to gather. In addition to work with students, the YWCA of the Philippines works with employed women in business or industry, young girls and women at home. Services provided include housing, recreation and activities, skills training and fellowship opportunities. Letters and reports from staff and visitors to the Philippines keep the YWCA of the U.S.A. informed of how the YWCA of the Philippines is performing and challenges they may be facing and may ask for additional resources or funding. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1918-1950

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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