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Poland, circa 1917-1949

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 65, microdex: 5

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning young women's Christian associations in Poland. Following World War I, the YWCA of the U.S.A. begins working in Poland to help women and girls there recover from the effects of the war and to help them develop their social, intellectual, spiritual and physical well-being. YWCA of the U.S.A. activities in Poland include arranging activities and camps for women and girls, arranging recreational activities, working with employed women in industry or business and providing social services to those in need. Work in Poland seems to cease in the late 1920's until there is a renewed effort to begin a YWCA of Poland following World War II. Staff correspondence and reports summarize work and activities of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in Poland, make recommendations, assess the needs of the women and girls, and report back to the Foreign Division on how the activities are proceeding. Additional materials include program reports, constitutions and general association reports. Digitized version includes microdex renewal originally filmed with reel 252 comprised of staff correspondence with Marjorie Paret.

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1917-1949

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

507 frames (1 partial reel)