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Romania, circa 1919-1946

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 65, microdex: 7

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the development and programs of young women's Christian associations in Romania. Following World War I, the YWCA of the U.S.A. begins efforts to establish YWCA activities in Romania. Initial activities assist in relief efforts, establishing business and industrial associations, working with students and other activities to address the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual needs of the women and girls of Romania. The YWCA of the U.S.A. supports these activities by sending secretaries to act as advisors, trainers and leaders in addition to sending financial support. As World War II begins affecting Europe, the YWCA in Romania begins helping the many Polish refugees arriving. During the war YWCA activities are strictly monitored and begin again with reconstruction and relief efforts after the war. Correspondence and reports from staff in Romania give narrative accounts of their experiences and report back to the YWCA of the U.S.A. Foreign Division on the progress being made and how resources are used. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1919-1946

Language of Materials

English; French; Romanian

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 ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.


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