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Russia, circa 1919-1943

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 66, microdex: 2

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the development and programs of young women's Christian associations in Russia. Beginning with centers for industrial employed women in Russia, the YWCA of the U.S.A. supports the establishment of YWCA associations in Russia financially as well as by sending staff to serve as advisors, trainers and leaders. Expanding from work with employed women in business and industry, YWCA activities in Russia include service to students, rural women and young girls and also include relief efforts for those affected by World War I and World War II. Because activities are supported by the YWCA of the U.S.A., secretaries in Russia send reports and correspondence to the United States in order to account for resources, arrange travel, give narrative accounts of the activities and impressions of the secretaries and assess future needs, opportunities and challenges. Descriptions in these reports include impressions of the people, the political climate, the government and the country. Background information including information on folklore and descriptions of the communist government are provided to give context to the work being done at the YWCA centers. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1919-1943

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

1, 015  frames (1 partial reel)