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Argentina, circa 1915-1949

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 66, microdex: 5

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning young women's Christian association development and programs in Argentina. YWCA activities begin in Buenos Aires in 1890 with English and North American women organizing meetings of English speaking girls. Activities expand growing into a lively organization serving women and girls in need, employed women, students and women at home. Activities include physical education and recreation, skills training, camps, conferences, social services and advocacy for women's rights. As the association in Buenos Aires grows, new facilities are needed. By the mid 1930's the association finds themselves in debt and continuing to operate in deficit due to the depression, increased demand for services and lack of funds. Appeals are made to the YWCA of the U.S.A. Foreign Division for financial assistance and special grants are made following presentations and discussions in the United States. The aim of work in other countries is to assist an organization in becoming autonomous and self supporting but special aid is given when deemed necessary to the continuance of needed YWCA activity. Correspondence and reports from Argentina provide outlines and narrative accounts of the YWCA activities in Argentina and keep the YWCA of the U.S.A. informed of their progress, needs and challenges. Materials also include reports and pamphlets in spanish often accompanied by an English translation. 

Dates

  • circa 1915-1949

Language of Materials

English; Spanish

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

965 frames (1 partial reel)