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West Indies, circa 1919-1950

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 71, microdex: 6
West Indies, circa 1919-1950
West Indies, circa 1919-1950

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and reports concerning YWCA activities in the West Indies including Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As an active and well established organization with interest in international work, the YWCA of the U.S.A. is often approached for support in starting YWCA activities abroad. In Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands a strong desire for a women's organization leads them to appeal to the United States. The Jamaican YWCA is started in a similar manner under the guidance of the British YWCA. Prior to giving financial or staff support the YWCA of the U.S.A. surveys the needs of the women and girls, assesses the probably sustainability of a YWCA and inquires as to the political, social and economic status of the country in need. Once YWCA activities are started support is continued by sharing resources, exchanging staff and special fundraising. Correspondence, reports and pamphlets describe the YWCA work in the West Indies, request further financing and support and make requests for travel arrangements.

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1919-1950

Language of Materials

English; Spanish; Hebrew; French

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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