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Foreign Division, circa 1920-1941

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 72, microdex: 4
Foreign Division, circa 1920-1941
Foreign Division, circa 1920-1941

Scope and Contents

The Foreign Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. acts as an agent of the National Board in cooperation with YWCA's in other countries and the World's YWCA to develop association work in other countries. Functions of the Foreign Division include the management of secretaries in foreign countries, communications and reports to the National Board and members, collaborating with other organizations internationally and managing YWCA activities abroad. Part of managing foreign programs includes arranging housing and hospitality for those serving abroad. In addition the Foreign Division manages furloughs. While serving abroad secretaries take furlough from their posts to vacation, attend conferences and conventions, visit local associations and travel. All secretaries report on their furlough experiences to the Foreign Division making recommendations for future furloughs and commenting on the value of activities undertaken while on furlough. All activities in foreign countries are undertaken under careful investigation and planning and in cooperation with other organizations. In collaboration with the YMCA, the YWCA of the U.S.A. studies the association work internationally reporting on conditions, reception and the general performance and value of the work. Additional materials include histories of the work of the Foreign Division, and materials concerning international relations. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1920-1941

Language of Materials


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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