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World Emergency, 1939-1946

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 75, microdex: 4
World Emergency, 1939-1946
World Emergency, 1939-1946

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA war relief activities in China, Czechoslovakia, the Dutch East Indies and Estonia. During World War II, the YWCA of the U.S.A. cooperates with the World YWCA, YWCA organizations around the world, and other relief agencies to assist with the global cause. War relief activities include operating hostess houses, refugee relief, financial support, health aid and supplying provisions. Where there are established YWCA centers, regular YWCA programming is continued as possible providing recreation opportunities, education and training, rural and city work, student activities and health education. Narrative reports from YWCA secretaries give detailed accounts of the conditions faced in the worn-torn countries. Especially detailed accounts come from China as the YWCA of the U.S.A. has a rich an established relationship with the YWCA of China. Reports, bulletins, articles and correspondence may also account for the use of relief funds, request further assistance or describe the status of women in wartime. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1939-1946

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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