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World Emergency, 1940-1946

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 75, microdex: 5
World Emergency, 1940-1946
World Emergency, 1940-1946

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA war relief activities in Finland and France. 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. Documents from Finland include a report of the effect of war on the children of Finland and correspondence regarding a program to send relief parcels. In France, YWCA secretaries write vivid and detailed accounts of their experiences working in France and include an account of one secretary's experience evacuating France. Other documents concern the activities of the Cimade organization working with refugees and assisting in relief efforts. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1940-1946

Language of Materials

English; 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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