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World Emergency, 1940-1946

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 76, microdex: 1
World Emergency, 1940-1946
World Emergency, 1940-1946

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA war relief activities in Great Britain and Holland. 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. The YWCA of Great Britain assists civilians and the military at home and abroad. Correspondence and reports from the YWCA of Great Britain give detailed accounts of these efforts. The YWCA of the U.S.A. contributes to the YWCA of Great Britain's work financially as well as by sending visiting secretaries when possible. Narrative accounts from these visiting secretaries paint a vivid picture of the situation in Great Britain. In Holland, as in in many countries affected by the war, there is a great need for supplies, textiles and food. The YWCA of the U.S.A. sends parcels to the YWCA of Holland to help alleviate the needs. Correspondence from Holland expresses gratitude for the gifts sometimes making special requests or noting when parcels did not make it to them. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1940-1946

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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