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World Emergency, 1940-1946

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 76, microdex: 2
World Emergency, 1940-1946
World Emergency, 1940-1946

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA war relief activities in Hungary, Iran, Italy, Syria, Lebanon, Mexico, the Middle East and the Mediterranean area. 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. YWCA centers around the world offer their facilities as welcome places for British and American military men and women to find relief. In Hungary and in Italy relief work includes assistance to Polish refugees. In Italy these services are in collaboration with the YWCA of Great Britain. YWCA activities in Syria and Lebanon include nutrition camps for young girls working with girls from all background and religions. In Mexico, the Braceros work program allows Mexican workers to assist with war work in the United States. This program often leaves behind women and children with little support and the YWCA in Mexico offers support and relief to these families. In addition, Mexico receives refugees from Europe who come to the YWCA for assistance. Correspondence and reports contain vivid narrative accounts of how the war affects these countries, the YWCA relief efforts and requests for further help. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1940-1946

Language of Materials

English; Spanish

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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