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World's YWCA, 1903-1950

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 77, microdex: 4
World's YWCA, 1903-1950
World's YWCA, 1903-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the programs, administration and history of the World YWCA. The World YWCA exists to organize and unite national YWCA associations behind a common purpose while recognizing the differing needs of associations around the globe. Conference reports, committee reports and correspondence concern the organizational structure of the World's YWCA, the status and activities of national associations, the purpose and aims of the organization and matters of finance and budgets. The pamphlet "In the World's Y.W.C.A." is a history of the World YWCA through 1931. As more women work following the end of World War I and the labor movement gains importance worldwide, the World YWCA organizes industrial summer schools for employed women educating women around the world on matters of labor, leadership and education and religion. Other reports and correspondence concern the wording of the membership basis, a topic that often comes up in YWCA of the U.S.A. conventions. Documents also include directories of World YWCA associations listing the locations of associations and selected leaders. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1903-1950

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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