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Girl Reserve, circa 1920-1941

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 84, microdex: 1
Girl Reserve, circa 1920-1941
Girl Reserve, circa 1920-1941

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning Girl Reserve advisor's training, alumnae clubs and anniversary celebrations. Girl Reserve, the YWCA club for adolescent girls, is an opportunity for girls to meet and to develop their spiritual, physical and intellectual lives through social activities, camps, leadership training and classes. To celebrate the fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries of the Girl Reserve Department special activities, services and pageants are planned. Materials are circulated with suggested worship services, activities and ideas for celebrating and promoting the anniversaries. Pamphlets, correspondence and outlines concerning the training of the adult leadership of the Girl Reserve discuss the method of working with teen-aged girls, provide examples of programs and activities and outline the purpose and aims of Girl Reserve work. When a girl ages out of the Girl Reserve club she then moves on to another YWCA of the U.S.A. membership group such as the Business and Professional or Industrial Departments. When there are no membership departments to meet a girl's needs in transition after leaving the Girl Reserve there are some cases in which Alumnae Clubs are established to meet these needs. Documents concerning the Alumnae Clubs discuss the situations where formation of such a club is appropriate and the responsibility of the associations to follow up with girls after they graduate high school. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1920-1941

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.


488 frames (1 partial reel)