Skip to main content

Girl Reserve, circa 1915-1945

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 84, microdex: 3
Girl Reserve, circa 1915-1945
Girl Reserve, circa 1915-1945

Scope and Contents

During World War II, the need for increased work with teenagers becomes more apparent and teenage canteens are established through many organizations, including the YWCA of the U.S.A., to meet those needs. Pamphlets and correspondence concerning the canteens describe the purpose and aims of the services and the organization of canteens and their activity programs. During World War II the agriculture industry also sees and increased need for labor. To meet the harvesting needs of farms during the war "Victory Farm Volunteers" are organized as a way for teenagers to assist with the war efforts. The activities and safety of the children farm volunteers in addition to the benefits to the farms are tracked through studies and questionnaires. Government pamphlets explain the farm volunteer program and correspondence and reports from the YWCA of the U.S.A. concern the organizing and training of Girl Reserve farm volunteers. Other materials include a study of "The Bookshelf," a YWCA of the U.S.A publication for younger girls to evaluate and improve its service to the girls of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and suggested program activities for Girl Reserve clubs. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1915-1945

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.


747 frames (1 partial reel)