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Girl Reserve, 1913-1942

 File — Box: 1, Reel: 84, microdex: 4
Girl Reserve, 1913-1942
Girl Reserve, 1913-1942

Scope and Contents

To ensure the needs of the developing girls are being met, the YWCA of the U.S.A. conducts studies and keeps records of participation. A study during the early years of World War II collects responses to questionnaires concerning the effect the war is having on young people. In 1928 a more comprehensive study of the services of the Girl Reserve Department is conducted in collaboration with the Field Department. This study assesses the services to girls, services to young employed girls and the relationship of the Girl Reserve Department with other departments of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Other materials concern Commonwealth Clubs, clubs providing services to girls in counties and districts without organized YWCA youth programs. Such activities are often in conjunction with local Patriotic Leagues. Handbooks and other documents suggest program activities for young girls including physical education, health education, reading, games and other social activities. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1913-1942

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.


314 frames (1 partial reel)