Girl Reserve, 1927-1940
Scope and Contents
YWCA of the U.S.A. Girl Reserve studies for the north western, south western and western regions. Regional studies aim to determine if there was a difference between girls' attitudes and needs depending on where they live. Questions address racism, economic conditions, inter-religious relations, health problems, and other organizations. The studies of work with younger girls looks at how the Girl Reserves are meeting the needs of younger girls, analyzes the leadership and organizational structures, looks at their role in relation to the YWCA and other organizations, and provides discussion questionnaires for leaders. The first sectional study looks at attitudes girls have toward the world around them and addresses such topics as race relations, people from other nations, international perceptions of Americans, and American attitudes toward other people. Other sectional studies include, summer programs, girl groups(types of girls who spend time together), juvenile jobs, and symbolism. The study of local work includes reports on employed girls, and the program or mission of the local work. Included is a bibliography of suggested works "for a better understanding of the world today."
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Conditions Governing Access
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.
581 frames (1 partial reel)
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