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Immigration, 1916-1950

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 99, microdex: 3
Immigration, 1916-1950
Immigration, 1916-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning immigration and the YWCA of the U.S.A. including foreign groups, legislation, native language, National Citizenship Education Program, and the National Council on Naturalization and Citizenship. The "Handbook on Racial and Nationality Backgrounds" examines six nationalities and backgrounds discussing the history, religion, and culture of the country of origin, immigrant experiences in America, expression through art, literature, food, and music, and teaching aids for associations. Teaching aids include materials to address stereotypes. Legislation materials document efforts of the YWCA to influence legislative matters addressing the Smith-Mundt Act, the Kerr bill, and other measures. The "Mother Tongue" section addresses the inclusion of data regarding first language in the 1930 and 1940 United States censuses. Materials include data on languages spoken and preservation of languages in America. Other materials include conference minutes and reports from the National Citizenship Education Program, and the National Council on Naturalization and Citizenship, education materials for serving immigrant women and those seeking citizenship, discussions of immigrants during World War II, and other topics. 

Dates of Materials

  • 1916-1950

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.


691 frames (1 partial reel)