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International institutes, circa 1926-1942

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 101, microdex: 4
International institutes, circa 1926-1942
International institutes, circa 1926-1942

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the program, philosophy, management and reports of the YWCA of the U.S.A. international institutes, clubs for immigrant women in the United States. Program and philosophy materials define the international institute mission, purpose, and goals, discuss work and activities with women of differing nationalities, defines important organizational terms, and discusses the relationship to the larger YWCA organization. Program suggestions is largely comprised of correspondence relating to suggested changes and includes the publication "Our neighbors from abroad", a handbook for local associations serving women of differing nationalities. Race and nationality materials discuss the similarities and differences between African-American YWCA branches and YWCA international institutes and includes a directory of local associations, African American branches, and Asian American branches. Reports look at the performance, services, and demographics of local institutes. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1926-1942

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.


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