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Industrial, circa 1907-1948

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 105, microdex: 3
Industrial, circa 1907-1948
Industrial, circa 1907-1948

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. Industrial Department work with mill village, policies, and program. Mill village materials concern the living, social, and economic conditions of women living in textile mill villages. Descriptions of mill village conditions and costs can be found in addition to outlines of association in the textile industry. Much of the materials concern mill villages of the textile industry in the South and include a study and report on the textile mill villages of South Carolina. In addition, materials include pamphlets from several villages, and a program for the dedication of the YWCA building at the Victor Manufacturing Company in South Carolina. The policies materials document the purpose, goals, policies, and guiding principles of the industrial work of the YWCA. Included are descriptions of the organizational structure, histories of industrial work policies, descriptions of the relation to the national and world YWCA, and a constitution of the industrial clubs. Program materials concern the specific work being done with the industrial clubs. Materials summarize current and past initiatives, suggest ways to become involved, provide guidance on running club programs, communicate objectives and purpose, instruct on reporting, and report on success of programs. In addition, sample songs, devotions, religious readings, and activities can be found. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1907-1948

Language of Materials

English 

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.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group: Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Extent

771 frames (1 partial reel)