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Interracial, 1920-1948

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 108, microdex: 4

Scope and Contents

Documentation concerning local and national policies and practices to address racism in the YWCA of the U.S.A. and work towards "One YWCA." Materials outline local and national practices and implementation techniques for reaching inclusive clubs and leadership, reports and statements from local associations on inclusive efforts, recommendations and practices for a national level, and an outline of groups and their policies. A credo from W. E. B. DuBois can be found in the national policies and practices in addition to the "Interracial policy of the YWCA of the U.S.A." edited by Dorothy Height. Local materials include a survey sent out local associations and a table of their results. Finally, program materials include a document outlining practices for addressing conflict and various suggestions for programming.


  • 1920-1948

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.

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 ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.


339 frames (1 partial reel)