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Outside organizations: Religious, 1912-1948

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 122, microdex: 1

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the work of the YMCA of the USA, their work with women, and their relationship with the YWCA of the U.S.A.. Although separate organizations, the YMCA and the YWCA of the U.S.A. have a history of cooperation and, though sometimes complicated, collaboration when their emphases overlap. In addition, the relationship between the YMCA and the YWCA of the U.S.A. comes under frequent discussion regarding the role of women as members of the YMCA and how separate the organizations should remain. Early membership of women in the YMCA took the form of the Women's Auxiliary of the International Committee of the YMCA. This women's group of the YMCA assisted men and families at home and in the foreign field, taking on war work during World War I. Annual reports of the group summarize their purpose, aims and activities. YMCA reports on women members of the YMCA study and assess the role of women in the YMCA and policy for conducting coed or women's work and discuss the issue of overlapping activities with the YWCA of the U.S.A. 

Dates of Materials

  • 1912-1948

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.


465 frames (1 partial reel)