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Public affairs, circa 1924-1949

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 125, microdex: 2

Scope and Contents

YWCA of the U.S.A. public affairs reports and documents concerning public affairs program development, civil liberties, the national business and professional project, propaganda. The public affairs program of the YWCA of the U.S.A. disseminates information on topics of national importance often involving social-economic issues, legal and legislative concerns, racism, civil rights, federal services, national and global politics, the role of Christianity in social action and the role of women.The public affairs program is selected nationally through resolutions at conventions and represents the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s views on important issues affected the lives of its members. The protection of civil liberties and human rights is an important issue for the public affairs program and the emphasis of civil liberties includes discussion of racism and equal rights for all. In the years leading up to World War II analysis of propaganda becomes important as do international relations. Public affairs program documents outline the program emphases for the coming period, provide examples of how to support the program and briefly describe why the issues are of importance to the YWCA of the U.S.A. Program emphases include economic problems, immigration, international relations, peace, racism and civil rights. To better engage members in the Business and Professional Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A., a special program is developed to engage the members through special correspondence and bulletins. Public affairs reports assess the status of the public affairs emphases and include summaries of efforts made to bring attention to those issues. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1924-1949

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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