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Public affairs, circa 1920-1950

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 125, microdex: 3

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the public affairs programs of the YWCA of the U.S.A. The public affairs program disseminates information and decides the national emphases on issues 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. Pamphlets are frequently used for educational purposes and often contain facts regarding a public affairs emphasis, explanation of how the emphases affects the YWCA of the U.S.A. member and suggestions for how the reader can support the issue. Several pamphlets concern a woman's responsibility to vote. Created shortly after American women get the right to vote, the pamphlets seek to educate new voters on the process and create motivation to participate in elections. Other materials include reports and booklets summarizing public affairs issues, descriptions of how the public affairs programs work, a proposal for a "women's charter," meeting minutes and correspondence concerning the public affairs programs. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1920-1950

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.


459 frames (1 partial reel)