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Religion, 1921-1945

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 127, microdex: 1
Religion, 1921-1945
Religion, 1921-1945

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning religion in the YWCA of the U.S.A., including records of committees, conferences and councils and documents concerning relationships with churches and the YWCA of the U.S.A. relationship to the Catholic Church. As a lay Christian organization with a previous membership requirement of membership to an evangelical Christian church, the YWCA of the U.S.A. has a complex relationship to the Catholic Church and catholic members. Lectures by Catholic scholars and priests help educate the largely protestant YWCA of the U.S.A. leaders on Catholic beliefs and relationships with the Protestant church. The relationship between Protestants and Catholics is addressed with suggestions for working together. Documents include correspondence and notes about an incident in the Philippines between the Catholic church there and the YWCA activities. Following these documents are conference reports, proceedings and minutes of meetings to discuss global Christian movements and the role of religion in YWCA activities.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1921-1945

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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