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Rural, circa 1918-1949

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 128, microdex: 5
Rural, circa 1918-1949
Rural, circa 1918-1949

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work in rural and agricultural communities. The Agricultural Committee and Town and Country Committee discuss, at their meetings, the unique problems and conditions faced in these rural communities, how the national emphases of the YWCA of the U.S.A. may apply, determine the focus of work for the rural communities and discuss the relationships between the rural communities and the rest of the YWCA of the U.S.A. The National Agricultural Council is the governing body for agricultural work. At their annual meetings the council makes recommendations and passes resolutions concerning the needs and programming in agricultural communities. To oversee the organization of new rural associations, the Council on Organization is formed and meets to discuss the responsibility towards new associations and assess the requests for associations. Rural seminars and conferences are a chance for secretaries and delegates to meet other rural members and discuss the issues that are important to them and areas that need further attention and development. Emphases in rural work include farm labor, migrant labor, rural education and recreation opportunities, economic problems in agriculture and rural life, religion in rural communities and social conditions for rural women. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1918-1949

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.


359 frames (1 partial reel)