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War Work, World War II, 1940-1947

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 151, microdex: 7
War Work, World War II, 1940-1947
War Work, World War II, 1940-1947

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s war relief efforts including women war workers, YWCA constituency groupings, reports and additional war work materials. As World War II brings an increase in demand for workers and a changing employment landscape for women, the YWCA of the U.S.A. continues its commitment to advocating for women workers' opportunities, working conditions, training and treatment expanding their program to meet the increased demand and challenges. To help coordinate these efforts the YWCA of the U.S.A. Committee on Women Workers is formed. Committee minutes, reports and notes outline the purpose and activities of the committee as well as document discussions of the needs of women workers and the effect the war has on them. Wartime employment affects industrial workers especially and reports, clippings and correspondence address the industrial workers program in the YWCA of the U.S.A. Other documents concerning women war workers include Women's Army Auxiliary Corps correspondence and applications, a Library of Congress bibliography on women's involvement in World War II, reports on domestic and international war efforts and reports on women war work programs and activities across the YWCA of the U.S.A. In addition to developing programs for the woman worker, the YWCA of the U.S.A. studies the needs of its constituent groups. Originating in a meeting of Business and Professional, Industrial, War Community Service, USO, Health Education and Younger Girl department representatives a document is drafted for use by traveling staff in serving and training communities. Reports on YWCA of the U.S.A. war work activities summarize their involvement in the war effort and their history of service during wartime. Other document include guiding principles of the YWCA during the national emergency and letters concerning starvation in Europe following World War II. 

Dates of Materials

  • 1940-1947

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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