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Africa, 1951-1960

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 230, microdex: 9

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Liberia. The YWCA of the U.S.A. Foreign Division works to develop associations for women and girls in Africa and to develop leadership so that the associations can one day be independent. American secretaries stationed in Africa develop programming, train local leaders and girls and report back to the Foreign Division. Secretaries' reports and correspondence describe the cultural, social and political context they work in, assess the needs of the local women and describe challenges they face in their work. In addition, correspondence includes travel and staffing plans. Annual reports from local associations summarize the activity of the association, note important events and report on future needs. Documents are arranged by country. 

Dates

  • 1951-1960

Language of Materials

English

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.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group: Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Extent

278 frames (1 partial reel)