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Africa, circa 1951-1960

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 230, microdex: 10
Africa, circa 1951-1960
Africa, circa 1951-1960

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work in Rhodesia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togoland and Uganda. The Foreign Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. 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. In Rhodesia, Margaret Hathaway of the World YWCA is sent as an advisory secretary partnering with the YWCA of the U.S.A. Ms. Hathaway makes contacts in the Copperbelt of Rhodesia developing the association work and addressing the needs of the women of Rhodesia. Ms. Hathaway also works in South Africa where the focus includes building relationships and working across race lines. In addition, South Africa programming includes a grant funded Y-Teen leadership training program. Association programming in Uganda includes an office work training project and various classes and hostels. The only documents from the YWCA of Sierra Leone are notes from a conference. Notes from an interview with Mr. S. G. Antor of Togoland concern a request for the development of a YWCA.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1951-1960

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.


571 frames (1 partial reel)