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Germany, circa 1951-1960

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 231, microdex: 5
Germany, circa 1951-1960
Germany, circa 1951-1960

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, clippings and reports concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. activities in Germany. Following World War II, the YWCA of the U.S.A. works in Germany to develop YWCA centers and programs and aid in reconstruction and relief efforts. An annual report covering January 1951 through January 1952 describes the legal, social and economic status of women in Germany setting the context of their work prior to reporting on the specific activities of the YWCA in Germany. Administrative correspondence with the Council of Relief Agencies LIcensed for Operations in Germany (CRALOG), concern distribution of funds, communications and other administrative matters regarding the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s relationship to the organization. In Berlin, the YWCA of the U.S.A. operates a neighborhood house to bring together community members, provide a space for recreation and learning and experiment with group work services designed to meet the needs of the people of Berlin. Correspondence, reports and published articles describe the experimental work, the effect the neighborhood house has on the community and its importance to the independence and development of its people. Later correspondence follows challenges in securing continued funding. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1951-1960

Language of Materials

English; German

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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