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Health, circa 1961-1970

 File — Box: 4, Reel: 292, microdex: 6
Health, circa 1961-1970
Health, circa 1961-1970

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the health programs of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Health education is part of the national program of the YWCA of the U.S.A. who believe that everybody deserves opportunity for health and physical fitness. In 1961 at their national convention, the YWCA of the U.S.A. includes physical fitness as one of their major emphases for the following triennium. Following this they release a physical fitness project enlisting 24 local associations to test a fitness program and report on results. During this same period the YWCA of the U.S.A. develops the "Energy and the Modern Woman Project" and applies for a grant to fund the research project investigating the "physical capacity of women" in order to develop guidelines. By the 1970 convention the focus of the health program begins to shift to recognizing basic health standards as a right for all individuals no matter their background. The program resolutions and guidelines follow these emphases over time and also include statements of policy concerning health and physical education. Additional health, physical education and recreation materials include a statement on the role of the environment, the YWCA of the U.S.A. health examination policy, correspondence concerning the health needs of the aging, recreation program materials, a statement on smoking and a tribute to Dr. Eleanor Bertine.

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1961-1970

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.


211 frames (1 partial reel)