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Africa, 1960-1969

 File — Box: 4, Reel: 293, microdex: 2

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and reports concerning the program of young women's Christian associations in Africa. The YWCA of the U.S.A. as part of the world's movement of YWCA's and the international organization, World YWCA, participates in this network of associations by offering support to associations, maintaining an awareness of YWCA work and needs in other countries and sending representatives abroad to aid in development. Correspondence and reports from visiting secretaries include program updates and description of any relationship between the association and the YWCA of the U.S.A. In addition, these correspondence and reports place the work of the YWCA in the social, political and racial context of their surroundings with personal descriptions of their view of the world around them. Annual reports and conference reports from associations provide program overviews and insight into the life of the YWCA in some African nations. The documents are arranged alphabetically by country of work beginning with Sierra Leone and ending with Zambia. Following the documents concerning individual countries are items concerning YWCA work in Africa as a whole. These include proceedings and reports from a conference on work with youth and a conference on Christianity and women in Africa, documents concerning a grant proposal for the development of work with girls in secondary schools in East Africa and additional visitation reports and correspondence from Africa. Grant proposal documents include drafts, development notes and revisions. 

Dates

  • 1960-1969

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

548 frames (1 partial reel)