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South America, 1961-1970

 File — Box: 4, Reel: 293, microdex: 6
South America, 1961-1970
South America, 1961-1970

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the programs and development of young women's Christian associations in South America. 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 visitation reports submitted to the International Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. include program updates, assessments and descriptions of the context in which the associations are developing and often offer a first person account of the American secretary's impression of the communities. The documents are arranged alphabetically by country and are followed by two sections concerning work in South America in general. The first of these sections are correspondence and reports concerning the Organismo Tecnico, a YWCA leadership training school set up to strengthen leadership with the goal of South American associations becoming independent associations that don't rely on foreign aid and leadership. The final section contains visitation reports from secretaries visiting many South American countries and a study guide to Latin America for use in YWCA of the U.S.A. associations. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 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.


506 frames (1 partial reel)