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Massachusetts, circa 1925-1950

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 180, microdex: 5
Massachusetts, circa 1925-1950
Massachusetts, circa 1925-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of Boston, a cooperative building project in Hyde Park with the YMCA and the YWCA of Boston's International Institute. Visitation reports of the YWCA of Boston describe and assess the association's program, leadership, activities, facilities and services. The association's relationship to and cooperation with the local YMCA are documented in correspondence and reports. A cooperative building project in Hyde Park brings out the challenges of working together and maintaining separate identities while sharing resources, buildings space and possibly overlapping purpose. The YWCA of Boston International Institute serves the immigrant women, women with foreign backgrounds and their families. The services are aimed at helping the members adjust to life in the United States and aid in finding work, housing and other services. These services and the institute's relationship to the central association are documented in correspondence and reports. Other documents concerning the YWCA of Boston include anniversary programs and pamphlets, a study of the place of religion in the program and services of the association and correspondence concerning the closing of the Warrington Street boarding home. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1925-1950

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.


536 frames (1 partial reel)