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Massachusetts, circa 1921-1949

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 181, microdex: 5
Massachusetts, circa 1921-1949
Massachusetts, circa 1921-1949

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. associations in Newburyport and Newton, Massachusetts and the possible development of associations in North Adams, Pittsfield, Plymouth and Southbridge. Prior to developing new associations, the YWCA of the U.S.A. studies the current services for women in an area, the community interest, community need and potential leadership. These factors are considered in visitation reports and correspondence with the community leaders and organizers. In North Adams correspondence addresses the women's work being done through the local YMCA and the relationship to the possibility of YWCA work in the area. The YWCA of the U.S.A. discourages duplication of programs and services in a community when there is a YWCA association that can adequately meet the women's needs. In some cases an organizing effort is referred to the district association such as the Western Massachusetts District YWCA. In Newton, the association is absorbed into the YWCA of Boston after it becomes apparent that it is the best choice for the development of the association. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1921-1949

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.


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