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'Foreign' YWCAs reference files, 1884-1998 and undated

Identifier: VI

Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

This record group contains reference files compiled from the National Board Library collection and National Board Archives providing general historical information about the YWCA of the U.S.A., its organizational structure, requirements for membership, and affiliation with the World YWCA. Also included are biographical files on staff and board members and reference files on the World YWCA and national YWCAs in other countries. Historical notes for each series are not included in this record. Where applicable, the Series Descriptions refer researchers to relevant historical notes in other sections.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1884-1998 and undated

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.


5 linear feet

Language of Materials



The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by country. Due to the large size and scope of the YWCA of China materials, they are filed separately at the end of the series.

Relationship to Microfilmed YWCA of the U.S.A. records

The Microfilmed Records have fairly extensive "reference" materials as part of the "Foreign" and "International" sections. Unfortunately, reels 51 and 52 (China, American Staff, Correspondence and Reports, Brennecke - China, Property, Canton) were lost some years ago before transfer to the Sophia Smith Collection.

Reference files on YWCAs outside of the United States can be found in the microfilmed subject files under:

Foreign Foreign Countries International

Related Materials

Early materials on the "Foreign" work of the Predecessor Organization, the American Committee can be found in RECORD GROUP 2. PREDECESSOR ORGANIZATIONS AND NATIONAL BOARD.

Records of the YWCA of the USA's International Work are in RECORD GROUP 5.

The Sophia Smith Collection Periodicals Collection contains Today: Magazine of the YWCA of India for 1963-1979.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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