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Robert Foust collection of materials from 1962 YMCA/YWCA trip to the Soviet Union

Identifier: SSC-MS-00832

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records from Robert Foust's trip to the Soviet Union (USSR) with the YMCA/YWCA in 1962. Materials include personal diaries, reports, evaluations, postcards, tourist materials, maps, photographs, correspondence, and souviners.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1962


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, Robert Foust has assigned to Smith College all intellectual property rights in these materials; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Foust, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

While a student at Upsala College, Bob was selected by the National Student Councils of the YMCA and YWCA to be a delegate in the YMCA-YWCA group which traveled to the USSR in 1962. Coincidentally, this trip occurred shortly before the Cuban Missile Crisis. This exchange program was one of the first official student exchange programs authorized by the State Department to the Soviet Union. Foust later persued his interest in international relations as a staff member in the office of Senator Claiborne Pell and subsequently in the office of Senator Kent Conrad. After his retirement Bob taught at George Washington University.

Elsa Pottala Pauley, email message to Special Collection, February 20, 2023.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials




Robert Foust visited the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1962 as part of an official USA-USSR exchange program with the YMCA/YWCA. The collection includes his personal records of the trip and souviners.


The materials in this collection are grouped in the manner that they arrived and according to the list that Foust sent with the accession

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert Foust, 2023

Existence and Location of Copies

Scans of the slides and photographs were provided by the donor, but are not available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request access to digital copies.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Grace Phippard, 2023



Finding aid to the Robert Foust collection of materials from 1962 YMCA/YWCA trip to the Soviet Union
Grace Phippard
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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
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