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YWCA of the U.S.A. Records. Record Group 05. International Work, 1890-2000
Collection number: 324_rg5

This record group documents the history, organization, and functions of YWCA international work: the international study of the YWCA and YMCA, conducted in the late 1920s; budgets and finance, including the International Building Fund; World Fellowship; leadership training for national staff and volunteers and YWCA women in other countries; conferences, meetings, and international study seminars; international affairs and development; cooperation with other countries; and relationships with other organizations, especially the World YWCA, United Nations and the U.S. government. Materials include minutes, reports (notably those of overseas secretaries) , publications and other printed materials, studies and surveys, position papers and statements, historical materials, subject and reference files, correspondence, conference and training materials, rosters and other personnel files, lists, and memorabilia. Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The YWCA of the USA retains copyright ownership of the records, but has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf.

Copyright to materials authored by persons other than YWCA staff may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

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Biographical Note

Prior to the founding of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in 1906, local YWCAs had made financial contributions to church missionary work. Some of them decided to send overseas staff, or "secretaries" under their own auspices beginning in 1894 when Agnes Hill volunteered to go to India, supported by the Toledo City Association. While both predecessor organizations, the International Board and the American Committee, were interested in missionary work, the latter was most active due to its roots among college students and more evangelical character. YWCAs in the United States forged bonds in India, Japan, and China when association workers went to those countries to introduce association work to, and ultimately work with, the indigenous local associations.

The YWCA of the U.S.A. and its Foreign Department were part of an international movement. When the National Association incorporated in 1907, its original Constitution and By-laws gave it the power to cooperate with YWCAs in other countries and to participate in the program and purpose of the World's YWCA (later World YWCA), which had been founded in 1894 to federate, develop, and extend the YWCA in all lands. The first convention in December 1906 reported that thirteen overseas secretaries were serving in India, China, Japan, and Argentina. The convention report also outlined the Association's policy of having secretaries develop indigenous work appropriate to the particular country rather than imposing their own structure. In 1908, of the twelve officers appointed to the Foreign Department, eight were members of the World's Committee, one of seventeen National Committees affiliated with the World's YWCA. Great Britain, Canada, and the United States were the three national committees sending secretaries to other countries.

In the first Foreign Department Annual Report (1907), the National Association was conceptualized as two "co-ordinate" departments "one for the home and one for the foreign work." The Foreign Department had two primary functions, "home cultivation" and "foreign supervision." Home cultivation encompassed visitation by foreign secretaries on furlough to local associations for fundraising, publicity, and recruitment; and work among "Oriental students" in the United States. These programs took place in close cooperation with the Home Department. The Foreign Department's "foreign supervision" function involved sending workers from the United States to "strategic points" across the globe. Finding, training, and supporting secretaries, and providing buildings and other equipment were the primary activities of staff and board members responsible for this function. The two arms of the division were intertwined in order to solicit contributions for support of the foreign secretaries from the local associations and to strengthen the "missionary spirit and religious life of those associations." Sometimes specific local associations in the U.S. were paired with overseas counterparts, for example when the Harlem Association assumed responsibility for supporting Bombay. The aim at this time was to eventually have each state and territorial committee have financial responsibility for a designated part of the overseas work and, in fact, it was an unwritten policy that student volunteers in association work provided a pool of candidates for overseas secretary-ships. From 1907 to 1916 fifty-nine secretaries were sent from North America to China, India, Burma, Ceylon, Japan, Latin America, and the Near East, and the budget for foreign work tripled. By 1929 there were ninety-five secretaries in those places, as well as the Philippines, Turkey, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Just as the Social Gospel influenced the work of the YWCA in the United States, it informed the work abroad. In 1906 the World's YWCA sent out a questionnaire to local organizations in all countries about what they were doing to address the social and industrial problems of women. In 1920 an industrial committee was appointed to oversee this work. Similarly, recreation and health education assumed greater importance in the United States and abroad as experts began to emphasize the importance of its role in building the character of young women. These changes in philosophy reflected the changing point of view of North American secretaries who served abroad. Their preparation was more technical and they brought less evangelical dedication and more professionalism to their work. Progressive era ideas combined with feminist principles influenced the mission of the National Association, prompting some secretaries to emphasize social rather than religious development, reversing the emphasis of many church missions. Moreover, the secretaries came to appreciate the cultural and spiritual resources of lands where they lived and worked, sometimes for years at a time, side-by-side with indigenous colleagues. Rapid institutional growth in the early years of the Foreign Department accelerated the transition from the original evangelistic purpose toward the emphasis on social reform. The influence of the Social Gospel, coupled with an internationalism generated by work abroad, eventually allowed for the accommodation of non-Christian faiths.

World War I significantly impacted the international work of the YWCA by diverting resources from places like Latin America and Turkey to organized relief efforts in Europe and elsewhere. The National Board organized the War Work Council in 1917, and the bulk of the National Association's war relief work in Europe and the Near East was carried out under the auspices of the War Work Council. [See World War I for more details] When relationships between national associations were renewed at the end of World War I, leaders from the U.S. became more involved in the councils of the World's YWCA Executive Committee and the YWCA of the U.S.A. began to participate regularly in the World's YWCA. In 1920 the work of the War Work Council combined with that of the Foreign Department under the Foreign and Overseas Department (re-named the Foreign Division in 1922). There were 118 secretaries in thirty-two centers in Asia and South America, and a larger number in fifty-nine centers in Europe and the Near East.

The International Survey of the YWCA and YMCA, a collaborative effort of the two organizations published in 1930, concluded that the aim of the Associations in North America in launching the foreign work was to assist in founding "self-supporting, self-directing and self-propagating national movements." This aspect of the YWCA's international work was at its apex between WWI and WWII, after which staff abroad decreased and programs in those countries increasingly came under the administrative purview of the World YWCA. This transition began in earnest in 1923-24 when the National Association checked expansion of its program abroad. Former colonies of the British Empire viewed themselves as equals of other nations. Control of the older national associations, i.e., in India, Japan, and China had indeed been shifting more to the hands of national leaders rather than secretaries sent by the YWCA of the U.S.A. Reconstruction in Europe and the programs in the Near East and Latin America were beneficiaries when the organization began redistributing its financial resources.

The decade of the 1930s and the Great Depression brought with it the need for further reduction of the Foreign Division's budget. Its high point in 1920 was $574, 040; by 1944 it had fallen to $112, 195. In the midst of steadily falling revenue, the Japan-China war broke out in 1937 and relief for the National Association in China became a priority. The devastation of World War II prompted eight years of special relief efforts in a number of European countries. [See World War II] In 1946 the YWCA of the U.S.A. launched the Round-the-World YWCA Reconstruction Fund campaign which successfully raised over $2,000,000 for aid to leaders in countries affected by the war.

Training leaders had always been an important emphasis in the Foreign Division, as in the larger YWCA, but it became even more of an organizational priority after World War II. In cooperation with the World YWCA, the National Association began to hold seminars and conferences to help form and run Associations under the direction of local staff in countries other than those where American secretaries were working. It also brought leaders from other countries to the U.S. for training. The National Association placed special emphasis on training volunteers to implement activities and classes that would increase membership in the various countries. Financial contributions to associations in other countries were sometimes enough, but in other cases U.S. staff acted as consultants to local staff. During 1949, forty-two staff members from the U.S. served in twenty countries. In 1957 the National Support staff raised $150,000 for buildings abroad and leadership training, including implementation of a training center for twenty-two Asian women in Japan.

YWCA cooperation with governmental and voluntary agencies increased during the post-World War II era. "Statement on Foreign Economic Aid," a Foreign Division report issued in 1956, noted that since 1949 the YWCA had expressed support for U.S. efforts toward improving the well-being of less economically developed areas through technical cooperation and assistance, the United Nations, and bilateral arrangements. Within the YWCA, there was a growing awareness that colonialism's day was over. An emphasis on joint planning, not only through World's YWCA, but in cooperative relationships with churches, and government and social work agencies having overseas work reflected the YWCA's grasp of changing realities. A 1957 women's education program in Ethiopia, for example, grew out of an application for funds to the U.S. Technical Cooperation Administration, discussions with the State Department, and a survey by a YWCA staff member in Addis Ababa.

The emphasis on international cooperation, including working with the UN, was closely linked to the YWCA's experience in World Fellowship, or World Mutual Service, a commitment of YWCAs across the world to a mission of helping one another by sharing staff, funds, and other resources. The YWCA General Secretary reported to the National Board in February 1957 that "[t]he current world situation and the tensions in the Middle East have pointed up again the need that some understanding of world relationships is becoming standard requirement for any citizen, for any mature girl or woman who is adequately prepared for life today . . . Let us not be apologetic in asking local Associations for contributions for support of a national and international organization but rather let us more fully realize the enormous potential of these facts and point them out to the public and our communities." Throughout the years, those responsible for the international work of the YWCA repeated similar refrains regarding their deep commitment to the idea of World Fellowship and the continual need to educate the local associations about their part in a world movement. They worked to incorporate this basic message into the work of all the other departments of the National Board, as well as the individual associations. [see also (?) for more about the role of World Fellowship in those departments.]

Though no longer the primary focus, Foreign Division field staff worked with local staff to help develop new YWCAs in Rhodesia [Zimbabwe], Uganda, Liberia, the Philippines, Thailand, Egypt, Lebanon and Japan in the late 1950s and helped raise funds for grants toward the budgets of others. In 1958 there were still fifteen overseas staff members. However, the International Division (re-named in 1961) continued to direct funds and other support toward creation of programs and projects that involved cooperation with other agencies, leadership training, and World Fellowship, and devoted fewer resources to supporting overseas secretaries. The 1961 Program and Budget Committee authorized the National Student YWCA to request funds from outside sources for student exchanges, including the USSR Exchange, and the College and University Division sought funds jointly with the World University Service for financing travel grants for a Travel Seminar for staff in Asia. The same year the National Board minutes noted that World Fellowship should be a year-round interest and that the Division's continuing aim should be to make each member of a local Association in the U.S. feel part of the world movement. The Latin America/USA Project placed teams of U.S. and Latin American participants at U.S. and Latin American locals for various portions of the leadership training project.

The Division staff also advocated with the National Association for increased funding for World YWCA for staff positions related to new buildings and international travel exchanges, study tours, work camps, and conferences. Through the Mutual Service Committee of the World YWCA, a number of cooperative projects with several countries participating and contributing to financing were developed. In 1962 the U.S. YWCA contributed staff or money to more than one-third of the associations helped by the World YWCA Mutual Service Committee and in the mid-1960s the U.S. was contributing over a quarter of the staff for mutual service positions even though it was only one of ten countries doing so. Another cooperative project begun in the early 1960s was the YWCA Peace Corps Project in Chile. Peace Corps officials were interested in working with voluntary agencies like the YWCA that had experience working abroad, and through the Peace Corps, the YWCA could reach new people.

The number of staff overseas continued to shrink in the 1970s-in 1970 there were nine staff members serving in advisory capacities overseas and by 1975 there were only two. One of the last places where a U.S. staff member continued in an advisory capacity was the American Girls Service Center in Turkey, which in 1989 celebrated its 65th anniversary. "Program for Action, 1973-76" proposed to "work deliberately to enable Third World women to participate fully in the YWCA and assume active leadership," as well as "promote support of Third World people to achieve self-determined social change." Symbolizing this emphasis, the International Division became the World Relations Unit (later Department) in 1971. As financial difficulties beset the larger organization, the staff produced position papers on issues of world peace and justice, and proposals for outside funding to promote education on world issues like disarmament and the reordering priorities of the U.S. military budget in an attempt to engage local associations with global issues. Concrete proposals to reawaken commitment to a world movement included "program models," such as the International Study Program, working papers, a task force to integrate world issues in the Five Year Plan of the Program Unit, World YWCA interpretation in member associations, and leadership development.

The International Study Program (ISP), begun in 1977, and initially focusing on Asia, was an effort to replace the professional overseas staff visits with exchanges of staffs from local associations in the U.S. and abroad for study tours and conferences. In 1984 only two overseas positions, in Turkey and Latin America, remained. In the 1980s the ISP planned programs involving YWCA staffs from Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. The 1984 South Africa tour was designed "to foster a dialogue between members of the [U.S. associations and the YWCA of South Africa] on the root causes of racial and economic injustice and oppression; to share experiences of empowerment in the struggle for human rights and to formulate effective action plans . . . [and] to assist U.S. members to work for the end of apartheid."

As was the case in the larger organization, in the 1990s the international work of the YWCA diminished along with the level of financial support and staff cuts. PROJECT REDESIGN (1992) by KPMG Peat Marwick, a study of the National Office and what member associations wanted from it, showed that provision of program development and support services by the National Association were no longer wanted. A fifty percent staff reduction resulted. Staff and National Board members committed to the importance of international ties fought to keep its agenda of global responsibility in the forefront. A successful 1989 proposal to the U.S. Agency for International Development for a 3-year $150,000/year grant sought to institutionalize global education in the YWCA movement. The program it created, Education for Global Responsibility (EGR), held workshops for educators, service providers, and activists to teach strategies for global education; awarded grants to local YWCAs to create program models for education of volunteers, staff, and members; and conducted study-tours. The National Association created World Relations Volunteers in 1993 to assist the staff with former World Relations functions they wanted to continue despite diminished staff and program cuts.

The National Association continued to support the World YWCA by participating in the International Pilot Project, developed to promote international fundraising, with Japan, Tanzania, and Sweden. The Association also continued to send representatives to world events, for example the World YWCA Women's Summit in Seoul and the Fourth UN World Women's Conference in Beijing, both in 1994. In 1997 the YWCA of the U.S.A. co-sponsored the World conference on Family Violence in India. On the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, in 1998, the YWCA launched Human Rights Heroes campaign to identify and recognize twenty national and international heroes on Human Rights Day.

The new Global Affairs Unit was established under direction of the former project manager for EGR in 1996, and renamed the next year the Mary French Rockefeller World Relations Unit. A YWCA publication outlined its purpose: " . . . to establish a strong international presence for the YWCA of the U.S.A. through education, leadership development and advocacy initiatives for the empowerment of women, gender equality, racial justice, economic justice, and development and environmental justice." The study-tours or "immersions" were one way of accomplishing this purpose, by having YWCA volunteers and members visit countries struggling with racism, sexism, and poverty in order to reach a greater understanding of poverty's impact on women around the world. The YWCA's efforts to seek corporate support toward the end of the decade prompted it to work with major U.S. retailers to explore possibilities of funding childcare services in YWCAs in Latin America and Canada, and the focus on exchanges between YWCAs in the U.S. and abroad continued.

Administrative History
1907-Oct 1920Foreign Department
October-Nov 1920 Foreign Department, Overseas Committee, and Committee, and Continuation Committee
Nov 1920-1921Foreign and Overseas Department
1922-Feb 1961Foreign Division
Mar 1961-1971International Division
1971-1996World Relations Unit
1996-Global Affairs Unit
Scope and contents of the collection

Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records.

NOTE: For the most part, the Microfilmed Records and the Original Format Records do not duplicate each other and both should be consulted. This description covers materials in both formats. See the Contents List for a folder-level inventory of the Original Format Records. See the Microfilmed Records Reel Lists for a detailed inventory of the microfilm.

The records of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s international work consist of minutes, reports, publications and other printed materials, studies and surveys, position papers and statements, historical materials, subject and reference files, correspondence, conference and training materials, rosters and other personnel files, lists, and memorabilia.

Like other divisions or departments of the National Association, the variously named department dealing with international work's activities and programs were very intertwined with those of the other departments, as well member associations. Anyone desiring information about the international work of the YWCA of the U.S.A. must look at these materials, but depending upon the specific topic, will probably also want to consult the records of other relevant departments. For example, RECORD GROUP 7. STUDENT WORK, documents the International Division's interest in Foreign Students visiting the United States and student support of international mission work, among other things. Materials in RECORD GROUP 6. PROGAM, SERIES V, Subseries E. Religion inudes records related to World Fellowship, a major concern of the international arm of the national association.

The bulk of the records of the international work are dated from 1907 to 1970, the interval covered by the microfilmed Central File and Minutes and Reports. After 1970 the surviving records are more scarce and fragmentary due to decreased attention to the central filing system and the reduction of international staff and program.

Some of the major subjects of the records are the history, organization, and functions of YWCA international work: the international study of the YWCA and YMCA, conducted in the late 1920s; budgets and finance, including the International Building Fund; World Fellowship; leadership training for national staff and volunteers and YWCA women in other countries; conferences, meetings, and international study seminars; international affairs and development; cooperation with other countries; and relationships with other organizations, especially the World YWCA, United Nations and the U.S. government.

General minutes and reports of the Department's meetings, as well as its sections and committees provide an overview of its activities through the years. Overseas secretaries recorded their experiences in reports and correspondence from approximately 1907 through the 1960s, but the bulk of them, and the ones containing the most depth and detail, span from 1915 through World War II, the heyday of the overseas secretaries. After the war, the change in focus from Asia and Europe to Africa and the Middle East (attention to Latin America was more consistent), means that there are more reports from those countries for the decades after World War II.

Microfilmed Records, 1890-1970 only

[see Microfilmed Records Reel List]

The microfilmed records of the International Division are far more extensive than those that have survived in their original format, relating to subjects that are barely touched upon in the hard copy files, such as budgets, or not addressed at all, such as activities related to specific countries like Australia, Canada, and a number of European countries.

Minutes and Reports of the Foreign Division also include minutes and reports of "Sections," such as those for Europe and Latin America. There are also other records such as newsletters to the staff abroad and the International studies for the various countries. For minutes related to international work after 1961, see the Original Format records.

The Subject File includes some administrative records concerning finances, annual meetings, committees, statistics, relationship with the World YWCA, subjects like emigration/immigration and "World Emergency" (World War II); and files of publications, lists, manuals and other miscellaneous activities of the International Division. The bulk of the records are extensive reports, correspondence and other materials arranged alphabetically by country. The international work department is notable for retaining far more correspondence than other departments of the National Association, perhaps because it was often the best documentation of the department's activities and accomplishments abroad and thus had a secondary usefulness for promoting international work in the local associations. The voluminous reports and correspondence of overseas secretaries are the heart of this portion of the microfilm, but there is also material about conferences, conventions, history, studies, real estate, personnel; and constitutions and publications from national programs, in China for example. [Note that reels 152-153, containing reports from China, are missing. The Original Format Records appear to include at least a few of these missing reports.]

Records relating to International Work can be found on the microfilm under:

  • Minutes and Reports
    • Foreign Division
  • Subject Files
    • Foreign
    • Foreign Countries
    • International

Original Format Records, 1907-2000, n.d., 13 linear feet

[see Original Format Records folder list]

Most of the original format records of international work, with the exception of Minutes, some staff reports, and the International Study, where there is a great deal of overlap, were discarded after microfilming, so it is crucial to consult the microfilm.

The bulk of the surviving paper records are dated from the 1920s through the 1980s. There is a great deal of duplication of records on the microfilm, but they also include materials donated to the National Board Archives after the microfilming was completed that probably were not filmed, such as office files of individuals working on a particular project or program.

1970-2000 (post-microfilm) materials include published and printed materials about the international program of the YWCA, minutes (far more sparse than for earlier decades), records of numerous committees active in that period, and a large proportion of the Projects and Programs Series, reflecting the shift after World War II from focus on recruiting, training and supporting overseas secretaries to broader subject programs. Countries and Regions is a combination of older records, such as staff reports and minutes of various Sections that are duplicated on the microfilm; and reference materials about the various countries and regions that were collected by the National Board Library/Archives from various sources, including individual YWCA personnel.

See also Related Materials.

Organization of the collection

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The YWCA of the USA retains copyright ownership of the records, but has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf.

Copyright to materials authored by persons other than YWCA staff may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

YWCA of the U.S.A. Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

A copy of the microfilmed records of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records is available to borrow from the William Allan Neilson Library at Smith College via Interlibrary Loan.

To request the microfilm from our library you will need to submit the following information to your library's Interlibrary Loan department:

  • Author: Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. National Board
  • Title: Records, 1876-1970 [microform]
  • WorldCat Accession Number: OCLC 57415795
  • Notes: "Call # 689" and reel number(s) you want to borrow

Full descriptions and reel lists of the microfilm are available online.

History of the Collection

The YWCA of the U.S.A. donated a portion of its records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1964 and the remainder in 2002 and 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin, Amy Hague, Kara McClurken, Amanda Izzo, 2008 FY 07-08

Record Groups

Additional Information
Contact Information
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Processing of the YWCA Records was made possible by the generous support of the National Historical Records and Publications Commission and the estate of Elizabeth Norris.
Series Descriptions

This series contains published and unpublished historical and general articles about the international work of the YWCA; general administrative records regarding the overall purpose and mission of the YWCA's international work; personnel lists, job descriptions, and biographical files; and annual reports from the years through 1913, and 1971-72. There are fragmentary files concerning conferences and events, and general correspondence.

There is a fairly complete run of minutes and reports documenting international work of the from the Foreign Department/Division through the World Relations Committee in the 1980s and early 1990s in this series. From 1907-61, these records are duplicated by the microfilm; International Division/World Relations Committee minutes from 1961-93 were not microfilmed. Additional minutes for individual committees, e.g., Finance, are in Series III.

This series primarily contains minutes for committees engaged in international work, but there is a variety of additional documentation, including reports, correspondence, printed material, financial files, rosters, and directories. The committee activities documented here are heavily concentrated from the 1950s through the 1980s; only committees devoted to finance were active earlier.

A wide variety of subjects encompassing the many components of the YWCA's international work are covered in this series, from World Mutual Service (or World Fellowship) beginning in 1910 to Education for Global Responsibility in the 1990s. The bulk of these records date from the 1970s on and include brochures, publications and other printed materials; proposals; reports; correspondence, minutes, and resource kits. It appears that some of these records consist of office files that were donated to the Library/Archives by individual staff members who worked on a particular program or project.

The Foreign Department/Division of the National Association produced some of it's own brochures, flyers, pamphlets, charts, maps, and newsletters, and they make up the bulk of this series. Publications about specific committees, projects, or programs are located in Series III. and IV., and those specific to a particular country or region are located in Series VI. Publications by others about international work are in Series I.

This series is a combination of older records, such as staff reports and minutes of various Sections that are duplicated on the microfilm; and reference materials about the various countries and regions that were collected by the Library/Archives from various sources, including individual YWCA personnel. General records consist of scrapbooks that appear to have been maintained by staff members over the years; records and publications of the International Survey of the YMCA and YWCA, carried out in the late 1920s and early 1930s; and minutes of the Section Chairmen. The scrapbooks were not microfilmed, but the Survey records and Section Chairmen minutes were. Files on individual countries and regions vary from those that are one folder containing a handful of publications (Argentina) to others like China, Japan, and Latin America, that consist of more than a document box of studies, minutes, reports, and publications, the bulk of which has been microfilmed. Besides the above mentioned types of material, the country files include correspondence, speeches, histories, publicity files, statements of purpose and policy, printed materials, and legal documents.

Contents List


This is the Contents List for the Original Format Records only. The reel lists for the Microfilmed Records are in a separate file. See Scope and Content note for more description.


World Cooperation of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America: A Record of the Foreign Work of the American Associations, 1866-1929 comp. by Elizabeth Wilson, n.d.

Box 305: folder 1
World Cooperation of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America: A Record of the Foreign Work of the American Associations,1930-1935 comp. by Margaret E. Burton, n.d.

Box 305: folder 2
The Connection of the Foreign Division of the Young Women's Christian Association with Governments by Sarah S. Lyon (M. A. thesis, Columbia University), 1932

Box 305: folder 3
"'At Home Abroad': A Summary History of the Foreign Program of the YWCA of the United States," 1960

Box 305: folder 4
"A Comparative Study of Six YWCAs: Lebanon, South Africa, Norway, Taiwan, Greece, United States" by Mary Beth Eklund, circa 1975-76

Box 305: folder 5
Articles about the YWCA's international program by others

Miscellaneous, 1923-1974, n.d.

Box 305: folder 6
"YWCA: International Success Story," National Geographic, Dec 1963; and scrapbook of public response letters, 1963-64

Box 305: folder 7
Organization and functions

Foreign Department/Division

Statements, reports, convention resolutions, minutes, and memoranda, 1908-58

Box 305: folder 8
"Manual for Foreign Field Staff," 1956

Box 305: folder 9
International Division

"Meeting on Future Structure of the International Division Committee and Staff," 1964

Box 305: folder 10
Charter, 1970

Box 305: folder 11
World Relations/Global Affairs Unit: correspondence, memoranda, reports, and statements, 1977-96, n.d.

Box 305: folder 12
Position papers and statements, 1978-87

Box 305: folder 13

Chairman/Director/Executive and miscellaneous World Relations Unit positions: job descriptions, 1964-83

Box 305: folder 14
International Division/World Relations Unit committees and subcommittees: rosters, 1960-79

Box 305: folder 15
Overseas secretaries


[see also XF Committee for its earlier directories of former overseas secretaries]

1959, 1981-85

Box 306: folder 1
"Living Foreign Staff Lists," 1982, 1988-89

Box 306: folder 2
Biographical files, A-Z, 1909-88


Box 306: folder 3-21

Box 307: folder 1-5
Annual reports


Box 307: folder 6-7
1970: Botswana; Ceylon; Columbia; Fiji; Iran; Kenya; Liberia; Pakistan; Philippines; Rhodesia; South Africa; Taipei, Taiwan; Tanzania; Thailand; Turkey; Uganda; and Zambia

Box 307: folder 8
1971: Ethiopia; Kenya; Liberia; Philippines; Rhodesia; South Africa; Taipei, Taiwan; Tanzania; Thailand; Turkey; Uganda; and Zambia

Box 307: folder 9

5th and 6th: programs, 1918-19

Box 307: folder 10
International Study Conference on World Reconstruction, 1948: report, 1949

[see also Programs and projects - Reconstruction work]

Box 307: folder 11
All-Africa YWCA Conference, 1960; International Development, 1992

Box 307: folder 12
General correspondence, 1957, 1976-97

Box 307: folder 13
Events: programs, calendars, itineraries, and articles, 1980-81, 1993-94, 1997

Box 307: folder 14
Memorabilia: guest book, 1962-81

Box 307: folder 15

Foreign Division


Box 308: folder 1-20

Box 308A: folder 1-6
Foreign and Overseas Department, 1921

Box 308A: folder 7-8
Foreign Division


Box 308A: folder 9-23

Box 309: folder 1-24
1960-Feb 1961

Box 310: folder 1
International Division, Mar 1961-71

Box 310: folder 2-11
World Relations Steering Committee, 1979-84

Box 310: folder 12
World Relations Committee, 1985-93

Box 310: folder 13-14

Cooperation for Development Core (World Relations): minutes, 1980-84

Box 311: folder 1

Finance and Personnel (Foreign Division): minutes, 1921-22

Box 311: folder 2
Special Committee on Nationwide Foreign Finance/Foreign Finance Campaign (Foreign Division): minutes, 1914-15; reports, 1908-09

Box 311: folder 3
International Building Fund (International Division and World Relations Unit)

Brochures, (circa 1976)

Box 311: folder 4
Ad Hoc Building Fund

Building Fund Project Proposal, 1960-64

Box 311: folder 5
Procedures, polices, and taxes; lists and clearances; status of fund; correspondence; and minutes and final documents, 1961-66

Box 311: folder 6


Box 311: folder 7-8
1976-77, 1987

Box 311: folder 9
Reports, 1966-88

Box 311: folder 10
Personnel, 1966-82

Box 311: folder 11
Policies, 1964-73

Box 311: folder 12
Special Accounts, 1965-93

Box 311: folder 13
International Leadership Exchange and Development Task Force (ILEAD) (formerly ILEAD Committee), 1987-91

Box 311: folder 14
Leadership Development (International Relations and World Relations Unit): minutes,1954-84

Box 312: folder 1-8
Projects/Projects and Budgets/Projects and Grants (International Division and World Relations Unit): agendas and minutes, 1960-79

Box 312: folder 9-12
World Issues (World Relations Unit): minutes

Subcommittee, 1980-82

Box 313: folder 1
Core, 1983-84

Box 313: folder 2
XF (Ex Foreign Secretaries)

Rosters/directories of Committee members, (1946?)-81

Box 313: folder 3-4
Minutes, 1961-77

Box 313: folder 5-6

Triennial, 1961, 1964

Box 313: folder 7
Treasurer, 1956-77

Box 313: folder 8
Correspondence, 1958-84

Box 313: folder 9-10
Membership, 1961-77

Box 313: folder 11

Miscellaneous, 1958-68

Box 313: folder 12
Bessie Cotton Memorial Fund, 1957-63

Box 313: folder 13
Book (Emissaries: The Overseas Work of the American YWCA, 1895-1970 by Nancy Boyd), 1980-86

Box 313: folder 14

Article from The YWCA Magazine, 1963

Box 313: folder 15
XF News From Everywhere (newsletter), 1955-82

Box 313: folder 16-17

Education for Global Responsibility

General, 1993-97

Box 314: folder 1
Barbados trip, 1994-96

Box 314: folder 2
Jamaica trip, 1994

Box 314: folder 3
Kenya trip, 1995-96

Box 314: folder 4
End War - Build Peace Task Force, 1971-73

[see also Peace Network]

Box 314: folder 5
Health and physical education, circa 1923

Box 314: folder 6
Human Rights Heroes Campaign, 1997-98

Box 314: folder 7
International Laboratory on Developing Youth Leadership and Program: proposal, 1977

Box 314: folder 8
International Study Program

General, 1967, 1977-79, 1983, 1989

Box 314: folder 9
South Africa Study Program, 1982-86

Box 314: folder 10
Uganda, 1990-92

Box 314: folder 11
International Training Institutes


Box 314: folder 12

Box 314: folder 13
1969-(70?), n.d.

Box 314: folder 14
International Voluntary Service: brochure and reports from volunteers, 1965-77

Box 315: folder 1
International Women's Day: brochures, 1998; and kit, 2000

Box 315: folder 2
LA [Latin America]/USA Exchange Project, 1961

Box 315: folder 3
Lily K. Haass Memorial Fund (file of Lydia Johnson), 1964-67

Box 315: folder 4
Middle-East Encounter meetings, 1982-86

Ad Hoc Planning Group, 8 Jan 1983

Box 315: folder 5
4 & 5 Mar 1983

Box 315: folder 6
8 Apr 1983

Box 315: folder 7
(Bayard Rustin)14 Apr 1983

Box 315: folder 8
19 May 1983-12 Sep 1983

Box 315: folder 9-11
World Council Meeting, Nov 1983 (Betty Jo Swayze)

Box 315: folder 12
12 Dec 1983-2 Apr 1986

Box 315: folder 13-19
A Middle East Encounter: In Search of Peace and Justice-A YWCA Study Action Model (1983) and 1988(revision)

Box 315: folder 20
National Forum on Women, 1973-80

Box 315: folder 21
Nestle boycott


Correspondence, 1979-82, 1984

Box 315: folder 22-23
Publications: Implementing the Nestle Resolution: A Program Paper (1980) and miscellaneous

Box 316: folder 1
Cleveland YWCA: correspondence, printed material, and position statement, 1978-81

Box 316: folder 2
Boycott action: flyers, petitions, songs, and stickers, 1978-83, n.d.

Box 316: folder 3
International Boycott Committee: minutes, 1980-82

Box 316: folder 4
Nestle Infant Formula Audit Commission

Charter, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and Procedures (n.d.), and report by The Nestle Coordination Center for Nutrition (1982)

Box 316: folder 5
Press conferences (Muskie and others): transcripts, 1982-83

Box 316: folder 6
Quarterly reports, 1982-84

Box 316: folder 7-9
Personnel: mailing list, congressional committees, organizations, and biography of Edmund S. Muskie, 1980, n.d.

Box 316: folder 10
Publications by others

INFACT Newsletter, 1979-83

Box 316: folder 11


Box 316: folder 12

Box 317: folder 1
Nestle News (press releases), 1979-84

Box 317: folder 2
UNICEF and WHO, 1978-82

Box 317: folder 3
Miscellaneous, 1977-84, n.d.

Box 317: folder 4-5
Final agreement: press releases, publications, memoranda, and reports, 1984

Box 317: folder 6
Partners in Development Task Force: Kenya, 1997-98

Box 317: folder 7
Peace Network (Jimmie Woodward), 1971-72

[see also End War - Build Peace Task Force]

Box 317: folder 8
Peace with Justice Task Force, 1975

Box 317: folder 9
Reconstruction work, 1946-47

[see also Conferences - International Study Conference on Women in World Reconstruction]

Box 317: folder 10
United Nations

UNICEF, 1981-82, 1990

Box 317: folder 11
International Women's Year,1974-75, 1977, n.d.

Box 317: folder 12
World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women 1980

Box 317
U.S. regional meetings and State Department briefings (Rosalie Oakes, Jewel Graham, and Roshan Billimoria, 1979-1980 , n.d.

Box 318: folder 1-3
Project proposal for follow-up community outreach program, Apr 1980

Box 318: folder 4
Women's Mid-Decade Dialogue

General (Roshan Billimoria), 1980-81, n.d.

Box 318: folder 5
Translating Global Concern into Local CommunityPrograms: Women's Mid-Decade Dialogue (1983)

Box 318: folder 6
Washington Cathedral window

Dedication, 1977-82

Box 318: folder 7
Donor lists, 1973

Box 318: folder 8
Printed material about, 1977-78, 1994

Box 318: folder 9
Progress reports, 1974-76

Box 318: folder 10
Rockefeller, Mary: correspondence, 1973

Box 318: folder 11
Sayre, Elizabeth: correspondence, memoranda, and meeting minutes, 1973-75

Box 318: folder 12-13
Services, 1944-76, 1994

Box 319: folder 1
World Mutual Service (World Fellowship)

History, 1956-73 (includes YWCA World Mutual Service: Common Quest by Marion O. Robinson, 1973)

Box 319: folder 2
Publications and resource kits for member associations

[see also Publications-Periodicals-World Connections]


1910-26, 1930-40, 1946-57, 1961-69

Box 319: folder 3-8
1970-90, n.d.

Box 320: folder 1
World Week of Prayer, 1907-74

Box 320: folder 2
"World Fellowship Ahoy!": cartoon from The Woman's Press, Sep 1927

Box 320: folder 3
World YWCA cooperation

Committee to consider priorities for World YWCA in future (Palmer letter 2/74), 1974

Box 320: folder 4
Ruth Sovik: correspondence, 1983-85

Box 320: folder 5
Miscellaneous lists, memos, and printed materials, (1920), 1938, 1967-98

Box 320: folder 6

Pamphlets, brochures, flyers, and other printed materials

General, 1907-43, 1955, n.d.

Box 320: folder 7-10
Charts and maps, 1911-88, n.d.

[see also Oversize materials]

Box 320: folder 11
Finances, 1914-20

Box 320: folder 12
Statistics, 1921, 1924-28, 1944, 1959-60

Box 320: folder 13
World War I: Making the World Safe for Women, (1917)Needs the World Over, (1918)and Working and Praying Together (1918)

Box 320: folder 14

"Association Sidelights," 1931

Box 320: folder 15
"The F.D. D.E.W. Line," 1973-74

Box 320: folder 16
Foreign Exchange: News from Abroad with Suggestions for World Fellowship Program, 1939-41

Box 321: folder 1
Foreign Facts, 1925-30/31; World Cooperation, 1932/33

Box 321: folder 2-3
"Foreign News Items," (1914)-20

Box 321: folder 4-5
"Foreign Mail," 1929-34 (includes one issue of "International Radiogram, 1926)

Box 321: folder 6
"Global Briefs," 1996-98

Box 321: folder 7
Newsletter to the staff abroad, 1920-35

Box 321: folder 8-9
Under a Foreign Stamp, 1938-39

Box 322: folder 1
World Connections, 1989-92

Box 322: folder 2-3
World Cooperation

[see Foreign Facts]

World Wise, 1980

Box 322: folder 4

Scrapbooks: articles, brochures, clippings, correspondence, papers, reports, 1947-71

Africa - British Honduras

Box 322: folder 5
Burma - Columbia

Box 322: folder 6
Cyprus - Great Britain

Box 322: folder 7
Greece - India

Box 322: folder 8
Italy - Jordan

Box 323: folder 1

Box 323: folder 2

Box 323: folder 3
Latin America - Madagascar

Box 323: folder 4
Malaysia - Nigeria

Box 323: folder 5
Organismo Tecnico (Training Project for Latin America) - Peru

Box 323: folder 6

Box 323: folder 7
Puerto Rico - South Africa

Box 323: folder 8
Surinam - Taipei

Box 324: folder 1
Tanzania - Trinidad and Tobago

Box 324: folder 2
Turkey - Uganda

Box 324: folder 3
United States - Zambia

Box 324: folder 4
"I.D. Historical Record: Europe and Africa," 1921, 1946-1971

Europe - Italy

Box 324: folder 5
Africa - Liberia

Box 324: folder 6
Nigeria - Uganda

Box 324: folder 7
International Survey of YMCA and YWCA

Minutes, reports, and correspondence


Box 324: folder 8-9

Box 325: folder 1-2
Argentina: Survey of the YMCA in Argentina, 1929: Survey of the YWCA in Argentina, n.d.

Box 325: folder 3
Chile, Brazil, and Uruguay: The Report of the International Survey on the YMCA and the YWCA in Chile; Survey of the YMCA and the YWCA in Brazil; and Survey of the Young Men's Christian Associations and the Young Women's Christian Associations: Findings of the National Commission for Uruguay (all undated)

Box 325: folder 4

A Study of the YWCA of China, 1890-1930 (typescript)

Box 325
Vol. 1

Box 325: folder 5
Vol. 2

Box 325: folder 6
A Study of the Y.W.C.A. of China, 1891-1930 (printed pamphlet)

Box 325: folder 7
[YMCA study, Vol. 2? (starts with Chapter IV, pg. 108)]

Box 326: folder 1
Egypt: Survey of the YMCA in Egypt,n.d.

Vol. 1

Box 326: folder 2
Vol. 2

Box 326: folder 3
Estonia: Report of the YMCA and the YWCA in Esthonia, (1920-30)

Box 326: folder 4
Greece: Report on the Survey of the Work of the Young Men's Christian Association and Young Women's Christian Association of Greece by Gregory Papamichael, May 1930

Box 326: folder 5

Statistical charts, circa 1930

Box 327: folder 1
A Study of the YWCA of India, Burma, and Ceylon, (1929-30)

Box 327: folder 2
A Study of the YMCA of India, Burma, and Ceylon, Vols. 1-3

Box 327: folder 3-4

Survey of the YMCA and YWCA in Japan, 1930, parts 1-4

Box 327: folder 5-8
The Survey of the Work of the Young Men's and Young Women's Christian Associations: Report of Conclusions, Nov 1930

Box 328: folder 1
Korea: Survey of the Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association of Korea, July 1930

Box 328: folder 2
Latin America

International Survey (South America), 1928: local association summaries

Box 328: folder 3
Latin America YMCA and YWCA, 1930: Area Report on Latin America by Margaret K. Strong and C.E. Silcox, parts 1 and 2

Box 328: folder 4-5
Latvia: Survey of the YMCA and the YWCA in Latvia, (1930)

Box 328: folder 6
Mexico: Survey of the YMCA and the YWCA in Mexico, (1930)

Box 328: folder 7
Palestine: The Report of the Survey in Palestine, (1930)

Box 328: folder 8
Philippines: [Study, 1930], parts 1 and 2

Box 329: folder 1-2
Russia: Survey of the North American YMCA Service to Russians in Europe, 1930, parts 1 and 2

Box 329: folder 3-4
South Africa: Report of the Young Men's Christian Association in South Africa by George Edmund Haynes, (1930)

Box 329: folder 5
Syria: Report of the YWCA in Syria, (1930)

Box 329: folder 6

YWCA: Report of the Service Centers, Istanbul, Turkey, November 1929 - June 1930

Part 1

Box 329: folder 7
Part 2

Box 330: folder 1
Survey Commission Report of the Young Men's Christian Association, Istanbul, Turkey, June 14, 1930, parts 1 and 2

Box 330: folder 2-3
Section Chairmen: minutes, 1922-29

Box 330: folder 4-6
Country files, A-Z

Argentina: publications, 1906-circa 1926, n.d.

Box 330: folder 7

[see Near East]

Bahamas: report and correspondence (Ruth Soumah), 1977, 1979

Box 330: folder 8
Baltic States, (circa 1924)

[see also Estonia]

Box 330: folder 9
Botswana: reports (Ruth Soumah), 1976, 1978-79

Box 330: folder 10
Brazil: reports, 1923, circa 1926, 1928

Box 330: folder 11

[see India]


[see India]

Chile: printed materials and speech notes [?], 1960, 1964, n.d.

Box 330: folder 12

Studies, papers, and speeches on status of women

Box 331: folder 1
"Report on China" by Ernestine I. Friedmann, July 1920; "A Talk Given By Mrs. H.C. Mei, Vice-President of the National Committee of the Y.W.C.A of China at a Meeting Given in Shanghai in December 1920;" "Women and the Church" by Ruth Cheng, 14 Jul 1922; "The Women's Rights Movement in China" by Zung Wei Tsung, Sep 1922; "The New Woman of China" (radio talk), Nov 1924; "Changing Leadership: A study based on reports from American mission stations regarding the place of women in national churches" by Katherine E. Vaughn, June 1926; "China's New Law of Family Relations" by Kuo Min (National Committee Y.W.C.A. News Service), 4 Dec 1930; "New Family Relations in China (Special to the N.C.D.N?)," Jul 1931; "Status of Women in China" (preliminary draft) prepared under the auspices of the International Education Commission of the National Committee of the YWCA of China, 1939; "With Centuries Behind It. . .China in Transition and the Y.W.C.A. Serving Her" by Mrs. Emmett C. Barr, (late 1930s); "Women's Organizations During These Five Years" by Lily K. Haass, copied 30 Nov 1943 1920-1943

Box 331
The Role of the YWCA in the Development of the Chinese Women's Movement, 1890-1927 by Alison R. Drucker, 1979

Box 331: folder 2
China Section

Minutes, 1920-21

Box 331: folder 3
Staff reports

1917-22, n.d

Anderson, Elsie (Canton); Beers, Miriam (Shanghai); Braden, Elvira M. (Nanking); Brooks, Rachel (Peking); Brown, Florence (South China, Shanghai); Carter, Hester (Shanghai); Coppock, Grace (General Secretary); Danuser, Maybelle (Shanghai); Davis, Nellie (Nanking Language School); Derry, Evelyn (Tientsin); Dodge, Adelia (Canton); Durfee, Elizabeth (Nanking); Eddy, Katherine Willard (Shangai); Forbes, Erma (Peking); Fraser, Ruth (Chengtu); Grabill, Ada (Shanghai); Haass, Lily K. (Peking); Hartley, Ethel (Hangchow); Holmes, Alice (Peking); Hoople, Ruth (Mukden); Howes, Ruth; Huie, Alice and Caroline (Shanghai); Job, Martha (Shanghai); Kitchin, Eleanor (Shanghai); Lowry, Genevieve (Hangchow); Mack, Margaret (Hangchow); MacKinlay, Margaret (Shanghai); March, Carolyn (Tientsin); Myers, Hazel (Peking)

Box 331: folder 4
Neely, Charlotte (Foochow); Peking Union Language School students; Rietveld, Harriet (Shanghai); Russell, Maud (Changsha); Sargent, Clara (Shanghai); Sawyer, Edith O. (Shanghai); Scott, Helen (Foochow); Seesholtz, Anna G. (Student Dept., Shanghai); Severin, Theresa (Peking); Smith, Harriet (Chengtu); Steel-Brooke, Gertrude (Foochow); Steinbeck, Grace C. (Foochow); Streeter, Mary E. (Peking Language School); Swann, Nancy Lee (Tsinan); Thoburn, Helen (China National Committee); Vance, Catherine ;Vaughn, Katharine E. (Canton); Ward, Jane (Shanghai); Wells, Edith (Tientsin); White, Ruth (Tientsin); Williams, Katharine (Peking); Willis, Lina (Shanghai); Willis, Mary (Canton)

Box 331: folder 5
1925-31: Miscellaneous from Helen Thoburn, Eleanor MacNeil, Eleanor Hinder, and Ting Shu-Ching

Box 331: folder 6
1926-30: Ella Bennett (Mukden)

Box 331: folder 7
Girls work in Szechwan (Mildred Owen): plans, program, and lists, 1941, n.d.

Box 331: folder 8
National Committee of China

Minutes, 1919-26

Box 331: folder 9-10
Publication: The Green Year, The Y.W.C.A. Magazine, Oct 1923

[missing all but cover and first 2 pages]

Box 331: folder 11

YWCA of the USA

Pamphlets and brochures


Box 331: folder 12

Box 332: folder 1
Articles, 1914-18, 1931, 1994

Box 332: folder 2
Miscellaneous printed materials by others or unidentified, 1908-18, 1929-32, 1973, 1985, 1987, n.d.

Box 332: folder 3
Publicity: correspondence, papers, press releases, and reports, 1925-50

Box 332: folder 4-7


Correspondence, 1991-92

Box 332: folder 8
"A Gleam in the Eye of the Overseas Committee: The YWCA in Czechoslovakia," 1991: paper, printed research materials, and notes, 1920-91

Box 332: folder 9

"The Occupations of Women in Greater Prague" by Alpha Buse, Vol. VI. Social Survey of Prague (Published by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Prague) 1920, parts 1 and 2

Box 332: folder 10-11
"Recreation Survey of Prague" by Anne Rylance Smith, The Prague Social Welfare Survey, Vol. IV. (published by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Prague), 1920

Box 332: folder 12
Constitution, bylaws, and policies, 1919-22

Box 332: folder 13
Staff reports

1919-23: Bell, Vesper (Finance Dept., National Board); Caldwell, Anne (Finance Secretary); Clark, Faith (Bratislava)

Box 332: folder 14
Crawford, Ruth (Prague), 1919-1920

Box 332: folder 15-16
Duthie, Eva (Recreation Dept./Club Dept., Prague); Food Service/Home Economics Dept. (Mabel McBride and Katharine H. Schoonover); Geary, Marjorie (Recreation Secretary, Prague); Hurlburt, Mary; Pauliny, Marina (Bratislava)

Box 333: folder 1
Prudden, Elinor (General Secretary)

Box 333: folder 2
Turner, Mabel (City Secretary, Prague); and Vashek, Anna (Liaison, Prague)

Box 333: folder 3
Correspondence, 1919-50

Box 333: folder 4-8
Miscellaneous reports, speeches, and publications, 1921-26, 1936-39, 1946-48

Box 333: folder 9
Publicity: correspondence and reports, 1946-48

Box 333: folder 10
Student Department and YWCA/YMCA cooperation, 1919-21

Box 333: folder 11

Request for secretary in Cairo: correspondence, 1917-21

Box 333: folder 12
A Camel Trip to Cairo: a Program on Egypt by Helen L. Willcox (The Womans Press) 1920

Box 333: folder 13
Estonia: The Young Women's Christian Association in Estonia: a Study in the Transplanting of an Institution by Lois Diehl (Master's thesis, University of Chicago) 1934

[see also Baltic States]

Box 333: folder 14
Europe Section: minutes, 1920-22

Box 334: folder 1
France: letter, 1946

Box 334: folder 2
India, Burma, and Ceylon

India Section

Purpose and policies, n.d.

Box 334: folder 3
Minutes, 1920-21

Box 334: folder 4
Reports, 1915-21

Alexander, Anna (Ceylon), 1917; Carswell, Rena (Bombay), 1916; Cowdrey, Ruth (Bombay), 1917; Cron, Beatrice (Calcutta), 1915-17; Denison, Florence (Simla and Lahore), 1915-17; Dennison, Martha (Jubbulpore), 1920-21; Downey, Martha (Madras), 1915-20; Hartwell, Stephenia (Calcutta), 1920-21; Lamb, Anne O. (Lahore), 1915-16

Box 334: folder 5
Lang, Florence B. (Bombay), 1915-16; Melcher, Margery (Madras), 1915-17; Radford, Laura (Singapore), 1915-16; Rutherford, Mary (Singapore, Simla and Calcutta), 1915-17, 1921; Shields, Alice (Bombay), 1915-17; Terry, Eva (Rangoon), 1920-21; Whealdon, Martha (Bombay), 1915-17; Wilson, Elizabeth (Calcutta), 1920-21; Wilson, Margaret N. (Madras), 1921; Withers, Myra (Bombay), 1915-17

Box 334: folder 6
Anne Guthrie: correspondence, 1939-43

Box 334: folder 7
India National Committee


1924-Apr 1926

Box 334: folder 8-9
Jul 1926-1927

Box 335: folder 1-3
Publications, 1923, circa 1966, 1975

Box 335: folder 4

YWCA of the USA, 1913-14, 1919, 1926, 1950, n.d.

Box 335: folder 5
Miscellaneous, 1995

Box 335: folder 6

Study: "Institutional Management Survey, Tokyo Y.W.C.A," Nov 1937

Box 335: folder 7
Japan Section

Purpose, principles, etc., n.d. and minutes, 1920-21, 1924

Box 335: folder 8
Reports 1918-1921

Allchin, Agnes (Yokohama), 1918; Allen, Carolyn E. (Tokyo), 1920-21; Allen, Eleanor (Osaka), 1920; Armstrong, Clare (Tokyo), 1920-21; Baker, Mary C. (Yokohama),1915, 1918-19; Best, Blanche (Tokyo), 1920

Box 335: folder 9
Birdsall, Anna P. (Kyoto), 1920-21; Chambers, Lillian (Kyoto), 1919; Crawford, Inez (Osaka), 1917; Dunning, Elizabeth (Tokyo), 1920-21; Emerson, Ruth (Tokyo), 1916; Ferris, Sara D. (Tokyo), 1920-21; Fonda, Ethel (Tokyo), 1917-18; Gunter, Mamie E. (Tokyo), 1916-17

Box 335: folder 10
Hard, Clara Taylor (Osaka), 1916-20; Jordan, Edith Allen (Yokohama), 1921; Lacy, Lelia (or Leila?) Lyle (Tokyo), 1920-21; Matthew, Margaret (Tokyo), 1916-18; McGregor, Grace (Tokyo), 1920-21; Nixon, Esther (Tokyo), 1917-18; Page, Mary (Tokyo), 1915-21

Box 335: folder 11
Ragan, Ruth (Tokyo), 1915-16, 1920-21; Scott, Jane N. (Tokyo), 1920; Topping, Helen F. (Kobe), 1916, 1918-21; Verry, Hazel (Yokohama), 1920; Wiser, Edna M. (Tokyo), 1920-21; Woods, Margaret W. (Tokyo), 1921

Box 336: folder 1
Special reports of Charlotte Adams, Apr 1919 - Apr 1920

Box 336: folder 2

Correspondence, reports, and printed materials, 1929, 1946-50, 1982, n.d.

Box 336: folder 3
"A Year in the United States" by Mizuho Kunugi, (1951)

Box 336: folder 4

National Association, 1907?-1948, n.d.

Box 336: folder 5
YWCA of Japan and miscellaneous other, 1916-95, n.d.

Box 336: folder 6
Jordan: publications, 1961, n.d.

Box 336: folder 7

Publicity: history, diary excerpt, correspondence, reports, clippings, and speeches, 1946-50, 1962

Box 336: folder 8
Publications of YWCA of Korea, 1988, 1991

Box 336: folder 9
Latin America

Latin American Section: minutes, 1920-28

Box 336: folder 10
Staff reports

1915-16: Breed, Persis; Cortez, Elisa; Rouse, Ruth; Sheppard, Irene

Box 336: folder 11
1920-21: Batty, E. Jean; Brininstool, Bessie; Chapin, Emma; Cortez, Elisa; Davidson, Patricia; Drake, Frances; Heiskell, Mary; King, Myrth; McFarland, Elizabeth; Miller, Bernice; Robertson, Margaret; Russell, Mary; Sheldon, Ruth; Stokely, Anna May

Box 336: folder 12
Anne Guthrie

Reports, 1930-34

Box 336: folder 13
Correspondence, 1930-33

Box 336: folder 14

Continental Committee for Latin America (Comision Continental de la Asociacion Christiana Feminina): minutes, 1920-24

Box 337: folder 1
Committee on Cooperation in Latin America: minutes, 1916-25

Box 337: folder 2
Latin American consultant, 1983-84

Box 337: folder 3
Publications and other printed materials

YWCA of the USA, 1907-29, n.d.

Box 337: folder 4
Miscellaneous, 1935, 1961, 1967

Box 337: folder 5
Unidentified notes [speeches?]: typescripts, n.d.

Box 337: folder 6

Study: "The Status of Women in Lebanon, a Sample Study Drawn by the Public Affairs Committee of the Y.W.C.A. of Lebanon," 1949

Box 337: folder 7
Publicity: correspondence and reports


Box 337: folder 8
1967-79 (includes brochure for YWCA refugee services)

Box 337: folder 9
Publications: YWCA of Lebanon and miscellaneous other, 1948, 1983-91

Box 337: folder 10
Liberia: publicity, including correspondence and reports, 1948-50

Box 337: folder 11

Correspondence and reports, 1963-86, n.d.

Box 337: folder 12
Publications: brochures, 1940, and article, 1938

Box 337: folder 13
Near East: publications, (1919), n.d.

Box 337: folder 14
Oriental Section: minutes, 1921-22

Box 337: folder 15

Correspondence and reports

Anne Guthrie

1933-May 1935

Box 337: folder 16
Jun 1935-40

Box 338: folder 1-3
Miscellaneous, 1946-47, 1949, 1968

Box 338: folder 4
Publications, 1946, 1949, n.d.

Box 338: folder 5
"Peace Book Entries," YWCA Leadership Development Center, Phoenix, n.d. (circa 1980s?)

Box 338: folder 6
Poland: typescript of "A Post-War Y.W.C.A. Project in Poland" by Sarah S. Lyon, 1975

Box 338: folder 7
Puerto Rico

Correspondence and reports (Lena York Roth, Guadalupe Colon, Frances Munn, and Evelyn Dean), 1945-50

Box 338: folder 8

Newsletters, article, brochures and programs, 1946-52, n.d.

Box 338: folder 9
Newspaper clippings, 1946-52, n.d.

Box 338: folder 10
Romania: correspondence

Margaretta Pruitianna Voiculescu and Lucy Pray (includes photographs), 1922-25, 1967, n.d.

Box 338: folder 11
"Helen" to family (typescript), 1922-23

Box 338: folder 12
Russia: article from War Work Bulletin 54, 3 Jan 1919 re: Russian staff

Box 338: folder 13
South Africa: letter and memos re: Connie NGCABA, Joyce, Seroke, Jane Phakathi, Vesta Smith, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and Bulelani Ngcuka, 1987-88

Box 338: folder 14
Thailand: reports and correspondence, 1947-48

Box 338: folder 15
Taiwan: Taipei YWCA brochures and annual reports, 1948-93

Box 338: folder 16

History, 1980, 1985, 1987, n.d.

Box 338: folder 17
Report by Ruth Woodsmall, 1925, and miscellaneous correspondence, 1961-62, 1990-91

Box 338: folder 18
Amerikan Lisan ve San'at Dersanesi (American Girls Service Center), Istanbul

Deed, n.d.

Box 338: folder 19
Rules and regulations, 1945; By-laws, 1960

Box 338: folder 20
1948 Ford: legal documents and correspondence, 1947

Box 338: folder 21
American Liaison Committee (Betty Jo Swayze file)

Minutes, reports and correspondence, 1971-87, n.d.

Box 338: folder 22
Financial materials, 1950, 1975-88

Box 338: folder 23
Publications, 1961

Box 339: folder 1
60th Anniversary, May 1984

Box 339: folder 2
Grant application, 1986-87

Box 339: folder 3

When Latticed Windows Opened: Experiences of an American in Turkey by Phoebe Clary as told to Marion O. Robinson, 1969: book and compilation of letters from readers

Box 339: folder 4
Miscellaneous, 1914, 1981, n.d.

Box 339: folder 5
Turkish, Armenian, and Greek press coverage, 1921-33, n.d.

Box 339: folder 6
Uganda: reports and printed materials, 1982-1988, n.d.

Box 339: folder 7

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