Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections
Home >> Sophia Smith Collection >> Eldri Dieson Papers, 1928-1986, n.d.
Smith College seal
Eldri Dieson Papers, 1928-1986, n.d.
4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 602

Abstract:
YWCA executive and overseas official. The Eldri Dieson Papers consist of one linear foot of biographical materials, correspondence, diaries, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, research notes, and scrapbooks primarily related to Dieson's work for the YWCA of the U.S.A. The bulk of the papers focus on Dieson's work for the YWCA's Foreign Division in Japan and in Chile.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership of items created by Eldri Dieson is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Eldri Dieson 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. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Eldri Louise Dieson was born March 31, 1905, in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. After earning a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1927, Dieson briefly studied sociology at the University of Minnesota and worked for the Lutheran Welfare Association in Minneapolis before joining the staff of the YWCA.

In the summer of 1927 Dieson participated in the YWCA National Student Council's Students in Industry Project, known as "a summer course in reality." College graduates spent six weeks working in factories "as part of an experiment and to gain first hand information for social work."

Between 1927 and 1942 Dieson worked as an Industrial or Business and Industry Secretary in YWCAs in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1927-30, 1936-42); Canton, Ohio (1930-32); and Allentown, Pennsylvania (1932). Dieson attended the New School of Social Work in 1935-36.

During World War II Dieson moved to the national YWCA staff, working in the Community Division in the fall of 1942, then becoming an Industrial Secretary, 1943-48. During the summer of 1944 she worked in Maine with the Women's Emergency Farm Service of the Women's Land Army.

After the war Dieson moved to the staff of the Foreign Division as a Program Consultant in Japan from 1948 to 1951. On her return to the U.S., she joined the staff of the United Community Defense Services staff of the YWCA helping new residents in rapidly growing cities and towns adjacent to defense industries. The aim of this work was to fill gaps in services for a relatively brief period until the cities and towns were able to do so.

In 1955 Dieson went to the YWCA of Chile. She returned to the States in 1960 to help develop YWCA's Latin America United States Exchange Project. The Project provided opportunities for women from YWCAs in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and the United States to share inter-American concerns and resources. In 1960 she received St. Olaf College's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dieson went back to Chile the following year as director of the Latin America United States Exchange Project. From 1962 she also worked closely with the YWCA-Peace Corps project in community development in Valparaiso and Santiago.

In the fall of 1965 Dieson took the post of Field Consultant for the Southern Region for the YWCA of the U.S.A. In this capacity she advised YWCAs in thirteen southern states on all aspects of program and administration. Dieson retired from the YWCA circa 1971.

Eldri Dieson died in Hennepin, Minnesota in 1994.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Eldri Dieson Papers consist of 4 linear feet of biographical materials, correspondence, diaries, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, research notes, and scrapbooks primarily related to Dieson's work for the YWCA of the U.S.A. The bulk of the papers date from 1948 to 1964 and focus on Dieson's work for the YWCA's Foreign Division in Japan and in Chile. A small portion of the contents are in Japanese and Spanish.

This collection is organized into three series:


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership of items created by Eldri Dieson is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Eldri Dieson 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. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Eldri Dieson Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Eldri Dieson Papers came to the Sophia Smith Collection with the Records of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in 2002. The YWCA received them from Dieson's niece Tonia Jauch in 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin, 2009


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
Spanish , Japanese
Sponsor
Processing of the Eldri Dieson Papers was made possible by the generous support of the National Historical Records and Publications Commission.

Series Descriptions



This series contains a small amount of general biographical information plus letters Dieson wrote home to her family from YWCA postings in Japan, Kentucky, and Chile, 1948-64. Also included is Dieson's Guest Book which traveled with her from Japan to the United States to Chile and back to the U.S




This series contains diaries, printed materials, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, research notes, and scrapbooks from Dieson's work for the Women's Land Army, the YWCA of the U.S.A., and YWCA/United Community Defense Services. There is a detailed scrapbook about the 1928 National Student Council's Student in Industry Project among these materials.




This series makes up more than half of the total bulk of the Papers. It consists of photographic prints, negatives, and slides of Dieson's work and travels in Asia and South America; and of various YWCA activities in the United States.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS AND CORRESPONDENCE



General
1932-85, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence to family
1948-64, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2-3
Guest book [mostly Japan]
1951-86

Box 1: folder 4
SERIES II. ORGANIZATIONS



Women's Land Army: Women's Emergency Farm Service of Maine
1944

Box 1: folder 5
YWCA of the U.S.A.



Students in Industry National Student Council Summer Project



Scrapbook
1928-29

Box 1: folder 6
Round robin letters by 1928 participants
Dec 1930

Box 1: folder 7
Foreign Division, Japan



General
1948-51, 1986, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence from Hisae [S.?]
1950

Box 1: folder 9
Diaries
1948-50

Box 1: folder 10
"Religious and Historical Background of Japan" by Shizu Nakajo, lecture for the World Fellowship Committee of the Tokyo YWCA
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Scrapbook
1948-49

Box 1: folder 12
United Community Defense Service-YWCA Paducah, Kentucky: handbook
1951

Box 2: folder 1
Foreign Division, Chile



General
1957-85, n.d.

Box 2: folder 2-3
YWCA-Peace Corps project
1963, n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
YWCA Latin America-US Exchange Project
1961

Box 2: folder 5
SERIES III. PHOTOGRAPHS



Prints and negatives



Miscellaneous
1986, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
YWCA of Chile



Loose photographs and postcards
1955-65

Box 2: folder 7-10
Album
1961

Box 2: folder 11
YWCA of Japan



Loose photographs and postcards
1985-88, n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Albums
1948-51, 1986

Box 3: folder 2-3
YWCA of the U.S.A.



United Community Defense Services programs


Box 3
Paducah, Kentucky
1953, n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Piketon, Ohio
1954

Box 3: folder 5
Conference, Dallas, Texas
spring 1978

Box 3: folder 6
Student Leadership Workshop, Learning Center XII
1981

Box 3: folder 7
National Student Assembly
n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Roundtable at Morgan State University or Howard University
n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Unidentified meeting at 600 Lexington Ave.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 10
Slides



Argentina: gauchos
1955-64

Box 4: folder 1
Cambodia: Angkor Wat
n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Chile
1955-64

Box 4: folder 3
Costa Rica
n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
Jamaica
n.d.

Box 4: folder 5
Japan
1948-51

Box 4: folder 6-8
Thailand, Bankok


Box 4: folder 9
Other countries
1951, n.d.

Box 4: folder 10
United States



Paducah, Kentucky
n.d.

Box 4: folder 11
South Dakota
n.d.

Box 4: folder 12
United Community Defense Services
1951

Box 4: folder 13
Unidentified events
1955-69, n.d.

Box 4: folder 14

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Dieson, Eldri, 1905-1984
  • Japan -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Peace Corps (U.S.) -- Chile -- History
  • United Community Defense Services
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. -- History
  • Young Women's Christian Associations -- Chile -- History
  • Young Women's Christian Associations -- Japan -- History


Questions about this collection? Contact the archives
Home | Help | About | Search