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Staff reports, correspondence, historical reports, and articles concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. work in Italy. YWCA centers in Italy seek to improve the spiritual, physical, social, and intellectual well being of girls and women. This is accomplished through establishing YWCA activities and housing. Cooperation with the YWCA of the U.S.A. includes fundraising and training opportunities in addition to American secretaries serving in Italy. Following the end of World War II, Eleanor Anderson leads an effort in cooperation with the C.I.O. to establish a recreation and community center for the employees of the Amalgamated Clothing Corporation in Italy. Due to complex cooperative relationships and unforeseen challenges the project is faced with many complexities described through Anderson's correspondence with the interested parties. Staff reports often contain description of the secretary's travels and impressions of the Italian people and culture in addition to the assessments of YWCA programs and needs of the women.
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Italy, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.