Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. work in Czechoslovakia. Reports and correspondence from YWCA secretaries in Czechoslovakia concern the troubles and conflict faced by Czechoslovakians and foreign workers during the time leading up to Hitler's occupation and through the end of World War II. YWCA centers assist with refugees, continue work with women, and provide other assistance as needed. Speeches made by the mayor of Prague and the President of Czechoslovakia are included in the documents. Prior to Czechoslovakia's occupation, reports and correspondence tell of work with the labor movement and recreation and describe the financial troubles of the newly formed nation. In addition to these reports and correspondence, documents include descriptions of the traditions and folklore of Czechoslovakia's people providing a cultural background to the work of the YWCA including a bibliography from the New York Public Library of books on Czechoslovakia.
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Czechoslovakia, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 1: Series 1; Series 2, Reel 53