Documents concerning YWCA war relief activities in Hungary, Iran, Italy, Syria, Lebanon, Mexico, the Middle East and the Mediterranean area. During World War II, the YWCA of the U.S.A. cooperates with the World YWCA, YWCA organizations around the world, and other relief agencies to assist with the global cause. War relief activities include operating hostess houses, refugee relief, financial support, health aid and supplying provisions. YWCA centers around the world offer their facilities as welcome places for British and American military men and women to find relief. In Hungary and in Italy relief work includes assistance to Polish refugees. In Italy these services are in collaboration with the YWCA of Great Britain. YWCA activities in Syria and Lebanon include nutrition camps for young girls working with girls from all background and religions. In Mexico, the Braceros work program allows Mexican workers to assist with war work in the United States. This program often leaves behind women and children with little support and the YWCA in Mexico offers support and relief to these families. In addition, Mexico receives refugees from Europe who come to the YWCA for assistance. Correspondence and reports contain vivid narrative accounts of how the war affects these countries, the YWCA relief efforts and requests for further help.
Leadership in women
Women in development
Societies and clubs
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Young Women’s Christian associations
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World Emergency, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 1: Series 1; Series 2, Reel 76