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Correspondence and reports concerning YWCA activities in the West Indies including Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As an active and well established organization with interest in international work, the YWCA of the U.S.A. is often approached for support in starting YWCA activities abroad. In Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands a strong desire for a women's organization leads them to appeal to the United States. The Jamaican YWCA is started in a similar manner under the guidance of the British YWCA. Prior to giving financial or staff support the YWCA of the U.S.A. surveys the needs of the women and girls, assesses the probably sustainability of a YWCA and inquires as to the political, social and economic status of the country in need. Once YWCA activities are started support is continued by sharing resources, exchanging staff and special fundraising. Correspondence, reports and pamphlets describe the YWCA work in the West Indies, request further financing and support and make requests for travel arrangements.
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West Indies, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.