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The YWCA of the U.S.A. Foreign Division sends a secretary to Spain in 1929 to advise and assist the newly formed YWCA in Madrid, Spain. The collaborative relationship continues between the YWCA of the U.S.A. and the YWCA of Spain as it grows to serve the interest of the women and girls of Spain through advocacy, education programs, recreation and other activities. During the Spanish Civil War and World War II, the YWCA of the U.S.A. assists with relief efforts and assistance to refugees in Spain. In addition to supporting relief work, the YWCA supports democracy in Spain and opposes fascist rule . Correspondence and reports from Spain describe the political, social and economic conditions faced by the people there in addition to religious struggles for protestant organizations.
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Spain, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.