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Documents concerning High School Victory Corps, war chest agreements with the YWCA of the U.S.A. National Board and YWCA of the U.S.A. wartime expansion projects. Victory Corps are programs organized through public high schools for youth to have the opportunity to contribute to organized community service in the war effort and to provide opportunities for training to prepare youth for future service in the military. Pamphlets and reports explain the program and its activities and correspondence and notes include discussion of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s and other community service organizations' relationship with the Victory Corps. Also included is a commentary on the program by E.B. White. War chests are created to facilitate fund raising and disbursement for war service needs in communities in the United States. Applications between the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and local community war chests are organized by community and include correspondence, bylaws, constitutions and application forms. The YWCA of the U.S.A. wartime expansion projects are organized in response to communities experiencing expanding needs due to war-related industry. Program reports and meeting minutes concern the purpose and aims of the program, the needs of the women affected by the expanded war work and activities and activities of local expansion projects.
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War Work, World War II, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.