Correspondence and reports concerning the program of young women's Christian associations in Africa. The YWCA of the U.S.A. as part of the world's movement of YWCA's and the international organization, World YWCA, participates in this network of associations by offering support to associations, maintaining an awareness of YWCA work and needs in other countries and sending representatives abroad to aid in development. Correspondence and reports from visiting secretaries include program updates and description of any relationship between the association and the YWCA of the U.S.A. In addition, these correspondence and reports place the work of the YWCA in the social, political and racial context of their surroundings with personal descriptions of their view of the world around them. Annual reports and conference reports from associations provide program overviews and insight into the life of the YWCA in some African nations. The documents are arranged alphabetically by country of work beginning with Sierra Leone and ending with Zambia. Following the documents concerning individual countries are items concerning YWCA work in Africa as a whole. These include proceedings and reports from a conference on work with youth and a conference on Christianity and women in Africa, documents concerning a grant proposal for the development of work with girls in secondary schools in East Africa and additional visitation reports and correspondence from Africa. Grant proposal documents include drafts, development notes and revisions.
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Africa, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 4: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 293