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YWCA of the U.S.A. records

Repository: Smith College. Sophia Smith Collection

Collection Description (CRHP): See Record Group 3, National Administrative Office, Subseries M: Racial Justice and Record Group 6, Program, Series IV, Constituent Groups, Subseries C: Interracial/Racial Justice for records related to the civil rights movement and the oral histories in Record Group 10, Audiovisual Materials.

Collection Description (Extant): Social service, women's advocacy, civic improvement, community service, and educational and intercultural exchange organization. The bulk of the materials date from 1906 to 1970 and focus on the administration of the National Association, its programs and publications, and its relations with its member YWCAs all over the country. Major topics include: employed women, particularly those in industry, interracial relations in the U.S., religion, work with immigrant women, development of girls, and of a youth movement, health and sex education for women, international relations, international work, philanthropy, housing, women in rural America, effective administration of organizations, group work, social work, women's war work, citizenship training, leadership training, and college women. This collection is organized into ten record groups.

Date(s): 1860-2002 (Bulk: 1906-2000)

Digital Status: No

Extent: 1132 boxes; 382 reels microfilm; oversize materials (570 linear ft.)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Elizabeth Marti, Ellen Dammond, Betty Genné, Beth L. Moore, Rosalie Oaks, Elizabeth Palmer

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American women
African American women civil rights workers
Women civil rights workers
Women--Societies and clubs
Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.


Sound recordings


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