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Cotton, Bessie Boies, 1880-1959



  • Existence: 1880 April 05-1959 April 23


Class of 1903.

Occupations: YWCA overseas official.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Bessie Boies Cotton papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00036
Abstract YWCA overseas official. The bulk of the Bessie Boies Cotton Papers focus on her work in the YWCA, particularly during her time in Russia, and the courtship between Cotton and her husband, Thomas. Cotton's papers provide valuable insight into the work of the YWCA in Russia from 1917 to 1919 as well as the conditions in Russia during the Revolution and World War I. Although Cotton worked with several women's rights organizations and groups devoted to promoting peace, there is little evidence...
Dates of Materials: 1881-1983

Foreign Division, 1935-1940

 File — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2 [Barcode: 310183630155991], Reel: 74, microdex: 1
Scope and Contents Staff reports from the Foreign Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. The Foreign Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. acts as an agent of the National board in cooperation with YWCA's in other countries and the World's YWCA to develop association work in other countries and to manage secretaries serving abroad. Management of the foreign field includes fundraising, communications and public relations, managing visits to the United States, and the training of leadership. Staff working in the United...
Dates of Materials: 1935-1940

National Board members, circa 1922-1959

 File — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 310183630156023], Reel: 116, microdex: 7
Scope and Contents

Memorial programs, obituaries and letters of condolence for deceased board and staff members of the YWCA of the U.S.A. National Board. Documents are arranged alphabetically by person's last name and may include articles of note they authored, correspondence concerning their work, employee record cards and photographs. 

Dates of Materials: circa 1922-1959

Russia, circa 1919-1943

 File — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2 [Barcode: 310183630155991], Reel: 66, microdex: 2
Scope and Contents Documents concerning the development and programs of young women's Christian associations in Russia. Beginning with centers for industrial employed women in Russia, the YWCA of the U.S.A. supports the establishment of YWCA associations in Russia financially as well as by sending staff to serve as advisors, trainers and leaders. Expanding from work with employed women in business and industry, YWCA activities in Russia include service to students, rural women and young girls and also include...
Dates of Materials: circa 1919-1943

YWCA of the U.S.A. records, Record Group 6. Program records

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG6
Abstract Record Group 6. Program of the YWCA of the USA records documents national staff and committees' work to achieve the overall goals and program of the Association as directed by the National Convention. Series within this Record Group document Public Advocacy; work with Employed Women, Immigrants, Teen-agers, and Young Adults; Racial Justice work; War Work; and program materials on camping, health, recreation, music, pageantry and drama, and religion. Materials include committee and department...
Dates of Materials: 1870-2002