Interracial, circa 1892-1947
Scope and Contents
Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. Industrial Department program and administration covering the southern industrial situation, secretary job analysis and staff meetings. Southern situation materials concern conditions faced by Southern industrial workers, particularly those in the textile industry. Included in these documents are reports on working conditions, discussion of progress made and methods used, an address by Sherwood Anderson at an industrial institute, correspondence planning meetings and events, and reports from field visits to various regions. In addition, there can be found materials regarding labor organizations, textile industry strikes (including a strike in Danville, Virginia), and employer relations. Secretaries job description materials describe in detail the role, duties, functions, and requirements for the position of Industrial secretary. The detailed handbook includes how the industrial secretary fits into the YWCA organization as well as lists of job duties and descriptions of what work with industrial girls may involve. Minutes and meeting notes make up the materials for the Staff meetings subject file. Meetings may discuss industrial council business, plan for future events, report on industrial work progress, assign duties, and address other industrial matters.
Dates of Materials
- circa 1892-1947
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.
866 frames (1 partial reel)
- Girls -- Societies and clubs
- Indigenous girls -- North America
- Indigenous peoples -- North America -- Government relations
- Indigenous peoples, Treatment of -- North America
- Native American women
- Nonprofit organizations -- Administration
- Race relations
- Religion -- Study and teaching
- Whites -- Relations with Indigenous peoples
- Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. G.R. Dept.
- application forms
- minutes (administrative records)
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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