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Interracial, circa 1912-1945

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 108, microdex: 3
Interracial, circa 1912-1945
Interracial, circa 1912-1945

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. interracial work and civil rights and race issues in the United States. Materials begin with a description of what is known in the YWCA of the U.S.A. as "The Height incident," an incident of racial discrimination against Dorothy Height on a train. Correspondence to and from the Pennsylvanian Railroad Company concern the mistreatment of Dorothy Height on her way from Dayton, OH to Pittsburgh, PA and a written account by Dorothy Height describes the circumstances and subsequent actions. Following this, history materials document the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work with African American women and their stand on race relations with summaries of convention actions and resolutions. The industry subject file includes reports of African American women in industry, a survey of African American workers in New York City, and studies of African American employed women. Reports and studies include documents concerning the unionization and organization of laborers, wages, discrimination, unemployment and working conditions for African Americans. Issues of "Interracial Bulletin" include reports from conferences and local associations, suggested program activities and methods, discussions of current problems faced by people of color, discussion guides, and outlines of educational programing. Lynching materials concern work towards anti-lynching laws, suggested ways to support such laws, a pamphlet by the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, and other matters. The Scottsboro case materials include pamphlets, accounts of the trials, correspondence requesting assistance and support, calls for action, discussion of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP), and the opinion of Judge James E. Horton.

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1912-1945

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group:

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.


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