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Leadership, circa 1907-1950

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 115, microdex: 4
Leadership, circa 1907-1950
Leadership, circa 1907-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. volunteer and leadership training. In addition to employing skilled and trained leaders, the YWCA of the U.S.A. relies on volunteer workers and leaders to carry out aspects of the purpose and aims of the organization. Similar to employed secretaries, volunteers undergo training and have the opportunities to attend seminars for volunteer training. Recruiting pamphlets for volunteers describe the volunteer opportunities, duties and benefits while pamphlets for current volunteers include organization handbooks, a guidebook for new volunteers and a bulletin on the role of volunteers during the emergency(the Great Depression). Volunteer reports assess the needs of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and evaluate the volunteers training program. Pamphlets and reports for leaders in the YWCA of the U.S.A. offer best practices for administration and management, discuss the training and managing of volunteers and include training materials for YWCA of the U.S.A. leaders. Beginning around 1930 the Leadership Division is charged with developing leadership policy and programming for leadership training throughout the organization. An overview and analysis of the functions of the Leadership Division is included in the leadership materials. Other materials include an exam for a basic YWCA of the U.S.A. summer session and the script for a play to demonstrate leadership principles. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1907-1950

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.


780 frames (1 partial reel)