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Community Division, circa 1951-1960

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 227, microdex: 9
Community Division, circa 1951-1960
Community Division, circa 1951-1960

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the support community associations through the YWCA of the U.S.A. Community Division. The Community Division of the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. is responsible for supporting and strengthening associations in cities, towns and rural areas through providing services that support association relations to the national organization, program and administration, leadership and membership development, community studies and community relationships. The Community Division Committee is responsible for the overall administration and management of the division. The committee's charter and division's charter define their responsibilities and functions. To ensure local associations are contributing to the overall mission of the organization and support of their members, the Community Division develops and distributes basic standards for associations. These standards outline the basic requirements for affiliation with the national organization and include a reporting questionnaire. In addition to supporting registered associations, the Community Division also works with developing and new associations. Reports of new organizations and studies of developing associations describe their needs, assess the communities developing associations find trends in the development of associations. In addition to reports on new associations there are manuals and tools for staff working with new associations that include descriptions of affiliation processes. Additional documents include a program cost analysis tool and manual for existing associations. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1951-1960

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.


356 frames (1 partial reel)