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Interracial, 1952-1960

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 235, microdex: 1
Interracial, 1952-1960
Interracial, 1952-1960

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. institutes and workshops on implementing interracial policy and Gladys Gilkey Calkins' thesis "The Negro in the YWCA." The YWCA of the U.S.A. offers workshops and training for leaders to develop skills for implementing interracial policy, increasing interracial awareness and sharing ideas and methods for creating a racially inclusive program. Notes, reports and preparatory materials for the Institute on Intergroup Relations and Workshop on Inclusiveness include training session summaries, background information on the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s interracial policies and history, information on the issues of race and segregation in the United States and suggestions for further action. In addition to discussion of practical approaches to inclusivity the training sessions and preparatory materials also address the role of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and the Christian woman in race activism and community . Ms. Calkins' thesis to the Columbian College at George Washington University studies the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s history of interracial work, current interracial emphases and their role in the desegregation movements. Local association interracial practices are summarized in a collection of excerpts from visitation reports and a summary of data collected for a study of membership practices in the southern region. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1952-1960

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.


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