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YWCA, 1951-1960

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 251, microdex: 5
YWCA, 1951-1960
YWCA, 1951-1960

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the administration, function, management and history of the YWCA of the U.S.A. including certification, constitutions and bylaws, methods for addressing controversial issues, cooperation with other organizations, county and district associations, and the history of the YWCA of the U.S.A. The name, function, purpose and organizational structure of the YWCA of the U.S.A. are established in its constitution and bylaws. As the organization grows and adapts to changing needs the governing documents are also amended. Several versions, some final, some with suggested amendments are present. In addition, suggested constitutions and bylaws for local associations are provided for local use and adaptation. Local associations, as members of the YWCA of the U.S.A., must meet several requirements to maintain certified member association status including maintaining an updated constitution, paying dues and submitting reports. Annual certification forms include a summary of the necessary requirements and lists of local associations by region track submitted forms. Following this, guidelines and procedures for discussing and acting on controversial topics suggest best practices for engaging in such issues at a local level and avoiding disord while allowing for different opinions. Next, for making decisions about cooperating with another organization, policies and procedures outline what to consider, what is the role of cooperative relationships and how cooperative relationships are best used. Reports and handbooks for county and district associations, address issues of finance, administration and organization. Finally , the nature of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work in the United States, as an organization working towards the advancement of women and as part of a worldwide movement is described in several historical summaries and timelines. 

Dates of Materials

  • 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.


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