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Georgia, circa 1906-1948

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 170, microdex: 1
Georgia, circa 1906-1948
Georgia, circa 1906-1948

Scope and Contents

Reports, correspondence and administrative records concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. association in Macon, Georgia and efforts to organize associations in Dalton, Gainesville, Griffin and Columbus, Georgia. An association in Columbus is listed as a charter member of the newly formed YWCA of the U.S.A. but activity appears to wane with little documentation. Attempts to revitalize the association are met with many challenges due to the inability of the white leaders to accept an inclusive constitution and association. Reports and correspondence describe the efforts to encourage the white and African American provisional committees to work together ending in the decision of the white committee to establish their own work separate from the YWCA of the U.S.A. The events are publicized in the South and create mixed feelings regarding the national policies and local association autonomy. Documents concerning the YWCA of Macon, Georgia include constitutions and bylaws, visitation reports summarizing and assessing association leadership and services, lists of leadership and personnel, the report of the standards study concerning the structure and administration of the association and a completed residence survey. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1906-1948

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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