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Nebraska, circa 1921-1950

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 188, microdex: 5
Nebraska, circa 1921-1950
Nebraska, circa 1921-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. association in Omaha, Nebraska and its Northside Branch. Regional and national field secretaries make visits to local associations to assess their program and act as advisors on any challenges the association may have. The resulting visitation reports summarize the findings of the visit and serve as a way to maintain awareness of local club activity. Visitation reports concerning the Northside Branch, the association's branch for African American women and girls, focus on the state of race relations in the entire association and the relationship between the branch and central locations. A study of the African American community of Omaha provides a background to the racial tensions described in the reports and was likely used to inform program decisions. To better understand community needs and programs as a whole, the association, in cooperation with the local YMCA, conducts a community survey. Letters to regional and national leadership seek support for the project and provide updates on the progress. The resulting report can be found on reel 188, microdex 4 under "studies." Additional materials include bylaws for the Northside Branch, program emphases, correspondence with national leaders concerning the association's constitution, a historical overview of the club and notes from the program planning committee. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1921-1950

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.


532  frames (1 partial reel)