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New York, circa 1906-1946

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 193, microdex: 3
New York, circa 1906-1946
New York, circa 1906-1946

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the administration, history and industrial work of the YWCA of Buffalo, New York. The association as a charter member of the YWCA of the U.S.A. has a long history of work with women and girls of Buffalo and a strong industrial program. The industrial program works with women in factories, conducts educational programs and advocates for improved working conditions. The industrial women tend to be involved in labor organizing and advocacy and these interest sometimes create friction with the employers. In one instance the industrial department becomes involved in a situation with the Manufacturer's Association. The industrial employers take issue with the legislative and active parts of the industrial program and threaten to withhold program support. Letters from the YWCA of Buffalo to national leaders seek advice and support and describe the events as they unfold. Additional industrial program documents include a packet of documents collected and sent to the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in defense of the industrial program when funding is cut and industrial program reports. The administrative and program history of the entire association is revealed through its governing documents, historical notes and administrative records. Additional documents concerning the association include a finance campaign handbook, new building campaign materials and a completed residence survey. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1906-1946

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.


498  frames (1 partial reel)