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New York, circa 1922-1950

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 193, microdex: 4
New York, circa 1922-1950
New York, circa 1922-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of Buffalo's relationship with the Joint Charities and Community Fund, their leadership rosters and studies. The YWCA of Buffalo has a very active industrial department offering an array of programs that include worker education and labor movement education. These activities sometimes attract accusations of spreading propaganda and communist ideas. Several incidents of criticism from the community eventually lead to a strained relationship with the Joint Charities and Community Fund who claims that the radical programs of the industrial department compromise the chest's ability to gain support from some community members. Extensive correspondence, statements, meeting notes and reports follow the situation from start to finish and include a historical overview of the events leading up to the conflict. Following these documents are lists of professional and volunteer leadership and several association studies. The studies, conducted by the association or outside groups, are often used to inform program direction, evaluate the community needs and assess association performance. Included are self studies, a youth movement survey, a community study and a study of the industrial program. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1922-1950

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.


558  frames (1 partial reel)