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New York, circa 1906-1950

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 196, microdex: 2
New York, circa 1906-1950
New York, circa 1906-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the history, administration, program and management of the Central, Harlem and French branches of the YWCA of the City of New York. As a large metropolitan association, the YWCA of the City of New York maintains branches to serve geographic areas or constituent groups. Central Branch is the main service branch for the association and is located adjacent to the YWCA of the U.S.A. National Board. The French Branch serves the French speaking girls of New York and provides services to newly arriving immigrants. The branch began as a part of a French evangelical church and the building and program is eventually taken over by the church. The Harlem Branch serves the women and girls of Harlem. It began as an association independent from the YWCA of the City of New York but reaches an agreement in 1912 to consolidate their programs. The administrative history of the branches and their relationship to each other and the YWCA of the City of New York is documented in constitutions, bylaws, association histories and administrative correspondence. Visitation reports summarize and assess evaluative visits by regional and national secretaries. Additional documents include program studies, program reports and advisory correspondence. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1906-1950

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.


487  frames (1 partial reel)