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New York, circa 1906-1950

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 196, microdex: 6
New York, circa 1906-1950
New York, circa 1906-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the administration, programs and management of the YWCA of Rochester, New York. The administrative history of the association can be traced through its constitutions and bylaws, lists of professional and volunteer leaders, association fact sheets and association timelines. As a charter member of the YWCA of the U.S.A., the YWCA of Rochester has strong ties to the area of Rochester and a large program. Department reports and annual reports from the Business and Professional, and Industrial departments review and assess the programs for employed women. The Business and Professional Department works with the Business Girls' League providing services to young women employed in professions outside of industry. The Industrial Department works with women in Industry and domestic work and often addresses issues of labor, unions and working conditions. One situation arising from the Industrial Department of the YWCA of Rochester is well documented at the end of the microdex. After performing a play by Muriel Ward titled "On the Line," published by Womans Press, the association came under criticism for its message and policy concerning organized labor. Through correspondence and meeting notes, the repercussions of the event and the implications for the YWCA of the U.S.A. are revealed. In addition to correspondence and notes, the script of the play is included. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 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.


618  frames (1 partial reel)