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Tennessee, circa 1919-1950

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 214, microdex: 6
Tennessee, circa 1919-1950
Tennessee, circa 1919-1950

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the history, affiliation, program and administration of the YWCA of Memphis, Tennessee. Administrative records include documentation of the association's name change from National YWCA of Memphis, Tennessee to the YWCA of Memphis, Tennessee. This change was due to the existence of another organization in Memphis called the W. & YWCA, or Anne Brinkley House, in Memphis. Historical notes and correspondence further document the reasons for the existence of the two organizations. Three reports present results of studies of the YWCA and its community in Memphis. Studies are used by the association to inform program decisions, maintain awareness of their community of service and assess their own organization. The 1944 study of the YWCA of Memphis conducted by the Council of Social Agencies of Memphis is an assessment of the association, its services and community of work. The 1937 standards study has more of a focus on maintaining national standards for YWCA of the U.S.A. associations and self-assessment of association performance. Finally, the 1933 study of the needs of girls in Memphis conducted by the Girl's Welfare Committee is a survey of the needs of young women age 16-25 and the services available or needed in Memphis. Additional documents include constitutions and bylaws, lists of staff and volunteer leaders and administrative records. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1919-1950

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.


540  frames (1 partial reel)