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YWCA of the U.S.A. records, Record Group 2. Predecessor organizations and National Board records

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG2


This record group contains records of the two national YWCA organizations that merged to form the YWCA of the U.S.A. in 1906-07; plus records of the YWCA of the U.S.A. National Board, Executive Committee, National Coordinating Board, Board of Trustees, and National Nominating Committee. Predecessor organization records include conference and convention reports, publications, minutes, and correspondence. YWCA of the U.S.A. National Board Records include minutes, reports, rosters, publications, memoranda, biographical, and financial records.

Dates of Materials

  • 1871-2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that it owns copyright, YWCA of the USA has retained copyright in its works donated to Smith College, but has has authorized Smith College Special Collections to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf.

Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the USA, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Historical notes about each of the organizations and represented in this record group are included with the relevant series-level descriptions.


22.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



This Record Group is divided into five Series:
  1. Predecessor Organizations
  2. National Board
  3. National Coordinating Board
  4. Board of Trustees
  5. National Nominating Committee

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The YWCA of the U.S.A. donated a portion of its records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1964 and the remainder in 2002 and 2003.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized copies of the most significant serial publications from all of the YWCA record groups are available through our digital repository, and are linked to from the publication titles in the finding aids.

Relationship to the Microfilmed records of the YWCA of the U.S.A.

Various portions of this record group are duplicated in, or supplemented by, the Microfilmed records of the YWCA of the U.S.A., which have been digitized and are available in our online repository.

See notes under each series for information about the relationship of those records to the microfilmed records, that is, whether they are duplicates of each other, or whether one format is more complete.

Note about organizational names used in this finding aid

Throughout the YWCA of the U.S.A. records the term *National Board* is often used to refer to the entire national organization, the YWCA of the U.S.A., rather than to its representative committee, the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. In this finding aid, *National Board* is used only to refer only to the elected representative committee of the YWCA of the U.S.A.The two forerunner organizations to the YWCA of the U.S.A. each went through a succession of names before settling on the ones used here, *International Board* and *American Committee.*

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin, Amy Hague, Kara McClurken, Amanda Izzo, 2008.



Finding aid to Record Group 2. Predecessor organizations and National board records, of the YWCA of the U.S.A. records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Maida Goodwin, Amy Hague, Kara McClurken, Amanda Izzo. Finding aid augmented and revised by Christie Peterson and amended by Scott Biddle in 2020.
2008, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Processing of the YWCA Records was made possible by the generous support of the National Historical Records and Publications Commission and the estate of Elizabeth Norris. Digitization and description of a selection of photographs, microfilm, and publications was made possible by the Council on Library and Information Resource (CLIR) 2106-2018 Digitizing Hidden Collections grant.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 3/20/2019: Finding aid updated with links to digitized materials, and content/structure updated to current standards.
  • 2020-08-28: Added info. to flat file folders

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063