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Young Women's Christian associations

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Includes the extensive records of the YWCA of the USA as well as papers of individuals connected to the YWCA.

Found in 64 Collections and/or Records:

Lilian Sharpley papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00613
Abstract YWCA worker. The Lilian Sharpley Papers are primarily related to her research on the history of the YWCA's work with business and professional women. Types of materials include research files, photographs, and writings. Her research on the history of the business and professional work includes an unfinished typescript history, correspondence, notes on conversations with Business and Professional program participants, copies of pertinent documents from the YWCA records, and an audiotaped oral...
Dates of Materials: 1923-1984

Mabel Cratty papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00600

Administrator, Teacher, YWCA executive. Papers primarily relate to her work as General Secretary of the YWCA of the U.S.A., 1906 to 1928. Types of materials include biographical materials, notebooks, "daily reminder" diaries, and a small amount of correspondence. Topics include leadership, women and finance, women and religion, and the Association concept. They provide fascinating insight into her view of her job and the role of the YWCA.

Dates of Materials: 1904-1928; Majority of material found within 1913-1928

Mabel Milham Roys and Elizabeth Roys papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00222

YWCA worker and missionary. Collection documents Chinese culture, social conditions, and politics; and the family's social and domestic life. Other subjects include student life at Smith College, early work as YWCA traveling secretary, work at Wells College, and other post-China activities. Materials include correspondence, writings, memorabilia, and photographs.

Dates of Materials: 1880 - 2013

Margaret Ping papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SSC-MS-00700

YWCA executive; YWCA overseas official. Letters home to her family while she was working for the YWCA of the USA at the YWCA of Mexico City, published books, and biographical clippings. Also, letters home from her days at the Church of All Nations settlement house on New York City's Lower East Side (1933-1934).

Dates of Materials: 1933-1954

Marion O. Robinson research materials for her book Eight Women of the YWCA

Identifier: SSC-MS-00612

Marion O. Robinson served on the National YWCA Board as a communications editor from 1964-1975. This collection contains research materials for her book, EIGHT WOMEN OF THE YWCA (1966) about Grace Hoadley Dodge, Mabel Cratty, Emma Bailey Speer, Mary Billings French, Vera Scott Cushman, Martha Boyden Finley, Florence Simms, and Theresa Wilbur Paist.

Dates of Materials: 1960 - 1968

National Training School student papers, 1922-1923

 File — Box 4: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 310183630156007], Reel: 379, microdex: 5
Scope and Contents

Papers presented by students enrolled in the National Training School of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Papers cover a wide range of topics concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. including the movement's history in the United States, international aspects of the YWCA, YWCA of the U.S.A. conventions, the development of programs for constituent groups, the development of local and national movements and leadership. Papers are arranged alphabetically by author's last name. 

Dates of Materials: 1922-1923

Norma H. Stauffer papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630419991]
Identifier: SSC-MS-00615

Norma H. Stauffer worked as both teacher and staff member at the YWCA in Honolulu, Denver, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Minneapolis from 1919 to 1963. Her papers include correspondence to family members, about daily life and work, and printed material.

Dates of Materials: 1919-1987

Norma Kidd Green papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630046752]
Identifier: SSC-MS-00068

The Norma Kidd Green Papers includes information regarding Grace Coppock and "First 75 Years of the YWCA" of University of Nebraska by Green.

Dates of Materials: 1915 - 1925

Odile Sweeney papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00616
Abstract YWCA worker. The Odile Sweeney Papers are almost exclusively related to her work with the Young Women's Christian Association and include correspondence, conference materials, financial records, flyers, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, press releases, and reports. Included are materials from Sweeney's years working for the Student department and on the western region staff of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and a complete packet of preparatory materials for the National Conference of Black...
Dates of Materials: 1961-1982; Majority of material found in 1982

Polly Babcock Feustal photographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630383098]
Identifier: SSC-MS-00233

YWCA overseas secretary. Primarily photographs of YWCA members and activities in the Philippines and Brazil, circa 1930s-40s, with descriptive notes. Images include a YWCA Girls' Camp in the Philippines, and war-torn Manila in 1945.

Dates of Materials: 1933-1954

R. Elizabeth Johns papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00607
Abstract YWCA worker, Social worker, Social reform advocate. Papers are primarily related to her professional and public life, dating from 1932 to 1972. Organization files make up the bulk of the materials, documenting Johns' employment and volunteer work with a variety of liberal religious organizations from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, for economic, social, and racial justice; her work in the YWCA of Burma-Ceylon in the mid-1950s; a 1966 trip to Asia and Africa while working for the United...
Dates of Materials: 1932-1972

Regional YWCA Change Initiative records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00802

This record group documents the Change Initiative of the YWCA from around 1998-2013, containing bylaws, meeting minutes, financials, and history of the YWCA regional associations. Through a change of bylaws, regional associations would eventually combine with the National YWCA USA in 2013. The bulk of the material in this series contain official records of the YWCA USA, bylaws of regional associations, surveys, newsletters, and records from the Change Initiative and the SWD Region.

Dates of Materials: 1966 - 2012

Rhoda Elizabeth McCulloch papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00098

Editor; YWCA worker; Women's rights advocate; Pacifist. Papers include McCulloch's published writings and notes on education, religion, social progress, working women, marriage and the women's movement; speeches; biographical material; memorabilia; photographs; a scrapbook kept by McCulloch's mother; and writings by close friend and pacifist Henrietta Roelofs.

Dates of Materials: 1884-1978; Majority of material found within 1915-1944

Robert Foust collection of materials from 1962 YMCA/YWCA trip to the Soviet Union

Identifier: SSC-MS-00832

Robert Foust visited the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1962 as part of an official USA-USSR exchange program with the YMCA/YWCA. The collection includes his personal records of the trip and souviners.

Dates of Materials: 1962

Ruth Frances Woodsmall papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00175
Abstract The papers provide insight into the life and work of Ruth Woodsmall, an international women's rights advocate, overseas official for the Young Women's Christian Association, and author. Her papers also reflect the status of women in the Middle and Far East as well as post-war (World Wars I and II) conditions in Europe. Woodsmall was an International There is an extensive record of her work for the World YWCA (l9l7-1948) and as Chief of Women's Affairs for the US High Commissioner for...
Dates of Materials: 1863-1968

Ruth Lois Hill papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00234

YWCA overseas secretary and YWCA executive. The major portion of the collection focuses on Hill's service with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in Liberia, including detailed letters to her family; correspondence with YWCA officials; reports on her activities in Liberia; plus printed material, memorabilia, postcards and photographs documenting Liberia and YWCA activities there.

Dates of Materials: 1952-1979; Majority of material found within 1952-1959

Ruth Van Meter papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630383569]
Identifier: SSC-MS-00265

YWCA overseas secretary and official. This very small collection consists of Van Meter's notes about her travels and experiences working to establish YWCA chapters around the world and includes material relating to YWCA centers in Turkey and in South America.

Dates of Materials: 1954-1973

Sarah Scudder Lyon papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00609

YWCA executive. Papers are primarily related to her work in the Foreign Division of the Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A., 1923-1944. Types of materials include correspondence, photographs, reports, a scrapbook, speeches, travel notes, and writings. A large portion documents Lyon's overseas travels for the YWCA through reports and more informal "diary letters."

Dates of Materials: 1867-1966; Majority of material found within 1923-1944

Southern Women, the Student YWCA, and Race collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00679

YWCA workers. Fourteen audiotaped interviews with women who were involved with the Student Young Women's Christian Association in the southeastern United States between 1920 and 1944 conducted by Frances Sanders Taylor [Anton], 1981-82 as part her doctoral dissertation.

Dates of Materials: 1920-1944

Virginia Heim George papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00221

Virginia Heim George was a YWCA executive, YWCA overseas secretary, and USO official. Most material in the George papers pertains to her foreign secretary work in South America and Czechoslovakia and her USO work in the Caribbean. Personal letters and travel diaries include descriptions of life in Brazil and the Caribbean and in post-war Czechoslovakia and West Germany. Material also includes speeches, clippings and photographs.

Dates of Materials: 1925 - 1981

Winnifred Wygal papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00617
Abstract YWCA worker. The Winnifred Crane Wygal Papers are primarily related to her professional and public life and include biographical materials, correspondence, memorabilia, notebooks, administrative planning files, subject files, and writings. The bulk of the papers date from 1932 to 1958 and focus on Wygal's work planning religious services, writing religious program materials, and as a speaker and discussion leader for the YWCA and for other religious groups. Wygal's notebooks (1932-58)...
Dates of Materials: 1918-1972; Majority of material found within 1932-1958

YWCA, circa 1889-1950

 File — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 310183630156023], Reel: 157, microdex: 1
Scope and Contents Documents concerning the history of young women's Christian Associations and the YWCA of the U.S.A., the incorporation of the organization and age ranges for membership. Historical essays and outlines include timelines of notable events in the women's movement and Young Women's Christian Associations, a brief history of the United States, religion and the YWCA of the U.S.A., and summaries of the work of the Young Women's Christian Associations. Documents concerning the age range of members...
Dates of Materials: circa 1889-1950

YWCA of the U.S.A. artifacts

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-artifacts

This record group includes objects created by and from the YWCA. Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records.

Dates of Materials: approximately 1906-1998, mostly undated

YWCA of the U.S.A. records, Record Group 1. General and history

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG1

This record group contains reference files compiled from the National Board Library collection and National Board Archives providing general historical information about the YWCA of the U.S.A., its organizational structure, requirements for membership, and affiliation with the World YWCA. Also included are biographical files on staff and board members and reference files on the World YWCA and national YWCAs in other countries. Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records.

Dates of Materials: 1877-2003

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

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG2
Abstract 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,...
Dates of Materials: 1871-2002

YWCA of the U.S.A. records, Record Group 3. National administrative office records

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG3

This record group consists of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s national administrative office files including records from the office of the General Secretary (later Executive Secretary, later Chief Executive Officer), records on buildings and properties owned by the national organization, finance and development files, and records of the departments of data and statistics, library and archives, and publicity. Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records.

Dates of Materials: 1907 - 2002

YWCA of the U.S.A. records, Record Group 4. National conventions and conferences

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG4
Abstract This record group consists of planning materials, mailings, local arrangements, preparatory materials, reports, proceedings, addresses, programs, and newspaper clippings for YWCA general and regional conferences and National Conventions. General conferences were some of the primary training and information-sharing opportunities for professional and volunteer staff, and members. National Conventions were held at least every three years to share information and develop program and priorities...
Dates of Materials: 1906-2001

YWCA of the U.S.A. records, Record Group 5. International work

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG5
Abstract This record group documents the history, organization, and functions of YWCA international work: the international study of the YWCA and YMCA, conducted in the late 1920s; budgets and finance, including the International Building Fund; World Fellowship; leadership training for national staff and volunteers and YWCA women in other countries; conferences, meetings, and international study seminars; international affairs and development; cooperation with other countries; and relationships with...
Dates of Materials: 1906-2000, and undated; Majority of material found within 1920s-1980s

YWCA of the U.S.A. records, Record Group 6. Program records

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG6
Abstract Record Group 6. Program of the YWCA of the USA records documents national staff and committees' work to achieve the overall goals and program of the Association as directed by the National Convention. Series within this Record Group document Public Advocacy; work with Employed Women, Immigrants, Teen-agers, and Young Adults; Racial Justice work; War Work; and program materials on camping, health, recreation, music, pageantry and drama, and religion. Materials include committee and department...
Dates of Materials: 1870-2002

YWCA of the U.S.A. records, Record Group 7. Student work

 Record Group
Identifier: SSC-MS-00324-RG7

This record group documents national YWCA work with college and university students. Materials include minutes; newsletters and other publications; reports; subject and reference files; mailings; a small amount of correspondence; work plans; conference and training materials; and files on individual college and university Student Associations. Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records.

Dates of Materials: 1906-2000