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YWCA of the U.S.A. Records: Record Group 03. National Administrative Office, 1906-2002
Collection number: 324_rg3

This record group consists of the YWCA's national administrative office files including 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.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The YWCA of the USA retains copyright ownership of the records, but has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf.

Copyright to materials authored by persons other than YWCA staff may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and contents of the collection

Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records.

NOTE: For the most part, the Microfilmed Records and the Original Format Records do not duplicate each other and both should be consulted. This description covers materials in both formats. See the Contents List for a folder-level inventory of the Original Format Records. See the Microfilmed Records Reel Lists for a detailed inventory of the microfilm. Links to the lists for both formats are provided in the Series Descriptions.

From training manual "How to Steer the Volunteer," 1944

From training manual "How to Steer the Volunteer," 1944

This record group consists of the YWCA's national administrative office files including 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.

This Record Group is divided into six Series:

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

Restrictions on use:

The YWCA of the USA retains copyright ownership of the records, but has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf.

Copyright to materials authored by persons other than YWCA staff may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

YWCA of the U.S.A. Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

A copy of the microfilmed records of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records is available to borrow from the William Allan Neilson Library at Smith College via Interlibrary Loan.

To request the microfilm from our library you will need to submit the following information to your library's Interlibrary Loan department:

  • Author: Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. National Board
  • Title: Records, 1876-1970 [microform]
  • WorldCat Accession Number: OCLC 57415795
  • Notes: "Call # 689" and reel number(s) you want to borrow

Full descriptions and reel lists of the microfilm are available online.

History of the Collection

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.

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin, Amy Hague, Kara McClurken, Amanda Izzo, 2008 FY 07-08

Record Groups

Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

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.
Series Descriptions

Historical Note

For most of the 20th century, "General Administration" was the name of the administrative office with its related support services for officers of the National Board and national staff. These included the President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer of the National Board; and the executive officer of the national staff, known as General Secretary (1906-66), Executive Director (1967-ca.1990), National Executive Director (ca. 1991-96); and Chief Executive Officer (1997-2002).

General Administration was the public face of the National Association, shepherding public perception from appearances and speeches, to receiving and responding to criticism, to serving on committees, commissions, and boards of related organizations, particularly the World's YWCA and the YMCA of the USA.

When the Association was under attack, the office was the main recipient of letters of complaint and responsible for fashioning responses to explain the YWCA's position, and calm the membership, financial donors, and the general public. This was always a challenging task because there were few periods when the YWCA wasn't under attack for something, but it was particularly tricky from the red-baiting of the late 1940s through the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s to women's liberation, anti-Vietnam war, and Equal Rights Amendment advocacy from the late 1960s into the early 1980s.

In its role as steward of the National Association, General Administration was responsible for the effective administration of national staff, and oversaw various examinations of the Association's "purpose," and strategic planning efforts. It maintained a close association with financial development and public relations functions, both of which were, at times, part of General Administration and sometimes separate departments. The office also handled communications with Association attorneys over a wide variety of issues from trademark infringement to tax exemption status to membership policy to lawsuits against Community Associations in which the National Association was named as a co-defendant.

General Administration committees and councils set work standards, wrote staff manuals, and developed policies and procedures that were specific to the workings of the national headquarters, but could also be models of effective office administration for Community YWCAs and organizations in general.

In overseeing general personnel matters related to the national staff, the administrative office dealt with union issues, navigating the complexities of being an employer while also advocating publicly on behalf of the rights of workers. The goal of the National Association was always to be a model employer, so it was not easy when its own staff began to express a desire for union representation beginning in 1936. After five difficult years the National Board agreed to recognize the union of maintenance, clerical and professional staff.

After World War II, the National Association's role in program activities became less about developing effective programs and program materials and more about soliciting funding and administering grants. Prior to this time, the administrative office had little involvement in the creation of programs and program materials. With the shift away from creating and toward administering program became more the province of the administrative office. Other types of programs, developed in the 1990s, such as the Race Against Racism and Week Without Violence, were national public awareness projects in which YWCA officers played important roles as speakers and participants in public event.

Once program and publication activity was scaled back, the program and publication staffs were reduced and General Administration took over some of the basic communication with Community and Student Associations mainly by means of regular mailings beginning about 1971.

The National Board's decision to sell the national headquarters building in 1982 was partly an economic decision-the sale of valuable Manhattan real estate provided much-needed funds-and partly a reflection of the reduced size of the national office.

In the 1990s, the Communications and Knowledge Sharing Project emerged from a combination of factors including dissatisfaction among Community Associations with the performance of the national office, a need to address the challenges of record-keeping with an ever-shrinking staff, and a desire to take advantage of the possibilities offered by technology. Cambridge Management Consultants were engaged to identify the needs and work out a method for addressing them. The resulting 'Web-based communications platform' known as YWLink, was intended to allow communication between Member Associations, between the national office and the Associations, provide for the posting of materials that could be shared across the Association, and submission of some of the statistical and other reports required for maintaining affiliation in the National Association. Though the National Association had invested a considerable sum in developing the system, it ultimately proved too expensive and complicated for most Member Associations and was soon abandoned.

With the 1999-2000 reorganization, the national administrative office was much reduced and moved from New York to Washington, DC where it shared facilities with the public policy advocacy office that had been established there circa 1991.

Administrative History
1907-08Home Department
1909-19General Secretary/Headquarters Secretaries
1920-59General Administration
1960-2000Executive Office

Scope and Content

The records retention policy of the YWCA of the USA generally called for saving correspondence for only five years and then discarding it. This meant that for the period during which the Central File was most vigorously maintained (1907 through the early 1950s) little correspondence ended up integrated into the Central File and retained for historical reference. Since a substantial amount of the work of General Administration was correspondence, documentation of its overall work is spotty.

Even so, the surviving materials do contain an unusual amount of correspondence and also some texts of speeches. There are also reports, memoranda, drafts, newspaper clippings, programs, committee materials, publications, and other administrative materials.

General Administration files reveal the part played by Association officers in activities that are more fully documented in the records of other departments, such as Public Affairs.

Committee, Commission, and Council records associated with national staff document such things as the establishment of work standards, how to evaluate staff work, office policies, and scheduling of travel and attendance at conferences.

The section on Controversy and the YWCA chronicles the more controversial aspects of the YWCA program, and highlights the ways in which the YWCA had to defend itself against charges of communism.

General Administration files also contain the primary documentation of the YWCA of the USA's relationships with other organizations especially its participation in the World YWCA, and its ever-complicated relations with the YMCA of the USA.

Microfilmed Records, 1906-70 only

[see Microfilmed Records Reel List]

With the exception of the Minutes and Reports, there is not a great deal of overlap between the microfilmed materials and the surviving paper records. Both should be consulted.

General Administration materials can be found on the microfilm in:

  • Minutes and Reports
    • Records of Committees concerned with day-to-day operations of the Association can be found under:
      • Buildings Committee
      • Business Committee
      • Cafeteria Committee
      • Evaluation Committee
      • Headquarters Services Committee
      • Hospitality Committee
      • Methods Council
      • Office Council
      • Office Department Committee
      • Office Management Council
      • Office Services Committee
      • Schedule Committee
      • Secretaries' Meetings
    • Records of Committees overseeing relationships with other organizations can be found under:
      • Cooperation Committee
      • Interchurch World Movement
      • YMCA-YWCA Cooperation
  • Subject Files
    • Materials related to day-to-day operations of headquarters and to national staff can be found under:
      • General Administration
      • Headquarters Services
      • Insurance
      • National Board
      • Office Services
      • Personnel Policies and Services
      • YWCA
    • Materials related to legal issues can be found under:
      • Copyrights
      • Legal
      • Reprint Privilege
      • Symbols
      • YWCA, Name and Symbols
    • Materials about relationships with other Organizations can be found under:
      • Government--United States
      • Outside Organizations (includes World YWCA and YMCA among others)

Original Format Records, 1907-2001, 21.5 linear ft.

[see Original Format Records folder list]

With the exception of the Minutes and Reports, there is not a great deal of overlap between the microfilmed materials and the surviving paper records. Both should be consulted.

The bulk of the original format records were created after microfilming was finished, but there are also significant materials from the 1940s-70, particularly in Subseries B. Controversy and Subseries M. Racial Justice. Of special note is a small amount of the General Secretary's correspondence to National Board and staff members, 1907-12; mailings to Community and Student Associations in Subseries C. Correspondence; and materials about relations with the staff union in Subseries H. National Office/National Staff.

The original format records are arranged in 15 Subseries as follows:

Subseries A. Conferences/Meetings/Summits chronicles the YWCA officers' role as public face of the National Association at various conferences and meetings. Included here are records of their participation in national and international events that were not sponsored by the YWCA. None of these materials are included on the microfilm. They are arranged chronologically.

Subseries B. Controversy is a correspondence, subject, and reference file compiled at the National Office to respond to negative publicity and a wide variety of attacks on the YWCA. The materials are arranged more-or-less chronologically and grouped by topic: labor in the 1930s and 1940s, communism in the 1940s and 1950s, racial justice in the 1960s and 1970s, anti-Vietnam war and women's movement in the 1970s, the Equal Rights Amendment in the early 1980s. Included is correspondence with the general public, with YWCA members and Member Associations; publications; newspaper clippings; and reports.

Subseries C. Correspondence contains a small amount of general correspondence and correspondence with state and federal government agencies. The bulk is with YWCA groups and Associations about YWCA issues and arrangements for visits by national staff and officers. Included are mailings to Associations (1971-2001). Most of these materials are not on the microfilm.

Subseries D. Events consists of materials related to the planning and program of miscellaneous YWCA events such as the "Celebration of '600'" at the time of the sale of the YWCA headquarters building in 1982, and memorial services for Board and staff held during National Board meetings, 1969-91. Most of these materials are not on the microfilm.

Subseries E. Legal materials include correspondence with YWCA attorneys about a variety of legal issues including copyrights and trademarks, pending lawsuits, and the impact of various state and federal laws and Supreme Court rulings on the YWCA. There is also correspondence about registrations and renewals of trademarks and requests for permission to use YWCA copyrighted materials. Most is not included in the microfilm.

Subseries F. Membership is primarily proposals and correspondence with firms late 1990s 'membership marketing campaign.'

The bulk of Subseries G. Mission/Purpose is records of the Commission to Study the YWCA as a Christian Movement (1959-74), much of which is included on the microfilm. There are also other materials about the YWCA as a women's organization, and controversy over the inclusion of the phrase 'by any means necessary' in the YWCA's purpose statement.

Subseries H. National Office/National Staff is made up of general and miscellaneous materials describing overall staff and office policies, procedures, and events. There are extensive minutes of Committees, Councils and Departments responsible for facilities management, clerical and business functions, personnel policies, and standards of work. Publications include staff manuals and a newsletter. As elsewhere in the records, the reports (1908-41) are a rich source, here detailing the inner workings of headquarters. Training materials (1976-2000) provide information about staff orientation sessions and workshops on a variety of other topics from improving organizational effectiveness to racism and heterosexism. The Union materials are an extensive chronological record (1939-99) containing correspondence, clippings, minutes, research materials, contract offers and agreements.

Subseries I. Organizations documents the YWCA's relations with various religious, social welfare, and social work organizations plus funding foundations. Included are correspondence, clippings, publications, notes, and reference materials. World YWCA and YMCA of the USA files are especially extensive. Included are small files of correspondence with various national YWCAs around the world (1967-2002).

The bulk of Subseries J. Programs and Projects is records of the Communications and Knowledge Sharing Project (1998-99), Education for Global Responsibility (1993-97) and the YWCA Intervention Programs (1971-77). There are also a few small files on other programs and projects. Most of these materials are not included in the microfilm.

Subseries K. Public Relations documents the Executive Office's interactions with public relations consultants as part of the National Association's efforts to improve public awareness of the YWCA of the USA in the 1980s and 1990s.

Files in Subseries L. Publications consist of Executive Office input and drafts for YWCA publications, plus copies of Emissaries, a newsletter for former National Board members.

Subseries M. Racial Justice documents the Executive Office's participation in the work of the National Association and various of its committees on desegregation, other Civil Rights movement activities, and fair employment practices, primarily dated 1955 to 1967. Included is correspondence from Community Associations about Civil Rights Movement activities, 1963-65.

Subseries N. Reports contains scattered reports by YWCA of the USA officers (1907-2000) and two reports about the operation of the national offices (1958 and 1959).

Subseries O. Speeches and Statements contains texts of and notes for speeches and statements by YWCA National Presidents and Executive Directors. The bulk were delivered by Prema Mathai-Davis between 1994 and 1998.

Related Materials

Due to the central nature of the office, its work is reflected in materials found throughout the National Association records. Key materials can also be found by consulting:


The AssociationMonthly/Womans Press/YWCA Magazine in SERIES VI. PUBLICATIONS of RECORD GROUP 6 is an excellent source for most topics.

National Convention records, particularly reports to Convention by YWCA officers in RECORD GROUP 4. NATIONAL CONVENTIONS AND CONFERENCES.

Materials about the various reorganizations of national staff and office structure can be found in RECORD GROUP 1. GENERAL AND HISTORY

Additional materials related to controversies can be found in RECORD GROUP 6. PROGRAM, under Public Advocacy, Interracial, and Religion

Additional materials about the YWCA's Mission/Purpose can be found in RECORD GROUP 1. GENERAL AND HISTORY and in RECORD GROUP 6. PROGRAM under Religion.

General reference files on the World YWCA and various national YWCAs are filed in RECORD GROUP 1. GENERAL AND HISTORY

Community Associations files in RECORD GROUP 8. COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS have information about national officers' and staffs' speaking engagements

RECORD GROUP 10. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS included videotaped presentations about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit against the YWCA of Tucson and the YWCA of the U.S.A. Also included are audio and videotapes of selected National staff meetings, parties, and training events.

Historical Note

Overview (see below for detailed information about specific properties)

From the formation of the YWCA of the USA in 1906, the National Association has owned and leased a variety of properties for Association activities. At the beginning, these consisted of leased spaces in New York City for a headquarters and the National Training School, a continuation of the predecessor American Committee's Secretaries' Training Institute in Chicago.

These functions were combined into one building with the construction of the national headquarters building at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street in 1912. [see National Headquarters below] In 1913 the National Association was given property in Pacific Grove, California, for the development of a conference and meeting facility for the western region. [see Asilomar below]

During World War I, the National Association acquired a number of properties all over the U.S. where it constructed housing for war workers, and 'Hostess Houses' for servicemen and their families. Most of these properties were sold soon after the war, but two remained in possession of the National Association. [see Grace Dodge Hotel and Chautauqua Hospitality House below]

Economic hard times after the war and during the Great Depression made the National Association wary of the financial and administrative responsibilities associated with properties and buildings. When buyers could be found, properties were sold. Some, such as Asilomar, spent years in limbo until finally finding buyers. Over the years, other properties were offered as gifts to the National Association. Some were accepted on a trial basis and most often sold within a decade of the gift. [see Altamont and Fletcher Farm below]

The National Association became involved in property management again in the 1980s after the Max C. Fleishmann Foundation of Reno, Nevada, announced that it wanted to distribute all of its assets and go out of business. The National Association took the opportunity to submit several proposals to the Foundation aimed at achieving some of its planning goals. In response to changing trends, especially among the volunteer work force, the Association had committed itself to a renewed emphasis on leadership training for the 1980s. In addition, a 1977 planning study by the Human Services Design Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University had recommended increasing the YWCA presence in the southwestern U.S. The proposal with the most appeal for the Fleishmann Foundation was a grant for the construction of a 'leadership development center' in the southwest. In addition, as regional offices and staffs had been reduced, the membership was feeling more and more that the national office was out of touch with their concerns and interests. The placement of a National Association center outside of New York was seen as a potential tool for addressing those concerns.

A site was selected in Phoenix, Arizona, causing some controversy among Association membership due to the apparent inconsistency of building in a state that had not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, a YWCA public policy priority since 1973. Citing the need for a "strong presence…in areas which most need the commitment of the YWCA to racial justice and equality for women," the YWCA went ahead with the construction. Dedicated in 1983, the Leadership Development Center was a year-round, non-residential training center for YWCA staff that could also be rented by similar groups.

The logistics of administering an operation that was at such a distance from headquarters, as well as the financial burdens of staffing and maintaining such a facility, were always somewhat challenging for the shrinking national staff. Part of the National Association's renewed emphasis on leadership training included, as part of Member Association accreditation, required attendance at training sessions in Phoenix. At least some cash-strapped Community Associations objected to the expense involved in traveling to Arizona for training that had previously been offered regionally. The Leadership Development Center was sold circa 2000 to a private "conferencing" firm as part of the major restructuring of the National Association.

Rising Manhattan real estate prices and shrinking national staff led the National Board to finally agree to sell its headquarters at 600 Lexington Ave. in the early 1980s. Headquarters made use of rented spaces in New York City until the major reorganization in 1999-2000, when it relocated and joined the Washington, DC Office staff.

Altamont (Millbrook, NY): a 90-acre estate donated to the National Association in 1959 and 1960 by Nancy Boyd Sokoloff for use as a conference center. The gift was accepted on an experimental basis with the option to sell the property if, after two years, that was deemed expedient. The experiment was extended somewhat, but it was eventually determined that the property was not "in the mainstream" of the Association's work and it was sold in 1964.

Asilomar Conference Grounds (Pacific Grove, California): When the site of previous YWCA western region summer conferences burned in 1912, Phoebe Apperson Hearst (mother of William Randolph Hearst) persuaded the Pacific Improvement Company (now the Pebble Beach Co.) to donate thirty beachfront acres to the YWCA for the development of a western conference center. The YWCA hired San Francisco architect Julia Morgan in 1913 to design the buildings. The winning entry in a 1913 contest for naming the property, was a combination of two Spanish words, 'asilo' meaning retreat or refuge, and 'mar' meaning ocean. In 1917, Ellen Browning Scripps purchased an additional 20 acres for the property. By 1921, Asilomar was a year-round facility able to accommodate 500 people. Asilomar was never a self-supporting endeavor and the financial challenges of the Great Depression led the National Board to vote in 1934 to sell it. No buyer appeared, so California YWCA "leaders" formed an Asilomar Committee to oversee the facility. It was leased for some years, used for military housing during World War II, and opened as a full-service conference facility in 1947. The property was again offered for sale in 1951 and fear of development of the prime site eventually prompted local residents to advocate for its preservation. The California Division of Beaches and Parks purchased the property in 1956. It is currently the Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.

Camps: though most YWCA camps were owned by Member Associations, the National Association owned a few of them over the years. [see Camping in Record Group 6]

Chautauqua Hospitality House (Chautauqua, NY): Originally purchased for use during World War I, the House was run as a "Peace-Time Hostess House" and day nursery for visitors to the Chautauqua Institution. The Chautauqua County YWCA initially ran the house until 1921 when the National Association took over its management. A cafeteria and camping facilities were added, then an addition with dormitory rooms for female students and staff at Chautauqua. The Chautauqua Institution purchased the Hospitality House from the YWCA of the USA in 1965.

Fletcher Farm (Proctorsville/Ludlow, VT): Mary E. Fletcher gave the farm and 500 acres to the National YWCA around 1929. It was used for several years as the home of the National YWCA Summer School. The program included seminars for staff, and meetings of nationality, town, and rural secretaries. The YWCA sold it circa 1933 and, as of 2007, it was the Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts of the Vermont Society of Arts and Craftsmen, Inc.

Grace Dodge Hotel (Washington, DC): Built with War Work Council money and given to the National Association in 1921, the Grace Dodge Hotel was intended to house girls and women working in Washington during World War I. Still under construction when the war ended, the YWCA of the USA decided to operate the hotel as a demonstration business, providing good working conditions for its employees in an industry where working conditions were generally very poor. The hotel was for women only until 1926, when it was opened to men and families in an effort to increase income. It proved to be a profitable venture, and the Association used money from its building depreciation fund to supplement the National Association's budget during the Great Depression. By World War II and its associated housing crunch, DC's unwritten policy against interracial hotels came to be an issue within the National Association. The membership did not want its name or the name of its first President associated with a segregated hotel. The YWCA sold the Hotel in 1959, and the building was razed circa 1972.

Hollywood Studio Club see Series III in Record Group 8

Leadership Development Center (originally known as Fleishmann Learning Center) (Phoenix, AZ): Dedicated in 1983, the LDC was a centralized, year-round, non-residential center for training of YWCA staff funded in part by a grant from the Max C. Fleishmann Foundation. The Center was sold, circa 2000, as part of major restructuring of the Association to Sodexho Conferencing, Inc. As of 2007, it is known as the Black Canyon Conference Center.

National Headquarters and National Training School (New York City and Washington, DC): The first YWCA of the USA Headquarters was in the Hotel Montclair, 541 Lexington Ave at 49th Street in New York City, the site where the merger between the International Board of Women's and Young Women's Christian Associations and the American Committee of Young Women's Christian Associations had been negotiated in December 1906. In 1908, the YWCA joined the International Committee of the YMCA, the Student Volunteer Movement, and the Young People's Missionary Movement at 125 East 27th Street, in a building "expressly built" for those organizations by Mrs. William Dodge and Mrs. Russell Sage. During this period (1908-12), the National Association rented space for its training school and the school's administrative offices at 3 Gramercy Park, Gramercy Court on 22nd St., and 125 East 27th St.

It became clear within two years that the two floors occupied by the YWCA in this building were inadequate. The Association put together a Committee on Future Headquarters to plan for a new building of their own. Built 1911-12 at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 52nd St., it housed the national headquarters, with an entrance at 600 Lexington Ave., and "The Annex," with an separate entrance around the corner at 132/135 East 52nd St. The Annex initially served as the home of the National Training School with accommodations for resident students. The living spaces were later made available to non-students and became known as "The Residence." Since the idea was two separate entities within the one building, the committee which oversaw administration of the building was known as the "Buildings Committee" for many years.

Designed with the latest ideas regarding "scientific management," the structure served as a model for association buildings. Helen Gould gave $200,000 to purchase the land and Grace Dodge and four others donated $665,569 for the building. It was the first national woman's building to be built in the United States solely for the use of a woman's movement, and the Headquarters Committee was formed to manage oversight of the property. The building, known affectionately as "600," was much loved by YWCA members across the country. After years of receiving offers to purchase such prime real estate, the National Board decided to sell the building in December 1981. The purchasers, London and Leeds Investments of Great Britain, demolished the building and re-developed the site. The Association invested the proceeds from the sale as part of a long-range financial plan, hoping that the additional endowment would facilitate maintenance of operations, and, with luck, allow for some expansion of national services.

In 1982, the National office moved temporarily to 135 West 50th Street, then to 726 Broadway in 1984. This was followed in 1997, by a move to the Empire State Building (350 50th Ave.) and, in 2003, after a major reorganization, a consolidation of headquarters staff and the Washington office at 1015 18th St, NW, Washington, D.C.

Scope and Content

This series includes minutes, architectural plans, reports, correspondence, printed materials, newspaper clippings, and other administrative records (1908-96) related to various properties owned by the YWCA of the USA.

Microfilmed Records, 1906-1970 only

[see Microfilmed Records Reel List]

Most of the Buildings and Properties materials on the microfilm were discarded after filming. They include minutes and reports of committees in charge of planning the new headquarters building in 1910-12, and management of National Board headquarters, as well as records related to the management of the Grace Dodge Hotel and purchase and sale of miscellaneous properties.

They can be found under:

  • Minutes and Reports
    • Asilomar Committee
    • Buildings Committee [re management of National Association headquarters building]
    • Future Headquarters, Committee on [planning of 600 Lexington Ave.]
  • Subject Files
    • Dodge Hotel
    • National Board, Building
    • Real Estate

Original Format Records, 1908-96, 4 linear feet

[see Original Format Records Folder List]

There is little overlap between the surviving paper records and the microfilmed Buildings and Properties materials.

The paper records consist of general information, newspaper clippings, printed materials, minutes, reports, and other items primarily about the Asilomar Conference Grounds, the Leadership Development Center, and the National Board Headquarters with small amounts of materials on various other properties. The materials are arranged alphabetically. The bulk of the materials relate to the funding for and construction of the Leadership Development Center.

Related Materials

Files about ongoing building maintenance at '600' are located in SERIES 1 of this Record Group

Materials about the Hollywood Studio Club; consulting on building and swimming pool construction and maintenance; boarding houses, cafeterias, and shared YMCA-YWCA buildings can be found in RECORD GROUP 8. SERVICES TO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

Information about summer camps and materials about World War I facilities are located in RECORD GROUP 6. PROGRAM

There are many photographs of YWCA buildings in RECORD GROUP 9. PHOTOGRAPHS

RECORD GROUP 10. AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS contains video from various events at the Leadership Development Center, including its dedication in 1982 and its 10th anniversary.

Historical Note

Financial management and fund-raising were initially handled by one office at the National Association. The Treasurer was an elected officer of the National Board. Day-to-day oversight of Association finances and accounting was carried out by staff of the Finance Department. (The Board of Trustees, which was responsible for real estate owned by the National Board and endowed funds, had its own Treasurer.) In the Association's early years, Grace Dodge, the first President of the National Association, routinely made up any budget deficit out of her own funds carrying the national work 'until it should be strong enough to carry itself.' After her death in 1914, the Association did not immediately make an organized effort at addressing regular budget problems and tended to make up the difference out of its endowed funds. The advent of World War I with its highly successful campaigns for war work funds and associated influx of money gave the Association large-scale fund-raising experience which was accompanied by similarly large-scale increases in program.

War work 'Continuation' funds carried the Association through 1920, but the dramatic decrease in budget in 1921 necessitated a large cut in staff and reorganization of departments. The National Board's report to the 1922 Convention sated "we have passed through a period in which the sense of responsibility for finance remained largely undeveloped. Because Miss Dodge thought the need for national unity so urgent, the work was launched ahead of the slow growth of a financial constituency." The Finance Division, established in 1923, had responsibility for securing the National Board budget 'difference'; any special fund-raising effort; and service to Community Associations 'in method and training' through the Finance Service Bureau.

The World Service Council, a committee of the Finance Division, was established after World War I to make use of the highly effective fund-raising capacity of the members of the War Work Council. Its goal was to secure substantial contributions from individuals to the national budget on a continuing basis. World Service Council members also participated in interpretation of the national work to the general public.

Another staff reorganization, in 1932-33, separated the accounting/budget control functions from fund-raising, establishing as separate functions within General Administration a Comptroller's Office and a committee responsible for securing the funds necessary to meet the National Board's budget. It also transferred responsibility for advising Community Associations on financial matters to the newly formed National Services Division. The committee, known by 1933 as the Committee on National Support and Interpretation, was charged with directing all efforts for raising money through gifts from individuals, funds, and foundations; securing quota payments from Community Associations; promoting endowments and bequests; and interpretating the work of the National Association to the public.

The National Association had three sources of funds: earnings from income-producing units (such as the Grace Dodge Hotel, and sales of publications), income from endowment, and 'contributions' consisting of quota payments from local assns and gifts from individuals, foundations, and other sources. The term "National Support" was used to describe all types of 'contributions' to support the National Association.

The National Board assessed its National Support needs in light of its anticipated budget and expectation of income from other sources, then set an amount to be made up in quota payments from Community Associations. The amount due from each Association was determined according to formulas devised by the Committee and calculated based on an Association's overall budget, the membership dues it received, and various other contributions. Though quota payments were mandatory, some Associations took the obligation much more seriously than others and there were no serious consequences if an Association did not meet its quota.

The Comptroller's Office continued to perform budget control and accounting functions as part of the main administrative office through the rest of the century, changing name to Finance Department in 1986.

Financial Development had a more varied administrative history, sometimes combined with Public Relations and Publications and sometimes not. Between 1933 and 1948, the work was managed by the Committee on National Support and Interpretation with the aid of the World Service Council. The sheer number of pages in the Committee's minutes and reports taken up by discussions of quota payments from Associations implies that their time and attention was primarily consumed by that aspect of their work.

Financial difficulties caused by the Great Depression were temporarily alleviated during World War II. Special war-time programs and activities were well-funded by large cooperative campaigns. With the nation focused on the war, regular YWCA programs and fund-raising were more-or-less put on hold as had been the case during the First World War.

As the National Association made adjustments after the war, its program for financial development came to seem inadequate and behind the times. It was clear that the National Association could not continue to rely on its endowment to cover deficits. The landscape of potential funding sources had changed with the increase in prevalence of community chests and councils. Such shared funds required very different types of appeals.

In 1947 a Committee on Financing the National Board asked the John Price Jones Corporation to make a study of public relations, publicity, and fund-raising. Citing in particular the necessity of skilled and focused fund-raising and public relations efforts, the Jones report called for making National Support and Public Relations into departments, staffed by trained professionals rather than a committee with volunteer leadership. It also urged the National Association to make quota payments from Community Associations compulsory with serious consequences for non-compliance. Though the language related to quota payments changed, it was not until 1992 that the Association made a Community Association's continued affiliation with the YWCA of the USA contingent upon full payment of its quota.

The National Support Department worked on yearly and special appeals, including periodic capital campaigns; cultivated large individual donors for gifts and bequests; devised National Support quotas for Community Associations; kept abreast of opportunities for grants and shepherded grant proposals initiated in the departments; and provided training for Community Associations in all of these areas.

Over the years, the National Association had regularly received special and grant funding for targeted projects, such as the Rural Studies funded by the Ford Foundation and the Parker bequest for support of a music program in the 1920s. The reduction in national program activities after World War II made such short-term projects more the norm and tied together fund-raising and program in a different way. Instead of studying a situation to determine needs and then develop program to meet those needs, program proposals were more likely to be tailored to potential funding sources. The National Support Department helped various YWCA departments apply for and administer funding for such projects. When U.S. Government funding for 'War on Poverty' programs became available as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the YWCA entered into a relationship with the consulting firm Research and Action, Inc., to keep track of the funding legislation for social programs, coordinate proposals and reports, and maintain liaison with government agencies.

Two studies (1958 and 1964) by Greenleigh Associates Management Consultants brought about another reorganization of the national office. Advising and training on financial matters was returned to the duties of the financial management and development staff in 1964 under a new unit, called Financial Resources Development (later Financial Development.) Beyond its regular activities, the new unit was intensely involved in major fund-raising events such as YWCA anniversary celebrations in 1983 and 1993-94, and two capital campaigns, Fund for the Future in the 1980s and Millennium 2000 in the late 1990s. New opportunities were created, such as the Tribute to Women in International Industry (TWIN) awards dinners.

The World Service Council continued its regular support and also raised funds for special causes, such as the International Building Fund and continued staffing of the National Board Archives after budget cuts forced it to close in 1992.

Included here are general files on three independent financial organizations founded for the benefit of YWCA employees: the Emissarius Credit Union, established in 1924 open to employees of the YWCA of the USA; the YWCA Retirement Fund, established in 1924 for the benefit of employed officers of the YWCA of the USA "when they shall retire"; and the YWCA Savings and Security Plan for Non-Secretarial Employees, established in 1940 for clerical and maintenance employees of the YWCA of the USA 'who faithfully render the supporting services which make possible the operation and expansion of the program and services of YWCAs, wherever they are.'

Administrative History

Accounting/Budget Control functions:
1907-23Finance Committee/Department
1923-25Comptroller's Office, Finance Division
1925-circa 1991Comptroller's Office, General Administration
circa 1991-Finance Department, Operations Division
Financial Development functions:
1907-23Finance Committee/Department
1923-33Finance Division
1933-48Committee on/for National Support and Interpretation/Interpretation and Support, General Administration
1948-63Department of National Support, General Administration
1964-71Office of Financial Resources Development, General Administration
1972-83Financial Development
1984-circa 1991Financial Development Division
c. 1991-Financial Development, Development and Public Relations Division

Scope and Content

This section contains correspondence, minutes, reports, financial statements, training materials, scrapbooks, publications and other materials related to the offices and committees charged with accounting/budget control and fundraising (including the financial obligations of the Community Associations to the national YWCA.)

Included in this series is a small amount of material about the Emissarius Credit Union, YWCA Retirement Fund, and YWCA Savings and Security Plan for Non-Secretarial Employees all of which were independent organizations established for the benefit of YWCA employees.

Financial development publications, created with publicity staff, chronicle the formation of the Association's public image while minutes, reports, and studies reveal struggles to articulate the mission of such a complex and, in many ways, flexible organization. The basic mission-to serve young women-took many forms over the years.

Minutes, reports, and studies document the many challenges of financing the Association whether the result of outside forces, such as the Great Depression or the public criticism of the Red Scare years, or of the women's inexperience and, perhaps, women's reluctance to ask for funds from donors.

They are also revealing of the nature of the relationship between the National Association and its member Associations. They record regular discussions about how to get Community Associations to make their quota payments and debates about whether or not the National Association should force Community Associations to make membership in the YWCA (with its associated fees) a requirement for all program participants.

Though surviving records of earlier capital campaigns are modest in scope, there are substantial materials from the Fund for the Future (1980-86) and Millennium 2000 Campaign (1996-2000).

Training materials, publications, and the visitation reports of secretaries document the training functions of the department.

Microfilmed Records, 1906-70 only

[see Microfilmed Records Reel List]

With the exception of the Minutes and Reports, there is not a great deal of overlap between the microfilmed materials and the surviving paper records. Both should be consulted.

Microfilmed materials include minutes and reports of various committees; correspondence with banks, large contributors, foundations, and World Service Council members; information about funds and endowments; some financial development materials, general information about scholarship funds and national support; and some budget and financial statement materials.

Finance and Financial Development materials can be found on the microfilm under:

  • Minutes and Reports
    • Corporation and Foundation Support Committee
    • Endowment Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Financial Resources Development Committee
    • Financing the National Board, Committee on
    • National Support and Interpretation Committee
    • World Service Council
  • Subject Files
    • Finance
    • Insurance

Original Format Records, 1907-2002, n.d., 18 linear feet

[see Original Format Records Folder List]

With the exception of the Minutes and Reports, there is not a great deal of overlap between the microfilmed materials and the original format records. Both should be consulted.

The original format records are arranged in 3 Subseries:

  • Subseries A. Finance and Development
  • Subseries B. Comptroller's Office
  • Subseries C. Miscellaneous

Subseries A. Finance and Development

Department/Division and Committees sections include extensive minutes, some general information and correspondence. Included are quite detailed records of the World Service Council.

Publications contains forms and guidelines associated with National Support/quota payments; manuals and handbooks for training Community Associations about budgeting and fundraising; and an extensive file (including scrapbooks) of financial development pamphlets, booklets, appeal letters, and serial publications.

Reports contains some general department reports, but the bulk is the remarkable 'visitation' reports written by secretaries and special workers, 1910-20.

Studies consists of four reports (1946-63) by management consultants on National Association fund-raising.

Training contains advertising, handouts, presentation materials for workshops on such topics as financial development, money management, planned giving, and proposal writing, dated between 1972 and 1998.

Fundraising files contain general information about appeals, funds, grants, National Support, and planned/deferred giving. The Campaigns files are records related to the Fund for the Future (1980-86) and extensive files on the Millennium 2000 Campaign (1996-2000). Included are such materials as case statements, donor lists, press kits, prospects files, and reports. The Donors files appear to be files of correspondence with donors that were removed circa 1986 (perhaps because these donors were deceased) from an alphabetical file of large contributors. Similar files can be found on the microfilm.

Subseries B. Comptroller's Office

Comptroller's Office records include general information about the office, it's areas of responsibility (including budget, accounting, funds, and real estate), practices and procedures. The materials date from 1907 to 2002, but are quite fragmentary. Of special note are records related to YWCA property in China.

Subseries C. Miscellaneous

This series consists of a small amount of material about three independent financial organizations established for the benefit of YWCA employees: the Emissarius Credit Union, YWCA Retirement Plan, and YWCA Savings and Security Plan for Non-Secretarial Employees.

Related Materials

Due to the central nature of the office and its work, Finance and Financial Development materials can be found throughout the National Association records. Key materials can also be found by consulting:

Publicity/Public Relations materials in SERIES VI of this Record Group

National Board minutes and reports and Board of Trustees records in RECORD GROUP 2. PREDECESSOR ORGANIZATIONS AND NATIONAL BOARD


Program and Budget Committee minutes in RECORD GROUP 6. PROGRAM

The AssociationMonthly/Womans Press/YWCA Magazine in SERIES VI. PUBLICATIONS of RECORD GROUP 6 is an excellent source for most topics.

Audio and video presentations about various finance-related subjects, such as development campaigns, the YWCA Retirement Fund, and the National Support Plan are in RECORD GROUP 10. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS. There are also audiotapes of selected World Service Council meetings from the late 1970s to 2000.

See also:

Regina Bannan, "Management by Women: The First Twenty-Five Years of the YWCA National Board, 1906-31," Ph.D. thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 1994

Historical Note

Initially named "Department for Analysis and Interpretation of Data and Trends," the department was established in 1940 after a two-year trial of a Records and Reports Department in the Laboratory Division. Its proposed charter placed the new department 'within the framework of the principle of long-time planning already adopted by the National Board.' Its task was to assemble and analyze data, ascertain trends within the Association and in the 'social scene' in which the Association operated, and present findings 'in such a way that their meaning can be readily interpreted.'

Basic information was collected from 'Annual Statistical Report' forms submitted by Community and Student Associations. Data and Trends also carried out studies at the request of various departments, these usually involved the development of questionnaires which were sent out to Associations. Staff of the department also surveyed and reported on trends in other social service, religious, women's, and teen-serving organizations.

As with most YWCA of the USA departments, Data and Statistics staff also produced written materials and served as consultants for Community and Student Associations in their area of expertise: how to carry out studies and collect data of use to Associations. Guidelines and publications cover such topics as community studies and methods for measuring program costs and effectiveness.

Over the years, Data and Trends was affiliated with various Association departments, sometimes as part of the department providing services to Community Associations, sometimes with research, sometimes as part of the executive office. In 1972, Association data collection was combined with the central files, library, and (later) archives to form the Data Center. The Data Center (along with the Archives and Library) was eliminated as of September 1992 when national staff was reduced by 50% as a result of staff reorganization and reduction known as Project Redesign. Some of its record-keeping functions were transferred at that time to the Member Association Services Department.

Administrative History
1940-53Data and Trends Dept
1950-53Data and Statistics (in Membership Resources)
1954-58Data and Statistics Dept (in General Administration)
1960-61Bureau of Research, Studies, and Program Resources (in Executive Office)
1962-72Bureau of Research and Program Resources
1972-83Data Center
1984-92Data Center/Management Information Systems

Scope and Content

Data and Statistics records include committee minutes, general material about the department, blank forms, instructional guidelines for Associations and studies, reports, and publications.

Microfilmed Records, 1906-70 only

[see Microfilmed Records Reel list]

Many reports and publications issued from Data and Statistics were filed with other materials related to their subject (for example, reports about camps are on the microfilm under 'Camps.') They are most often included under 'Miscellaneous' at the end of each section.

Other Data and Statistics materials-mostly department/committee records--can be found on the microfilm under:

  • Subject Files
    • Data and Statistics
    • Research and Program Resources

Original Format Records, 1909-97, 6 linear feet

[see Original Format Records Folder List]

Though the department existed from 1940 to 1992, publications containing similar information that both pre-date and post-date the department are filed here to facilitate access. These include: directories of Community and Student YWCAs, directories of Associations with residences, and general statistical compilations (Directory and Statistical Report and Year Book from 1909-19, Hand Book of the YWCA, 1910-19)

The records are divided into 6 sections: General and History, Committees, Department, Forms and Guidelines, Publications, and Studies and Reports.

Forms and Guidelines consists of materials related to the development and analysis of the National Association's forms used to assess whether Community and Student Associations' programs meet the "basic standards" for membership in the National Association, as well as the Annual Statistical Report Form. Also included are instructional and training materials for use by Community and Student Associations.

Publications include annual statistical compilations about Associations and put out by the department and similar earlier publications giving basic statistics about the National Association plus manuals to help Associations analyze program costs.

Studies and Reports contains research on a wide variety of topics including buildings and facilities, finances, membership, personnel issues, program, racial inclusiveness, and record-keeping.

Related Materials

Compilation of statistics about the Association was done by the Office Department statistics committee in early years, see Office Department in SERIES I of this Record Group

Related information and forms can be found in the records of the departments providing direct services to Associations, in RECORD GROUP 8. SERVICES TO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS.

For some of its history Data and Statistics was part of the department responsible for research. Records of that department can be found in RECORD GROUP 6. PROGRAM.

Records of the other departments that made up the Data Center (1972-92), the Library and Archives are in SERIES V. of this Record Group.

Early statistical report forms were issued through the Publications Department and information about them is available in SERIES VI. PUBLICATIONS in RECORD GROUP 6.

Historical Note


Among the basic services the YWCA of the USA's predecessor Women's and Young Women's Christian Associations provided was easily accessible, free, circulating libraries for women. Given this historical commitment, it was a foregone conclusion that the newly formed National Association would include a historical and reference library in its headquarters building. It was suggested that Miss Schrote of the Office Department, who was a trained librarian, should use a portion of her time to catalog the materials and make recommendations regarding their acquisition. The Office Department was also put in charge of creating exhibits. Though the Library was initially linked in this way with the Association's files, by 1921 administrative responsibility for the collection was moved to the Research Department. The Library remained part of the research function (in Education and Research and then Laboratory Division) until 1939 when it was returned to General Administration under the supervision of Office Services. Here it was part of the Central Filing Bureau which oversaw the central office files, the 'technical and historical files' of YWCA publications, and the Library.

It was not until 1959 that a full-time Librarian was hired. The Library was moved to the supervision of the Bureau of Research and Program Resources in 1960. As part of the 1971-72 reorganization, the Research and Program Resources Bureau was split in two, with responsibility for program moving to the new Program Development and Public Policy Unit and research moving to the newly established Data Center which consisted of the Library and Central Files. The Library was closed in September 1992 as part of a staff reorganization and reduction known as Project Redesign.

Archives/Central File/'Record File'

Maintenance of the files of the National Association was initially the responsibility of the Office Department. As with most of the departments of the YWCA of the USA, the Office Department not only provided services for the National Association, but also served as a model for effective office procedure for Community and Student Associations. A Central File was established and rigorously maintained at least until the 1950s so as to optimize sharing of information across the Association. By 1921, a records retention schedule had been adopted . Records were assigned a retention category (1 year, 2-5 year, or permanent historical) when created, and the files staff was continuously filing and culling to maintain order and facilitate their use. By 1948, space for files was at such a premium that the Office Services Committee began to consider microfilming and discarding older records. In 1950, what had been known as the Central File was renamed the Records Center to correspond with 'the change of terminology in the field.' It was not until 1963 that a decision was made to microfilm some of the records. The first 222 reels of film were made that year, consisting of materials dating from 1899 to 1950 about the predecessor organizations; minutes and reports of the National Board, Board of Trustees, and a few Committees and Departments; Subject Files; and files kept on Community Associations. At the same time, retired YWCA staff member Eleanor Coit, a Smith College alumna, was in the process of donating her personal papers to the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. When Coit learned that the records were going to be discarded after microfilming, she approached YWCA Librarian Elizabeth Norris (also a Smith alumna) and the two talked privately with Sophia Smith Collection Director Margaret Grierson about whether Smith College might be interested in preserving some of the materials slated for destruction. As a result of this conversation, selected materials (consisting of 'less than 1/16 of the total') were transferred to Smith in 1964.

In 1965, the director of the newly-established Social Welfare History Archives Center at the University of Minnesota inquired about preserving the YWCA of the USA records. Since the historical files had by this time been discarded or sent to Smith, the YWCA responded that there was nothing to preserve beyond the microfilm, but agreed to add the SWHA to its mailing list for publications.

A second, much smaller, batch of materials, was microfilmed in 1968. Included were Subject Files and Community Association Files dating between 1951 and 1960.

Circa 1974, the Records Center was re-named the 'Records File.'

Preparations for the U.S. Bicentennial and the growing visibility of women's history, sparked the interest of a couple of National Board members in encouraging Community and Student Associations to preserve their own historical records, and for the national YWCA to help facilitate access to its history. Under the auspices of the Data Center, a questionnaire was sent in December 1974 to all Community and Student Associations asking for information about their historical records. A proposal was submitted to the Program and Budget Committee asking permission to seek outside funding for an Archival Research Project to 'uncover the Grass Roots participation of [the YWCA] in the social development of America.'

A 1976 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities resulted in the establishment of the Archives of the YWCA of the USA as a department of the Data Center. It also funded creation of the 1978 "Inventory to the Records Files Collection of the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association," a guide to the first 282 reels of microfilmed records. The NEH-funded archivist also helped Community Associations with 'sizable historical records' locate suitable repositories for those materials. Prior to the establishment of the Archives department, research access to the YWCA's historical records was by special permission to 'serious students' only. Under the terms of the NEH grant, the records were opened to the public for the first time. The department's holdings initially consisted of the Central (or 'Records') File (including the microfilm), and YWCA publications. Additions to the collection were transferred from Association offices and donated by private individuals.

After the grant period, Librarian and YWCA Historian Elizabeth Norris, who had been closely involved in the project, took over staffing of the archives in addition to her duties as Librarian. Finding continuing funding proved difficult, however, and the budget which had already reduced the Librarian and YWCA Historian position to part-time, was eliminated and the Archives closed as of September 1992.

After the sale of the headquarters building in 1982, and the move to much smaller offices, about 35 cubic feet of YWCA/USO files were donated to the Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota.

Between 1992 and 2001, the World Service Council provided enough funding to allow for some basic Archives functions to continue, but final decisions about the future of the unit were postponed as the Association endured a lengthy strategic planning process which resulted in a major restructuring in 1999-2000. As part of the celebration of the 135th anniversary of the first YWCA in the U.S., grants were obtained to mount an exhibit of historical materials selected from the Archives and contributed by Community Associations. The exhibit toured the country in 1993-94, but did not result in permanent funding for the Archives. Additional grants were sought without success.

Once the Association's restructuring was complete, the decision was made to find a repository interested in housing the records. The Sophia Smith Collection was eventually chosen and the records were transferred to Smith College in 2002-03.

Scope and Content

Microfilmed Records, 1906-70 only

[see Microfilmed Records Reel list]

The only related materials on the microfilm are listed under Related Materials below.

Original Format Records, 1921-2001, n.d., 5.5 linear feet

[see Original Format Records Folder list]

The original format records contain general and historical materials about the administration of the Library, Central Files, and Archives. Included are correspondence, memoranda, lists, publications, office forms, research materials, and grant proposals and reports.

The Archives materials are divided into 6 sections: General and History, Committee/Department, Exhibits, Holdings, Projects, and YWCA History Subject Files. Department administrative records document cooperative relationships with other repositories such as the Sophia Smith Collection and the Social Welfare History Archives; Holdings files document donations to the Archives and transfers from National Association departments. Exhibits and YWCA History Subject Files contain research compiled by Archives staff. The Projects files document various oral histories and publications as well as the National Board Archives Project and various other proposed and funded projects.

Related Materials

Elsewhere in this Record Group

The central files were initially the responsibility of the Office Department. Its records can be found in SERIES I.

The Library and Archives were part of the Data Center (1972-92) with the Data and Statistics Department, its records are in SERIES IV.

In other Record Groups

The YWCA's 135th Anniversary Exhibit drew extensively on the resources of the Archives, see also records about the exhibit in RECORD GROUP 1. GENERAL AND HISTORY.

Historical Note

One of the main reasons given for forming a National Association of YWCAs was to centralize the tasks "the associations have found by experience that they can do more effectively together than alone." Among these tasks was "to make the Association known" to the general public and its intended membership. The Publications Department soon began producing a variety of "free literature" about the Association and its program for purposes of "finance cultivation" and general publicity.

In 1911, the committee overseeing Association publications, which had been informally monitoring press coverage of the Association and managing press coverage of Conventions, urged the National Board to hire a publicity secretary to create an organized publicity program prior to the launch of Capital Funds Campaigns and to take better advantage of upcoming opportunities for publicity, such as the dedication of the new headquarters building. In true YWCA style, a Publicity Committee was formed to consider the question and make recommendations to the National Board. The committee membership (executives of most of the National Association departments with multiple representatives from Finance and Publications departments) reflected the central nature of the work to the Association as a whole-with particular emphasis on its role in financial development. The first Publicity Secretary began work in 1913 under the direction of the Finance Department. Described as "the handmaid of support," publicity remained closely allied with financial development and publications.

Publicity staff placed general articles in the press about the Association and its programs, such as work with immigrants, Christian work, the National Training School, office efficiency, and foreign work; and sought coverage of special events, such as Conventions, and summer conferences. They looked for opportunities to place items in moving picture newsreels. They developed biographical files on staff and Board members and assembled slides and photographs for lectures, exhibits, and press use. Special projects of the early years included a moving picture about YWCA work for use at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 and art and literary contests held during the Exposition.

As with most National Association departments, Publicity staff also created manuals and other training materials to teach Community Associations how to do effective publicity. They wrote the 'free literature' available to Community Associations for cultivation of members and fund-raising purposes. And they trained speakers and wrote speakers manuals.

During World War I, greatly expanded publicity activities were directed by the War Work Council. They were focused mainly on spreading the word about services offered by the YWCA and aiding various fund-raising efforts. The department commissioned a notable series of posters with art work donated to support the war effort. By 1920, with funding from the Continuation Committee, the department employed 29 people in a newspaper section, photographic and moving pictures section, exhibit section, magazine section, printing section, distribution section, and Speakers Bureau. When war-time funds were used up the following year, the staff was cut by nearly two thirds.

The much-reduced staff continued its efforts through the 1920s, adding advocacy for the National Association's new legislative/public affairs agendas to its activities. Perhaps in response to the National Association's financial woes during the Great Depression, publicity and finance were joined administratively under the Committee for National Support and Interpretation by the mid-1930s. This committee (whose records are filed under Finance and Development) directed all fund-raising, was in charge of securing quota payments from Community Associations, and responsible for "interpretation" of the work of the National Association to the general public.

The strong tendency of this Committee was to view its interpretation role as "merely an aid to money-raising." By 1942 it was clear that Public Relations' "more elusive…function as a means of creating public confidence in the YWCA aims and activities and increasing the prestige of the National Board had been completely overlooked." A Public Relations Committee was formed which steadily advocated for increased, specialized staff until the National Board Executive Committee voted in May of 1944 to remove 'interpretation to the public' from the role of the National Support and Interpretation Committee and establish a Public Relations Department. (The Committee's name did not reflect this change until its revised charter was approved in 1947.)

In 1947 the Committee on Financing the National Board asked the John Price Jones Corporation to make a study of public relations, publicity, and fund-raising. The Jones Report identified a general lack of understanding of "the true significance of the movement" among YWCA staff and membership. It faulted the National Association for a lack of focus, making its work too difficult to describe with no overall "story line" on which the publicity could be hung. The National Association adopted some of the report's recommendations-more-or-less centralizing public relations responsibility in a Public Information Department that reported directly to the General Secretary. The Publications Department, which was developing plans for a post-War revival of the Woman's Press, remained a separate department.

Another recommendation of the Jones report was the development of two annual national events to throw the work of the YWCA "into sharp focus," National YWCA Week highlighting activities in the U.S. and World Fellowship Week focusing on fund-raising for YWCA work overseas. Public Information coordinated these events, producing packets with such things as posters, press releases, suggestions for programs, and radio and film "spots."

After a trial period, the National Association concluded that expansion of the publications program was not practical and the Woman's Press (the 'general interest' titles) was sold in 1952. During the next office reorganization in 1960-61, publications was combined with public relations to form the Communications Bureau.

The Bureau continued to provide similar services to the Association. It was closely involved with celebrations of the 125th (1982) and 135th (1993-94) anniversary celebrations. In 1986, the National Association embarked on an Organizational Identity Program which resulted in a new logo and stricter guidelines for its use by all Community and Student Associations. Periodic reductions in national staff lead to a heavier reliance on outside public relations and marketing consultants in the 1980s and 1990s.

Administrative History
1913-Special Worker, Finance
1915-19Publicity Secretary (under General Admin)
1920-22Publicity Department, General Administration
1923-25Publicity Department, Editorial and Publicity Division
1925-35Publicity Department, General Administration
1935-42Interpretation and Publicity section, Committee on National Support and Interpretation, General Administration
1942-44Public Relations, Committee for National Interpretation and Support, General Administration
1945-47Public Relations, General Administration
1948-60Public Information, General Administration
1961-Communications Bureau
c 1984Communications/Public Relations Division, [1984-86]
1992-Communications and Public Relations, Development and Public Relations Division
1995-97Public Relations Division
1999-External relations

Scope and Content

Publicity Office materials consist of minutes, reports, correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and publicity kits dating from circa 1910 to 2000. The activities of the Publicity staff are not particularly well documented in the records. The minutes and reports provide a general overview and miscellaneous isolated files, such as one on a feature article from 1961 called "A Woman's Place is Everywhere!," give an glimpse of the way the office functioned. The YWCA was involved in a number of film projects over the years, but unfortunately the records only contain materials describing these projects. The earliest footage in the collection is dated 1970.

Publicity's task to 'interpret' the Association was accomplished in large part through the publication of a variety of pamphlets, booklets, etc. The Publications filed in this section are general pamphlets about the YWCA and instructional materials for Associations. Publications that are about specific departments or programs are filed with the records related to those activities and departments. Publicity's especially close ties with Financial Development mean that its work is often well documented in that department's materials.

Microfilmed Records, 1906-70 only

[see Microfilmed Records Reel List]

Microfilmed materials include press releases and clippings about the National Board and staff members, about events such as National YWCA Day and Week; general information pamphlets; scripts for radio talks; and information for speakers to use when talking about the YWCA.

With the exception of the Minutes and Reports, there is not a great deal of overlap between the microfilmed materials and the original format records. Both should be consulted.

Publicity materials can be found on the microfilm under:

  • Minutes and Reports
    • National Support and Interpretation Committee
    • Public Information Committee
    • Publicity Committee
  • Subject Files
    • National Board
    • Public Information
    • Public Information, Publications, and Publicity
    • Speakers
    • YWCA

Original Format Records, circa 1910-2000, 2 linear feet

[see Original Format Records Folder list]

With the exception of the Minutes and Reports, there is not a great deal of overlap between the microfilmed materials and the surviving paper records. Both should be consulted.

Surviving paper records are especially spotty. They are arranged as follows: General and History, Minutes, Programs and Projects, Publications, Reports, Studies, and Training.

Related Materials

Elsewhere in this Record Group

Due to the close ties between Financial Development and Public Relations, those files should also be consulted, especially the Committee on National Support and Interpretation and the publications. They can be found in SERIES III.

Other related materials can be found in General Administration in SERIES I, especially under Public Relations, Controversy, Correspondence (mailings to Associations) and Business Division.

In other Record Groups

General brochures about the YWCA and newspaper clippings can be found in RECORD GROUP 1. GENERAL AND HISTORY

Public Relations staff contributed to many training materials, particularly those produced for orientations of staff and Board members. These are filed under SERIES II. Training and Personnel in RECORD GROUP 6. PROGRAM

The impact of the YWCA's Public Affairs program on its public image is documented in files in SERIES III in RECORD GROUP 6. PROGRAM.

Promotional materials can be found in Association serials and in publications and gifts catalogs in SERIES VI. PUBICATIONS in RECORD GROUP 6.

RECORD GROUP 9. PHOTOGRAPHS contains photographs commissioned and collected for public relations use as well as scripted slide presentations, a filmstrip, and some scripts for filmstrips about the YWCA.

RECORD GROUP 10. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS includes audio and video public service announcements, television press coverage of YWCA campaigns and events, audio for a 1980 slide presentation about the YWCA, and interviews with YWCA leaders on a variety of television programs dating from the early 1980s to 2000.

Memorabilia and keepsake items marketed to raise public awareness of the Association are filed separately for preservation purposes, see ARTIFACTS list.

Contents List


This is the Contents List for the Original Format Records only. The reel lists for the Microfilmed Records are in a separate file. See Series Descriptions for historical and scope and content notes about this Series.

Conferences/Meetings/Summits (non-YW)

Women's Centennial Congress of 1940

Box 129: folder 1
U.S. Department of Labor Womanpower Conference, 1955

Box 129: folder 2
Congress of the Laity Conference, 1977-78

Box 129: folder 3
1985 World Conference of the UN Decade for Women, Nairobi, Kenya

Box 129: folder 4
March for Women's Equality/Women's Lives, 9 Apr 1989

Box 129: folder 5
Woman's Work: Challenges to New York City for the 21st Century Conference, 1987

Box 129: folder 6
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting, 1990

Box 129: folder 7
World Summit for Children, 1990

Box 129: folder 8
United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Region 8 Preparatory Meeting, 1994

Box 129: folder 9

Attacks, general, 1920-33, n.d.

Box 129: folder 10

Labor and industrial conflict, 1931-40

Box 129: folder 11
Labor Advisory Group, 1944-50

Box 129: folder 12
Communism charges against YWCA

General, 1934-73

Box 129: folder 13-14
Newspaper clippings, 1948-56, n.d.

Box 129: folder 15
Counterattack: The Newsletter of Facts About Communism, 1947-59

Box 129: folder 16
Joseph Kamp, the Constitutional Educational League, and his pamphlet "Behind the Lace Curtains of the YWCA," 1948-56, n.d.

Box 129: folder 17-18
"The Red Streak in the Y.W.C.A." article in The Sunday School Times, May 1949

Box 130: folder 1
Robert H. Williams, the Williams Intelligence Summary, and the article "YWCA Program Reads Like Guide for Communists," Nelda S. Cain (Mrs. Norman H.), Kate Roemer French (Mrs. Earl R.) and the YWCA of the Borough of Queens, ("Queens Charges")

General, 1947-52, n.d.

Box 130: folder 2-3
Newspaper clippings, 1947-48

Box 130: folder 4
Phyllis Schlafly and the Alton (Illinois) Association, 1951-53

Box 130: folder 5
Marian M. Strack, 1947

Box 130: folder 6
Rose Terlin, 1939, 1946-50, n.d.

Box 130: folder 7-8
Community Associations: correspondence and reports

Central region

Box 130: folder 9-15
Eastern region

Box 130: folder 16-17
Southern region, 1950-56

Box 131: folder 1
Western region, 1948-52, n.d.

Box 131: folder 2-4
Correspondence, general public, 1948-50

Box 131: folder 5
"Citizen groups"

General, 1952-53

Box 131: folder 6
Minute Women of the USA, 1952

Box 131: folder 7
"Communist Front" Organizations

American Youth for a Free World, 1944-45

Box 131: folder 8
World Federation of Democratic Youth, 1945-67, n.d.

Box 131: folder 9-13
World Youth Congress

First, 1936

Box 131: folder 14
Committees in U.S., 1936-38

Box 131: folder 15
Second, 1937-38

Box 132: folder 1
Additional research, 1948

Box 132: folder 2
World Youth Festival, Moscow, 1957-58

Box 132: folder 3
Reference materials

General, 1927-53

Box 132: folder 4
Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives, 1946-57

Box 132: folder 5-6
Racial Justice 'Sit-in' Student Demonstrations

National Board Action, 1960

Box 132: folder 7
National Student Councils of the YMCA and YWCA: memos and reports, 1960

Box 132: folder 8

National Board President letter to Presidents of Negro Colleges, Apr 1960

Box 132: folder 9
Community Associations

Central Region, 1960

Box 132: folder 10
Eastern Region, 1960

Box 132: folder 11
Southern Region, 1960

Box 132: folder 12
Western Region, 1960

Box 132: folder 13
F.W. Woolworth Co., and S.H. Kress and Co., 1960

Box 132: folder 14
Newspaper clippings, resource material, 1960

Box 132: folder 15
Other Organizations, 1960

Box 132: folder 16
Young Women Committed to Action Conference, establishment of Racial Justice fund, and Vietnam Moratorium (1969-70)

General and clippings, 1969-70

Box 132: folder 17
Correspondence with Community Associations

Central Region, 1969-70

Box 132: folder 18
Eastern Region, 1969-70

Box 133: folder 1
Southern Region, 1969-70

Box 133: folder 2
Western Region

General, 1969-70

Box 133: folder 3
Long Beach, California: questionnaire, 1970

Box 133: folder 4
Black Panthers: Joan Bird Bail fund, 1970

Box 133: folder 5
1970 National Convention: resolutions passed and Bogalusa (Louisiana) Association mailing, 1970

Box 133: folder 6
Angela Davis: YWCA Statement of Concern

General, 1970-72

Box 133: folder 7
Advisory Committee on the Angela Davis Trial and the YWCA Position, 1971-72

Box 133: folder 8
Community Associations

Central Region, 1970-72

Box 133: folder 9
Eastern Region, 1970-72

Box 133: folder 10
Southern Region, 1970-71

Box 133: folder 11
Western Region

General, 1970-72

Box 133: folder 12

General, 1970-72

Box 134: folder 1
C.C. Moseley, 1971

Box 134: folder 2
Ad-hoc Committee on the Open Letter to YWCAs, 1971

Box 134: folder 3
Newspaper clippings

Box 134: folder 4
Amnesty for draft dodgers and army deserters, 1972-73

Box 134: folder 5
Volunteerism, 1973-74

Box 134: folder 6
Equal Rights Amendment: National Board meetings in unratified states and Leadership Development Center, 1981-82

Box 134: folder 7-8

General, 1968-82, 1989-2001

Box 135: folder 1-4
Government agencies, 1970-86

Box 135: folder 5-8

Community Associations and Student Associations



Box 135: folder 9-10

Box 136: folder 1-11

Box 137: folder 1-4
Mailings ("Executive Bulletin," "Monthly Mailing," "Communique," "Consolidated Mailing")

1971-Feb 1987

Box 137: folder 5-18
Mar 1987-Jun 1989

Box 138: folder 1-22
Jul 1989-Sep/Oct 1991

Box 139: folder 1-17
Jan/Feb 1992-Mar 1994

Box 140: folder 1-11
Jul/Aug 1994-Jul 1996

Box 141: folder 1-12
Oct 1996-2001

Box 142: folder 1-13
Convention, 1962-64, 1994-2001

Box 143: folder 1-3
Corporate partnerships, 1998-2001

Box 143: folder 4
Jewish Social Identity Group, 1996

Box 143: folder 5
Latina Caucus, 1998-99

Box 143: folder 6
Lesbian Caucus, 1995-97

Box 143: folder 7
Metropolitan Seminars, 1994-99

Box 143: folder 8
National Association of YWCA Executives (NAYE), 1995-99

Box 143: folder 9
National Student YWCA, 1964-75

Box 143: folder 10-11
Staff and National Board


Box 143: folder 12-14
1913-14, 1971-2000

Box 144: folder 1-3
State and Regional Councils

General, 1994-98

Box 144: folder 4
Multi-State Convocation, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1998-99

Box 144: folder 5
Strategic Planning Process, 1994-98

Box 144: folder 6
Student YWCAs, 1996-98

Box 144: folder 7

Miscellaneous, 1997

Box 144: folder 8
Celebration of "600," 27 Mar 1982

Box 144: folder 9
ENCOREplus , miscellaneous, 1995-97

Box 144: folder 10
International Women's Day Open House and Screening, 5 Mar 1998

Box 144: folder 11
Memorial Services 'for those who served the National Board to whom death came'

General, 1949-90

Box 144: folder 12
Order of service, 1970-91

Box 144: folder 13-14
World YWCA Centenary, 1993-94

Box 144: folder 15

Miscellaneous, 1975-2000, n.d.

Box 145: folder 1
Restrictions on use:


Chronological correspondence with attorneys

William D. Murray, 1923-37


Box 145: folder 2
Reynolds, Richards, and McCutcheon, 1938-43

Box 145: folder 3
Restrictions on use:


Reynolds, Richards, Ely, and LaVenture, 1968-73


Box 145: folder 4
Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine, 1972-82

Box 145: folder 5-6
Restrictions on use:


Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, 1988-2000

Box 145: folder 7-10
Restrictions on use:


Finance/billing, 1988-89, 1991, 1995-96


Box 145: folder 11
American Girls Service Center, Istanbul, Turkey, 1988-92


Box 146: folder 1-3
Braithwaite v. YWCA of the USA, 1998-99

Box 146: folder 4
Restrictions on use:


Burrell v. YWCA of the USA, 1990-93

Box 146: folder 5
Restrictions on use:


California Nonprofit Corporation Law, 1978-80

Box 146: folder 6
Restrictions on use:



General, 1994-2000

Box 146: folder 7
Restrictions on use:


Action Audit for Change, 1994-95


Box 146: folder 8
Florida law re sales tax exemption, 1983-84


Box 146: folder 9
Frederick J. Pratt Trust: audit, 1992

Box 146: folder 10
Restrictions on use:


Hosannah Christian Fellowship lease cancellation, Leadership Development Center, 1988

Box 146: folder 11
Restrictions on use:


New York State Membership Corporation Law, 1946-55, n.d.

Box 146: folder 12-13
Restrictions on use:


Tax exempt status: challenges to local associations, 1955-95

Box 146: folder 14-15
Restrictions on use:



Registrations and renewals

General, 1946-2000

Box 146: folder 16
ENCOREplus , 1995-97

Box 146: folder 17
PACT (Parents and Children Together), 1995-97

Box 146: folder 18
Race Against Racism, 1997-98

Box 146: folder 19
Week Without Violence, 1997-2000

Box 146: folder 20
Y-Teen, 1947-98

Box 147: folder 1
YWCA, 1946-2001

Box 147: folder 2
YWCA and triangle, 1955-77

Box 147: folder 3

Box 147: folder 4
Infringement, 1992-96

Box 147: folder 5
Permissions to use


Box 147: folder 6-14
1963-64, 1982, 1988-89

Box 148: folder 1-5
U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, 1965

Box 148: folder 6
YWCA Membership policy, 1997

Box 148: folder 7

General, 1994-95

Box 148: folder 8
Membership Marketing Campaign

Request for proposals and correspondence, 1997-98

Box 148: folder 9
Hill & Knowlton: correspondence and proposals, 1997-98

Box 148: folder 10-11

YWCA as a Christian Organization

General, 1965-96

Box 148: folder 12
Commission to Study the YWCA as a Christian Movement

Preparation, 1963-64

Box 148: folder 13

Jul 1964

Box 148: folder 14
Sep 1964-65

Box 149: folder 1
Regional consultations, 1965-66

Box 149: folder 2-3
Correspondence, 1965-67

Box 149: folder 4-7
Study documents, 1959-69

Box 149: folder 8
"Guides for Participation," 1965

Box 149: folder 9
Rosters, 1964-66

Box 149: folder 10
Post-Commission, 1967-74

Box 149: folder 11
YWCA as a Women's Organization, 1966-99

Box 149: folder 12-13
Inclusion of the phrase "by any means necessary": correspondence, 1988-95

Box 149: folder 14
National Office/National Staff

General and miscellaneous

Office charters and description, 1959-89, n.d.

Box 150: folder 1
General, 1933-2000, n.d.

Box 150: folder 2-3
Affirmative Action

Plan, 1976

Box 150: folder 4
Reports, 1974-90

Box 150: folder 5
National Board Residence, 1933-34

Box 150: folder 6
Survey of the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Associations, W.H. Leffingwell Co., 1918

Box 150: folder 7
Travel, 1936-37

Box 150: folder 8
Unemployment insurance, 1937-38

Box 150: folder 9
Use of headquarters building by outside groups policy, 1937

Box 150: folder 10
Use of union printers policy, 1927-52

Box 150: folder 11
Worship, Commemoration, and Meditation Services, 1966-85

Box 150: folder 12
Committees, Councils, Departments

Facilities management and clerical/business functions

Office Committee/Committee for the Office Department/Office Department: minutes, 1908-21

Box 150: folder 13-17
Cafeteria Committee: minutes, 1916-21

Box 151: folder 1-2
Business Division: minutes, 1921-29

Box 151: folder 3
Headquarters Committee/Buildings Committee/Buildings and Catering Committee: minutes, 1912-33

Box 151: folder 4-9
Headquarters Services Committee


Box 151: folder 10-17

Box 152: folder 1-7
Hospitality Committee: minutes, 1932-34

Box 152: folder 8
Office Services Committee: minutes, 1942-52

Box 152: folder 9-11
Property Management Committee, 1971-81

Box 152: folder 12
Information Resource Management Committee, 1987

Box 152: folder 13
Administration/Personnel/Standards of work

Committee on Relationships Between Home and Foreign Departments, 1908

Box 152: folder 14
Office Conference and Office Council

History and Constitution, 1915-21

Box 152: folder 15
Minutes, 1908-21

Box 152: folder 16-17
Schedule Committee: minutes, 1923-29

Box 152: folder 18-19
Evaluation Council, 1929

Box 153: folder 1
Committee on National Board Personnel, 1932-33

Box 153: folder 2
National Employed Personnel Committee, 1939-69

Box 153: folder 3-5
National Personnel and Labor Relations Committee, 1973-79

Box 153: folder 6
Staff Planning Group, 1978, 1980-81

Box 153: folder 7
Service Coordinating Group, 1979-81

Box 153: folder 8
Communications Task Force, 2000

Box 153: folder 9
Staff Meetings

Secretaries [and Special Workers], 1908-17

Box 153: folder 10-12
Office Executives and Office Secretaries meeting minutes, 1919-28

Box 153: folder 13
Office Management Council/Office Supervisory Staff: minutes, 1944-57

Box 153: folder 14-18
Professional and National Staff


Box 153: folder 19-20
1957-59, circa 1970-99

Box 154: folder 1-6
Directors and Managers, 1988-89

Box 154: folder 7

Articles on Office Efficiency by Margaret McKinlay

Box 154: folder 8
Staff policy and procedure manuals, 1924-99

Box 154: folder 9-12
"From 9 to 4:45," supplementary information to staff manual, 1941

Box 154: folder 13
Handbook: "For Those Who Write and Those Who Type," 1950, 1989, n.d.

Box 154: folder 14
Manual of Filing Procedure, 1941

Box 154: folder 15
Your Newsletter, 1972-74

Box 154: folder 16

Building management

Box 155
General, 1912-41, n.d.

Box 155: folder 1-3
Chair, Buildings Committee, 1912-18

Box 155: folder 4
Business Division, 1924-26

Box 155: folder 5
Business Committee of General Administration, 1930-31

Box 155: folder 6
Business Functions of the National Board, 1933

Box 155: folder 7
Catering/Cafeteria/Food Service

General, 1920-26

Box 155: folder 8
Cafeteria Committee, 1916-21

Box 155: folder 9
Employment Secretary, 1920-21

Box 155: folder 10
Hospitality, 1921-41

Box 155: folder 11
Librarian, 1920-21

Box 155: folder 12
Office Department/Office Services

General, 1908-26, 1935-39

Box 155: folder 13-17
Chair, Office Committee, 1908-19

Box 155: folder 18
Social Secretary, 1912-22

Box 155: folder 19

General, 1976-99

Box 155: folder 20
National Staff Orientation, Jun 1986

Box 155: folder 21
Support Staff Orientation, Apr 1987

Box 155: folder 22
Professional Staff Orientation, Jun 1987

Box 155: folder 23
Professional Staff Retreat: Improving Organizational Effectiveness, Sep 1988

Box 155: folder 24
Support/Technical Staff Retreat, Dec 1988

Correspondence and notes

Box 155: folder 25

Box 156: folder 1

Box 156: folder 2
In-Service Development Session on Racial Justice, Jan 1989

Box 156: folder 3-5
Management Roundtable: Human Resources Skills Update, Dec 1994

Box 156: folder 6
National Staff Orientation: Racism and Heterosexism, Mar 1996

Box 156: folder 7
Customer Service Workshop, Feb 2000

Box 156: folder 8

General and history, 1946-72, n.d.

Box 156: folder 9
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and agreements, 1939-41, 1943-48

Box 156: folder 10-17
Scrapbook of news clippings and materials distributed by United Social Agency Employees, Aug 1948-1949

Box 157: folder 1-2
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and agreements, 1949-59

Box 157: folder 3-11
National Board Negotiating Committee: minutes


Box 157: folder 12

Box 158: folder 1
Notes and research materials, 1956-57

Box 158: folder 2-3
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and agreements, 1960-67

Box 158: folder 4-5
Notes and research materials, 1964-67

Box 158: folder 6-7
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and agreements, 1969-70

Box 158: folder 8
Notes and research materials, 1971-73

Box 158: folder 9-10
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and agreements, 1973-99, n.d.

Box 159: folder 1-6

Miscellaneous, 1928-99

Box 160: folder 1
Committee on Cooperation/Steering Committee on Cooperation: minutes, reports, and correspondence, 1939-53, 1955-66

Box 160: folder 2-9
National Volunteer Issues Leadership Meeting, 1990

Box 160: folder 10
Avon Products, Inc., 1994-99

Box 160: folder 11
Bishop Desmond Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund, 1985-91

Box 160: folder 12
Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy, 1979

Box 160: folder 13
Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs (aka Filer Commission), 1973-76

Box 160: folder 14
Girls Incorporated, 1996-2000, n.d.

Box 161: folder 1
Interchurch World Movement

General and General Committee, 1918-20

Box 161: folder 2-3
Cabinet, 1919-20

Box 161: folder 4-7
Executive Committee, 1919-20

Box 161: folder 8-9
Licensed Agencies for Relief in Asia (LARA): 50th Anniversary scrapbook, 1996

Box 161: folder 10
Ms. Foundation for Women, 1994

Box 161: folder 11
National Conference on Social Welfare, 1978-79

Box 161: folder 12
Soviet Women's Committee

Trips, 1985-87

Box 161: folder 13-15
Rockefeller Foundation Report, 1986-89

Box 161: folder 16
Traveler's Aid, 1913

Box 162: folder 1
United Service Organizations, Inc., 1961-79

Box 162: folder 2-12
United Way

Box 163
General, 1976-89

Box 163: folder 1
Long Range Planning Report, 1979

Box 163: folder 2
Women's Action Alliance, 1979

Box 163: folder 3
Youth Service America and National Youth Service Day, 1997-2001

Box 163: folder 4
Zonta International, 1999

Box 163: folder 5
World's YWCA

General and History

Miscellaneous, 1909-99, n.d.

Box 164: folder 1-2
Constitution revisions, 1947-72

Box 164: folder 3
Consultant on Buildings (Josephine Ainsworth), 1961-62

Box 164: folder 4

Teaching of Foreign Languages in Voluntary Organizations, 1963-64

Box 164: folder 5
Vocational Training, 1970

Box 164: folder 6
Women: A Power for Change, sponsored by YWCA of the U.S.A., autumn, 1974

Box 164: folder 7
Structural Adjustment, 1994

Box 164: folder 8
International Training Institute, 1994

Box 164: folder 9
Interns, 1996-98

Box 164: folder 10
Nominations for World leadership, 1995-99

Box 164: folder 11
NGO Information Seminar on Disarmament, 1965-66

Box 164: folder 12
Pension Study, 1970

Box 164: folder 13
Study Group on the Role of Youth Promoting Youth Participation in National and World Development, 1968-69

Box 164: folder 14
Trainee Program, 1965-70

Box 164: folder 15
UN Women's Conference and NGO Forum Regional Meeting, World YWCA team, 1994

Box 164: folder 16
Vietnam refugees, 1965-66

Box 164: folder 17


Box 164: folder 18-22
1964-72, 1994-99

Box 165: folder 1-10
Council Meetings


Box 165: folder 11

Box 165: folder 12
1987 (held in U.S.A. at Leadership Development Center)

Box 165

Box 165: folder 13
Budget and fund raising

Box 165: folder 14
Clippings and publicity

Box 165: folder 15

Box 166: folder 1-4

Box 166: folder 5

Box 166: folder 6
Information Letter

Box 166: folder 7
Peace Site dedication

Box 166: folder 8
Phoenix Forum

Box 166: folder 9
Planning and logistics

Box 166: folder 10
Post-Council Visits Programme


Box 166: folder 11
Applications and resource materials

Box 166: folder 12
Clippings and final reporting

Box 166: folder 13
Participants and itineraries

Box 166: folder 14
Programs and schedules

Box 166: folder 15
U.S.A. Delegates Briefing packet, Jun 1986

Box 166: folder 16

Box 167: folder 1

Delegate applications

Box 167: folder 2-3
Slate of delegates

Box 167: folder 4
Pre-Council materials

Box 167: folder 5
Programs and schedules

Box 167: folder 6
Reports and other post-council materials

Box 167: folder 7

General, 1943-55, 1995-99

Box 167: folder 8-12
International Building Fund, 1995-98

Box 167: folder 13
Reports, 1958-70, 1999

Box 167: folder 14-17
World's Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations Relationship, 1947-56

Box 168: folder 1-4
Young Men's Christian Association

General and History

YMCA history, 1916-2000, n.d.

Box 169: folder 1
Index to chronological file, 1926-54

Box 169: folder 2
Chronological file

1907, 1926-55

Box 169: folder 3-11

Box 170: folder 1-11
1965-2000, n.d.

Box 171: folder 1-11
Building and Furnishing Services (YMCA), 1953-59

Box 172: folder 1

Inter-Association Council on Small Cities and Towns, 1925-26

Box 172: folder 2
Commission to Study Relationships with the YMCA/on Cooperation with the YMCA, 1925-30

Box 172: folder 3
YWCA and YMCA National Commissions on Cooperation

Minutes, 1925-29

Box 172: folder 4

Synopsis of Case Histories of YMCA and YWCA Relationships, Mar 1926

Box 172: folder 5
Colored Work Case Histories

Box 172: folder 6
State Case Histories

Box 172: folder 7
Rural (Town and Country) Case Histories

Box 172: folder 8
Town (Small City) Case Histories

Box 172: folder 9
Council on Work Relations with the YMCA, 1930-31

Box 172: folder 10
National YWCA-YMCA Consultative Committee: pamphlet "Working Together with Teen-Age Youth: Some Guiding Principles for YMCA-YWCA Cooperation," 1948

Box 172: folder 11
Task Force on YMCA-YWCA Relationships/Task Force of the National YMCA and YWCA, 1971-74

Box 172: folder 12-15
Special Task Group on Relationships of YMCAs to YWCAs in Local Situations, 1977

Box 172: folder 16
Community Associations

Statistics, 1955-58

Box 172: folder 17
General, 1965-68

Box 172: folder 18
Colorado Springs, 1967-68

Box 172: folder 19
Iowa, 1965-68

Box 172: folder 20
New York City, 1966-67

Box 172: folder 21

"Administration of Shared Facilities," work tool, 1961

Box 173: folder 1
Co-operation Between the Young Women's and Young Men's Christian Associations by J. Quincy Ames, circa 1930. Monograph no. VIII of "The Changing Young Men's Christian Association" Series

Box 173: folder 2
"YMCA-YWCA Cooperation," work tool prepared by the Community Division, 1956

Box 173: folder 3

Reconnaissance Study YMCA-YWCA Relations in the Field in the United States of America by Herbert N. Shenton and Earl S. Eubank, 1930

Box 173

Box 173: folder 4
Full report [no photocopying]

Box 173: folder 5
Photocopy of text (without charts and enclosures)

Box 174: folder 1
A Study of YMCA Constituency After One Hundred Years, YMCA Bureau of Records, Studies and Trends, 1942

Box 174: folder 2
Women and Girls in the Young Men's Christian Association: A Study of Current Practices, YMCA Bureau of Records, Studies, and Trends, 1946

Box 174: folder 3
Women in the YMCA Record, YMCA National Council Study, 1947

Box 174: folder 4
YMCA and YWCA Relationships in Joint Use of Buildings, YMCA Research, Studies and Records Department, 1959

Box 174: folder 5
"The Role of the YWCA in a Changing Era: The YWCA Study of YMCA-YWCA Cooperative Experiences" by Dan W. Dodson, 1960

Correspondence, questionnaire, press releases, 1958-66

Box 174: folder 6-8
Preliminary draft, Aug 1960

Box 174: folder 9
Final report, Nov 1960

Box 174: folder 10
YWCAs, National-other countries


Miscellaneous, 1967-74, 1994-97, n.d.

Box 175: folder 1
Australia, 1971-97

Box 175: folder 2
Canada, 1972-2002

Box 175: folder 3
China, 1980, 1991-95

Box 175: folder 4
El Salvador, 1991

Box 175: folder 5
Fiji, 1969-94

Box 175: folder 6
Great Britain, 1952-96

Box 175: folder 7
Hong Kong, 1969-96

Box 175: folder 8
India, 1971-94

Box 175: folder 9
Japan, 1966-94

Box 175: folder 10
Kenya, 1994-97

Box 175: folder 11
Korea, 1997-98

Box 175: folder 12
Liberia, 1971-94

Box 175: folder 13
New Zealand, 1973-96

Box 175: folder 14
Nigeria, 1971, 1996

Box 175: folder 15
Palestine, 1995-96

Box 175: folder 16
Philippines, 1972-96

Box 175: folder 17
South Africa, 1971, 1993-96

Box 175: folder 18-19
Sri Lanka, 1972-96

Box 175: folder 20
Taiwan, 1971, 1996

Box 175: folder 21
Uganda, 1993-2000

Box 175: folder 22
Programs and Projects

Child Care Advocacy, 1994-97

Box 175: folder 23
Communication and Knowledge Sharing Project: YWLink, YWNet, and Handsnet

YWNet/Handsnet, 1994-96

Box 175: folder 24
Pilot evaluations, 1994-96

Box 175: folder 25
'Definition' Phase

Correspondence and presentations, 1998

Box 175: folder 26
Final Report, 1998

Box 175: folder 27
'Implementation' Phase

Meetings, reports, 1998-99

Box 176: folder 1
'National Back Office': final report, Oct 1998

Box 176: folder 2
'Change Management': final report, Oct 1998

Box 176: folder 3
Final Report, Dec 1998

Box 176: folder 4
YWLink World Wide Web-based intranet system

Communication Plan and Communication Toolkit, 1999

Box 176: folder 5
Training manual: draft and correspondence, Mar 1999

Box 176: folder 6
Training Presentation, 1999

Box 176: folder 7
"Welcome to YWLink: Guidebook and Companion Workbook," Apr 1999

Box 176: folder 8
YWNet Notes, 1995-97

Box 176: folder 9
Education for Global Responsibility

General, 1994-97

Box 176: folder 10
Proposal, Year II, Feb 1995

Box 176: folder 11
Reports to U.S. Agency for International Development

Year I, Sep 1992-Aug 1993

Box 176: folder 12
Year II, Sep 1993-Aug 1994

First quarter

Box 176: folder 13
Second-Fourth quarters

Box 177: folder 1-2
Year III, Sep 1994-Aug 1995 (missing 3rd quarter)

Box 177: folder 3
Final Report, Feb 1996

Box 177: folder 4
Intervention Programs

Texas, 1971-73

Box 177: folder 5
New England, 1971-77

Box 177: folder 6
New York State, 1975-76

Box 177: folder 7
Metropolitan YWCA Consortium (proposed), 1978

Box 177: folder 8
Race Against Racism


Box 177: folder 9-11

Box 178: folder 1-2
Summer Youth Demonstration Project [personnel issues], 1967-68

Box 178: folder 3
Youth Development Program, 1997-2001, n.d.

Box 178: folder 4
Week Without Violence, 1994-2001

Box 178: folder 5-7
Public Relations


Box 178: folder 8
Corporate identity and new logo, Bass/Yager & Associates, 1986-90, n.d.

Box 178: folder 9-10

Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc., 1993-96

Box 178: folder 11
Strategy Communication Action, Ltd.

Communications Plan, 1994-99

Box 178: folder 12
Communications Strategy Sessions, 1994-97

Box 178: folder 13

Miscellaneous, 1995-2001

Box 178: folder 14
Annual Report, 1994-2000

Box 178: folder 15
Child Care guidebook, 1996-98

Box 178: folder 16
Emissaries, newsletter for former National Board members, 1994-2001

Box 178: folder 17
General brochure, 1995-98, n.d.

Box 178: folder 18
Racial Justice

Miscellaneous, 1994-2001, n.d.

Box 179: folder 1
National Board Consultation/Ad-hoc Work Group on Desegregation in the YWCA, 1955-56

Box 179: folder 2
Reports to National Board: correspondence and research, 1957

Box 179: folder 3
Interdepartmental Committee to Coordinate Work on Racial Integration,1957-58

Box 179: folder 4
Committee on Racial Inclusiveness

General, 1958-61

Box 179: folder 5-6
Institute for Leadership in Intergroup Relations, 1960

Box 179: folder 7
Civil Rights Movement

Correspondence, general, 1962-65

Box 179: folder 8
National Board mailings, 1963

Box 179: folder 9
Community Association correspondence and responses to mailings

Central region, 1963

Box 179: folder 10
Eastern region, 1963-65

Box 179: folder 11-12
Southern region, 1963-65

Box 179: folder 13-14
Western region, 1963

Box 179: folder 15
March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs, 1963

Box 179: folder 16
Ad-hoc Committee to Review Investments and Purchasing Related to Fair Employment Practices

General, 1963-64

Box 179: folder 17
Responses from corporations

General, A - Z, 1964

Box 180: folder 1-5
Tidewater Oil Company, 1964

Box 180: folder 6
Eastman Kodak Company and FIGHT (Freedom, Integration, God, Honor, Today), 1964-67

Box 180: folder 7
Affirmative Action, general, 1991-96

Box 180: folder 8

General Secretary/Executive Director/CEO

1909-14, 1931-32, 1944-53, 1955-59, 1992-98

Box 180: folder 9-19
2000; State of the YWCA, 1994-2000

Box 181: folder 1-3
President of the National Board reports, 1907-14, 1996-2000

Box 181: folder 4-6
Miscellaneous, 1964-70

Box 181: folder 7
Operational Plan, 1991, 1995-2001

Box 181: folder 8
"Organization for Business Administration" by Robert Heller Associates, Jul 1959

Box 181: folder 9
Study of the operations, structure, and service of the National Board offices, by Arthur Greenleigh ("Greenleigh Report"), 1958

Box 181: folder 10
Speeches and Statements

Baker, Gwendolyn Calvert, 1988-93, n.d.

Box 181: folder 11
Jackson, Alexine Clement: Race Against Racism remarks, May 1998

Box 181: folder 12
Lerrigo, Edith: "Freedom to Move," 1969

Box 181: folder 13
Mathai-Davis, Prema

Miscellaneous, 1994-98, n.d.

Box 181: folder 14-16
Affirmative Action, 1995-98

Box 181: folder 17
Aging, 1995-98

Box 181: folder 18
Child Care, 1995-98

Box 182: folder 1
Domestic Violence/Violence Against Women, 1995-98

Box 182: folder 2
Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, China): speech at and speeches about, 1994-99

Box 182: folder 3
Girls and Technology, 1997-99

Box 182: folder 4
Women's Federation for World Peace keynote address, 1995

Box 182: folder 5
World YWCA, 1994-95

Box 182: folder 6
YWCA Events and Programs

Miscellaneous, 1994-99

Box 182: folder 7
135th Anniversary, 1994

Box 182: folder 8
Convention, 1994, 1996, 1998

Box 182: folder 9
National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism, 1994-98

Box 182: folder 10
Race Against Racism, 1997-99

Box 182: folder 11
Week Without Violence, 1995-97

Box 182: folder 12-14
YWCA Groups

Community and Student Associations, 1994-98

Box 182: folder 15-16
Metropolitan Seminars, 1994-97

Box 182: folder 17
National Student Assembly, 2000

Box 182: folder 18
Regional Councils, 1994

Box 182: folder 19
World Service Council, 1994-96

Box 182: folder 20
Putnam, Glendora McIlwain, 1988, 1990

Box 182: folder 21
Rice, Anna Virena: "The Challenge of the Present Day to the Young Women's Christian Association," World's Conference, Ceylon, 1936

Box 182: folder 22
Simons, Savilla Millis, "Desegregation and Integration in Social Work," National Conference of Social Work, May 1956: notes and text

Box 182: folder 23
Stallard, Ann

"Belong-Believe-Become," Apr 1992

Box 182: folder 24
Report to Metropolitan YWCAs, El Paso, Texas, 30 Sep 1994

Box 182: folder 25
Stewardship Speech, YWCA 34th National Convention, 1996

Box 182: folder 26

General, 1936-58

Box 183: folder 1
Reports of the Secretary for Properties and Insurance, 1922-24

Box 183: folder 2
Altamont (Millbrook, New York), 1960-63

Box 183: folder 3
Asilomar Conference Grounds (Pacific Grove, California)

History, 1920-93

Box 183: folder 4
Conference Grounds Committee: minutes and reports, 1914-17, 1919-28, 1945-53 (17ff)

Box 183: folder 5-21
Correspondence, 1945-66 (2 ff)

Box 184: folder 1
Real estate report, 1924

Box 184: folder 2-4
Misc. printed materials, 1900-96

Box 184: folder 5
Chautauqua Hospitality House (Chautauqua, NY), 1948, 1952

Box 184: folder 6
Fletcher Farm (Ludlow, Vermont), 1929-30, 1992

Box 184: folder 7
Grace Dodge Hotel (Washington, DC)

General, 1916-72

Box 184: folder 8
"The Grace Dodge Hotel: A Study of Purposes, Policies and Operations," Curtis, Fosdick, & Belnap, 1923

Box 184: folder 9-11
Leadership Development Center (Phoenix, Arizona) aka Fleischmann Learning Center

General, 1980-82, 1990, 1996, n.d.

Box 185: folder 1
Administration, n.d.

Box 185: folder 2

Ad-hoc Fleischmann Committee, 1979

Box 185: folder 3
Fleischmann Project/Learning Center Committee and Arizona Task Force, 1980-81

Box 185: folder 4
YWCA Leadership Development Center Committee, Nov 1981-83

Box 185: folder 5-6
Committee Chair's (Elizabeth Genne) notes re conversations with Project Director (Edith Williams), 1981-82

Box 185: folder 7
Investment Committee meeting, 13 May 1982

Box 185: folder 8

Feasibility Study, 1981

Box 185: folder 9
Fleischmann Foundation: correspondence and proposals, 1979-80

Box 185: folder 10
Fund for the Future campaign, 1981

Box 185: folder 11
Kresge Foundation, 1982

Box 185: folder 12
Site selection

Location survey, 1980

Box 185: folder 13
Proposals, 1980-81

Box 185: folder 14
Opposition to siting in a non-ERA state, 1981-82

Box 186: folder 1
Architect selection, 1980-81

Box 186: folder 2
Architectural plans, 1981

Box 186: folder 3
Budget, 1981-82

Box 186: folder 4
Contractor selection, 1981

Box 186: folder 5
Name selection, 1982-83

Box 186: folder 6
Groundbreaking, 1982

Box 186: folder 7
Publicity, 1982

Box 186: folder 8
Newspaper clippings and articles, 1982-94

Box 186: folder 9
Dedication, 1983

Box 186: folder 10
Dedication of Meditation Room, 1985

Box 186: folder 11
Pamphlets and brochures, 1983-97, n.d.

Box 186: folder 12
Feasibility study: LDC expansion, 1991

Box 187: folder 1
Legal documents, 1981-91

Box 187: folder 2
Restrictions on use:


10th Anniversary celebration, 1994

Box 187: folder 3
National Board headquarters

125th East 27th Street

General, circa 1908

Box 187: folder 4
Office Furnishings Committee, 1908

Box 187: folder 5
"600" (600 Lexington Avenue & "The Annex" 132/135 East 52nd St., New York City)

General and history, 1911-82, n.d.

Box 187: folder 6-8
Future Headquarters Committee, 1910-1912

Box 187: folder 9
Correspondence, 1911-48

Box 187: folder 10
Specifications, 1911

Box 187: folder 11-12
Contracts and work orders, 1912

Box 187: folder 13-18
Consulting Engineers' report on 596-604 Lexington Ave., 1914

Box 188: folder 1
25th anniversary of dedication of building, 1937

Box 188: folder 2-3
Air conditioning, 1962-64

Box 188: folder 4
Sale of '600'

General, 1980-82

Box 188: folder 5-6
A Celebration of the Living History of '600,' 1982

Box 188: folder 7
Photo Memories of '600,' 1983

Box 188: folder 8
Songs about '600,' 1982

Box 188: folder 9
135 West 50th Street, 1981-82

Box 188: folder 10-11
726 Broadway, 1983-89

General, 1983-89

Box 188: folder 12
Drawing of the interior, n.d.

Box 188: folder 13
726 Committee, 1985-86

Box 188: folder 14
Open House guest book, 1984

Box 188: folder 15
350 50th Avenue (Empire State Building), 1997-2001

Box 188: folder 16-17
National Board residence (135 East 52nd Street), 1943-82, n.d.

Box 188: folder 18
National Training School, 1912, 1935

Box 188: folder 19
Oversize Box

National Board headquarters

Donor lists, 1911-12

Box 189
Ledger: notes and reports on building, 1911-12

Box 189

Subseries A. Finance and Development

General and History, 1913-89

Box 190: folder 1

Charters and function descriptions, 1933-91

Box 190: folder 2
Correspondence and memoranda

Box 190
General, 1964-82

Box 190: folder 3-4
Mailings to Community Associations, 1971-80

Box 190: folder 5

Finance Committee, 1907-09

Box 190: folder 6
Finance Department/Division Committee


Box 190: folder 7-16

Box 191: folder 1-11
Financing Committee, 1932-33

Box 191: folder 12
National Support and Interpretation


Box 191: folder 13-18

Box 192: folder 1-9
National Support


Box 192: folder 10-17

Box 193: folder 1-8
Financial Resources Development, 1964-69

Box 193: folder 9-11
Financial Resources Development Core Group, 1970-71

Box 193: folder 12
Financial Development, 1972-86, 1991, 1996-98

Box 193: folder 13-14
Development Staff meetings, 1997-98

Box 193: folder 15

Advisory Council on National Support Projects/for Special Projects, 1957-62

Box 193: folder 16
Advisory Council for Special Gifts, 1961-64

Box 193: folder 17
Bequest Committee, 1950-69

Box 193: folder 18
Corporation and Foundation Support, 1967-70

Box 193: folder 19
Endowment, 1940-41

Box 193: folder 20
Finance Commission, 1933

Box 193: folder 21
Finance Committee, 1984-87

Box 194: folder 1
Financial Growth Group, 1979-82

Box 194: folder 2-3
Financing the National Board, 1947-48

Box 194: folder 4
Local Association Financial Development, 1972-74

Box 194: folder 5
Long Range Finance, 1964-72

Box 194: folder 6
Long Range Financial Planning, 1980

Box 194: folder 7
National Affiliation Dues Subcommittee, 1996-97

Box 194: folder 8-9
National Support Task Force

General, 1991-93

Box 194: folder 10
Mid-Triennial Meetings: notes, Apr-May 1993

Box 194: folder 11
Special Gifts, 1964-67

Box 194: folder 12
World Service Council

General information pamphlets, 1933-90, n.d.

Box 194: folder 13
History and organization


Box 194: folder 14-15

Box 195: folder 1


Box 195: folder 2
Annual Meetings


Box 195: folder 3-13

Box 196: folder 1-11
Executive Committee

Restrictions on use:


1921-25, 1973-89

Box 196: folder 12-15

Box 197: folder 1-8
with National staff, 1992-95

Box 197: folder 9
Regional, 1926-36

Box 197: folder 10
Convention, 1940-61, 1991-98

Box 197: folder 11-16
Miscellaneous invitations, 1916-88, n.d.

Box 197: folder 17

General, 1920-87

Box 198: folder 1
Anna Caldwell, Secretary to WSC, 1923-33

Box 198: folder 2
Annual, 1989-2001

Box 198: folder 3-6


Box 198: folder 7-10

Box 199: folder 1
Memos and correspondence, 1926-2000

Box 199: folder 2-7

Directories, 1942-2001

Box 199: folder 8-9
Rosters, 1921-69, n.d.

Box 199: folder 10
Changes, 1926-27, 1991-2000, n.d.

Box 199: folder 11
Correspondence, 1949-2000, n.d.

Box 199: folder 12

General, 1986-2000

Box 199: folder 13
Contributions, 1923-50, 1987-99

Box 200: folder 1-2
Archives project, 1997-2000

Box 200: folder 3
International Building Fund, 1987-96, n.d.

Box 200: folder 4
Mary Rockefeller Memorial Fund, 1997

Box 200: folder 5
World YWCA centenary celebration, 1994

Box 200: folder 6
Serial publications

World Service Bulletin, 1921

Box 200: folder 7
World Service Council News Sheet, 1928-37

Box 200: folder 8-11
World Service Council News Letter, 1938-62

Box 200: folder 12-13
World Service Council newsletter, 1994-2000

Box 200: folder 14

[see also National Support Sample Books-oversize boxes]

Financial Development/publicity

Chronological file


Box 200: folder 15-18

Box 201: folder 1-10
1946-85, n.d.

Box 202: folder 1-14
Christmas reminders, 1949-83

Box 203: folder 1
Donor Report, 1997-99

Box 203: folder 2

Close-Ups, 1929-38

Box 203: folder 3
National YWCA Dollar/Dollar Highlights, 1935-86

Box 203: folder 4-5
Travelog, 1936-41

Box 203: folder 6
World Fellowship Bulletin, 1946-48

Box 203: folder 7
YWCA News, 1936-71

Box 203: folder 8-9
Financial Development Bulletin, 1991-92

Box 203: folder 10
Forms and Guidelines

Finance Statement and National Support Payment forms, 1963-80

Box 203: folder 11-12
National Support Kit

1958-64, 1973-76, 1987-88

Box 203: folder 13-16

Box 204: folder 1-3
Manuals and handbooks


Personal and family, 1921, n.d.

Box 204: folder 4
"Suggested Budget Form for Young Women's Christian Associations," 1930-47

Box 204: folder 5
Budget and Finance Manual for the YWCA, 1953

Box 204: folder 6
Finance Administration Manual for the YWCA, 1966-80

Box 204: folder 7-10
Finance, general, 1915-48

Box 204: folder 11-12
The Finance Committee, 1936, 1940

Box 205: folder 1

General, 1932, 1953-81, circa 1990

Box 205: folder 2-4
Building campaigns, 1913-19

Box 205: folder 5
Funds and Friends by Tolman Lee, 1925

Box 205: folder 6
Major Gifts Campaign Solicitors Handbook, 1989, 1992

Box 205: folder 7-8
Scrapbooks [disassembled]


Box 205: folder 9-10

Box 206: folder 1
Suggestions for an Accounting Plan for a Non-Profit Organization-The YWCA by Frederick J. Haller, 1936

Box 206: folder 2

Department/Division, 1907-18, 1920-23, 1930-31

Box 206: folder 3-6
Finance Committee, 1934-64

Box 206: folder 7-8
Office Secretary, 1909-19

Box 206: folder 9
Secretaries and special workers, Visitation Reports

Ella G. Agnew, 1920

Box 206: folder 10
Esther Anderson, 1916-20

Box 206: folder 11
Helen Ballard, 1913-15

Box 206: folder 12
Helen Barnes, 1917-20

Box 206: folder 13
Augusta Brown, 1909-12

Box 206: folder 14
Mary Colt, 1919-20

Box 206: folder 15
Katharine Condon, 1919-20

Box 206: folder 16
Edith Helmer, 1918-19

Box 206: folder 17
Elizabeth Hughes, 1918-20

Box 206: folder 18
Mary Johns [Hopper], 1919

Box 206: folder 19
Sada Johnson, 1918-19

Box 206: folder 20
Edith Keeley, 1919-20

Box 206: folder 21
Julia Lee, 1917-20

Box 206: folder 22
Mary McElroy, 1917-1918

Box 206: folder 23
Mary Childs Nerney, 1919-20

Box 207: folder 1
Clara S. Roe, 1919

Box 207: folder 2
Ella Schooley, 1916-1919

Box 207: folder 3
Mabel K. Stafford, 1919-20

Box 207: folder 4
Edith N. Stanton, 1913

Box 207: folder 5
Cora Tatham, 1919-20

Box 207: folder 6
Harriet Taylor, 1910-17

Box 207: folder 7
Edith Wilkinson, 1910-19

Box 207: folder 8
Miscellaneous, 1911-12, 1920

Box 207: folder 9
Committee for National Support and Interpretation, 1933-78, 1992

Box 207: folder 10-17
Committee on Financing the National Board, 1940-48

Box 207: folder 18

"A Fund-Raising Study and Report on the Foreign Division…," John Price Jones Corporation, 1946

Box 207: folder 19
"Study and Recommendations Concerning the Public Relations, Publicity and Fund-Raising of the National Board…," John Price Jones Corporation, 1947

Box 207: folder 20
Appraisal of the National Support and Public Information Departments, John Price Jones Corporation, 1949

Box 207: folder 21
"Findings and Recommendations for Increasing Financial Support of the National Board of the YWCA," Greenleigh Associates, Inc., 1963

Box 207: folder 22

Finance Workshop packet, Houston, Texas, Nov 1972

Box 208: folder 1
Finance Management Workshop, YWCA Leadership Training Institute, n.d.

Box 208: folder 2
Financial Development Workshops

General, 1973-96

Box 208: folder 3
Institutes, 1986-87

Box 208: folder 4
Kit and Presentation materials, 1987

Box 208: folder 5
Columbus, Ohio, Apr 1987

Box 208: folder 6
St. Louis, Missouri, Dec 1987

Box 208: folder 7
New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan 1988

Box 208: folder 8
San Diego, California, Mar 1988

Box 208: folder 9
Financial Planning Workshop, Cluster Meetings, 1977

Box 208: folder 10
Money Management Seminar, Jun 1978

Box 208: folder 11
Planned Giving Workshops, 1986-88

Box 208: folder 12-14
Proposal writing, 1965-74, n.d.

Box 208: folder 15
Resource Development Workshop, 1998

Box 208: folder 16
Fundraising, General

General, 1945-96, n.d.

Box 208: folder 17-18
Annual Fund, 1996-99, n.d.

Box 208: folder 19
Communications and Knowledge Sharing Project, 1998

Box 208: folder 20
Community Associations, 1913, 1963-97, n.d.

Box 208: folder 21
Corporate Partnership Policy, 1991-92

Box 209: folder 1
Direct mail

Appeals, 1980-96, n.d.

Box 209: folder 2-3
Consultation, 1980

Box 209: folder 4
Executive Management for Women, 1975-76, n.d.

Box 209: folder 5


General, 1979-98, n.d.

Box 209: folder 6-8
Fleischmann Foundation, 1975-79

Box 209: folder 9

General, 1963-6, 1973-92

Box 209: folder 10-11
Research and Action, Inc.

General, 1971

Box 209: folder 12
Technical Assistance Project, 1977-78

Box 209: folder 13
Information Brief about Government Programs, 1974-83

Box 209: folder 14
Mabel Cratty Endowment Fund, 1928-40

Box 210: folder 1
National Support (aka Quotas, fee sharing, shared membership dues)

General, 1927-96, n.d.

Box 210: folder 2-8
Form letters, 1988-92

Box 210: folder 9
Plans, circa 1920-98

Box 210: folder 10-15
Videotape, 1986-87

Box 210: folder 16
National YWCA Associates

General, 1933-52

Box 211: folder 1
Mailings, 1933-35

Box 211: folder 2
Planned/deferred giving

General, 1954-94, n.d.

Box 211: folder 3-4
Grace Dodge Legacy Club, 1988-94

Box 211: folder 5
Pooled Income Fund, 1976-93

Box 211: folder 6
Tribute to Women in International Industry (TWIN), 1978-92, n.d.

Box 211: folder 7-9

Sunday Campaign, 1917

Box 211: folder 10
Assurance Policy Campaign, 1922-23

Box 211: folder 11
End of Year Endowment Appeal, 1951

Box 211: folder 12
Centennial Fund

General, 1953-57, n.d.

Box 211: folder 13-14
Sample Corporation Appeal, n.d.

Box 211: folder 15
Fund for the Future, 1980-86

General, 1980-90, n.d.

Box 212: folder 1
Feasibility/Planning Study, Blakeley, John Price Jones Inc., 1980-81

Box 212: folder 2
Case Statement, Jul 1982

Box 212: folder 3
Meetings and reports, 1982-86

Box 212: folder 4
Corporate appeals

Samples, 1983-88, n.d.

Box 212: folder 5
Proposal to Houston Industries Inc., 1986

Box 212: folder 6
Donors, 1982-86, n.d.

Box 212: folder 7
Fund for the Future Bulletin, 1983-87

Box 212: folder 8
Press kits, 1982, 1985

Box 212: folder 9
Prospects, 1981-86, n.d.

Box 212: folder 10-11
Millennium 2000: Changing Lives, Building Futures, 1996-2000

General, 1996-98, n.d.

Box 212: folder 12-13
Case statement: drafts and text, 1995-98

Box 212: folder 14
Case Advisory Committee meetings, 1997-98

Box 213: folder 1-2
Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Service Award plaques, 1998

Box 213: folder 3
Campaign budget and plan, 1995-98, n.d.

Box 213: folder 4
Community Counseling Service Co., Inc.

Feasibility study, 1991

Box 213: folder 5
Contracts, 1997-98

Box 213: folder 6
Comprehensive Assessment of the Campaign, 1997

Box 213: folder 7
Concept Papers

General, 1996-97, n.d.

Box 213: folder 8
Capacity Building, 1996-98

Box 213: folder 9
ENCOREplus, 1997, n.d.

Box 213: folder 10
Racial Justice, 1996-97

Box 213: folder 11

Coffee and Cake hosted by Ruthanna Weber, 1998

Box 213: folder 12
Tea hosted by Elisabeth Luce Moore, 1996

Box 213: folder 13
Workshops, 1997, n.d.

Box 213: folder 14
'Genesis Group': survey and consultation, 1998-99

Box 213: folder 15
Gifts: policies and procedures, 1996-98, n.d.

Box 213: folder 16
Guide for Campaign Leaders, circa 1996

Box 213: folder 17

General, 1996-98, n.d.

Box 214: folder 1-2
Rosters, 1996-97

Box 214: folder 3
Chairs/Co-Chairs, 1995-97, n.d.

Box 214: folder 4
Campaign Cabinet, 1995-98, n.d.

Box 214: folder 5
National Board involvement, n.d.

Box 214: folder 6

Miscellaneous, 1995-98

Box 214: folder 7
Campaign Executive Committee

Jan-Feb, 1998

Box 214: folder 8-9
May 1998

Box 214: folder 10
Campaign Cabinet, 1996-97

Box 214: folder 11
Campaign staff, 1996-98

Box 214: folder 12-13
Core Management Committee, 1997

Box 215: folder 1
National-Regional partnership

General, 1998-99, n.d.

Box 215: folder 2-3
Meetings, 1998

Box 215: folder 4-7

General, 1996-98

Box 215: folder 8-9
Corporations and Foundations development plan and master lists, 1998

Box 215: folder 10

General, 1996-97, n.d.

Box 215: folder 11
Crains' List of Top 100 Minority Executives, 1998

Box 215: folder 12
Citibank, 1998

Box 215: folder 13
GTE Corporation, 1996-98

Box 215: folder 14
Time Warner, Inc., 1998

Box 216: folder 1
TRW, 1998

Box 216: folder 2
USInternetworking, Inc., 1998

Box 216: folder 3
USX Corporation, 1998

Box 216: folder 4

General, 1996-98, n.d.

Box 216: folder 5-6
Best Buy Children's Foundation, 1997-98

Box 216: folder 7
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, 1997

Box 216: folder 8
Ford Foundation, 1995-96

Box 216: folder 9
General Motors Foundation, 1998

Box 216: folder 10
Starr Foundation, 1980-97

Box 216: folder 11
Weyerhauser Family Foundation, 1997

Box 216: folder 12
WK Kellogg Foundation, 1997

Box 216: folder 13

General, 1996-98, n.d.

Box 216: folder 14-15
Dayton, Mary Lee, 1995, 1998

Box 216: folder 16
Gambrell, Sarah Belk, 1997-98

Box 216: folder 17
Moore, Elisabeth Luce, 1995-98

Box 216: folder 18
By program/initiative

General, 1996-97, n.d.

Box 216: folder 19
ENCOREplus, 1996-97, n.d.

Box 216: folder 20
Teen Pregnancy Prevention, 1997, n.d.

Box 217: folder 1

General, 1996-98

Box 217: folder 2-3
'Key Solicitations,' 1996-97

Box 217: folder 4

Pauline Dodge, 1948-71

Box 218: folder 1
Molly Dowell, 1970-78

Box 218: folder 2
Eunice Draper, 1960-70

Box 218: folder 3
Margaret W. Driscoll, 1967-82

Box 218: folder 4
Marjorie C. Dudley, 1945-72

Box 218: folder 5
Obie Dunklee, 1961-77

Box 218: folder 6
Jane Du Pont, 1961-85

Box 218: folder 7
Susan Eagan, 1943-1970

Box 218: folder 8
Margaret Estey, 1979

Box 218: folder 9
Eileen Farrell, 1976-85

Box 218: folder 10
Margaret Gardiner, 1969-85

Box 218: folder 11
Muriel Van Anden Gross, 1969-86

Box 218: folder 12
Mr. Nicholas, 1975

Box 218: folder 13
Margaret Oest, 1968-73

Box 218: folder 14
Grace Gil Olivarez, 1971-72

Box 218: folder 15
Mary O'Nan, 1969-75

Box 218: folder 16
Virginia Outcalt, 1964-70

Box 218: folder 17
Jean Owens, 1968-73

Box 218: folder 18
Theresa Paist, 1968-76

Box 218: folder 19
Emma Penn, 1968-73

Box 218: folder 20
Jean Perkins, 1964-70

Box 218: folder 21
Kathreen Pettit, 1966-72

Box 218: folder 22
Eleanor Phipps, 1962-71

Box 218: folder 23
Katherine B. Philips, 1973-75

Box 218: folder 24
Patsy Lee King Phillips, 1973-75

Box 218: folder 25
Isabel Pierce, 1962-82

Box 218: folder 26
Helen B. Pryor, 1963-72

Box 218: folder 27
Elizabeth Ramser, 1963-65

Box 218: folder 28
Dr. Katharine Rea, 1968-70

Box 218: folder 29
Laura Rea, 1977-79

Box 218: folder 30
Clara Stillman Reed, 1970-76

Box 218: folder 31
Betty Richards, 1974-75

Box 218: folder 32
Lillian Rochester, 1949-72

Box 218: folder 33
Mrs. William W. Rockwell, 1969-71

Box 218: folder 34
Bernice Roe, 1963-84

Box 218: folder 35
May Rogers, 1969-80

Box 218: folder 36
Dorothy (Mrs. William Lister) Rogers, 1966-77

Box 218: folder 37
Lenore Romney, 1966-77

Box 218: folder 38
Marie Sander, 1962-83

Box 218: folder 39
Luella (Mrs. Thomas) Sayman, 1963-77

Box 218: folder 40
Mary Sandlin, 1965-83

Box 219: folder 1
Sabra Sanders, 1966-74

Box 219: folder 2
Esther Saunders, 1949-85

Box 219: folder 3
Elizabeth Sayre, 1947-85

Box 219: folder 4-5
Elizabeth Schemm, 1955-75

Box 219: folder 6
Della Brooks Sels, 1967-74

Box 219: folder 7
Jill Sheffield, 1970-78

Box 219: folder 8
Georgiana Sibley, 1939-1980

Box 219: folder 9

National Support Sample Books


Box 220

Box 221

Box 222

Box 223
Subseries B. Comptroller's Office


General, 1907-21, 1932-75, 1991-92

Box 224: folder 1-17
Process, 1931-96

Box 224: folder 18

Budget Reviewing Committee, 1930-34

Box 224: folder 19
Committee on Review of Budget and Program, 1942

Box 224: folder 20
Budget Apportionment Committee, 1944-47

Box 224: folder 21
Financial Statements

1907-38, 1969-83

Box 224: folder 22-23

Box 225: folder 1-2

Miscellaneous, 1918-20, 1974-78

Box 225: folder 3
Comptroller, 1933-54

Box 225: folder 4
Finance Committee, 1936-45

Box 225: folder 5
Treasurer, 1907-13, 1918, 1929-41, 1947-65

Box 225: folder 6-15
Comptroller's Office/Financial Resources Department

General, 1965-90

Box 226: folder 1

Report of System of Accounts Installed at Headquarters, 1926

Box 226: folder 2
Chart of Accounts, 1995-97

Box 226: folder 3

General, 1923-97, n.d.

Box 226: folder 4
Capital Funds, 1947-56

Box 226: folder 5
"Phoenix Account" for Troubled YWCAs, 1998

Box 226: folder 6

"Notes on Board Endowment," Finance Committee, 1940

Box 226: folder 7
Endowed funds and restructuring of the national organization, 2002

Box 226: folder 8
Asiatic Fund, 1996

Box 226: folder 9
Dow International Scholarship Fund, 1922-66

Box 226: folder 10
Katharine Parker Music Foundation, 1930-78

Box 226: folder 11
Personnel-National Staff

Unemployment Insurance Plan, 1938

Box 226: folder 12
Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive, 1992

Box 226: folder 13
Programs and Projects

Canal Zone Service Unit: Auditor's reports, 1924-33

Box 226: folder 14
Job Corps

General, 1964-65, n.d.

Box 226: folder 15
Women's Training Center, Pittsburgh, 1964

Box 226: folder 16
Residential Training Center, 1967

Box 226: folder 17
National Training School: ledger, 1923-34

Box 226: folder 18
Scholarship loans, 1957-76

Box 226: folder 19
Summer Youth Demonstration Project, 1967

Box 226: folder 20
Real Estate

Properties notebook, 1917-53

Box 227: folder 1-14

Deeds, 1913-53

Box 227: folder 15
Easement, 1951

Box 227: folder 16
Financial reports, 1914-20

Box 227: folder 17
Inventories, 1941-42

Box 227: folder 18
Agreements and contracts, 1927-31

Box 227: folder 19
Leases and sale, 1942-51

Box 227: folder 20
Correspondence, Mrs. Bartlett Heard, 1944-56

Box 227: folder 21
Grace Dodge Hotel

General, 1937-41

Box 227: folder 22
Sale, 1945

Box 227: folder 23
National Board headquarters, 600 Lexington Ave.: appraisal and inventory, 1920

Box 227: folder 24
Foreign property


General, 1919-41

Box 228: folder 1
Correspondence, 1915-43

Box 228: folder 2
Declaration of Trust, 1918-35

Box 228: folder 3
Title, 1940-44

Box 228: folder 4
Canton, 1929-40

Box 228: folder 5
Foochow, 1915-40

Box 228: folder 6
Hangchow, 1921-29

Box 228: folder 7
Mukden, 1921-34

Box 228: folder 8
Peiping, 1920-40

Box 228: folder 9
Japan, 1926-38

Box 228: folder 10
War Work Council, 1917-22

Box 229: folder 1
Womans Press, sale of, 1952-53

Box 229: folder 2-4
Subseries C. Miscellaneous

Emissarius Credit Union: minutes and reports, 1924-61

Box 230: folder 1-7
YWCA Retirement Fund, Inc.

General and History, circa 1921-2002, n.d.

Box 231: folder 1-3
Annual Reports, 1955-97

Box 231: folder 4-6
Directory, 1993, 1999

Box 231: folder 7-8
YWCA Retirement Fund Task Force, 1992-93

Box 231: folder 9-10
Newsletter, YWCA Retirement Fund,1990-98

Box 231: folder 11
YWCA Savings and Security Plan for Non-Secretarial Employees: general and reports, 1940-59

Box 231: folder 12

General and History

General, 1941-90

Box 232: folder 1
Statistics, miscellaneous, circa 1941-94, n.d.

Box 232: folder 2-3

Interpretation of Data and Trends/Data and Trends Committee, 1940-43, 1949-50

Box 232: folder 4-5
Program Study Committee, 1950-51

Box 232: folder 6
Studies Committee/Research Committee, 1956-59

Box 232: folder 7
Information Resource Management Committee, 1986

Box 232: folder 8

Laboratory Division, Records and Reports Department (precursor staff to Data and Trends), 1938-40

Box 232: folder 9

General, 1943-83

Box 232: folder 10-12
"Outside" requests for information, 1954-67

Box 232: folder 13
Community Chests and Councils of America, Social Statistics Project, 1946-49

Box 232: folder 14
World YWCA survey of part-time employment, 1958

Box 232: folder 15
Human Resources File, 1972

Box 232: folder 16
Integrated Management Information System "YWNet, YW Link"

Proposal, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., 1982

Box 232: folder 17
Phase I , Evaluation Laboratory, 17 Sep 1982

Volume 1

Box 232: folder 18
Volume 2

Box 233: folder 1
Phase I, Final Report, Jan 1983

Box 233: folder 2
Job descriptions, 1944-45

Box 233: folder 3
Program Bank, 1973-76

Box 233: folder 4
Reference materials, 1949-58, n.d.

Box 233: folder 5


Box 233: folder 6
Monthly, 1955-60

Box 233: folder 7
Forms and Guidelines

General, 1939-60

Box 233: folder 8-10
Annual Statistical Report Forms (with materials re periodic form revisions)

Box 233
1947, 1955/56-1959/60; 1972-75/76

Box 233: folder 11-17

Box 234: folder 1-8
Automated Services in Member YWCAs: questionnaire, 1987

Box 234: folder 9
Certification (aka Accreditation) and Basic Standards (aka Affiliation)

General, 1954-58, 1963-66

Box 234: folder 10-11
Basic Standards Report: notes and summary, 1952, 1957

Box 234: folder 12
Community YWCAs

Analysis of Basic Standards Reports, 1958-61

Box 234: folder 13
Lists and reports, 1956, 1958-61

Box 234: folder 14-17
Student YWCAs

Analysis of Basic Standards Reports, 1958-61: Student Associations

Box 234: folder 18
Correspondence, 1959-61

Box 234: folder 19
Lists and reports


Box 234: folder 20-21

Box 235: folder 1
Community Studies

[see National Services Division for earlier examples]

Community Wise, notebook for gathering information about a community, 1947

Box 235: folder 2
Look Beneath the Surface of the Community, work tool for gathering information about a community, 1960, 1968, 1974

Box 235: folder 3
Financial Development Questionnaire, 1997

Box 235: folder 4
"Complete Manual of Directions for the YWCA Method of Analyzing Costs by Programs: A Handbook for use by directors of cost studies in local YWCAs," 1959: manual and digest of manual

Box 235: folder 5
Record Keeping, 1951-83, n.d.

Box 235: folder 6-7

Directory of the YWCA of the USA

1888, 1918, 1920, 1947, 1951-87

Box 235: folder 8-11

Box 236: folder 1-2
Housing and Residences Directories, 1949, 1981, 1984

Box 236: folder 3
Statistical compilations from annual reports of Community Associations

Handbook of the YWCA [includes essays on program and other general information], 1910, 1914, 1919

Box 236: folder 4-6
Directory and Statistical Report, 1908-10

Box 236: folder 7-8
Year Book 9-10 1910/11


Box 237: folder 1-6

Box 238: folder 1-2
"Compilation of Statistics," 1937-38

Box 238: folder 3
Figures Talk Back!, 1939-1958/59

Box 238: folder 4-8
Tallies and Trends, 1961-71

Box 239: folder 1-3
The Print Out


Box 239: folder 4-6

Box 240: folder 1-2
Statistical Report of the YWCA of the USA, 1996

Box 240: folder 3
How the YWCA Makes a Difference: Statistical Report from the National Association of YWCAs, 1994, 1997

Box 240: folder 4
The Tally Sheet, 1942-61

Box 240: folder 5
Feminine Figures: Selected Facts About American Women and Girls, 1968-72

Box 240: folder 6
Research Update, 1989-90

Box 240: folder 7
Studies and Reports

Miscellaneous, 1954-66

Box 240: folder 8
Buildings and Facilities

General, 1925-54

Box 240: folder 9
Cafeteria and Food Service, 1953-59

Box 240: folder 10
Camps and Summer Programs, 1940-61

Box 240: folder 11-12
Gymnasiums and Pools, 1951-63

Box 240: folder 13


Box 240: folder 14

Box 241: folder 1
Community YWCAs

Annual Summary of Studies of, or of Interest to Community YWCAs, 1956-60

Box 241: folder 2-3
Decentralized Program, 1954-63

Box 241: folder 4
Index of Association Size and Complexity, 1978

Box 241: folder 5
Local Studies summaries, 1955-59

Box 241: folder 6
Population, 1949-61

Box 241: folder 7
Statistical reports, 1954-1963/64, 1970/71

Box 242: folder 1-6
Conventions and Conferences, 1961-85

Box 242: folder 7
District YWCAs, 1953-59

Box 242: folder 8

Analysis of 1961 Financial Statements of Community YWCAs, Nov 1962

Box 242: folder 9
Cost Analysis, Pilot Study to develop methods, Detroit YWCA,1956-59

Box 242: folder 10-12
Fund Campaigns for Facilities, 1954-58

Box 242: folder 13
Inquiry on Membership and Activity Fees, 1956-57

Box 242: folder 14
Membership Dues reports, 1956/57-1958/59

Box 242: folder 15
Report on Activity Fees in Community YWCAs, 1958

Box 242: folder 16
Girl Scouts' public opinion survey, 1957

Box 243: folder 1
Goals for the Decade and Objectives for the 1979-82 Triennium: report, 1980-81

Box 243: folder 2

Industrial Women Workers and Women Service Workers in the YWCA, 1956

Box 243: folder 3
Statistical report, 1951

Box 243: folder 4
Study to Improve Membership Practices, 1958-59

Box 243: folder 5
Association Responses to Membership Development Questionnaire, 1984

Box 243: folder 6
Men, Boys, and Families in the YWCA, and Family Life Education, 1954-57

Box 243: folder 7-8
New Organization/Expansion, 1953-60

Box 243: folder 9

Inquiry on Selected Personnel Practices in Community YWCAs, 1956

Box 243: folder 10
Residence Directors, 1951-60

Box 243: folder 11
Retirement Fund participation, 1959-61

Box 243: folder 12
Salary Study, 1958

Box 243: folder 13
Staff Qualifications in Community YWCAs, 1958

Box 243: folder 14
Study of the District YWCA Executive Director's Job, 1956-58

Box 243: folder 15
Study of Why Staff Leave the YWCA, 1957-59

Box 243: folder 16
Volunteer Training, 1956-57

Box 243: folder 17

Community YWCA Program in 24 Selected Subject Areas, 1961-62

Box 243: folder 18
Home Women's Groups in the YWCA, 1948

Box 243: folder 19
Services to Public Housing residents, 1994

Box 243: folder 20
Sex Education, program summary, 1962

Box 243: folder 21
Student YWCA Program in 30 Selected Subject Areas, 1963

Box 243: folder 22
Teenage Program Study, 1958-60

Box 243: folder 23
Trends in Adult Programs, 1956-59

Box 244: folder 1
Public Policy

Labor Standards for Women Workers, 1959

Box 244: folder 2
Unemployment questionnaire, 1961

Box 244: folder 3
Racial Inclusiveness in Community and Student YWCAs, 1956-60

Box 245: folder 1-3
Racial/Ethnic and Age Diversity in the YWCA, 1975-76

Box 245: folder 4
Record Keeping

Experiment for Gathering Facts re Nativity, Race, and Religion, 1953-54

Box 245: folder 5
Membership Registration, 1950

Box 245: folder 6
Recording and Reporting, New York Interborough Commission of YWCAs study, 1948

Box 245: folder 7
Registered YWCAs, 1952-61

Box 245: folder 8
Religion, misc. studies, 1944-59

Box 245: folder 9
Student YWCAs: Statistical Reports, 1950-61

Box 245: folder 10-19
YMCA-YWCA relationships, 1952-76

Box 245: folder 20

General and history, 1986-99, n.d.

Box 246: folder 1

General, 1938-97, n.d.

Box 246: folder 2-3
Library committee, 1934-60

Box 246: folder 4
Cataloguing, 1968-79, n.d.

Box 246: folder 5
Furniture and equipment, 1959-60

Box 246: folder 6
Leadership Development Center Library, 1981-83, n.d.

Box 246: folder 7
Office forms, n.d.

Box 246: folder 8

Bibliographies, 1964-86, n.d.

Box 246: folder 9
Have You Heard About . . ., 1968-72

Box 246: folder 10
Book Notes, 1976-80

Box 246: folder 11
New Library Books: Purchase and Gifts, 1978-82

Box 246: folder 12
YWCA historical publications collection, 1984, n.d.

Box 246: folder 13

General and History

General, 1980-2000

Box 246: folder 14-16
"'Without documents no history,' Sources and Strategies for Researching the YWCA" by Nancy Robertson and Elizabeth Norris, in Men and Women Adrift: The YMCA and YWCA in the City, 1853-1980

Box 246
Drafts and notes

Box 246: folder 17
Correspondence, 1992-96

Box 246: folder 18
History of National Board files

General, 1921-87, n.d.

Box 246: folder 19
Document clerk's index to "Record File," circa 1963

Box 247: folder 1
Microfilm, 1963-2001

Box 247: folder 2
Records management, 1990

Box 247: folder 3
Records at other repositories

General, 1957-92, n.d.

Box 247: folder 4
Social Welfare History Archives, University of Minnesota

General, 1965-93

Box 247: folder 5
USO, 1985-99

Box 247: folder 6
Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College

[see also Library general, 1963]

General, 1964-2001

Box 247: folder 7-8
Preparation for transfer of Archives, 2002

Box 247: folder 9
World YWCA Archives, 1943-89, n.d.

Box 247: folder 10

General, 1972-2000

Box 247: folder 11
Archives Committee, 1974-77

Box 247: folder 12
Office forms, 1971-89, n.d.

Box 247: folder 13

Re Ceremonials of Common Days by Abbie Graham, 1980-81

Box 247: folder 14
Re Notable American Women, 1977-79

Box 247: folder 15
Reference [sample], 1990-97, n.d.

Box 247: folder 16-17
Surveys of YWCA historical records holdings

Box 247
General, 1976-94

Box 248: folder 1-2
Women's History Sources, 1975-78

Box 248: folder 3

Leaflets, 1978-87

Box 248: folder 4
"Non-scholarly sketches," 1995-98

Box 248: folder 5
Archives box in YWCA Interchange, 1978-83

Box 248: folder 6

General and miscellaneous, 1968-94, n.d.

Box 248: folder 7
Children's books depicting a racially integrated America, Oct 1965

Box 248: folder 8
60th Anniversary of the National Board, 1966

Box 248: folder 9
"Supporting Each Other: Third World Women and the YWCA" and "The Diverse Community: A Force in the Life of the Association from 1900 to the Interracial Charter," 1981

General and photocopies

Box 248: folder 10
Caption cards

Box 248: folder 11
Focus on South Africa, All Staff Program, 1985

Box 248: folder 12
History of social work with groups, 1985

Box 248: folder 13
YWCA History, Orientation for New National Staff, 1990

Box 248: folder 14
135th Anniversary "Women First for 135 Years, 1855-1993," 1995

Box 248: folder 15

Correspondence and mock-ups

Box 248: folder 16

Box 248: folder 17
"The Struggle for the Union at the YWCA: Looking Back 60 Years," 1999

Box 248: folder 18


General and miscellaneous, 1982-97, n.d.

Box 248: folder 19

Box 248: folder 20-21
Dissertations and theses re the YWCA, 1997, n.d.

Box 249: folder 1
Microfilm inventory, 1978

Box 249: folder 2-4
Minutes and reports

Box 249: folder 5

Box 249: folder 6
YWCA Publications

Box 249: folder 7
Subject index to YWCA pamphlets

Box 249: folder 8
Lead file (potential donors), A-Z, 1972-89

Box 249: folder 9
Case files (=Donor files, Acquisition files)

Miscellaneous, A-Z

Box 249: folder 10
Abel, Barbara

Box 249: folder 11
Adams, Charlotte

Box 249: folder 12
American School of Languages and Art (YWCA of Turkey)

Box 249: folder 13
Audio-Visual Collection

Box 249: folder 14
Augustine, Hazel

Box 249: folder 15
Boyd, Kate Hillis

Box 249: folder 16


Box 249: folder 17
600 Lexington Ave. "Reminiscences Collection II"

Box 249: folder 18
Business and Professional Work

Box 249: folder 19
Calkins, Gladys Gilkey

Box 249: folder 20

Box 249: folder 21

Box 249: folder 22
Clarke, Elizabeth Dodge Huntington

Box 250: folder 1
Communications Unit

Box 250: folder 2
Community Division/Member Association Services

Box 250: folder 3
Community Associations

City of New York

Box 250: folder 4
Mt. Vernon, NY

Box 250: folder 5
Registered YWCA groups

Box 250: folder 6
Suffolk County, NY

Box 250: folder 7

Box 250: folder 8
Convention and Conference Office

Box 250: folder 9
Elliot, Grace Loucks

Box 250: folder 10
Executive Office

Box 250: folder 11
Financial Development

Box 250: folder 12
Genne, Elizabeth

Box 250: folder 13
Girl Reserve

Box 250: folder 14
Graham, Abbie

Box 250: folder 15
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Box 250: folder 16
Hendee, Elizabeth Russell

Box 250: folder 17
Herring, Elizabeth

Box 250: folder 18
Industrial work

Box 250: folder 19
Ingraham, Mary S.

Box 250: folder 20
Jache, Lida S.

Box 250: folder 21
James, Genevieve

Box 250: folder 22
Johns, Elizabeth

Box 250: folder 23
Lerrigo, Edith

Box 250: folder 24
Long, Lillian Louise

Box 250: folder 25
Lyon, Sarah S.

Box 250: folder 26
McCulloch, Rhoda

Box 250: folder 27
Meares, Carrie E.

Box 250: folder 28
Membership/Leadership Development Unit

Box 250: folder 29
Memorabilia [Artifacts]


Box 250: folder 30
Awards and certificates

Box 250: folder 31
Miller, Hazel Vernon

Box 250: folder 32
Minutes and Reports

Box 250: folder 33
Music Program

Box 250: folder 34
National Association of Employed Officers of the YWCA

Box 250: folder 35
Oral History Collection

Box 250: folder 36

Box 250: folder 37

Box 250: folder 38
Precursor Organizations

Box 250: folder 39
Public Affairs Program

Box 250: folder 40

Box 250: folder 41
Records Files (Central file)

Box 250: folder 42
Records File II

Box 250: folder 43
Rice, Anna Virena

Box 250: folder 44
Robinson, Marion (8 Women of the YWCA)

Box 250: folder 45
Scrapbooks, miscellaneous

Box 250: folder 46
Sharpley, Lilian ('A History of the National Board's Work with Business and Professional Women')

Box 250: folder 47
Southard, Helen

Box 250: folder 48
Spellmann, Dorothea

Box 250: folder 49
Stauffer, Norma

Box 250: folder 50
Student work

Box 251: folder 1
Training Programs

Box 251: folder 2
United Service Organizations (USO)

Box 251: folder 3
World Relations/Foreign Division


Box 251: folder 4
Reminiscences Collection I

Box 251: folder 5
York, Lena

Box 251: folder 6
Wygal, Winnifred

Box 251: folder 7
Young, Louise

Box 251: folder 8
World War I

War Work Council

Box 251: folder 9
Polish Gray Samaritans

Box 251: folder 10
Individuals, miscellaneous

Box 251: folder 11
Accession forms by accession number

Box 252: folder 1-8
Card index to collections

Box 253

Oral History (various), 1966-89, n.d.

Box 254: folder 1
Archival Research Project, 1975

Box 254: folder 2
National Board Archives Project

Box 254
General, 1976-79, n.d.

Box 254: folder 3-4
National Endowment for the Humanities grant: "A New Resource for Scholars: the YWCA Archives"

Application, 1976

Box 254: folder 5
Final Report, 1978

Box 254: folder 6
Community Association Records

General, 1978-91

Box 254: folder 7
International Institutes Project, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, 1975-78

Box 254: folder 8
YWCA of the City of New York, 1975-2001, n.d.

Box 254: folder 9
YWCA of Metropolitan Denver, Colorado Historical Society, 1991

Box 254: folder 10
YWCA of Mt. Vernon, New York, Social Welfare History Archives, University of Minnesota, 1970-72

Box 254: folder 11
Publication, The Joy of Service: Memoirs of Elizabeth Dodge Huntington Clarke, 1976-80

Box 254: folder 12
History of YWCA Foreign Service

Reminiscences from X-Fs

General, 1980-81

Box 254: folder 13
Manuscripts and correspondence, A-Z

Box 254: folder 14-18
Emissaries: The Overseas Work of the American YWCA, 1895-1970: correspondence and general, 1981-95

Box 255: folder 1
President portraits gallery (proposed), 1988-94, n.d.

Box 255: folder 2
History of the YWCA-Later Period (proposed), 1990-91

Box 255: folder 3
Library and Archives Project (did not receive funding)

General, 1994-95

Box 255: folder 4
Proposal to National Endowment for the Humanities, 1994

Box 255: folder 5
Digital archives project: IBM grant, 2000-01

Box 255: folder 6
Milestones Project, 2001 (did not receive funding)

Box 255: folder 7
YWCA History subject files



Box 255: folder 8
Community Associations

Box 255: folder 9
Landmark dates/firsts

Box 255: folder 10
Lists of officers

Box 255: folder 11
Miscellaneous subjects

Box 255: folder 12
Short histories

Box 255: folder 13

Box 255: folder 14
American Indians

Box 256: folder 1


Box 256: folder 2
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Box 256: folder 3
Black women in the YWCA

Box 256: folder 4


Box 256: folder 5
Chautauqua, New York

Box 256: folder 6
Community Associations

Box 256: folder 7
Buildings with historical landmark status: YWCA of the City of New York, 7 East 15th St and 14-16 East 16th St., Ladies' Mile Historic District

Box 256: folder 8
Julia Morgan, architect

General and biography

Box 256: folder 9
Correspondence with biographer, Sara Holmes Boutelle

Box 256: folder 10
Reference correspondence

Box 256: folder 11
Asilomar Conference Grounds

Box 256: folder 12
California YWCAs

Box 256: folder 13

Box 256: folder 14
Pan-Pacific Exposition

Box 256: folder 15
Photocopies of images of Julia Morgan buildings

Box 256: folder 16
National Headquarters


Box 256: folder 17
600 Lexington Ave., New York City

Box 256: folder 18
Washington Cathedral window

Box 256: folder 19

Box 256: folder 20

Box 256: folder 21
Christmas, "Hanging of the Greens"

Box 256: folder 22
Clothing and uniforms

Box 256: folder 23

Box 256: folder 24

Box 257: folder 1

Box 257: folder 2
Education and Training

Box 257: folder 3
Employed women

Box 257: folder 4
Expositions and World Fairs

Box 257: folder 5
Foreign program

Box 257: folder 6
Health, physical education, recreation, and sex education

Box 257: folder 7
International Institutes

Box 257: folder 8

Box 257: folder 9
Libraries in the YWCA

Box 257: folder 10

Box 257: folder 11
Memorials to YWCA workers

Box 257: folder 12
Music (including "Follow the Gleam")

Box 257: folder 13


Box 257: folder 14
World War I

Box 257: folder 15
Predecessor organizations

Box 257: folder 16
Publications and Womans Press

Box 257: folder 17
Racial Justice policies and practices

Box 257: folder 18
Residences and Rooms Registry

Box 257: folder 19
Sexual orientation

Box 257: folder 20

Box 258: folder 1

Box 258: folder 2


Box 258: folder 3
Codes, mottos, and seals

Box 258: folder 4
Community Associations

Box 258: folder 5
Logo and proper use of YWCA symbols

Box 258: folder 6
Magazine articles

Box 258: folder 7
Monograms, line art

Box 258: folder 8
Predecessor organizations

Box 258: folder 9
Teen Age/Girl Reserve

Box 258: folder 10


Box 258: folder 11

Box 258: folder 12
Teen Age and Younger Girls (includes Girl Reserve)

Box 258: folder 13
Traveller's Aid

Box 258: folder 14

Box 258: folder 15
War work


Box 258: folder 16
World War I, Publicity

Box 258: folder 17
World War I, War Work Council Reports

Box 258: folder 18
Women's rights

Box 258: folder 19
World YWCA

Box 258: folder 20

General and History

General, 1927-97, n.d.

Box 259: folder 1-2
The Advertising Council: correspondence and general, 1978-84

Box 259: folder 3
Feature article: "A Woman's Place is Everywhere!," 1961-62

Box 259: folder 4
Job Corps-YWCA Extension Residence Program, 1967-75

Box 259: folder 5
Merchandise, 1959-98, n.d.

Box 259: folder 6
Survey re use of Chapels in YWCA buildings (proposed article), 1949

Box 259: folder 7
YWCA "Fact Sheets," 1977-2000, n.d.

Box 259: folder 8
Committees/Departments/Bureau Minutes

Publicity Committee: minutes, 1913-21

Box 259: folder 9-13
Public Relations Committee, 1942-47

Box 259: folder 14
Public Information Committee, 1948-61

Box 259: folder 15-16
Bureau of Communications

Box 259: folder 17-18

Box 259: folder 19

Box 260: folder 1-2
Public Relations Committee, 1974-82

Box 260: folder 3
Programs and Projects

Film: "To All Who Believe in Youth,": correspondence, scripts, etc., 1948-53

Box 260: folder 4-5
National YWCA Week

1947, 1956-59, 1970, 1973-74, 1976-85, 1987-89

Box 260: folder 6-10

Box 261: folder 1
Organizational Identity Program and new logo, 1987-88

Box 261: folder 2

General YWCA information

Brochures and pamphlets, circa 1910-2001, n.d.

Box 261: folder 3-5
Membership Leaflets series, circa 1926-30

Box 261: folder 7-10
Speakers Hand Book: 1921 Edition, 1921

Box 261: folder 11
True Stories of the YWCA in 12 Episodes for presentation over local radio stations, 1937

Box 261: folder 12
The YWCA: Material for Speakers, 1941

Box 262: folder 1
Graphic Guidelines Manual, 1988

Box 262: folder 2
Models for Action information kits, 1980-82

Box 262: folder 3-4

General guides, 1934-87

Box 262: folder 5
As Others See Us: A Guide for Public Relations Planning in the YWCA of the USA, 1961

Box 262: folder 6
YWCA On the Air: A Radio Publicity Handbook, circa 1942

Box 262: folder 7

"Interpreting the YWCA," circa 1958

Box 262: folder 8
Circa 1991

Box 262: folder 9
135th Anniversary of the YWCA, 1993

Box 262: folder 10
YWCA Media Guide, 1994

Box 262: folder 11

Box 262: folder 12

"P.R. Update," 1981-83 (missing vols. 1, 3, 5)

Box 262: folder 13
"Communications," 1991-92

Box 262: folder 14
Miscellaneous publications, 1936-63

Box 262: folder 15

Miscellaneous, 1921-61

Box 263: folder 1
Publicity Secretary, Helen A. Ballard, 1913-16

Box 263: folder 2
Publicity Committee of the South Atlantic Field Committee, 1916

Box 263: folder 3
Public Relations Office

Box 263

Box 263: folder 4-9
Monthly, Jun 1942-47

Box 263: folder 10
Public Information Department, 1948-49

Box 263: folder 11

"The Gallup Study of Public Awareness and Involvement with Non-Profit Organizations," conducted for National Board YWCA of the U.S.A., 1987

Box 264: folder 1
Miriam Bedrick Marketing Research study toward developing an effective communications program, 1991

Box 264: folder 2

General, 1968, 1987

Box 264: folder 3
Public Relations Workshop at Cluster Meetings, 1977

Box 264: folder 4
National Board Training, "Working with the media," 1994

Box 264: folder 5

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  • Anti-communist movements--United States--History--Sources
  • Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Nonprofit organizations--Management
  • Norris, Elizabeth, 1914-2003
  • Race awareness--United States
  • Race relations--United States
  • United Service Organizations (U.S.)
  • World Young Women's Christian Association
  • Young Men's Christian Association

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