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YWCA of the U.S.A. Records. Record Group 06. Program: Series II. Training and Personnel, 1870-2002
Collection number: 324_rg6_s2

Records in this series document the overall coordination of training, and national training programs. Materials include minutes; reports; correspondence; course catalogs; training handouts, packets, manuals, and kits; conference, programs and projects files; publications; studies; and subject files. Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records. Record Group 6. Program.

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

Biographical Note

The establishment of the YWCA movement in the United States in the second half of the nineteenth century created an immediate need for women trained in "Association principles and methods" to staff the new Associations. Much of the training sponsored by the YWCA of the U.S.A's predecessor organizations took place in three-week summer study conferences where current and potential secretaries were given the opportunity "to grasp the principles of the work as fully as possible." Courses given included physical culture, recreational activities, Association principles and methods, and Bible study. Other training opportunities took place during the year at three-day to one month long Institutes held at Community Associations.

The need for trained staff continued to grow with the number of Associations, prompting the American Committee to establish a full-year, post-college training course for young women interested in making a career working in the YWCA. The course failed to attract enough students, struggled financially, and was abandoned after one year. A second attempt by the American Committee in 1904 met with more success. The Secretaries Training Institute in Chicago offered a three-term, year-long course that continued until 1908, when training activities moved to New York City to be near the new national headquarters of the merged Association.

The new National Association's Secretarial Committee was given authority for recruiting, training, and recommending individuals for employment as YWCA staff. It studied the various methods of training used by the predecessor organizations and recommended establishment of a National Training System. The System continued the tradition of summer training conferences, and a variety of short-term training institutes at Associations in various parts of the country. It also included the National Training School for intensive post-college study. The School, established in 1908, carried courses in four divisions: Bible, Christian and Social Teaching, The Association Movement, and Personal Efficiency (which included public speaking, and parliamentary procedure). As the organization grew, the School added specialized courses for different types of secretaries: student, industrial, foreign, city, etc. The general course for secretaries lasted one year, religious work directors attended for two.

The Secretarial Department also maintained a bureau of reference; and worked on "general cultivation" of the field through correspondence and "visitation to arouse interest in the question of professional training for Association workers and to bring valuable young women into line of preparation."

The tremendous growth of the Association during World War I, made the need for "an adequate supply of workers who are qualified personally, educationally and spiritually for positions of leadership in the YWCA" especially acute.

In 1923 YWCA staff formed the National Association of Employed Officers (NAEO) "to create and maintain a fellowship of employed officers who are seeking to carry out the purpose of the YWCA; to define standards of service; to encourage professional preparations; to promote that sacrificial spirit and unity which is necessary to the best development of individuals and the organization as a whole; to develop a Christian ethics for the profession that will nurture mutual confidence and loyalty." It was a dues organization with a membership that included anyone working for a salary in the YWCA of the U.S.A., whether on the national staff or working in Community or Student Associations. Through its committees, regional chapters, and constituent group and subject "sections," the group worked cooperatively with the National Personnel and Training Services Committees to raise levels of professional competence, giving input into the content and method of training. The group changed its name to National Association of Professional Workers (NAPW) in 1946. It disbanded in 1953.

By the mid-1920s, the National Training School was struggling. Few secretaries could afford to "give up" a year to a program that did not offer a graduate degree and potential candidates were much more likely to enroll in one of the growing number of Social Work graduate programs which offered credentials useful beyond the sphere of the YWCA. Beginning in 1926 the School's curriculum was broken into shorter "unit courses" which were offered both in New York and at summer conferences and in other regions of the country.

While the full-time, year-long course was losing enrollment, the shorter summer courses at Camp Maqua in Maine, at Asilomar in California, and later at Fletcher Farm in Vermont, were growing steadily. They offered general and specialized training for all types of staff with various degrees of commitment to the Association. Addressing the situation in classic YWCA style, attendees at the 1928 Convention appointed a Council on Professional Study to examine the situation and make recommendations about the future of the Training System to the following Convention. The Council's report to Convention in 1930 recommended that there should be "schools but not a school" with the result that the YWCA closed its National Training School in favor of more short-term and decentralized institutes, seminars, workshops, and conferences.

YWCA training staff was responsible for providing resources for "formal and informal learning in relation to program emphases." It emphasized the YWCA's mission, effective and efficient administration, and social group work, as well as basic personnel issues, such as recruitment, performance evaluation, hiring, and supervision. Training staff continued to offer a system of shorter courses or workshops at YWCAs around the country during the year and longer ones during the summer at one or two locations, such as college campuses. The content and method of the training was ever evolving as staff worked to find the most effective ways to meet the needs of the times. Training staff experimented with a multi-media "Venture" program in the late 1960s, incorporated units of "self-study," and established intern programs for lower-level staff to experience the job of the Executive Director. Because the Association as a whole depended on a core of dedicated volunteers, training for employed staff also focused on techniques for training and working with volunteers.

The Association made regular studies of salary ranges and educational qualifications of staff in its Community and Student Associations. When the studies revealed in the 1950s and 1960s that one quarter of the professional staff in Community Associations were not college graduates, the National Association worked to encourage college completion through scholarships and policies promoting leaves for educational purposes.

In response to changing trends, especially among the volunteer work force, the Association committed itself to a renewed emphasis on leadership training for the 1980s.

When the Max C. Fleishmann Foundation of Reno, Nevada, announced that it wanted to distribute all of its assets, the YWCA submitted a proposal for support of construction of a "leadership development center" located in the fast-growing southwestern U.S. Staff cuts in the mid-1970s had reduced staff in regional offices which left the membership feeling that National was out of touch with their concerns. Location of the center away from New York was an attempt to address that problem.

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 presenceā€¦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 designed to take full advantage of state-of-the-art technology. Though primarily for YWCA staff, it 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 the 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. Logistical and financial conditions did not improve over time and the Association ultimately decided to sell the Center as part of the major restructuring of the National Association in 1999-2000.

Once again feeling the need of an independent association for discussion of professional and organizational issues, staff members established the National Association of YWCA Executives (NAYE), in 1985. This group played a large role in the 1999-2000 reorganization of the structure of the National Association.

Administrative History
circa 1907-21Secretarial Department (includes National Training School, Extension Training Division, Personnel Bureau, Recruiting, and Recommendations)
1922-23Personnel Division (includes National Training School, Recruiting and Placement Section)
1925Personnel Department under Business Division; National Training School under Education and Research Division)
1925-32Personnel Bureau; National Training School under Education and Research
Apr 1932-Oct 1943Leadership Division/Department (includes both Personnel and Department of Training)
Nov 1943-Sep1948Leadership Services Department (includes both Personnel and Department of Study: Professional and Volunteer Training)
Oct 1948-May 1950Personnel and Training Services
Oct1950-1952Membership Resources (includes Personnel Services and Training Services [also Publications Services and Data and Statistics])
1952-53Membership Resources (includes Leadership Services, Personnel Services [also Data and Statistics and Publications Services])
1954Membership Resources (includes Leadership Services and Personnel Services only)
1955-spring 1960Personnel Policies and Services Department and Leadership Services Department are separate, all under General Administration
Sep 1960-1971Bureau of Personnel and Training
1972National Personnel and Labor Relations; Membership-Leadership Development
after 1973??
1992 Leadership Development and Mission Training under Member Association Services; Leadership Development Center under Operations Department
1997Human Resources/Administration
Scope and contents of the collection

Forms part of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records--Record Group 6. Program.

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.

Training and Personnel records consist of minutes; reports; correspondence; conference, programs and projects files; publications; studies; and subject files on recruitment and retention, the Leadership Development Center, and scholarships. The extensive records of Training include minutes and reports, course catalogs, flyers and handouts, packets, manuals, and kits used for general training in "Association principles and methods" and for training on specific topics.

Because training was one of the core functions of the National Association, training publications and materials appear throughout the records. Training materials related to specific subjects or constituencies were usually generated by staff of that unit and are filed with other related materials (e.g., training for teen leaders with Teen Age and Younger girls; financial development training with financial, etc.).

The records described in this Series deal with the overall coordination of training, and the subjects that were the responsibility of the Personnel and Training staff, such as Association history, "principles and methods," and effective administrative techniques, particularly those related to personnel matters including techniques for training others to work effectively in committees and groups.

The records contain many studies and discussions about employment standards and opportunities within the YWCA, both in the departmental records and in the records of the two organizations of professional YWCA workers, the NAEO/NAPW and the NAYE.

The many versions of "handouts" about the Association provide insight into the way the Association "interpreted" its purpose to its own staff and members and how that changed over time.

As is true elsewhere in the records, very few 1971-88 records have survived.

Microfilmed Records, 1906-70 only

[see Microfilmed Records Reel List]

With the exception of the Minutes and Reports, which are available both on the microfilm and in original format, there does not appear to be a great deal of overlap between the two formats, and both should be consulted.

Records relating to Training and Personnel can be found on the microfilm under:

  • Minutes and Reports
    • Leadership Services Division
    • Membership Resources Committee
    • National Volunteer Leadership Committee
    • Personnel and Training Committee
    • Personnel Policies and Services Committee
    • Personnel Services Committee
    • Personnel Bureau Committee
    • Scholarship and Loan Committee
    • Scholarship Fund Committee-Florence Sims Memorial
    • Scholarship Department
    • Training
    • Vocational Council
    • Volunteers Committee
    • Volunteer Leadership and Training Committee
    • Volunteer Workers Bureau
  • Subject Files
    • Group Work
    • Leadership
    • Leadership Services
    • Membership Resources
    • National Board, National Employed Personnel
    • Personnel Policies and Services
    • Personnel and Training
    • Speakers
    • Vocational Guidance

Original Format Records, 1907-99, 13 linear feet

[see Original Format Records folder list]

The Original Format Records contain a number of items that were donated to the National Board Archives after microfilming was completed. These include some student notes and papers from the National Training School.

There are also many training records, particularly handouts, manuals, and kits, which post-date the microfilm, particularly given the Association's commitment to re-emphasize leadership training in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Original Format Records are arranged in four sections as follows:

Department and Committees consists of general historical information, committee records, correspondence, files on conferences and consultations, a small amount of information about the Leadership Development Center, programs and projects files, staff newsletters, staff recruitment and retention materials, reports, files on scholarships, and a couple of studies.

Training consists of general historical information; a chronological file of records related to various training programs from the Secretaries' Training Institute of 1906-08 to Leadership Development Institutes in the late 1990s. Included are substantial materials about the National Training School. The last two sections under Training consist of publications, handouts, kits, manuals, etc., prepared for specific training sessions, and general publications, resource materials, manuals, etc., on a variety of subjects including parliamentary procedure, group work, performance evaluation, personnel administration, salaries and benefits, and many others.

Volunteers consists of general historical information, committee and department records, files on the Career Volunteer Development Project (an attempt to tackle the problem for the Association of the shrinking volunteer work force in the early 1980s), and training publications, manuals, and packets for volunteers and their supervisors.

Miscellaneous consists of records of the National Association of Employed Officers (NAEO)/National Association of Professional Workers (NAPW) and the National Association of YWCA Executives (NAYE).

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.
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 Scope and Content note for more description.

General and History, 1913-95, n.d.

Box 360: folder 1

Secretarial Department Committee: minutes, 1907-21

Box 360: folder 2-10
Personnel Department/Division/Bureau Committee: Minutes


Box 360: folder 11-14

Box 361: folder 1-3
Leadership Division Staff: minutes, Oct 1931-1939

Box 361: folder 4-7
Leadership Division/Department/Leadership Services Department Committee: minutes, 1932- Sep 1948

Box 361: folder 8-15
Personnel and Training Services Committee: minutes, Oct 1948-May 1950

Box 362: folder 1
Membership Resources Department

[see also Record Group 6. Series VI. Publications and Record Group 3. Series IV. Data and Statistics]

Committee: minutes, 1950-55

Box 362: folder 2-3
Personnel Services Committee: minutes, etc., Oct 1950-May 1955

Box 362: folder 4-5
Training/Leadership Services Committee: minutes, 1950-55

Box 362: folder 6-7
Leadership Services Department Committee: minutes, 1956-60

Box 362: folder 8-9
Personnel Policies and Services Department Committee: minutes, May 1955-May 1960

Box 362: folder 10-11
Personnel and Training Bureau

Committee: minutes, Oct 1960-71

Box 362: folder 12-14
Leadership Development Committee, 1982-83

Box 363: folder 1
Ad-hoc Subcommittee on Residence and Camp Directors, 1962-63

Box 363: folder 2
Personnel Policies and Practices Subcommittee: minutes, 1965-68

Box 363: folder 3
Recruitment Subcommittee: minutes, 1965-69

Box 363: folder 4
Training Subcommittee: minutes, 1965-69

Box 363: folder 5

General, 1938, 1951-65, 1983-2001

Box 363: folder 6-8
American Council on Education, Registry of Credit Recommendations, 1976-92, n.d.

Box 363: folder 9-11
American Humanics, Inc., 1985-91, n.d.

Box 363: folder 12-13
Conferences and Consultations

Conference on the Job of the Executive Director, 1946

Box 363: folder 14
Consultation on Automation, 1956

Box 363: folder 15
Consultation on Women Workers in Industry and Service Trades, 1956

Box 363: folder 16
Consultation: Executive Directors in Big Cities and National Staff, 1961

Box 363: folder 17
Consultation on the Executive Management Workshop, 1987

Box 363: folder 18
Consultation on Training, 1988

Box 363: folder 19-20
Leadership Development Center

General, 1983-98, n.d.

Box 364: folder 1
Report by The Company Incorporated, 1982

Box 364: folder 2
Audio Visual Needs Survey of member associations, 1985

Box 364: folder 3
Report to LDC Committee on Center Activities, 1986

Box 364: folder 4
Programs and Projects

Continuing Education Project: report by Research and Action, Inc., 1971

Box 364: folder 5
Executive Management Development Project, 1973-77

Box 364: folder 6
Fellow-in-Training Program

General, 1928-29

Box 364: folder 7
Minutes, 1928-30

Box 364: folder 8
Puerto Rican Americans, 1958-59

Box 364: folder 9
Study Project on the Job of the Executive Director in the YWCA, National Assn of Professional Workers and YWCA, 1947-49

Box 364: folder 10
Talent Bank of Trainers, Presenters, and Public Speakers, circa 1995

Box 364: folder 11
Vistas for Women, 1963-66

Box 364: folder 12-13
Work Incentive (WIN) Program, U.S. Dept of Labor: proposal for staff assistance and training, n.d.

Box 364: folder 14

Newsletter Staff to Staff

General information, 1972

Box 364: folder 15

Box 364: folder 16-18

Box 365: folder 1
Recruitment and Retention of Personnel

General, 1918-79, n.d.

Box 365: folder 2-3
Vocational Council: minutes, 1925-27

Box 365: folder 4
Vocational guidance, general, 1926-30, n.d.

Box 365: folder 5
Let's Recruit, 1952, 1957, 1959, 1965

Box 365: folder 6-7
Recruitment Manual, 1965-66

Box 365: folder 8

Miscellaneous, 1909-13, 1964, n.d.

Box 365: folder 9
Personnel Bureau, 1928-31

Box 365: folder 10

Adams, Charlotte H., 1918-24

Box 365: folder 11
Aller, Katharine, 1920-26

Box 365: folder 12
Alton, Margaret, 1920-22

Box 365: folder 13
Arbus, Caroline, 1919-21

Box 365: folder 14
Ball, Constance L., 1925-28

Box 365: folder 15
Bartlett, Lucy T., 1918

Box 366: folder 1
Benesh, Sylvia T., 1919

Box 366: folder 2
Bidwell, Susan Clute, 1920-23

Box 366: folder 3
Blake, Helen P., 1919

Box 366: folder 4
Botsford, Florence, 1919

Box 366: folder 5
Brady, Mabel S., 1919-20

Box 366: folder 6
Brickman, Helen, 1919-20

Box 366: folder 7
Brinckerhoff, Margaret, 1919

Box 366: folder 8
Bristle, Margaret McCague, 1920-21

Box 366: folder 9
Broeksmit, Helen, 1920-21

Box 366: folder 10
Brown, Linda Spence, 1919-20

Box 366: folder 11
Brown, Marjorie, 1919-20

Box 366: folder 12
Butcher, Theodora S., 1923-25

Box 366: folder 13
Butler, Eliza R., 1919-23

Box 366: folder 14-15
Carner, Lucy P., 1920-23

Box 366: folder 16
Corbett, Mary J., 1919-21

Box 366: folder 17
Cornish, Ruth H., 1919-21

Box 366: folder 18
Craig, Ruth W. (Mrs. S.A.), 1919

Box 366: folder 19
Crane, Helen Bond, 1918

Box 366: folder 20
Curtis, Minerva, 1919-21

Box 366: folder 21
Day, Inez P., 1919-20

Box 366: folder 22
Dean, Elizabeth L., 1914-18

Box 366: folder 23
Denison, Florence E., 1920-22

Box 366: folder 24
Dodge, Grace H., 1910-14

Box 366: folder 25
Dow, Caroline M., 1907-22

Box 366: folder 26-28
Dunstone, Alice E., 1924-25

Box 366: folder 29
Ebbesen, Aina, 1920

Box 366: folder 30
Englesing, Edith, 1919

Box 366: folder 31
Fenner, Jessamine C., 1925

Box 366: folder 32
Ferris, Mary C., 1919-23

Box 366: folder 33
Gladding, Effie Price (Mrs. Thomas S.), 1907-10

Box 366: folder 34
Greene, Elsie, 1919

Box 366: folder 35
Halsey, Katharine, 1919

Box 366: folder 36
Hammerly, Sueanna, 1919-22

Box 366: folder 37
Harbarger, Sada Annis, 1918-19

Box 366: folder 38
Harrub, Deborah H., 1918-20

Box 366: folder 39
Hawkes, Abigail T., 1919-23

Box 366: folder 40
Hays, Emma, 1909-10

Box 366: folder 41
Hirth, Emma, 1926-27

Box 366: folder 42
Jenkins, E. Van Sant, 1921-24

Box 366: folder 43
Keeney, Ruth, 1919-20

Box 366: folder 44
Kindle, Ethel E., 1921

Box 366: folder 45
Lapham, Joyce E., 1920

Box 366: folder 46
Lautenbach, Marguerite, 1919-20

Box 366: folder 47
Lyall, Agnes, 1920-21

Box 366: folder 48
Lynch, Josephine F., 1920

Box 366: folder 49
MacBride, Betty, 1919-23

Box 367: folder 1
McCabe, Ethel C., 1919

Box 367: folder 2
Melcher, Margery, 1919-20

Box 367: folder 3
Morris, Alice V. (Mrs. Dave H.), 1919-20

Box 367: folder 4
Nelson, Salome D., 1918-23

Box 367: folder 5
Ogden, Helen, 1919

Box 367: folder 6
Patchin, Mary A., 1919-20

Box 367: folder 7
Reid, Edith M., 1919

Box 367: folder 8
Reynolds, Annie M., 1914-18

Box 367: folder 9
Rice, Anna V., 1923

Box 367: folder 10
Riggs, May F., 1919

Box 367: folder 11
Rockwell, Cleos, 1919

Box 367: folder 12
Rowe, Marguerite E., 1923-24

Box 367: folder 13
Rowlen, Belle, 1920

Box 367: folder 14
Runnels, Grace N., 1919

Box 367: folder 15
Sanger, Helen, 1914-19

Box 367: folder 16
Santee, Mrs. I. M., 1920

Box 367: folder 17
Scott, Anna M., 1919-24

Box 367: folder 18
Scott, Mary Elizabeth, 1913-23

Box 367: folder 19
Sheppard, Grace, 1920-25

Box 367: folder 20
Stanton, Edith N., 1909-25

Box 367: folder 21-23
Stevens, Ellen Yale, 1919-21

Box 367: folder 24
Stevens, Nellie Starr, 1915-16

Box 367: folder 25
[Stuart], Faith (Foxcroft), 1916-17

Box 367: folder 26
Stuart, Marguerite, 1919

Box 367: folder 27
Studebaker, Edna M., 1919

Box 367: folder 28
Sturges, Sarah E.D., 1918-23

Box 367: folder 29
Tag, Florence K., 1919

Box 367: folder 30
Tanner, Elsie, 1918-19

Box 367: folder 31
Tewksbury, Edith, 1919-21

Box 367: folder 32
Troutt, Anna, 1919-20

Box 367: folder 33
Upham, Bertha A., 1919-20

Box 367: folder 34
Upham, Grace, 1919-20

Box 367: folder 35
Van Horn, Olive, 1918-19

Box 367: folder 36
Van Norden, Evelyn (Mrs. Theodore), 1920-21

Box 367: folder 37
Walser, Olive Havelock, 1923-27

Box 367: folder 38
Webb, Celeste, 1918-20

Box 367: folder 39
Webster, Katharine, 1919

Box 367: folder 40
Williams, Florence Marion, 1919

Box 367: folder 41
Wilson, Elizabeth, 1907-18

Box 367: folder 42-44
Wise, Helen W., 1918-20

Box 367: folder 45

General, circa 1960-68, n.d.

Box 367: folder 46
Scholarship Fund Committee, 1950

Box 367: folder 47
Scholarship/Scholarship and Loan Committee/Subcommittee, 1957-69

Box 368: folder 1-3
Grace Dodge Merit Fellowship Award, 1960-98, n.d.

Box 368: folder 4

Report [title page missing] of a study on "the extent to which differences in culture patterns conditioned the adjustment processes of individuals shifting from experience in groups of relatively common cultural background to memberships in groups of diversified culture" by M.W. [Margaret Williamson?], n.d.

Box 368: folder 5
"Differences and Similarities of Perception of the YWCA by Leadership Persons," Harriet Naylor, 1963

Box 368: folder 6

General and History

Miscellaneous, 1905-2000, n.d.

Box 369: folder 1-2
"History of American Training of Young Women's Christian Association Secretaries, 1891-1918 Inclusive" by Elizabeth Wilson, Jan 1933

Box 369: folder 3
Training for Group Experience, syllabus from course at Columbia University, 1927 (taken by YW staff, among others)

Box 369: folder 4
Training Program (schools, workshops, institutes, etc.)

Secretaries' Training Institute, Chicago: minutes and reports, 1906-08

Box 369: folder 5
National Training System/Extension Training Division

General, 1912-20

Box 369: folder 6
National Training School [1908-26]

General and History, 1915-85, n.d.

Box 369: folder 7
Memoranda: History and Policy of Administration of the National Training School, 23 Nov 1923

Box 369: folder 8


Box 369: folder 9

Box 370: folder 1-2
Committee: minutes, 1921, 1925-28

Box 370: folder 3-4
Candidates Council/Admissions Committee/Admissions Council, 1925-33

Box 370: folder 5
Faculty Meetings, 1912-25

Box 370: folder 6-9
Lecture notes, "The Association and the Woman Movement," Katherine Gerwick, 30 Apr-26 May 1926

Box 371: folder 1
Scholarships and Loans/Scholarship Committee, 1923-33

Box 371: folder 2
Reports, 1919-26

Box 371: folder 3
Student papers, 1922-23

Box 371: folder 4-6
Summer School/Sessions

General, 1929-40

Box 371: folder 7
Asilomar and Berkeley, 1927-29

Box 371: folder 8
Fletcher Farm, 1929-31

Box 371: folder 9
Geneva, 1929-31

Box 371: folder 10
Maqua, 1929

Box 371: folder 11
New York: faculty meetings, 1922-37

Box 371: folder 12-13
School for Professional Workers, 1951-60

Box 371: folder 14-15
Orientation Institutes/Initial Training Institutes: general, 1968-73

Box 371: folder 16
Venture Program, 1967-70, n.d.

Box 371: folder 17
National YWCA Pilot Workshops: report, 1980

Box 371: folder 18
Learning Center [=Learning Center VII-early 1990s?] 1978



Box 371: folder 19

Box 372: folder 1-5
Library, bibliography, 1981, 1990-91

Box 372: folder 6
Leadership Development Institutes [late 1990s-], 1994-2001, n.d.

Box 372: folder 7-11
Publications/Resource materials for training workshops


General, 1962-92, n.d.

Box 373: folder 1
Evaluation forms (blanks), 1984-90

Box 373: folder 2
YWCA history and mission, 1960-95, n.d.

Box 373: folder 3
Racism, Sexism, World, 1982-96, n.d.

Box 373: folder 4
Administration/"Executive Management"

Seminar on Supervision, 1956

Box 373: folder 5
Democratic Process in Administration workshop, 1957

Box 373: folder 6
"The Executive Decides" In-basket Procedure, circa 1960

Box 373: folder 7
National YWCA Institute on Administration, 1971

Box 373: folder 8
Management Workshop for Staff with Executive Potential: workbook, 1978-84

Box 373: folder 9
Executive Management Workshop: participants manual, 1999

Box 373: folder 10
Long Range Property and Facilities Planning, n.d.

Box 373: folder 11
Board training, n.d.

Box 373: folder 12
Convention: How Delegates Influence Policy Through the Convention, 1993

Box 373: folder 13
Education for Global Responsibility workshops

General, 1995, n.d.

Box 373: folder 14
Resource manual, 1992

Box 373: folder 15
Executive Director and President training

Executive Directors Institutes, 1959-60

Box 373: folder 16
E.D. Orientation, 1983

Box 373: folder 17
Executive Director and President Orientation, 1987, 1989

Box 373: folder 18-19
Leadership Institutes, work book, 1946-47

Box 374: folder 1-2
Marketing workshops, 1986-87

Box 374: folder 3
Mission Empowerment Process: facilitators packet, circa 1998

Box 374: folder 4
National Board

Orientation, 1982, 1988

Box 374: folder 5-6
Retreat, 1987

Box 374: folder 7-8
Workshop: Homophobia and Heterosexism, 1994-95

Box 374: folder 9
Personnel Management, 1978, 1986, 1987

Box 374: folder 10-15
Staff orientation and other training

Seminars for Experienced staff, 1954

Box 374: folder 16
Induction Institutes, 1956

Box 374: folder 17
Ohio Staff Round Table, 1962

Box 374: folder 18
Initial Training A, 1965, 1967

Box 374: folder 19-20
Initial Training C, 1965, 1966

Box 374: folder 21
Initial Training Institutes, 1969

Box 374: folder 22
New Executives' Briefing, 1988

Box 374: folder 23
Racism and Heterosexism, 1996

Box 375: folder 1
Training the Trainers, 1980

Box 375: folder 2
Employee Orientation, 2000

Box 375: folder 3
Publications/Resource Materials, General

Miscellaneous, 1945-80

Box 375: folder 4
Administrative Management

General, 1907-85

Box 375: folder 5
Administration in the YWCA series, 1944

Box 375: folder 6
Basic Documents of a Community YWCA, 1965, 1967, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2001

Box 375: folder 7-11
Business Administration Manual for Community YWCAs, 1962

Box 375: folder 12
The Executive Director on the Job in a Membership Organization-the YWCA by Clark and Teall, 1947

Box 376: folder 1
Executive Management for Women: A Trainer's Manual, 1982

Box 376: folder 2-3
The Job at the Information Desk, n.d.

Box 376: folder 4
Maintenance and Housekeeping Manual for the YWCA (loose leaf series on administration no. 6), 1969

Box 376: folder 5
Program Planning in the YWCA (loose leaf series on administration no. 8), 1975

Box 376: folder 6
Recording and Reporting in the YWCA, n.d.

Box 376: folder 7
Board of Directors

General information pamphlet, 1974-98, n.d.

Box 376: folder 8
Role and responsibility, 1945-77, n.d.

Box 376: folder 9-13
Staff and Board, 1953-78

Box 377: folder 1-2
Citizenship, 1914, 1952

Box 377: folder 3

General, 1907, 1966

Box 377: folder 4
Miscellaneous, 1913-63

Box 377: folder 5
Committee Cues: The Basic Philosophy and Structure of Committee Work in the YWCA, circa 1939-47

Box 377: folder 6
The Nominating Committee, 1944-98

Box 377: folder 7-8
Constitutions, 1934-59, n.d.

Box 377: folder 9-11
Councils, 1931, n.d.

Box 378: folder 1
Group work

General, 1934-59

Box 378: folder 2
How to Lead a Discussion by LeRoy E. Bowman, 1946-51

Box 378: folder 3
How to Prepare a Speech by Ivan Gerould Grimshaw, TWP, 1952

Box 378: folder 4
Social Group Work: Principles and Practices by Harleigh Trecker, TWP, 1948

Box 378: folder 5
Leadership Development, 1939-42

Box 378: folder 6

National Board kits


Box 378: folder 7
1979, 1982, 1985

Box 379: folder 1-3
'Ready Reference' for new presidents and executive directors, 1988, circa 1992, Jun 1997

Box 379: folder 4-6


Box 379: folder 7-13
circa 1988-2000

Box 380: folder 1-3
Parliamentary procedure, 1919-68

Box 380: folder 4
Performance Evaluation, 1940-98

Box 380: folder 5
Personnel administration


Box 380: folder 6-13

Box 381: folder 1-6
Salary and Benefit surveys


Box 381: folder 7-10

Box 382: folder 1-3
Search packet, circa 1985

Box 382: folder 4
Standards of Work, circa 1921, 1935-36

Box 382: folder 5
Supervision, 1940-80

Box 382: folder 6
Supervision Principles and Methods by Margaret Williamson, TWP, 1950

Box 382: folder 7
Union relations, 1945-47, n.d.

Box 382: folder 8

General and History

1916-83, n.d.

Box 382: folder 9
Paper: "The Invisible Work Force: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers in the 1990s" by Sandra A. Vincent, Loyola University, Feb 1992

Box 382: folder 10

Volunteer Workers Bureau

[see also Record Group 1. Series V. Biographical files-Morris, Alice V.]

Minutes, 1919-21

Box 383: folder 1-2
Reports, 1919-21

Box 383: folder 3-4
Commission on Training Volunteer Workers: report to Convention, 1913

Box 383: folder 5
Advisory Committee on Volunteer Training, 1923-25

Box 383: folder 6
Committee Interested in Volunteer Training, 1933-34

Box 383: folder 7
Volunteer Training/Leadership Committee, 1926-40

Box 383: folder 8-11
Leadership Services Department Committee on Volunteers, Oct 1943-45

Box 383: folder 12
Ad-hoc Committee on Use and Training of National Board Volunteers, 1965

Box 383: folder 13
National Volunteer Leadership Committee, 1965-69

Box 383: folder 14
Career Volunteer Development Project

General, 1979-89

Box 383: folder 15-16
Volunteer Study, 1982

Box 383: folder 17
Notebook, circa 1983

Box 383: folder 18
Training of Trainers notebook, 18-21 Feb 1983

Box 383: folder 19-20

General, 1913-56, n.d.

Box 384: folder 1
"Materials for Volunteer Leadership Training," 1956

Box 384: folder 2
"New Materials for use in Volunteer Training in YWCAs," 1958

Box 384: folder 3
"Administrative Volunteers Management Training Manual," 1975

Box 384: folder 4

Pages for a Volunteer's Note Book, 1923-25

Box 384: folder 5
General, 1932, 1934

Box 384: folder 6
Primer for Volunteers, 1951-62

Box 384: folder 7
A Handbook for New Administrative Volunteers, 1981

Box 384: folder 8
Program volunteers, 1937, n.d.

Box 384: folder 9
Training manuals

Recruitment and supervision, 1936-51, n.d.

Box 384: folder 10
Teens, adolescents, 1949, n.d.

Box 384: folder 11
Manuals/packets for training workshops

Leadership Development Day packet, 1956

Box 385: folder 1
Institute on Volunteer Training, 1957

Box 385: folder 2
Volunteer training notebook, circa 1964

Box 385: folder 3
Thank you notes to Caroline Dow removed from National Training School scrapbook listed below

Box 385: folder 4

National Training School: scrapbook compiled by Caroline Dow, Dean of the School, 1908-12

Box 385

National Association of Employed Officers/National Association of Professional Workers

Box 385
General and History, 1924-89, n.d.

Box 386: folder 1

Advisory Committee on Personal Counseling, Counseling Service

Box 386
General correspondence and reports, 1932-34

Box 386: folder 2
Correspondence with participants, 1933-41

Box 386: folder 3-7
Evaluations of Service, 1933-34, 1936

Box 386: folder 8
Executive Committee Annual Meeting, 1950-52

Box 386: folder 9
To Study the Union Proposal, 1936-37

Box 386: folder 10

Proceedings and reports, 1920-40

Box 386: folder 11-13
Addresses, 1936, 1940

Box 386: folder 14
Constitution and Bylaws, 1946

Box 387: folder 1
Dissolution proceedings, 1951-53

Box 387: folder 2

The Bulletin, 1932-52

Box 387: folder 3
Directories of Employed Officers/Executive Directors, 1929, 1948

Box 387: folder 4
The Future of Administration: The Transition from "For" to "With," 1943

Box 387: folder 5
Reports, 1932, 1943

Box 387: folder 6
National Association of YWCA Executives (NAYE) est 1985, 1985-99

Box 387: folder 7

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