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YWCA of the U.S.A. Records.
Oversized Materials
Collection number: Forms part of MS 324

Abstract:
This record group includes oversized materials documeting the work of the YWCA from the 1890s to the present. 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

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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
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Northampton, MA 01063

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Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
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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
BOXED ITEMS



Mounted posters 135th Anniversary,
1993-94

Box 1129
Note:

[see also unmounted posters in flat file]

"Women First for 135 Years" art and design by Saul Bass


Box 1129
Reproduction Poster Series I



Health and Fitness-Mother & Child ("Building for Health" by Marie Page)


Box 1129
Health and Fitness-Swim ("Swim!" by Anita Parkhurst)


Box 1129
Health and Fitness-The Gym ("Join the Gym," artist unknown)


Box 1129
Reproduction Poster Series II



WWI Service-Marching Women Workers ("For Every Fighter a Woman Worker, Back Our Second Line of Defense" by Ernest Hamlin Baker)


Box 1129
WWI Service-Care for Her ("For Every Fighter a Woman Worker, Care for Her Through the YWCA" by Adolph Treidler)


Box 1129
YWCA Program-Foreign Born ("For United America, Division for Foreign Born" by C. Howard Walker)


Box 1129
Reproduction Poster Series III



YWCA Program-Students of the World ("World Fellowship, the Students of the United States for the Students of the World" by Adolph Treidler)


Box 1129
YWCA Program-Room Registry ("Call on Us if You Want Comfortable Accommodations," artist unknown)


Box 1129
MOUNTED POSTERS, GENERAL


Box 1130
"Forever Young and Brave," World Centennial,
1955

Box 1130
"They go to church, they go to school, they go to work, they go to the YWCA. Keep them going,"
1950s

Box 1130
"See the World in a New Light Through the YWCA" art by Fanuele, early 1960s and "Where You Can Belong," circa 1962


Box 1130
"The YWCA Belongs to You" [Asian woman, white woman],
circa 1964

Box 1130
National YWCA Week designs,
1960s-early 1970s

Box 1130
"Building a Better Community, Give to the World Through the YWCA" and "Say 'Yes' Give to the World Through the YWCA,"
undated

Box 1130
"China develops her Co-operative Industries to aid her 60,000,000 Refugees"


Box 1130
Note:

[reduced size photocopy in box 60]

NAACP map "3436 Blots of Same on the U.S. " from Outline for a Discussion Course on Race Relations in the U.S. in box 538 folder 16
1889-1922

Box 1131
Photograph album, 600 Lexington Ave under construction and newly complete, exteriors and interiors,
circa 1912-13

Box 1131
Looseleaf binder for YWCA Program Resources Organizers' Kits,
1990s

Box 1131
Asilomar Inventory,
1942

Box 1131
Note:

[reduced size photocopy available in box 227]

National YWCA Staff Design (proposed),
1971-72

Box 1131
Note:

[reduced size photocopy in box 115]

The Augusta Courier,
12 Dec 1955

Box 1131
Note:

[reduced size photocopy in box 179]

Interregional News Bulletin,
spring 1956

Box 1131
Note:

[reduced size photocopy in box 766]

Commemorative collection from dedication of Peace Site at the Leadership Development Center,
25 Aug 1987

Box 1132
FLAT FILES



RECORD GROUP 1. GENERAL AND HISTORY



Poster with revised Purpose statement,
circa 1990

Box 46: folder 1
"Picture What Women Do" calendarpublished by Lifetime [YWCA featured in month of Mar]
1995,

Box 61: folder 1
Posters with text of the YWCA Purpose,
circa 1970s-90s

Box 61
Anniversaries: World YWCA Centennial, 1955: posters, printed material; Resolutions from various states and cities, 1983, 1993; 135th Anniversary exhibit, information and layout; posters, 125th (1983) and 135th (1993)


Box 61: folder 2
Annual Reports:
1979-80, 1980-81

Box 61: folder 3
Awards: certificates from various organizations,
1951-93

Box 61: folder 3
Organization and committee structure charts,
1940-72

Box 61: folder 3
Membership certificates,
1906, n.d.

Box 61: folder 3
'Foreign' YWCAs


Box 61
YWCA of China: Illustrations for Better Homes Campaign, Shanghai, 1921; "Itinerant Industries of China" from North-China Daily News Christmas Supplement [date in Chinese characters]; "Pictures of the City Centers" fold-out from Green Year Supplement, Jul 1930; The China Press Sunday Pictorial Section, 24 Oct 1926; pictorial charts re women and work in Shanghai [date in Chinese]; miscellaneous unidentified items


Box 61: folder 4
YWCA of Egypt: souvenir "with our deep appreciation for your hospitality," n.d. Papyrus (?) with images of Goddess Isis leading queen Nefertiti into eternity and King Rameses II on his chariot of war, XIX dynasty


Box 61: folder 4
YWCA of Korea: map showing location of YWCAs; unidentified illustration


Box 61: folder 4
YWCA of Manila: certificate of recognition and appreciation to the YWCA of the USA,
Oct 1951

Box 61: folder 4
World YWCA posters,
1957, 1960, 1987, 1990, n.d.

Box 61: folder 5
RECORD GROUP 2. PREDECESSOR ORGANIZATIONS AND NATIONAL BOARD



American Committee listing of YWCAs (from 1887 Annual Report)


Box 62: folder 1
National Board meeting minutes oversize attachments,
1927-42

Box 62
Board of Trustees meeting minutes oversize attachments,
1922-25

Box 62: folder 1A-B
RECORD GROUP 3. NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE



SERIES I. GENERAL ADMINISTRATION



Controversy: press compilations related to "Behind the Lace Curtains,"
1948

Box 62: folder 2
Legal: proofs for Y-Teen patterns,
1959

Box 62: folder 2
SERIES II. BUILDINGS AND PROPERTIES



Asilomar Conference Grounds


Box 62
Map of 50 acre grounds,
n.d.

Box 62: folder 3
Plan of Asilomar properties,
1917

Box 46: folder 1
National Headquarters, 600 Lexington Ave., New York City: scale detail,counters in reception corridor and exhibition hall, 1913; Mail chute details, 1912; floorplans for National Board library renovation, 1959


Box 62: folder 3
Leadership Development Center, Phoenix, Arizona: site plan, Clark/Van Voorhis Architects, 3 Jul 1981; partial floor plan, 1981; artwork for LDC information packets, n.d.; first anniversary poster, 1984


Box 62: folder 3
SERIES III. FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT



Comptroller's Office: documents re China property, 1919, n.d.; Grace Dodge Hotel registration chart, 1922


Box 62: folder 4
Publications: flyers, charts, press spread, paid advertisement,
1940s-50s, 1985

Box 62: folder 4
SERIES VI. PUBLICITY



Press clipping compilation "YWCA Speaks for White Collar Workers," 1942; National YWCA Week: 1946-47 press clipping compilations; JobCorps-YWCA spread in The Corpsman, 15 May 1970; YWCA Year at a Glance calendars, 1999-2000; "Stretch Out at the YWCA" newspaper guidelines, circa 1990s


Box 62: folder 5
SERIES VI. PUBLICITY (cont'd)



Posters



Photograph of 1952 National YWCA Week poster "On Our Own But Not Alone"; "Here's Your Cue to a Happier You" membership recruitment poster, 1950s?; "Come and Join!" membership recruitment poster, 1950s?; "Join and Look Ahead with the YWCA" public service poster distributed by Campbell Soup Co., featuring Donna Reed, circa 1960s; "There is no such thing as seeking God for there is nothing in which he could not be found, YWCA" green and white, circa 1970s; "Publicity Gives You Extra Program Push," 1978; "Celebrate a New Beginning" designed by Bass Yager Associations, 1980s


Box 62: folder 6
General publicity and membership recruitment,
1950s-early 1970s

Box 62: folder 7
RECORD GROUP 4. CONVENTION



Posters, ballots, credentials application blanks, flow charts of Convention process, exhibition hall layouts,s
1910s-90

Box 63: folder 1-4
Who's Who on the Ballot
1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1940, 1945

Box 46: folder 1
Poster for 1926 Convention


Box 46: folder 2
RECORD GROUP 5. INTERNATIONAL WORK



Cartoon "World Fellowship Ahoy! The International Cruise of the Trusty Tub 'Goodwill' of the Salvation Navy" by Barbara Abel and Florence Nichols, published in the Womans Press,
Sep 1927

Box 63: folder 5
Photo spreads of American staff abroad printed in Association Monthly and Woman's Press,
1917 and 1949

Box 63: folder 5
Awards certificates,
1971, n.d.

Box 63: folder 5
Publicity flyers,
1956, 1959

Box 63: folder 5
Posters



"Building a Better Community. Give to the World Through the YWCA," 1959; "The YWCA at Work in the World," 2 different versions, n.d.; "Our Share in the World (World Fellowship Giving)," n.d.; "Come Celebrate World Mutual Service Week," 1974


Box 63: folder 5
"Behind the news are PEOPLE and those who try to help. YWCA Refugee Services,"
1960s

Box 46: folder 2
RECORD GROUP 6. PROGRAM



SERIES I. DEPARTMENT, STAFF, AND COMMITTEES



Chart "Program in the YWCA" prepared by Bureau of Research and Program Resources, Apr 1963; Resource Center on Women prospectus and funding proposal, 1970


Box 64: folder 1
SERIES II. PERSONNEL AND TRAINING



National Training School certificates, 1910-11 (Crissey McLemore), 1925 (Mildred Owen); Poster "Explore Career Opportunities in YWCAs Throughout the USA," n.d.; Financial reports for Career Volunteer Development Project, 1983


Box 64: folder 1
SERIES III. PUBLIC ADVOCACY



Posters



"Conquer Fear of Insecurity and War by World Economic Co-Operation," and "Do You Remember Novemeber 11th? Permanent World Peace can be maintained by World Economic Co-operation," Campaign for World Economic Co-Operation, 1938 [distributed by YWCA]; "How the I.L.O. Works," International Labor Organization, 1939? [distributed by YWCA]; "Four Freedoms" series, 1944 [distributed by YWCA];


Box 64: folder 2
"Now is the Time" series, 1944; "Women's No. 1 War Duty,"
1943-44

Box 46: folder 2
"It's All the Same to Him," 1945 [blood plasma, distributed by YWCA]; Citizens Food Committee poster re conserving wheat and meat, 1947 [distributed by YWCA]; "Misinformation Vintage '49" [distributed by YWCA]; "Support the National Health Insurance Bill," circa 1950 [distributed by YWCA]; American Emergency Food Committee clippings collage poster, 1950-51 [distributed by YWCA]; "Your Vote is Your Voice," AFSCME, circa 1996 [distributed by YWCA]; 2 posters for United Nations Day, October 24, n.d. [distributed by YWCA]


Box 64: folder 2
Miscellaneous



U.S. Government Clip Sheet , George Washington Bicentennial Commission, 1932; Digest of official letters and communications regarding the Public Affairs Program, July 1945-1946; Articles: "Coast Japs are Interned in Mountain Camp," Life, 6 Apr 1942 and "The People Nobody Wants," n.d.; Reprint from Seventeen re Bretton Woods plan for cooperation in International Finance, 1945; Flyer: "The Colored Electorate Expects FEPC in '48"; Text of declaration of human rights, reprinted from Chicago Sun-Times, 11 Dec 1948; Statement by United States National Women's Organizations, 23 Jun 1952 [re United Nations Disarmament Commission]; News clippings collage, Status of Women, 1963; Press statement "A Call to Women Who Care," 1966; Chart: "Civil Rights and Land Development, background on housing for Negroes in Cleveland, Ohio," 1966


Box 64: folder 3
Programs and Projects



Week Without Violence: posters, enlarged clippings, flyer layout, proclamation,
1996

Box 64: folder 3
Women's Political Empowerment: poster series: "Most Politicians Still think women should be seen and not heard. In the last election 54 million women agreed," The Deciding Vote, Women's Vote [19]'96


Box 46: folder 2
SERIES IV. CONSTITUENT GROUPS



Subseries B. Immigration and Foreign Communities



Chart showing "the constituents of the population in cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants, 1920"; Flyer "America's Future Immigration Problem" published by the National Committee for Constructive Immigration Legislation, 1920; Diploma for Polish Gray Samaritan Training School, n.d.


Box 65: folder 1
Subseries C. Interracial/Racial Justice



Awards and proclamations: certificate of Merit, U.S. Public Health Service, 1949; National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1974; Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix, 1990; Office of the Mayor, Washington, DC, 1993


Box 65: folder 1
3 press statements, Oct-Nov 1966: "A Call to Women Who Care";"Black Power" Statement by National Committee of Negro Churchmen; "Crisis and Commitment"


Box 65: folder 1
Poster/flyers for Institutes on the Web of Racism, 1970-72; "Elimination of Racism," One Imperative posters, circa 1971; Flyer "Some Highlights of Steps Along the Way to the One Imperative," 1979 and 1985; poster: "Simple Ways to End Racism," 1994; Reference materials Black Chronicle, circa 1970s


Box 65: folder 1
Poster "The YWCA Audits its Community to Break the Web of Racism," Center for Racial Justice,
1973

Box 46: folder 6
Subseries D. Teen Age and Younger Girls



Posters: "The Girl Reserves of the YWCA. Help us put the Blue Triangle over the top!" Poucher, n.d. [mounted, torn]; "Girl Reserves, Ever Loyal, Ever Ready, Everywhere," Anita Parkhurst, n.d. [mounted, torn, many pin holes]; "In Service for the Girls of the World," Neysa McMein, 1919 (3)


Box 65: folder 2
Chart "Activities for the Girl Citizen,"1920s?; 3 Sample issues of The Girl Reserve Bookshelf to demonstrate the original format [photocopies filed in box 570], 1923-25; Girl Reserve Jubilee greetings from Estonia Girl Reserves, 1931; Collage of Girl Reserve Jubilee greetings from around the world, 1931; chart/poster, '"Teen-Agers" Keep Fit and Have Fun,' illustrations by Henrietta Wireman, USO Division


Box 65: folder 3
Posters: "Y-Teen Week, Teens for Peace, Teens for Justice, Teens for Freedom, Teens for Dignity…for all people. The YWCA is for Teens!" 1974(2); "Fuel YWCA Programs with Teen Energy, Join Y-Teens," n.d. (2); "Teen Women the Force is With You at the YWCA," n.d. (2)


Box 65: folder 3
SERIES V. PROGRAM SUBJECTS



Subseries A. Camping and Outdoor Recreation: flyer re Second National YWCA Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Conservation,
Jul 1966

Box 66: folder 1
Subseries B. Health and Recreation: Suggested "Skeleton" or "Back-Bone" Program for Constructive Health Programs through Standardized Clubs, Bureau of Social Education, 1920; Original artwork for ENCOREplus publications by Janet Hamlin, 1990s; "Get into the Game!" National Girls and Women in Sports Day poster, 1990s


Box 66: folder 1
Subseries C. Music Descant for "Goodnight, Beloved" by Lucy Schulte


Box 66: folder 1
Subseries E. Religion: chart "The Evolution of a Social Gospel,"
circa1951

Box 66: folder 1
SERIES VI. PUBLICATIONS



Woman's Press advertising stickers,
n.d.

Box 66: folder 2
SERIES VII. WAR WORK AND DEFENSE SERVICES



World War I



Special Peace Talk Newspaper Advertisements for the United War Work Campaign, 11-18 Nov 1918 (4); Reprint of New York Times cartoon "Ain't it a Grand and Glorious Feelin'?" by Briggs with text "The Men Know, Home Folks Know, YWCA Hostess Houses in Seventy Camps"; "A Miss Sehon, a l'occasion de son departtribute to Clarrette Sehon from "Les jeunes filles du Foyer," Bourges, 28 May 1920; "Card of Recognition" from Poland with thanks for food assistance to Polish children after World War I;Sheet music for "Get Behind the Girls Behind the Boys" music by Nat Goldstein, lyrics by Anita Day Downing. Official song of the YWCA Western Department, n.d.


Box 66: folder 3
Posters



"Back Our Girls Over There, United War Work Campaign YWCA," Clarence Underwood [operator, 1 copy unmounted, 1 copy mounted with glue spots]; "YMCA, Lend Your Strength to the Red Triangle. Help the Y Help the Fighters Fight," Gil Spear; "Joan of Arc Saved France. Women of America Save Your Country, Buy War Savings Stamps," Haskell Coffin, U.S. Treasury Department poster


Box 66: folder 3
"United We Serve," United War Work Campaign [no art] (2); fragments of a Neysa McMein United War Work Campaign poster; "How the Blue Triangle Helps in France" [small, bullet points, no art]; "Remember the Girl Behind the Man Behind the Gun, YWCA, War Work Council," M.B. [nurse bursting through blue triangle]


Box 66: folder 4
"The Girl on the Land Serves the Nation's Need," Edward Penfield


Box 46: folder 3
"For Every Fighter a Woman Worker," Adolph Treidler (3 copies); United War Work Campaign "United We Serve"


Box 46: folder 4
"For Every Fighter a Woman Worker," Ernest Hamlin Baker; "His Home Over There," Albert Herter [YM/YW]


Box 46: folder 5
World War II and Defense Services: Awards and certificates,1946-68; Press clipping compilations, 1941-42; War Community Services map, 1945; Bridgeport, Connecticut, Herald page re opening of USO building, 1942


Box 66: folder 4
RECORD GROUP 7. STUDENT WORK



75th Anniversary spread in Woman's Press,1948; Membership certificates: Oberlin College YWCA, 1989, and Boise State University YWCA, 1991; Flyer re National Student YWCA, circa 1970s


Box 67: folder 1
RECORD GROUP 8. COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS



Department/Division: Community Division poster "Why Support Your National Organization?"
1969

Box 67: folder 2
Community Associations files



Alabama: "Quiet Revolutionairies: The YWCA of Mobile" poster,
1989

Box 67: folder 2
California



Hollywood Studio Club oversize clippings, 1950s; California Monthly cover story "Y's women," Feb 1989; "Legacy of Courage-YWCA Celebrates women in Orange County History," poster, n.d.


Box 67: folder 2
Survey of a portion of Block 11 Colegrove MR 53-10 at NW Corner of Lexington Ave & Lodi Place for Hollywood Studio Club, Julia Morgan, Architect [page from specifications in box 857. folder 6],
1925

Box 67: folder 2
Oakland: plan for proposed remodeling, Warneke and Warneke, Architects,
1954

Box 46: folder 646
Illinois: YWCA of Chicago(?) "Regulations of the Boarding House," [printed by Knight, Leonard & Co., Chicago]
n.d.

Box 67: folder 2
Iowa: Des Moines Sunday Register cover story re new YWCA building,
1971

Box 67: folder 2
Louisiana: Shreveport YWCA poster by Gary Cascio,
n.d.

Box 67: folder 2
New York: YWCA of the City of New York flow chart showing relationships local to national to World YWCA,
1932

Box 67: folder 2
New Jersey, Summit: Plot plan for proposed new addition, Ludlow and Jefferson, Architects,
1966

Box 46: folder 6
Ohio: Cleveland YWCA Annual Report (poster format),
1981

Box 67: folder 2
Pennsylvania: reproduction of a mural-like pencil drawing with YWCA theme by Nick T. Ruggieri, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania YWCA,
1960s?

Box 67: folder 2
Unidentified: "Where You Can Belong" series (YWCA, 5th and Seneca),
n.d.

Box 67: folder 2
RECORD GROUP 9. PHOTOGRAPHS



Saturday Evening Post cover, 25 Mar 1944, "Gramercy Park" by John Falter showing #3, the first home of the YWCA National Training School (1908-summer 1913); Reception, National Association YWCA, Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, California, 18 May 1915; Group photo, International Institutes Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1926; Group photo, World's YWCA Council Meeting, Elgin House, Muskoka, Canada, Sep 1938; 3 enlargements of exhibition photographs: Y-Teens, National Industrial Progress Week, and World Fellowship ("The World We Build Rests on the Character We Build")


Box 67: folder 3
Unidentified conference, Midwest, n.d.; Western City Conference, Hollister, MO, 1918; Southeast Regional Conference, Blue Ridge, NC, 1954; National Industrial Conference, silver Spring, MD, 1919 [2 different photos, 1 of them in pieces]; National Industrial Council, 1926; Blue Ridge Student Conference, 1912; Southeast Student YM and YW Conference, Hollister, MO, 1927, 1928, 1929; Foreign Division of YWCA of the U.S.A. and YWCA of Canada, 1929; World Council, 1938, 1955, 1967


Box 46: folder 7
"O'Goshen" Girls Camp, Louisville, KY, YWCA,
1919

flat file
YWCA Conference, Kenilworth Inn, Asheville, NC,
1908

flat file
5th National Convention, Los Angeles, CA,
1915

flat file
29th National Convention, Washington, DC,
1982

flat file

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