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Kate Hillis Boyd Papers, 1915-1934 (Bulk: 1918-22)
1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 597

Abstract:
YWCA volunteer, World War I, YWCA executive, YWCA overseas secretary. Papers are primarily related to her work as an Overseas Secretary for the YWCA of the U.S.A in France and Belgium during and immediately after World War I. A large portion is a typescript of excerpts from Boyd's letters home to her mother. There is also general biographical material and some materials from her time as General Secretary of the YWCA of Manila, Philippines, 1930-33.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership of Kate Hillis Boyd's writings is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Kate Hillis Boyd 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. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Kate Hillis Boyd's certificate of identification issued by the War Work Council of the YWCA, September 18, 1919

Kate Hillis Boyd's certificate of identification issued by
the War Work Council of the YWCA, September 18, 1919

Kate Hillis Boyd was born May 14, 1885 to Kate (Gordon) and Joseph Fulton Boyd.

After receiving a B.A. from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1905, Boyd attended the YWCA National Training School, 1914-15, earning a certificate in the one year course.

Boyd worked as YWCA Student Secretary at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina from 1915 to 1918, then joined the YWCA's war and reconstruction efforts, serving as an Overseas Secretary in Dijon, Tours, and Paris, France from February 1918 to July 1919; and in Brussels, Belgium from October 1919 to October 1921.

On her return to the U.S., Boyd became Secretary for the YWCA Student Foyer for foreign college students in New York City, October 1921 to October 1922. She returned to her native Pennsylvania, taking the position of General Secretary of the Germantown (Pennsylvania) YWCA in September of 1923. In April 1930 she again went overseas, this time to be General Secretary of the YWCA of Manila, Philippine Islands.

From 1934 until her retirement in 1950, Boyd was Assistant Social Dean at the Penn Hall School in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition to her work for the YWCA and Penn Hall School, Boyd was active in the American Association of University Women, Wilson College Alumnae Association, Red Cross, Children's Aid Society, and local women's clubs and Presbyterian churches.

Kate Hillis Boyd died February 26, 1976 in Chambersburg.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kate Hillis Boyd Papers consist of .25 linear ft. and are primarily related to her work as an Overseas Secretary for the YWCA of the U.S.A in France and Belgium, 1918-21. There is also a small amount of general biographical material and some materials from her time as General Secretary of the YWCA of Manila, Philippines, 1930-33. Types of materials include typescript correspondence; travel papers and certificates; newspaper articles; memorabilia; and a scrapbook from Boyd's work in Belgium containing printed materials, newspaper clippings, postcards, many photographs, and memorabilia.

The bulk of the papers date from 1918 to 1922 and focus on Boyd's work in France and Belgium during and immediately after World War I. A large portion of this material is a typescript of excerpts from Boyd's letters home to her mother. The first part of the typescript was made by Boyd, circa 1942. Her niece, Cornelia Cree, made the rest of the typescript in 1978, following the style of her aunt's typescript. Cree's correspondence with the YWCA Archivist indicates that the excerpts exclude "personal matters."


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership of Kate Hillis Boyd's writings is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Kate Hillis Boyd 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. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Kate Hillis Boyd Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Kate Hillis Boyd Papers came to the Sophia Smith Collection with the Records of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in 2002. The YWCA received them from Boyd's niece, Cornelia Cree between 1978 and 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin, May 2008.


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

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

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Processing of the Kate Hillis Boyd Papers was made possible by the generous support of the National Historical Records and Publications Commission

Contents List
General biographical material
1915-34

Box 1: folder 1
Europe



General
1918-22

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence (typed excerpts) to mother from France and Belgium
1918-21

Box 1: folder 3-4
Belgium: scrapbook


Box 1: folder 5
The Philippines



General
1930-34, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Correspondence (typed excerpts) to mother from the Philippines
1930-33

Box 1: folder 7

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Subjects
  • Boyd, Kate Hillis, 1885-1976
  • World War, 1914-1918--France--Personal narratives, American
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--France--Personal narratives, American
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--Young Women's Christian Association
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.--Employees
  • Young Women's Christian Associations--Philippines--History


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