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Southern Women, the Student YWCA, and Race (1920-1944) Collection, 1920-1944
5 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS # 679

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

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. The SSC owns copyright to the writings by Frances Sanders Taylor Anton. Copyright to original interviews is also held by each interviewee or her estate. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and also satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Restrictions on use:

Original audiovisual materials may not be used. Research copies are available.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This is a collection of fourteen audiotaped interviews (transferred to CD) with women who were involved with the Student Young Women's Christian Association in the southeastern United States between 1920 and 1944. The interviews were conducted by Frances Sanders Taylor [Anton] in 1981 and 1982 as part of the research for her Stanford University doctoral dissertation, "'On the Edge of Tomorrow': Southern Women, the Student YWCA, and Race, 1920-1944."

Group at YWCA Student Conference, Waveland, Mississippi, 1931

Group at YWCA Student Conference, Waveland, Mississippi, 1931

Also included is a copy of the thesis, interview permission forms, and Taylor Anton's notes on the interviews. In addition, there are notes Taylor Anton made on a 1967 taped interview with YWCA student staff member, Mary Jane Willett. It is unclear who conducted the 1967 interview.

Taylor Anton's questions deal primarily with the women's memories of their YWCA involvement, and the YWCA's work on issues related to race, but she also inquires about their family background, and their lives and careers after their work for the Student YWCA. Many of the women interviewed first became associated with the YWCA as members, joining either as teenagers or during their college years. Later, they served as volunteer leaders and/or joined the staff at the local, regional, or national level. The YWCA made a point of hiring staff members to work in its Southern Region (southeast) who were themselves raised there believing that they would understand the territory best and be more effective advocates for YWCA program within that milieu.

Five of the women interviewed were African-American (Catchings, Hamilton, Logan, Thurman, and Williams) the remaining nine were white. Their names are as follows:

  • Sarah Gibson Blanding
  • Katharine "Kasha" Butler
  • Rose May Withers [Catchings]
  • Mary "Polly" Moss Cuthbertson
  • Lois Gratz
  • Grace Towns Hamilton
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Smith [Harrington]
  • Wenonah Bond Logan
  • Katharine DuPre Lumpkin
  • Frances Helen Mains
  • Rosalie Oakes
  • Augusta Winn Roberts
  • Sue Bailey [Thurman]
  • Frances Harriet Williams

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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. The SSC owns copyright to the writings by Frances Sanders Taylor Anton. Copyright to original interviews is also held by each interviewee or her estate. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and also satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Restrictions on use:

Original audiovisual materials may not be used. Research copies are available.

Preferred Citation

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

Southern Women, the Student YWCA, and Race (1920-1944) Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

The audio recordings in this collection have been digitized and are available online.

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

Materials in this collection were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Frances Sanders Taylor Anton in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin, 2011


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

Contents List
Thesis "'On the Edge of Tomorrow': Southern Women, the Student YWCA, and Race, 1920-1944" by Frances Sanders Taylor [Anton], Stanford University, 1984


Box 1: folder 1-3
Notes on taped interviews (handwritten)
1981-82

Box 1: folder 4-7
Interview with Mary Jane Willet notes
5 Oct 1967:

Box 1: folder 8
Letter from Thelma Stevens,
6 Feb 1982

Box 1: folder 8A
Interview permission forms
1981-82

Box 1: folder 9
Interviews [CD use copies]

These audio recordings have been digitized and are available online.




Sarah Gibson Blanding (1 cd)
10 May 1982

Box 1: folder 10
Katharine Butler (4 cds)
11 May 1982

Box 1: folder 11
Rose May Withers Catchings (3 cds)
16 Dec 1982

Box 1: folder 12
Mary Moss Cuthbertson (3 cds)
12 May 1982

Box 1: folder 13
Lois Gratz (1 cd)
12 Feb 1983

Box 1: folder 14
Grace Towns Hamilton (1 cd)
3 Nov 1981

Box 1: folder 15
Elizabeth Smith Harrington (3 cds)
13 May 1982

Box 1: folder 16
Wenonah Bond Logan
20 Dec 1981

Box 1: folder 17
Katharine DuPre Lumpkin (2 cds)
9 Oct 1981 & 14 May 1982

Box 1: folder 18
Frances Helen Mains (3 cds)
20 Dec 1981

Box 2: folder 1
Augusta Winn Roberts (4 cds)
24 Jul & 28 Aug 1982

Box 2: folder 2
Rosalie Oakes (2 cds)
6 May 1982

Box 2: folder 3
Sue Bailey Thurman (3 cds) [sound quality poor]
7 Jun 1982

Box 2: folder 4
Frances Harriet Williams (2 cds)
14 Nov 1982

Box 2: folder 5
Interviews -- Audiocassette originals(32 total)
1981-82


Restrictions on access:

[Restricted--Do Not Use]

Sarah Gibson Blanding (1 tape)
10 May 1982

Box 3
Katharine Butler (4 tapes)
11 May 1982

Box 3
Rose May Withers Catchings (3 tapes)
16 Dec 1982

Box 3
Mary Moss Cuthbertson (3 tapes)
12 May 1982

Box 3
Lois Gratz (1 tape)
12 Feb 1983

Box 3
Grace Towns Hamilton (1 tape)
3 Nov 1981

Box 3
Elizabeth Smith Harrington (3 tapes)
13 May 1982

Box 3
Wenonah Bond Logan (1.5 tapes) [second tape shared with Frances Helen Mains]
20 Dec 1981

Box 4
Katharine DuPre Lumpkin (2 tapes)
9 Oct 1981 & 14 May 1982

Box 4
Frances Helen Mains (1.5 tapes) [second tape shared with Wenonah Logan]
20 Dec 1981

Box 4
Augusta Winn Roberts (4 tapes)
24 Jul & 28 Aug 1982

Box 4
Rosalie Oakes (2 tapes)
6 May 1982

Box 4
Sue Bailey Thurman (3 tapes)
7 Jun 1982

Box 4
Frances Harriet Williams (2 tapes)
14 Nov 1982

Box 4
Interviews -- CD Preservation masters (32 cds)
2010

Box 5
Restrictions on access:

[Restricted--Do Not Use]


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Subjects
  • African American women -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century
  • African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Blanding, Sarah Gibson
  • Butler, Katharine
  • Catchings, Rose May Withers
  • Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Cuthbertson, Mary Moss
  • Gratz, Lois E.
  • Hamilton, Grace Towns, 1907-
  • Harrington, Elizabeth Smith
  • Logan, Wenonah Bond
  • Lumpkin, Katharine Du Pre, 1897-
  • Mains, Frances Helen
  • National Intercollegiate Christian Council
  • Race awareness -- United States
  • Race discrimination -- Southern States
  • Race relations -- United States
  • Roberts, Augusta Winn
  • Rosalie Oakes
  • Taylor, Frances Sanders
  • Thurman, Sue Bailey
  • Williams, Frances Harriet
  • Women -- Societies and clubs -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Women and religion -- History -- Sources
  • Women in Christianity -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Young Men's Christian Association
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. -- History -- Sources
  • Young Women's Christian Associations -- History -- Sources
  • Young women -- United States -- Social life and customs


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