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Margaret Ping Papers, 1933-1954
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 700

Abstract:
YWCA executive; YWCA overseas official. Letters home to her family while she was working for the YWCA of the USA at the YWCA of Mexico City, published books, and biographical clippings. Also, letters home from her days at the Church of All Nations settlement house on New York City's Lower East Side (1933-1934). [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works in this collection created by Margaret Ping. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify all copyright holders.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Margaret Virginia Ping was born May 11, 1912 in Liberal, Missouri to James J. and Ruth Blevans Ping. When Margaret was four the family moved to Hardin, Montana, where her parents ran a dry goods store. After earning an A.B. from Oberlin College in 1933, she went on to complete an M.A. in religious education at Teachers College in New York City. Ping's long career with the YWCA began in 1936 when she took a job as Girl Reserve Secretary for the YWCA in Pueblo, Colorado. She continued Girl Reserve work in Pittsburgh (1938-43) and then Detroit (1943-44) becoming Executive of Detroit's Southwest Center in 1944. Ping joined the national YWCA staff in September of 1945, going to work in Mexico for the International Division. Upon her return to the U.S. in 1955, Ping worked in local YWCAs in Boston and Billings, Montana, then once again joined the national staff in September 1964 working as a field consultant in the Central Region. In 1968-69 she went to Peru as a consultant to a group forming a YWCA in Lima. After retiring from the YWCA in 1970, Ping returned to Hardin, Montana to care for her father. She worked in the Outreach Program at Rocky Mountain College in Billings for four years and was instrumental in helping to establish the Big Horn County Historical Museum. In the mid-1980s Ping began to work to bring Habitat for Humanity to Montana, an effort that resulted in the founding of the Mid-Yellowstone Valley chapter in 1993. She is the author of three books, Looking Back, Moving Forward: The History of the Billings YWCA, 1907-1988 (1991), Three Defining Years in a Long Life (2010), and Letters Home from the Mexico I Knew (2012)

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Letters home to her family while she was working for the YWCA of the USA at the YWCA of Mexico City, the books Looking Back, Moving Forward: The History of the Billings YWCA, 1907-1988 (1991), Three Defining Years in a Long Life (2010), and Letters Home from the Mexico I Knew (2012), and biographical clippings. Also, letters home from her days at the Church of All Nations settlement house on New York City's Lower East Side (1933-1934) and used in her book, Three Defining Years in a Long Life.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


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 with the following caveats:

  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works in this collection created by Margaret Ping. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify all copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

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

Margaret Ping Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Margaret Ping began donating her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2012.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Maida Goodwin, 2012


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


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Subjects
  • Mexico -- Description and travel -- Sources
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.--History
  • Young Women's Christian Associations -- History -- Sources


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