Documents concerning the development of YWCA of the U.S.A. associations in Onancock and Penniman, Virginia and the history, affiliation and disaffiliation of the associations in Petersburg and Portsmouth. For the developing associations, letters of inquiry are met with responses from national representatives as to the next steps for organizing an association. Penniman's development progresses to visitations and the initial steps towards organization before the efforts are abandoned due to a lack of funds. Administrative records for the associations in Petersburg and Portsmouth track the organization and development including the reasons for their disaffiliation and discontinuance. Visitation reports report on and assess association program and leadership. Additional documents include correspondence concerning relationships with the YMCA, a study of the YWCA of Portsmouth and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Young Men's Christian associations
Young Women's Christian associations
1 partial reel
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Virginia, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 218