Documents concerning the program, history and affiliation of the YWCA of Norfolk, Virginia and its Phyllis Wheatley branch for African American women and girls. The administrative and organizational history of the association can be traced through it application for affiliation, constitutions and bylaws in addition to association fact sheets and historical notes. Program, leadership and activities are described and assessed in visitation reports from field secretaries and industrial department reports. Studies present collected data on community needs and association functions. These reports include a excerpts from a planning study, an investigation into the formation of a council of social agencies and studies of the committee. Needs for capital improvement campaigns and the association's relationship to Norfolk's United Fund are addressed in correspondence and later in a campaign brochure for the organized capital improvement campaign through the United Fund. Additional documents include a completed residence survey, correspondence concerning relationships with the YMCA, lists of staff and volunteer leadership and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership. Following the materials concerning the whole of the YWCA of Norfolk are documents concerning its Phyllis Wheatley branch. These documents include visitation reports, branch bylaws establishing function and purpose, lists of board members and correspondence. The materials include description and assessment of branch programs as well as its relationship to the central association.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
African American women
Societies and clubs
Young Men's Christian associations
Young Women's Christian associations
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The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following accesptions: Portions of the physical papers are stored offsite. To access the microfilm reels and boxes 893-964 and 1061-1132, researchers must give two working days advance notice. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
To the extent that it owns copyright, the YWCA of the U.S.A. has retained copyright of the records in this group; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. In all other cases, YWCA of the U.S.A. has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations on its behalf. For materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the U.S.A., researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them if reqired by law. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with the use of those materials.
Virginia, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 218