Documents concerning the history, affiliation, program and leadership of the Gulf Coast District YWCA and reports on developing programs in Laredo, Texas. The administrative and organizational history of the Gulf Coast associations, including its name change from the Houston-Galveston District YWCA, can be traced through its constitutions and bylaws in addition to association fact sheets and historical notes. Visitation reports summarize and assess the association's programs and activities in addition to commenting on any challenges that the association may be facing. Additional documents include lists of staff and volunteer leadership, reports of the study of the relationship between rural communities with relationships to large cities, the report "Experiences with adult membership program in the Galveston-Houston District YWCA," a report of rural program development and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership. Two reports from Laredo, Texas present findings of a survey of the work and needs of the women in the community. The reports note that the majority of the community is of Mexican descent or are immigrants from Mexico and comments on the impact that has on the needs of the people and the development of YWCA work.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Young Women's Christian associations
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Texas, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 216