Documents concerning the program and history of the YWCA of Memphis, Tennessee and its Vance Avenue branch. Advisory correspondence with regional and national leaders seek advice and recommendations for leadership and program challenges in addition to reporting on association activities and relationships with the YMCA. Additional documents concerning the entire association include program objectives, clippings from a Life magazine article concerning the W&YWCA of Memphis and a completed finance survey. The Vance Avenue Branch of the YWCA of Memphis is the association's club for African American women and girls. Administrative records and bylaws document the branch's relationship to the central association, purpose, functions and program statistics. Visitation reports and correspondence assess and summarize the branch's program and any challenges the branch and its members may face. Among these discussions is the problem of racism and race relations in Memphis and the effect it has on the African American community in addition to the challenges created by the "Crump Machine" and city politics.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
African American women
Societies and clubs
Young Women's Christian associations
1 partial reel
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.
Tennessee, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 214