Documents concerning the history, affiliation, program and administration of the YWCA of Memphis, Tennessee. Administrative records include documentation of the association's name change from National YWCA of Memphis, Tennessee to the YWCA of Memphis, Tennessee. This change was due to the existence of another organization in Memphis called the W. & YWCA, or Anne Brinkley House, in Memphis. Historical notes and correspondence further document the reasons for the existence of the two organizations. Three reports present results of studies of the YWCA and its community in Memphis. Studies are used by the association to inform program decisions, maintain awareness of their community of service and assess their own organization. The 1944 study of the YWCA of Memphis conducted by the Council of Social Agencies of Memphis is an assessment of the association, its services and community of work. The 1937 standards study has more of a focus on maintaining national standards for YWCA of the U.S.A. associations and self-assessment of association performance. Finally, the 1933 study of the needs of girls in Memphis conducted by the Girl's Welfare Committee is a survey of the needs of young women age 16-25 and the services available or needed in Memphis. Additional documents include constitutions and bylaws, lists of staff and volunteer leaders and administrative records.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
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.
Tennessee, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 214