Documents concerning the YWCA of Knoxville, Tennessee, its Phyllis Wheatley branch and the development of associations in McMinnville and Maryville. The administrative and organizational history of the YWCA of Knoxville can be traced through its constitutions and bylaws in addition to its facts sheets and historical notes. Visitation reports from field secretaries summarize and assess the program, leadership and functions of the associations. Two studies examine the community social and economic conditions and were likely used to inform program decisions. The first report is from a study conducted by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce that examines the industrial and commercial climate of the city. The second report presents findings of a study of the community and its needs. Additional materials include lists of staff and volunteer leadership, an anniversary celebration program, documents concerning their new building. and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership. The Phyllis Wheatley Branch of the YWCA of Knoxville is the branch for African American women and girls. The branch's functions and relationship to the central association are established in its bylaws. Visitation reports and correspondence summarize and assess branch program, leadership and activities. Also included are lists of committee and board members. Following these documents are letters concerning interest in organizing associations in Maryville and McMinnville.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
African American women
Societies and clubs
Young Women's Christian associations
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Tennessee, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 214