Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. in Pennsylvania and the history, program and administration of the YWCA of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Documents begin with materials relating to statewide YWCA activities including seminar reports, a summary of the Pennsylvania civil rights law and its implications, YWCA bulletins and a report on transient and homeless people and the services available to them. Following these general documents are minutes and reports of the inter town institutes of Western Pennsylvania YWCA's. These institutes bring together representatives from associations in Western Pennsylvania to share ideas, build leadership skills and discuss issues they have in common. Next, are correspondence and reports regarding the relationship between the YMCA and YWCA in Pennsylvania. The materials are arranged chronologically. Earlier documents concern efforts to work cooperatively and discuss how to address the issue of the YMCA conducting work for women. Later materials concern a cooperative effort to maintain tax-exempt status. The final section of the microdex concerns the YWCA of Allentown. The association's administrative history can be traced through constitutions and bylaws in addition to historical notes and administrative records. Visitation reports assess and describe the association's program, leadership and activities. Additional documents include lists of professional and volunteer leaders, materials for a program planning study, an anniversary program pamphlet and advisory correspondence with regional and local leaders.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Young Men's Christian associations
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.
Pennsylvania, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 207