Documents concerning the history, administration, program and management of the Central, Harlem and French branches of the YWCA of the City of New York. As a large metropolitan association, the YWCA of the City of New York maintains branches to serve geographic areas or constituent groups. Central Branch is the main service branch for the association and is located adjacent to the YWCA of the U.S.A. National Board. The French Branch serves the French speaking girls of New York and provides services to newly arriving immigrants. The branch began as a part of a French evangelical church and the building and program is eventually taken over by the church. The Harlem Branch serves the women and girls of Harlem. It began as an association independent from the YWCA of the City of New York but reaches an agreement in 1912 to consolidate their programs. The administrative history of the branches and their relationship to each other and the YWCA of the City of New York is documented in constitutions, bylaws, association histories and administrative correspondence. Visitation reports summarize and assess evaluative visits by regional and national secretaries. Additional documents include program studies, program reports and advisory correspondence.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Social work with immigrants
Young Women's Christian associations
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New York, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 196