Reports, correspondence and administrative records concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. associations in Jersey City and Lakewood, New Jersey. As a charter member of the YWCA of the U.S.A., Jersey City has a long history of serving the women and girls of its community. In addition to its main club, the association maintains the Hudson City Branch and an international institute. The Hudson City Branch serves as a club for African American women and girls. Bylaws and constitutions establish its purpose and aims. A note in the records indicates that information about the branch's history can be found in the documents concerning the main association. The international institute is created t o meet the needs of the community's foreign born women and their families. By 1938 the international institute separates from the YWCA becoming an independent organization. The institute's history and separation are documented in reports and community surveys. Visitation reports describe and assess the association's program, leadership, activities, facilities and services. Other documents include constitutions and bylaws, lists of professional and volunteer leadership and correspondence with national leadership. In addition, Jersey City's documents include anniversary celebration programs and pamphlets, a residence survey and industrial program reports.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Social group work
Young Women's Christian associations
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New Jersey, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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