Reports, correspondence and administrative records concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. association in Hackensack, New Jersey and developing communities throughout the state. The YWCA of Hackensack develops a cooperative relationship with the local YMCA and shares a building with them. Correspondence and reports concerning this relationship evaluate its structure and comment on its benefits and challenges for the YWCA of Hackensack. 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, a residence survey, and correspondence with national leadership. For those communities with emerging or no associations, visitations from field workers asses the community and any existing women's organizations and make recommendations for further developments. These emerging communities also write seeking advice for developing their work and send updates on their progress. In Hoboken, New Jersey the YMCA's new building is designed to include activities and facilities for programs for women and girls. Through the letters and reports present the negotiations between the YMCA and YWCA unfold. The two organizations are not able to come to an agreement and the YMCA continues its work with women and girls. A similar situation exists in Hunterdon County, New Jersey but in this case the development of the women's and girls work is turned over to a YWCA provisional committee. Documents concerning Hudson County include a community survey and assessment of the area.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Social group work
Young Men's Christian associations
Young Women's Christian associations
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New Jersey, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 190