Reports, correspondence and administrative records concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. association in Bayonne, New Jersey and developing communities throughout the state. The YWCA of Bayonne, New Jersey has origins in war work with its immigrant population at the end of World War I. As the work with immigrant women grew it spread into work with industrial women and an association officially affiliates in 1920. Prior to establishing their work with industrial women, the YWCA meets with the YMCA to establish their relationships and responsibilities. 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 foreign community study, residence survey, historical summaries and a community study of Bayonne. 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.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Social group work
Young Women's Christian associations
Young Men's Christian associations
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New Jersey, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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