The YWCA of Saint Louis, Missouri has a long history of serving the women and girls of its community beginning before the formation of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Its administrative history starting from its application for affiliation is documented in constitutions, bylaws and historical summaries. Industrial department reports provide a look into the program for women employed in industry and may also include descriptions of the issues that are affecting their personal and work lives. As race relations become an increasingly visible and prominent issue, the YWCA of Saint Louis hosts an institute to study methods of building an inclusive community and fighting racism. The proceedings of the institute provide some background information building up to the institute and summarize the sessions and discussions. In order to make informed decisions regarding the association program as a whole and to evaluate association performance, the YWCA of Saint Louis utilizes studies. These studies assess the program's, community needs, staff and administration of the associations and make recommendations based on their findings. Additional materials concern the buildings, facilities, finances and leadership of the YWCA of Saint Louis.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Social group work
Young Women's Christian associations
Young Men's Christian associations
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This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.
To the extent that it owns copyright, YWCA of the USA has retained copyright in its works donated to Smith College, but has has authorized Smith College Special Collections to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf. 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. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the USA, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Missouri, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 187