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 Men's Christian associations
Young Women's Christian associations
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The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following accesptions: Portions of the physical papers are stored offsite. To access the microfilm reels and boxes 893-964 and 1061-1132, researchers must give two working days advance notice. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
To the extent that it owns copyright, the YWCA of the U.S.A. has retained copyright of the records in this group; however, 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. In all other cases, YWCA of the U.S.A. has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations on its behalf. For materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the U.S.A., researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them if reqired by law. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with the use of those materials.
Missouri, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 187