Documents concerning the administration, function, management and history of the YWCA of the U.S.A. including certification, constitutions and bylaws, methods for addressing controversial issues, cooperation with other organizations, county and district associations, and the history of the YWCA of the U.S.A. The name, function, purpose and organizational structure of the YWCA of the U.S.A. are established in its constitution and bylaws. As the organization grows and adapts to changing needs the governing documents are also amended. Several versions, some final, some with suggested amendments are present. In addition, suggested constitutions and bylaws for local associations are provided for local use and adaptation. Local associations, as members of the YWCA of the U.S.A., must meet several requirements to maintain certified member association status including maintaining an updated constitution, paying dues and submitting reports. Annual certification forms include a summary of the necessary requirements and lists of local associations by region track submitted forms. Following this, guidelines and procedures for discussing and acting on controversial topics suggest best practices for engaging in such issues at a local level and avoiding disord while allowing for different opinions. Next, for making decisions about cooperating with another organization, policies and procedures outline what to consider, what is the role of cooperative relationships and how cooperative relationships are best used. Reports and handbooks for county and district associations, address issues of finance, administration and organization. Finally , the nature of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work in the United States, as an organization working towards the advancement of women and as part of a worldwide movement is described in several historical summaries and timelines.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
World War, 1939-1945
Young Women's Christian associations
World War, 1914-1918
Young Women's Christian associations
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YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 251