Reports, correspondence, administrative records and other documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. associations in East St. Louis, Elgin and Evanston, Illinois. Visitations reports describe and assess the association services, leadership and programs in addition to describing the community served and their needs. Residence surveys gather information concerning residence services and facilities offered and their use. Other documents include governing documents such as constitutions and bylaws, administrative records, association histories and fact sheets and lists of professional and volunteer leadership. Addition documents concerning the YWCA of East, St. Louis include a study of the association and its activities, a study of the working and living conditions of the immigrant population and correspondence concerning the relationship between the YWCA of East St. Louis and the Mary Bethune Club. The Mary Bethune Club, a club for African American women, is interested in becoming members of the local YWCA. The correspondence explains their efforts and the reaction of the YWCA of East St. Louis in addition to the intervening and advisory actions from the YWCA of the U.S.A. Additional documents concerning the YWCA of Evanston, Illinois include correspondence and reports concerning their effort to become an association independent of the YWCA of Chicago, Illinois.
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Illinois, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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