Reports, administrative records, correspondence and documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. association in Wilmington, Delaware and its Walnut Street branch. The Walnut Street branch of the Wilmington YWCA serves the African American women and girls in the community sharing a building with the Walnut Street branch of the YMCA. Correspondence and reports describe the relationship between the Walnut Street branch YMCA and YWCA and the branch's relationship to the Wilmington YWCA. Visitation reports for the branch and the Wilmington YWCA assess the associations' programs and services, discuss leadership and address challenges the associations may be facing. Other documents include lists of leadership personnel, constitutions and bylaws of the association's, documents concerning the Wilmington YWCA's participation in the United Fund of Wilmington, Inc., a policies handbook and association histories. Studies are presented in reports and include assessments of the administration and organization of the Wilmington YWCA and Walnut Street branch, a summary of the cafeteria study concerning policies for African American service in the cafeterias and a summary report of the evaluation of the Wilmington YWCA program.
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Delaware, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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