Documents concerning the history, affiliation, program and activities of the YWCA of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and its international institute. The administrative and organizational history of the association can be traced through its constitutions, bylaws, fact sheets and historical notes. In addition, correspondence and questionnaires concerning association buildings and finance document the administrative and operational aspects of those parts of the association. Studies, conducted by outside organizations or the association, provide context to the community of work and the needs of the members. These studies include a survey of social welfare organizations in Milwaukee, including an additional report devoted to services for African American community members, and two community and association studies from the YWCA of Milwaukee. Correspondence concerning race relations in the association and the community include discussion of race relations with African Americans as well as Native Americans. Additional materials include correspondence and reports concerning relationships with the YMCA, lists of staff and volunteer leaders, visitation reports from field secretary's, advisory correspondence with regional and national leaders and several issues of the association's newsletter, "The Interpreter." The International Institute of the YWCA of Milwaukee serves the foreign born community members and their families. Correspondence and reports assess and describe the institute's program to meet the unique needs of the immigrant and their community.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Social work with immigrants
Native American women
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.
Wisconsin, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 222