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
Young Women's Christian associations
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Wisconsin, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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