Documents concerning the history, affiliation, administration and program of the YWCA of Wheeling, West Virginia. The administrative and organizational history of the association is documented in its constitutions, bylaws, fact sheets and historical notes. In addition, building and finance correspondence and reports provide insight into some of the operational work in the association, including its relationship to the community fund. Visitation reports and industrial department reports are assessments and reports of the association's program, services and overall performance submitted to national leadership. The "Laundry Case" materials are letters, notes and reports documenting the association's involvement in a dispute concerning their patronage of laundries. The event begin when the "labor girls" report that the laundry used by the association have been given a bad review by a national labor organization. The resulting actions, divided opinions and involvement of the community fund are recorded in materials arranged chronologically ending with a timeline of the events. Additional documents concerning the association include lists of staff and volunteer leaders and a community study of Wheeling.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Women in the labor movement
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.
West Virginia, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 221