Documents concerning the history, affiliation, program and development of the YWCA of Parkersburg, West Virginia and correspondence and reports concerning organizing and developing associations in Nitro and Philippi. The administrative and organizational history of the YWCA of Parkersburg is documented through its constitutions, bylaws, fact sheets and historical notes. In addition, correspondence and reports concerning buildings and finance address the administrative and managerial side of the association. The association's program, community of work and leadership are addressed in visitation reports from field secretaries, industrial department reports, a community study and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership. A series of correspondence concerning a Girl Reserve club in a "colored" school in the town offers a glimpse into the race relations of the community and the association and the national organization's response. Additional materials include lists of staff and volunteer leaders, documents concerning the association's relationship with the YMCA and general program reports.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
African American women
Societies and clubs
Young Women's Christian associations
1 partial reel
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