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YWCA papers

Identifier: 984; 985; 986; 2001-34

Scope and Content

The collection includes annual reports, minutes, correspondence, general information, historical information, notes, advertisements and a substantial alphabetical file on projects, conferences, groups and topics. Also included in the collection are scrapbooks (1899-1964) and ledgers (1939-1961).


  • 1891-1996


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the YWCA papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

The Young Women’s Christian Association at the University of Minnesota was organized in 1891 by 12 sophomore students and has the distinction of being the first women's organization on campus. In 1897, the U of M YWCA was the first college association to hire a full time general secretary. The YWCA outreach program provided student volunteer leaders to settlement houses and mission churches as early as 1911, while working to meet student and faculty needs on campus through outreach programs, social events, chapel services and religious education. By relying on student leadership, the YWCA provided its female members opportunities in goal setting, self-reliance and management skills. The organization has been active in community projects that support peace and justice for all. In the early 1980s, the University YWCA changed its name to the University YW (U-YW) to reflect that the organization is no longer affiliated with a Christian mission.


18 boxes + 10 os (23.4 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of the YWCA at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with detailed contents is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives on June 15, 1955. Additional deposits have been made in July 1974, May 1995 and October 2001.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

University of Minnesota. School of Agriculture papers

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

YWCA papers, 1891-1996
Archives staff; updated by Karen Spilman
updated February 2005
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