YWCA, Duluth (Minn.) records
Scope and Contents
The collection contains a variety of materials with gaps in all of the records series.
The General Office Files and scrapbooks span the most years but still vary in periods represented.
The Traveler's Aid scrapbook includes newspaper clippings confirming that the program served women traveling alone, immigrant women and families, children, and war service personnel.
International Institute records are in boxes 20, 21.
- YWCA (Duluth, Minn.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.
Biographical / Historical
In 1855, the Young Women's Christian Association was formed in London by Emma Robarts and Mrs. Arthur Kinnaird. In 1858, the YWCA movement was introduced to the United States and New York City and Boston opened women's residences. In 1860, the YWCA opened the first boarding house for female students, teachers and factory workers in New York City as women moved from farms to cities. In 1894, the YWCA established Traveler's Aid that implemented chaperones to liners' crews to protect women traveling in steerage. In 1909, YWCA’s International Institutes featured bilingual instruction to help immigrant women. In 1963, the National Board of the YWCA became a sponsoring agency for the summer March On Washington in support of civil rights. The National Board voted support for A Direct Action Program, two-year project to complete desegregation of Community YWCA’s. In 1965, the YWCA National Board created the Office of Racial Justice to lead the civil rights efforts and appointed Dr. Dorothy Height as director.
32.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The collection contains a variety of materials related to the Duluth YWCA.
This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-726-8526.
This collection is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, but is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives.
- Annual reports Subject Source: Local sources
- Civic improvement Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Folk festival Subject Source: Local sources
- Minutes Subject Source: Local sources
- Organizations Subject Source: Local sources
- Personnel records Subject Source: Local sources
- Photographs Subject Source: Local sources
- Publications Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Religious groups Subject Source: Local sources
- Reports Subject Source: Local sources
- Scrapbooks Subject Source: Local sources
- Social justice Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Social service Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Social workers Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women’s organizations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the YWCA, Duluth (Minn.) records
- Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Collecting Area Details
Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area
Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001