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YWCA, Duluth (Minn.) records

Identifier: S2447

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.


  • 1890-2003


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.

Physical Location

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 or 218-726-8526.

Related Materials:

NEMHC Archival Collections S2233 Duluth Welfare Council records, Traveler's Aid files


This collection is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, but is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives.

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
(218) 726-8526