YWCA OF GREATER ATLANTA.
YWCA of Greater Atlanta records, 1901-1979 (bulk 1940-1975)

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/9031r

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: YWCA of Greater Atlanta.
Title: YWCA of Greater Atlanta records, 1901-1979 (bulk 1940-1975)
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 720
Extent: 89.75 linear ft. (171 boxes), 16 oversized bound volumes (OBV), 9 oversized papers (OP), and AV Masters: .25 (1 box, 1 OP (oversized paper), and CLP (combined LP box))
Abstract:Records of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta including administrative records of area branches, audiovisual materials, and scrapbooks.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift, 1981, with subsequent additions.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], YWCA of Greater Atlanta records, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Student Manuscript Assistant, July 2003.


Collection Description

Historical Note

Following two years of organization and planning, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Atlanta received its charter from the state of Georgia in 1902. In 1912, the local YWCA became a charter member of the YWCA of the USA, and in 1915, the first high school girls' club was organized. To serve the needs of black women and girls, "The Blue Triangle" was formed on September 4, 1919 and shortly thereafter renamed the Phyllis Wheatley Branch. Expanding on its initial role of providing young women a place to live, assisting with learning new skills, promoting better working conditions, and helping with recreation and social life, the YWCA has been involved with employment agencies, camping programs, race relations, school integration, and broader community service.

Following two years of organization and planning, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Atlanta received its charter from the state of Georgia in 1902. In 1912, the local YWCA became a charter member of the YWCA of the USA, and in 1915, the first high school girls' club was organized. To serve the needs of black women and girls, "The Blue Triangle" was formed on September 4, 1919 and shortly thereafter renamed the Phyllis Wheatley Branch. Expanding on its initial role of providing young women a place to live, assisting with learning new skills, promoting better working conditions, and helping with recreation and social life, the YWCA has been involved with employment agencies, camping programs, race relations, school integration, and broader community service.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the records of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta from 1901-1979. The records include statements, invoices, tax and insurance records, and budgets; administrative records including planning documents, handbooks, minutes, reports, correspondence, and memoranda; and general records including printed material, photographs, scrapbooks, films, slides, and sound recordings.

Business, administrative, and general records document the work of the YWCA in Atlanta and of its Phyllis Wheatley Branch. Minutes, reports, and other administrative records are primarily from the Board of Directors, its Executive Committee, and other committees. Fundraising through fashion shows and various kinds of sales is documented as are membership drives and development efforts through the Community Chest and United Way. Topics include social work, camps, Y-teens, and programs for young people about sex education, health, physical education, and recreation. Printed material primarily relates to publicity efforts and to national conventions.

Arrangement Note

Organized into ten series: (1) Greater YWCA of Atlanta records, (2) Central Branch records, (3) Phillis Wheatley Branch records, (4) South Fulton Branch records, (5) DeKalb Branch records, (6) Midtown Branch records, (7) Audiovisual materials, (8) Blueprints, (9) Membership cards, and (10) Unprocessed material.


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