Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.), Kensington Branch Records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 520, 531, 552, PC-43
Date: 
1891-1981
Footage: 
10 cubic feet (8 boxes)
Collecting Area: 

Collection Summary

Title
Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.), Kensington Branch Records

Dates
1891-1981      

Collection ID
Acc. 520, 531, 552, PC-43

Creator
Young Women’s Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.). Kensington Branch

Quantity
10 linear feet (8 boxes)          

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Kensington Branch of the YWCA of Philadelphia was founded in 1891, for the primary purpose of providing a residence for the many young women employed in the numerous textile and lace factories located in Kensington. Since that time the Kensington YWCA has been an advocate for and provider of services to residents in the Kensington community, with special focus on the needs of women and girls.

As the neighborhood changed, so did the variety of programs offered by the Kensington YWCA. The Kensington Branch provided a wide range of activities: physical fitness, swimming, skills, crafts, and educational classes. The Residence Program at the Kensington YWCA offered independent living arrangements for low-income women.

Description of Collection

The collection consists records by and related to the Kensington Branch of the YWCA of Philadelphia. The Board minutes span nearly the entire history of the organization, thus providing an excellent overview of the Kensington YWCA. Of special interest in this collection are the Board and program minutes from the very beginning of Kensington Branch. Also, there is particularly strong documentation of the Girls’ Coalition.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is divided into 10 series:

Series 1:  Administration, 1891-1980
Series 2:  Financial, 1961-1980
Series 3:  Committees, undated
Series 4:  Correspondence, 1970-1981
Series 5:  Programs and Services, 1891-1977
Series 6:  Girls’ Coalition, 1975-1980
Series 7:  Other Branches, 1932-1975
Series 8:  Other Organizations, undated
Series 9:  Miscellaneous, 1915-1976
Series 10:  Photographs and Clippings, circa 1965-1972

Series 1:  Administration, 1891-1980, pertains to the activities of the Kensington YWCA Board and staff. Especially useful are the Board minutes dated from 1891 to 1979. It can be seen that throughout the years, a number of changes occurred concerning the official name of the Board. Initially, it was simply called Board, however, by 1943, Committee of management was adopted as the official title. Still more changes occurred after this. Around 1963 it was called the Board of Management, and finally, around 1972, Board was agreed upon. In addition to the minutes, the numerous constitution and by-laws, personnel files, office files, and statistical reports trace the branch’s development, trends and significance.

Series 2:  Financial, 1961-1980, includes information concerning fund raising, budgets, payroll, expenses, and financial statements.

Series 3:  Committees, undated, covers the operations of administrative committees, programs and services committees, and special committees.

Series 4:  Correspondence, 1970-1981.  Letters from inside and outside the organization, are chronologically arranged within each individual. One general correspondence file is also included.

Series 5:  Programs and Services, 1891-1977, covers the various programs and services offered by the Kensington Branch. It is primarily arranged by different kinds of activities, such as programs, clubs, classes, events, and residence, etc. Publicity materials occupy a large portion of this series. It consists of 15 folders of brochures, flyers, and news releases dated 1965-1977. Among the series, the program registrations, residence sign-up books, and visitor registers have to remain anonymous.

Series 6:  Girls’ Coalition, 1975-1980, covers the Girls’ Coalition from 1977 to 1979. In 1977, government funding from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA-Department of Justice) was granted to a coalition of four girl-serving agencies: Girls Scouts, Girls Club, Big Sisters, and the YWCA. This funding has enabled the Kensington and North Central YWCA Branches to hire teen program staff who provided services to teen women in North Philadelphia Kensington areas.

Series 7:  Other Branches, 1932-1975, concerns the administration of the Metropolitan Association, which is the administrative umbrella that oversees all the branches of the Philadelphia Association. In addition, this series includes publications and fund raising information from the YWCA of USA and World YWCA.

Series 8:  Other Organizations, undated contains information related to Kensington Action Now, ASPIRA, Kensington Community Council, 25th District Parent Youth Aid Committee, Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization, District V Coordinating Council, USO, Delaware Valley Association/Directors of Volunteer Programs, Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection, Miscellaneous.

Series 9:  Miscellaneous, 1915-1976, contains the 100th Anniversary Kensington Branch celebration, Newspaper clippings, and Scrapbook. The scrapbook includes cards, letters, and photographs from friends of Kensington YWCA dated 1915-1918.

Series 10:  Photographs and Clippings, circa 1965-1972, consists primarily of snapshots and news clippings removed from a binder. Photographs are generally unidentified and undated and have been placed in folders consistent with their placement within the original binder. Photographs date from 1965 through 1972, and portray mostly day care, sports, trips to the zoo, parties and dances. One photograph of the exterior of the YWCA branch is included. The folder of news clippings concerns itself with a YWCA meeting in San Diego, California, in 1973. No inventory is available for this series.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research.  

Collections Stored Off-Site

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Publication and Copyright Information

The Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.), Kensington Branch Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.), Kensington Branch Records, Acc. 520, 531, 552, PC-43, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated through Mrs. Henderson in June 1982.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in May 2016.    

           

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Young Women’s Christian Association
Young Women’s Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.). Kensington Branch

Subjects:
African American women -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Associations, institutions, etc. -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Women -- Services for -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Young Women's Christian associations

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Clippings
Correspondence
Financial records
Minutes
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports

 

Inventory

Series 1:  Administration, 1891-1980

Series 1 pertains to the activities of the Kensington YWCA Board and staff. Especially useful are the Board minutes dated from 1891 to 1979. It can be seen that throughout the years, a number of changes occurred concerning the official name of the Board. Initially, it was simply called Board, however, by 1943, Committee of management was adopted as the official title. Still more changes occurred after this. Around 1963 it was called the Board of Management, and finally, around 1972, Board was agreed upon. In addition to the minutes, the numerous constitution and by-laws, personnel files, office files, and statistical reports trace the branch’s development, trends and significance.

1          1          Constitution and By-laws          1937-39
1          2          Constitution and By-laws          1963
1          3          Constitution and By-laws          1975
1          4          Minutes. Board meeting          1891-1913
1          5          Minutes. Board meeting          1914-18
1          6          Minutes. Committee of Management          1943-45
1          7          Minutes. Committee of Management          1946-48
1          8          Minutes. Committee of Management          1949-53
1          9          Minutes. Committee of Management          1954-57
1          10          Minutes. Committee of Management          1958-59
1          11          Minutes. Committee of Management          1960
1          12          Minutes. Committee of Management          1961-62
1          13          Minutes. Board of Management          1963-64
1          14          Minutes. Board of Management          1965-66
1          15          Minutes. Board of Management          1967-68
1          16          Minutes. Board of Management          1969-70
1          17          Minutes. Board of Management          1971
1          18          Minutes. Board Meeting          1972
1          19          Minutes. Board Meeting          1973-74
1          20          Minutes. Board Meeting          1975-76
1          21          Minutes. Board Meeting          1978
1          22          Minutes. Board Meeting          1979
1          23          Minutes. Staff Meeting          1963-1970
1          24          Minutes. Staff Meeting          1971-1977
1          25          Minutes. Staff Meeting.           1978-1980
1          26          Minutes. Administrative Staff Meeting          1967, 1977-1980
1          27          Minutes. Program Staff Meeting          1966
1          28          Minutes. Department Head Supervisor Meeting          1979-1980
1          29          Minutes. Clerical Staff Development Meeting          1964
1          30          Minutes. Association Review Meeting          1978
1          31          Board Reports          1939
1          32          Board Reports          1940
1          33          Board Reports          1941
2          1          Board Reports          1942
2          2          Board Reports          1972-1974
2          3          Board Reports          1975-1976
2          4          Board Reports          1977
2          5          Board Reports          1978-79
2          6          Reports, Reviews and Surveys. Report of the National Review Team          1972, 1978
2          7          Reports, Reviews and Surveys. United Fund-Agency Review          1966
2          8          Reports, Reviews and Surveys. Exploratory Survey of Kensington Branch YWCA          1962
2          9          Personnel. Board list          1972-1979
2          10          Personnel. Board of Directors Nominations          1975-1979
2          11          Personnel. Personal Personnel Data Folder          Undated
2          12          Personnel. Job Descriptions and Responsibilities          Undated
2          13          Personnel. Retirement          1975
2          14          Personnel. Salary Scales and Classifications          Undated
2          15          Personnel. Staff Contract          circa 1977-1980
2          16          Personnel. Middle Atlantic Staff List and Maps          circa 1974
2          17          Personnel. Employment of Work Study Students          1976
2          18          Procedures and Policies. General          1943
2          19          Procedures and Policies. General          1964
2          20          Procedures and Policies. General          1964
2          21          Procedures and Policies. General          1964
2          22          Personnel          1960-65
2          23          Personnel          1972, 1976
2          24          Finance          1953, 1964
2          25          Finance          1968
2          26          Public Relations          1964
2          27          Fire Drill          Undated
2          28          Miscellaneous          Undated
2          29          Office Files          1943
2          30          Office Files          1958-1962
3          1          Office Files          1964
3          2          Office Files          1979
3          3          Administration Attendance Statistics          1960
3          4          Administration Attendance Statistics          1961
3          5          Administration Attendance Statistics          1962
3          6          Administration Attendance Statistics          1963
3          7          Administration Attendance Statistics          1965
3          8          Administration Attendance Statistics          1970
3          9          Administration Attendance Statistics          1971
3          10          Administration Attendance Statistics          1972
3          11          Administration Attendance Statistics          1973
3          12          Administration Attendance Statistics          1978
3          13          Administration Attendance Statistics          1979
3          14          Administration Attendance Statistics          1980
3          15          Proposals. Inter-racial Crisis Team to Serve Three Contiguous Philadelphia Neighborhoods          Undated
3          16          Establish City Wide League          Undated
3          17          Outreach Program for Endangered Teen-aged Women          Undated

 

Series 2:  Financial, 1961-1980

Series 2 includes information concerning fund raising, budgets, payroll, expenses, and financial statements.

3          18          Fundraising. Annual Support Campaign          Undated
3          19          Fundraising. The Philadelphia Foundation and United Fund          Undated
3          20          Budgets          1961-1962
3          21          Budgets          1964-1965
3          22          Budgets          1965-1966
3          23          Budgets          1965-1966
3          24          Budgets          1966-1976
3          25          Budgets          1980
3          26          Payroll          1978-1979
3          27          Revenue and Expense Reports          1978-1979
3          28          Invoices/Bills/Payments          Undated

 

Series 3:  Committees, undated

Series 3 covers the operations of administrative committees, programs and services committees, and special committees.

4          1          Committee on Administration          Undated
4          2          Liaison Committee          Undated
4          3          Membership Committee          Undated
4          4          Teen Program Committee          Undated
4          5          Program Planning and Coordinating Committee          Undated
4          6          Religious Resources Committee          Undated
4          7          Cooperative Living Committee          Undated

 

Series 4:  Correspondence, 1970-1981

Series 4 contains letters from inside and outside the organization, which are chronologically arranged within each individual. One general correspondence file is also included.

4          8          Ballard, Bernice          1979-1981
4          9          Graham, Joanne          1977-1978
4          10          Grant, Maria          1970-1971
4          11          Hartman, Holly          1978
4          12          Mayer, Joan L.          1978
4          13          Perez, Margarita          1977-1978
4          14          Sims, Carolyn S.          1977-1978
4          15          Skucas, Susan E.          1977-1978
4          16          Temple, Phyllis          1978-1980
4          17          Wright, Charlotte B.          1970-1972
4          18          General          Undated

 

Series 5:  Programs and Services, 1891-1977

Series 5 covers the various programs and services offered by the Kensington Branch. It is primarily arranged by different kinds of activities, such as programs, clubs, classes, events, and residence, etc. Publicity materials occupy a large portion of this series. It consists of 15 folders of brochures, flyers, and news releases dated 1965-1977. Among the series, the program registrations, residence sign-up books, and visitor registers have to remain anonymous.

4          19          Programs          1891-1900
4          20          M.R.J. Club          1911-1917
4          21          M.R.J. Club          1917-1935
4          22          Reports          Undated
4          23          Procedures and Policies          Undated
4          24          Program Proposals          Undated
4          25          Inspection Reports          Undated
4          26          Evaluation of Program Units          Undated
4          27          Unit Plans          1963
4          28          Unit Plans          1964-1965
4          29          Unit Plans          1967, 1969
4          30          Pool Maintenance          Undated
4          31          Accident Reports          1966, 1975-1980
4          32          Financial. Rental          Undated
4          33          Financial. Budgets and Bills          Undated
4          34          Publicity. Brochures          Undated
4          35          Flyers          1965-1969
4          36          Flyers          1970-1976
5          1          Flyers          1967-1968
5          2          Flyers          1969
5          3          News releases          1964-1965
5          4          News releases          1966-1968
5          5          News releases          1969-1970
5          6          News releases          1971
5          7          News releases          1971
5          8          News releases          1972
5          9          News releases          1973
5          10          News releases          1974
5          11          News releases          1975-1977
5          12          Registrations          Undated
5          13          Programs. Careers for Peers          Undated
5          14          Programs. T.W.A.A. (Teen Women Athletic Association)          Undated
5          15          Programs. Neighborhood Youth Corps Program          Undated
5          16          Programs. W.O.W. (Women Organizing Women)          Undated
5          17          Programs. Teen Program          Undated
5          18          Clubs. Action Audit          Undated
5          19          Clubs. Elizabeth Golden Age Club          Undated
5          20          Clubs. Women's Club          Undated
5          21          Clubs. Blue Triangle          Undated
5          22          Clubs. KEN-VAR Club          Undated
5          23          Events. World Fellowship Dinner          1968
5          24          Events. A Cultural Extravaganza          Undated
5          25          Classes. Child Care          Undated
5          26          Classes. Spanish          Undated
5          27          Classes. English          Undated
5          28          Classes. Swimming          Undated
5          29          Correspondence. Rebecca Grantz Club          Undated
5          30          Correspondence. General          Undated
5          31          Correspondence. Worship Materials          Undated
5          32          Residence. Residence Requests          Undated
6          1          Residence Sign-Up Book          1968
6          2          Residence Sign-Up Book          1969
6          3          Visitors Register          1957-1970
6          4          Visitors Register          1957-1970

 

Series 6: Girls’ Coalition, 1975-1980

Series 6 covers the Girls’ Coalition from 1977 to 1979. In 1977, government funding from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA-Department of Justice) was granted to a coalition of four girl-serving agencies: Girls Scouts, Girls Club, Big Sisters, and the YWCA. This funding has enabled the Kensington and North Central YWCA Branches to hire teen program staff who provided services to teen women in North Philadelphia Kensington areas.

6          5          Board of Managers. Central Unit          Undated

6          6          Board of Managers. Correspondence          1978-1979
6          7          Board of Managers. Minutes          1977-1979
6          8          Board of Meetings. Reports          1977-1979
6          9          Meetings. All Staff Meetings          1977
6          10          Meetings. Staff Meeting          1977-1978
6          11          Meetings. Organization and Procedures          Undated
6          12          Personnel. Job Description          Undated
6          13          Personnel. Staff List          Undated
6          14          Personnel. Teens Summer Jobs          Undated
6          15          Personnel. Employment Plan          Undated
6          16          Personnel. Plans          1977-1978
6          17          Reports. Milestone Chart          Undated
6          18          Reports. Monitoring Reports          Undated
6          19          Reports. Technical Reports          Undated
6          20          Committees. Advisory Committee. Meeting          1975-1977-1979
6          21          Committees. Teen Council          Undated
6          22          Committees. Liaison Committee. Meeting          1977-1978
6          23          Financial. Budgets          1977
6          24          Financial. Budgets          1978
6          25          Finanical. Budgets          1978
6          26          Budgets          1979-1981
6          27          Reports. Agendas          1978
6          28          Miscellaneous          Undated
6          29          Correspondence          1978-1980
7          1          Correspondence          1978
7          2          Correspondence          1979
7          3          Proposals. LEAA Funds          1977
7          4          Proposals. Capacity Building          1980
7          5          Publicity. News Release          Undated
7          6          Publicity. Miscellaneous          Undated
7          7          Publicity. Miscellaneous          Undated

 

Series 7: Other Branches, 1932-1975

Series 7 concerns the administration of the Metropolitan Association, which is the administrative umbrella that oversees all the branches of the Philadelphia Association. In addition, this series includes publications and fund raising information from the YWCA of USA and World YWCA.

7          8          Metropolitan. Board of Directors. Office Files          1960
7          9          Metropolitan. Board of Directors. Office Files          1961
7          10          Metropolitan. Board of Directors. Office Files          1962
7          11          Metropolitan. Board of Trustees          Undated
7          12          Committees. Program Planning Committee. Minutes          1960
7          13          Committees. Program Planning Committee. Minutes          1961
7          14          Committees. Membership Committee.          Undated
7          15          Committees. Volunteer Leadership Committee          Undated
7          16          Committees. Research and Action Committee          Undated
7          17          Committees. Committee on Handicapped          Undated
7          18          Committees. Personnel          Undated
7          19          Committees. Financial          Undated
7          20          Publications. The YWCA News          1932-1940
7          21          Publications. YWCA Interchange          1974-1975
7          22          Publications. Miscellaneous          Undated
7          23          Publications. Convention Working Paper          Undated
7          24          Publications. All-Staff Conference          Undated
7          25          Publications. Staff Consultations          Undated
7          26          Publications. Emerging Aid Program          Undated
7          27          Publications. Miscellaneous          Undated
7          28          Publications. YWCA of USA          Undated
7          29          World YWCA. Fundraising          Undated
7          30          World YWCA. Publications          Undated

 

Series 8: Other Organizations, undated

Series 8 contains information about Kensington Action Now, ASPIRA, Kensington Community Council, 25th District Parent Youth Aid Committee, Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization, District V Coordinating Council, USO, Delaware Valley Association/Directors of Volunteer Programs, Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection, Miscellaneous.

7          31          KAN (Kensington Action Now)          Undated
7          32          ASPIRA          Undated
7          33          Kensington Community Council          Undated
7          34          25th District Parent Youth Aid Committee          Undated
7          35          Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization          Undated
7          36          District V Coordinating Council          Undated
8          1          Delaware Valley Association/Directors of Volunteer Programs          Undated
8          2          Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection          Undated
8          3          Miscellaneous. Publications from Various Organizations          Undated
8          4          Miscellaneous. Booklets from Various Organizations          Undated

Series 9:  Miscellaneous, 1915-1976

Series 9 contains the 100th Anniversary Kensington Branch celebration, Newspaper clippings, and Scrapbook. The scrapbook includes cards, letters, and photographs from friends of Kensington YWCA dated 1915-1918. For comment on the structure of this inventory see.

8          5          100th Anniversary, Kensington Branch Celebration          Undated
8          6          Newspaper Clippings. General          1963
8          7          Newspaper Clippings. General          1964
8          8          Newspaper Clippings. General          1965
8          9          Newspaper Clippings. General          1966
8          10          Newspaper Clippings. General          1967
8          11          Newspaper Clippings. General          1970-1976
8          12          Neighborhood Newspaper Clippings          1966, 1969-1970
8          13          Neighborhood Newspaper Clippings          1969-1970
8          14          Scrapbook          1915-1918
8          15          Conference Materials          Undated
8          16          Notes and cards (found loose in box)          Undated

 

Series 10:  Photographs and Clippings, circa 1965-1972

Series 10 consists primarily of snapshots and news clippings removed from a binder. Photographs are generally unidentified and undated and have been placed in folders consistent with their placement within the original binder. Photographs date from 1965 through 1972, and portray mostly day care, sports, trips to the zoo, parties and dances. One photograph of the exterior of the YWCA branch is included. The folder of news clippings concerns itself with a YWCA meeting in San Diego, California, in 1973.

No inventory available.