Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.), Southwest-Belmont Branch Records

Collection ID: 
URB 42, PC-29
Date: 
1920-1977
Footage: 
34 linear feet (67 boxes)
Collecting Area: 

Collection Summary

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

Dates
1920-1977

Collection ID
URB 42, PC-29

Creator
Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.). Southwest-Belmont Branch

Quantity
34 linear feet (67 boxes)  

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.  

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

Perhaps the oldest black Y.W.C.A. branch in the United States, the Southwest Branch, later the Southwest-Belmont Branch following a merger with the Belmont Y.W.C.A. in the 1930s, was founded in 1870 when a group of African American women formed the Colored Women's Christian Association. In 1912, this organization affiliated with the Philadelphia Y.W.C.A. as the Southwest Branch, otherwise known as the "Catherine Street 'Y.'" Its leadership in the Philadelphia African American community is evidenced by its hosting of such events as the National Negro Congress in the 1930s and the stature of its members in groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.), the Urban League, and the Pennsylvania Child Labor Association. The Southwest-Belmont Y.W.C.A. also provided assistance to African American women seeking jobs and, following a gift from John Wanamaker, the branch operated the Elizabeth Frye House to help African American women coming to Philadelphia find a place to stay.

Description of Collection

This collection contains administrative records, correspondence, financial records, minutes, committee and project records, reports, and photographs related to the YWCA Southwest-Belmont Branch.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series as follows:

Series 1: Committee and Department Files, 1920-1977
Series 2: Staff Papers, 1934-1967
Series 3: Correspondence, 1929-1960
Series 4: City, Regional and National YWCA Files, 1927-1960
Series 5: Community and Civic Activities, 1922-1960
Series 6: Membership and Finances, 1924-1960
Series 7: Photographs, 1941-1955

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1636799~S12

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.), Southwest-Belmont Branch Records are in custody 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.), Southwest-Belmont Branch Records, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited through Mrs. Mayme A. Sims, Executive Director, January 20, 1971 (Accession 77), and through Tamra March, Area Administrator, September 1978 (Accession 356).

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.

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 of Philadelphia (Pa.). Southwest-Belmont 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.)
South Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Articles of incorporation
Bylaws (administrative records)
Correspondence
Financial records
Mailing lists
Manuscripts
Minutes
Negatives
Photographs
Reports

 

Inventory

Series 1: Committee and Department Files, 1920-1977

1          1          Constitution, By-Laws and Directory          undated
1          1a          Constitution and By-Laws          Undated
1          1b          Founders'-Day Memorial          1977
1          2-11          Committee of Management Minutes          1923-1945
2          12-24          Committee of Management Minutes          1946-1964
3          25          Committee of Management Minutes          1965-1967
3          26-27          Belmont Center Committee of Management Minutes          1929-1934
3          28          Adult Committee          1958-1959
3          29-31          Business and Professional Department          1929-1937, 1947-1949
3          32          Camp Committee          1941-1942
3          33          Employment Committee          1951-1953
3          34-37          Health Education Department          1929-1940
4          38-40          Health Education Department          1941-1946, 1958-1959
4          41          Industrial Committee          1920-1922
4          42-43          Industrial Department          1935-1939
4          44-48          Junior Activities Department          1934-1942
4          49-52          Membership Committee          1935-1947
5          53-59          Membership Committee          1948-1965
5          60-72          Nominating Committee          1932-1959
6          73-75          Program Planning Committee          1953, 1957, 1960-1962
6          76-79          Public Affairs Committee          1936-1947
6          80-82          Publicity Committee          1935-1947
6          83-87          Senior Activities Department          1939-1942, 1947-1953
7          88-89          Staff Agenda Committee          1937, 1940-1942
7          90          Volunteer Leadership Committee          1946-1947
7          91-95          World Fellowship Committee          1935-1937, 1948-1950, 1958-1966
7          96-97          Y-Teen Department          1948, 1958-1959
7          98          Young Adult Department          1952-1955
8          99-111          Committee Lists          1938-1963
8          112          Committee Mailing Lists          1947-1950
8          113          Committee Responsibilities          1941
8          114-115          Annual Reports          1924-1935
9          116-133          Annual Reports          1936-1952
10          134-138          Annual Reports          1954, 1959-1960, 1965, 1967
10          139-140          Annual Reports: Dinner Tickets          1947, 1950-1951
10          141          Branch Committee Reports          1943
10          142-143          Department Reports          1924-1928, 1938
10          144-150          Executive Director's Reports          1940, 1946-1948
11          151-154          Executive Director's Reports          1950-1953, 1958
11          155-163          General Secretary's Reports          1927-1949
12          164          Medical Reports          Undated
12          165-166          Miscellaneous Reports          1926-1930          1941-1942
12          167-175          Narrative Reports          1923-1925, 1933-1934, 1940- 1944, 1948-1952
12          176          Procedure Reports          1939
12          177          Program Plan Reports          1947-1948
13          178          Publicity Reports          Undated
13          179          Setting-Up Report          1940-1941
13          180-181          Southwest YWCA Reports          1924-1928, 1939
13          182-196          Statistical Reports          1924-1930, 1937-1946
14          197-206          Statistical Reports          1947-1954
15          207-212          Statistical Reports          1954-1957
16          213          Statistical Reports          1958
16          214          Summary of Policy's Reports          1946-1963

 

Series 2: Staff Papers, 1934-1967

16          1-7          Correspondence and Memos          1937-1944

17          8-14          Correspondence and Memos          1944-1949

18          15-20          Correspondence and Memos          1950-1959
18          21-22          Accident Reports          1934-1946
18          23          Activities Schedules          1947-1948
18          24          Activities Staff          1938-1941
18          25          Administration          1959
18          26-27          Administrative Staff Minutes          1944-1951

19          28          Branch Programs          1942-1950
19          29          Branch Questionnaires          1943-1945
19          30-32          Building Use          1951-1955
19          33          Clerical Salary Study          1948
19          34          Committee Agendas          1935
19          35          Day Camp Personnel          1958
19          36          Electors          1947
19          37-38          Employee Evaluation Forms          1935-1945
19          39-42          Employee Information          1934-1947
19          43          Field Work Supervisors          1940-1941

20          44          Group Work Seminar          1935
20          45-48          Group Work Students          1938-1941
20          49          Housewarming Plan          1949-1950
20          50          Information Desk          undated
20          51-52          Job Analyses          1938-1943
20          53          Job Applicants          1934-1935
20          54-57          Job Descriptions          1946-1957
20          58          Job Evaluations          1958-1959

21          59          Junior Employment Service          1939-1941
21          60          Medical Examinations          1948
21          61          Monthly Work Sheets          1942-1943
21          62-64          N.A.E.O.          1936-1940
21          65          N.A.P.W.          1949-1950
21          66          Personnel Classification Study          1943-1946
21          67-68          Personnel Collective Bargaining          1938-1950
21          69-75          Personnel Committee          1935-1950

22          76-78          Personnel Policies          1935-1945, 1951
22          79          Personnel Records          1947
22          80          Professional Staff Minutes          1945-1947
22          81          Program-Evaluation          1958-1959
22          82-87          Residence Reports          1936-1951
22          88          Residence Study          1937-1945
22          89          Salaries and Solicitation Practices          1951-1959

23          90          Senior Activities Applicants          1946-1947
23          91          Senior Activities - Mrs. Ryan          1945-1947
23          92          Senior Activities Staff Memos          1952
23          93-94          Sick Leave          1941-1944, 1948
23          95-98          Staff Applications          1943-1945, 1949-1951, 1958-1959
23          99          Staff Emphasis          1950-1951
23          100-101          Staff Guides          1964-1967
23          102          Staff Manuals          Undated
23          103-107          Staff Meeting Minutes          1935-1945

24          108-112          Staff Meeting Minutes          1945-1953
24          113          Staff Policies          1950-1951
24          114          Staff Projects          1948-1949
24          115-117          Staff Reports          1929-1950
24          118          Staff Research Reports          1957-1962
24          119          Staff Training Visit          1941

25          120-121          Student-in-Training          1946-1947
25          122          Suggested Rules of Procedure          1936
25          123          Summary of Staff Reports          1957-1959
25          124-127          Summer Schedules          1947-1953
25          128          Teen Director Applicants          1949
25          129          Teen Position Applicants          1952
25          130          Vacancy Registration Forms          1949
25          131-132          Volunteers          1939-1940, 1949-1951
25          133          Y-Teen Committee Volunteers          1950

 

Series 3: Correspondence, 1929-1960

26          1-13          General Correspondence          1929-1937

27          14-23          General Correspondence          1937-1942

28          24-32          General Correspondence          1942-1944

29          33-44          General Correspondence          1944-1946

30          45-54          General Correspondence          1946-1949

31          55-63          General Correspondence          1949-1951

32          64-69          General Correspondence          1951-1960
32          70-72          Arter, Rhetta M., Correspondence          1942-1941
32          73-74          Clark, Effie, Correspondence          1944

 

Series 4: City, Regional and National YMCA Files, 1927-1960

City YWCA Files

33          1          Constitution          1952
33          2          By-Laws          1946, 1951
33          3-8          City Board of Directors' Minutes          1943-1951, 1958-1960
33          9-10          Annual Meeting          1945-1946, 1957-1959
33          11-12          Administrative and Professional Staff          1950-1951, 1958-1959
33          13-14          Business Professional and Industrial Committee          1943-1952

34          15          Census          undated
34          16          Employed Personnel Committee          1958-1959
34          17-17          Finance Property Committee          1942-1960

35          18-19          Health Education Committee          1938, 1949
35          20          Industrial Committee          1941-1944
35          21-22          Joint Planning Committee          1942-1952
35          23-24          Membership Committee          1938-1950, 1958-1959
35          25          Metropolitan Planning Committee          1937
35          26          Metropolitan Survey          1949
35          27-28          Newsletters          1947-1950
35          29-32          Program Planning Committee          1937-1938, 1945-1947, 1951, 1958-1959

36          33          Program Study          1959
36          34-35          Public Affairs Committee          1945-1949, 1958-1959
36          36-39          Publicity Committee          1939-1951
36          40          Services Committee          1958-1960
36          41          Staff Meeting          1934-1936         

36          42          Teenager Program Committee          1948-1950

36          43          Young Adult Committee          1950-1952

Regional and National Files

36          44          Big City Conference          1948
36          45-46          Business and Professional Club          1933-1944
36          47-49          Girl Reserve Committee          1927-1933

37          50-54          Girl Reserve Committee          1933-1944
37          55          Girl Reserve Conferences          1941-1942
37          56          Girl Reserve Publicity          1939-1942
37          57-61          Industrial Assembly          1936-1949
37          62          Industrial Conference          1947
37          63-64          Industrial Council          1941-1943

38          65-66          Industrial Program          1937-1938
38          67-69          Industrial Study          1937
38          70          Institute on Volunteer Training          1957
38          71          Meeting of Big Cities          1942
38          72-80          National Board Correspondence          1937-1951

39          81          National Board Correspondence          1958-1959
39          82-88          National Conventions          1930-1938, 1946, 1949, 1958
39          89          National Employed Women's Council          1951-1953
39          90          National Program Study          1951
39          91-93          National YWCA Week          1950, 1957
39          94          Nation-wide Observances          1936-1938
39          95          Program Packet          1946

40          96-103          Regional Conferences          1931-1957
40          104          Stay-at-Home Convention          1945
40          105-107          World Fellowship Week          1947, 1950-1951, 1957

 

Series 5: Community and Civic Activities, 1922-1960

41          1-2          Adult Education          1944-1949
41          3          Advisor's Club Minutes          1935
41          4-6          Annual Dinner          1949-1950
41          7          Applicant Preparation Workshop          1948-1949
41          8          Aristocratic Debs          1940-1941
41          9          Armstrong Association          1945-1946
41          10-11          Badminton League          1939-1943
41          12          Better Business Bureau          1943
41          13          Birth Control          1941
41          14-15          Building Fund Drive          1950
41          16-17          Camp Arcola          1941, 1945-1946
41          18          Child Labor          1933-1940

42          19          Children's Program          1942
42          20          Christmas Program          1949-1950
42          21          Churches          1943
42          22-24          Citizen's Council on City Planning          1948-1951
42          25          City-wide Interracial Committee          1943-1944
42          26          Civil Defense          1950-1952
42          27          Club Assembly          1958
42          28          Club Lists          1949-1952
42          29          Club Work          1940-1941
42          30          Colored Locomotive Firemen          1941
42          31          Commission on Law and Social Action          1945-1949
42          32          Committee of One Hundred          1958
42          33          Committee on Race Relations          1934-1935
42          34          Community Campaigns          1951-1952
42          35          Community Chest          1948-1953

42A          35a-b          Community Chest          1946-1950
42A          35c-e          Community Contributions          1947-1960

43          36          Community Crusade          1943-1944
43          37          Community Group Lists          Undated
43          38-39          Community Organizations          1945-1951
43          40-42          Community Program Material          1935-1941, 1950-1952
43          43-44          Conscription          1939-1942
43          45          Consumers' Federation          1942
43          46          Cooperating Council of Agencies Serving Negro Youth          1941-1942
43          47          Council for International Visitors          1958
43          48-49          Council of Social Agencies          1938-1940
43          50          Crime Prevention          1948-1949
43          51          Crime Wave Committee          1946
43          52          Current Material          1950-1953

44          53-55          Defense Workers' Recreation          1940-1944
44          56          Dramatics          1934-1942
44          57          Duo-Decs Club          1941-1942
44          58          Education          1936, 1941
44          59-61          Fair Employment Practices Commission          1945-1949
44          62-63          Fall Opening          1949-1951
44          64-65          Family Society of Philadelphia          1935-1938
44          66          Federal Council of Churches          1936-1937
44          67          Federal Works Agency          1942
44          68-70          Fellowship Commission          1949-1951

45          71-77          "Flashes" (Newsletter)          1943-1955
45          78          Foreign Affairs          1945-1949
45          79          General Program Material          1950-1951
45          80          Group Work Agency          1939

46          81-88          Health and Welfare Council          1948-1959
46          89          Health Education Program          1947-1950
46          90-91          Health Program          1941-1942

47          92          Health-a-Nality Fair          1941
47          93          Hospital and Camp Volunteer Corps          1946-1947
47          94          Household Employees          1945-1946
47          95-97          Housing          1937, 1942, 1955-1957
47          98          Hudson Shore Labor School          1943-1944
47          99          Industrial Boosters' Club          1942
47          100-101          Industrial League          1948-1952
47          102          Industrial Recreation Committee          1941
47          103-104          Interclub Council          1941-1942, 1950-1951
47          105          Interracial Education Committee          1933-1936
47          106-107          Interracial News Service          1936-1941
47          108          Invitations          1950-1951
47          109-110          Juvenile Delinquency          1944, 1955-1957
47          111          King of the Kitchen          1951

48          112          Labor Education Association          1943
48          113          Las Parodes Club          1940-1941
48          114          Legislation          1937
48          115          Local Education Programs          1940-1941
48          116          Lynching          1934
48          117          Miscellaneous Community Work          1930-1940
48          118-120          N.A.A.C.P.          1936, 1948-1950
48          121          National Baptist Convention          1950
48          122          National Defense          1941
48          123-125          National Negro Congress          1937-1939
48          126-129          National Youth Administration          1935-1942

49          130          Negro Defense Workers          1940-1942
49          131          Negro Health Week          1938
49          132          Negro History          1934
49          133          Negro in Industry          1928-1935
49          134          Negro Organizations          Undated
49          135          Negro Research Unit          1937-1941
49          136          Negro Schools          1933
49          137          Negro Women in Industry          1940
49          138          Neighborhood Planning          1947-1950
49          139-141          News Releases          1944-1947, 1955-1957
49          142          Organized Labor          1930-1941
49          143          Other Organizations          1957-1959
49          144          Pacemakers Club          1936, 1942
49          145          Pennsylvania Conference on Social Welfare          1934
49          146          Pennsylvania State Negro Council          1949

50          147-156          Philadelphia Club Women          1949-1958

51          157-160          Philadelphia Housing Association          1944-1951
51          161          Philadelphia Housing Authority          1937-1939
51          162          Philadelphia Resources          1940-1945
51          163-165          Philadelphia Service Organizations          1948-1951
51          166          Philadelphia Youth Council          1939
51          167          Program Units          1948-1949
51          168          Progressive Club          1942
51          169          Public Affairs          1930-1938

52          170-174          Public Affairs          1930-1942

53          175-181          Public Affairs          1939-1952

54          182          Public Affairs          1955-1956
54          183          Public Education and Child Labor Association          1943-1944
54          184-188          Publicity          1933-1948

55          189-190          Publicity          1942-1950
55          191          Puerto Rican Community          1956-1957
55          192          Recreation          1937-1942
55          193          Recreation Tournaments          1940-1942
55          194          Red Cross Resolutions          1942
55          195          Rededication          1950
55          196-197          Rittenhouse Community Council          1951, 1957-1959
55          198          School Programs          1957
55          199          Scottsboro Defense Committee          1938
55          200-204          Senior Activities          1935-1937, 1947-1959
55          205          60th Anniversary, Girl Reserves          1941

56          206-207          Social Legislation          1922-1940
56          208          Social Workers' Tea          1939
56          209          Society for Crippled Children          1946
56          210          Society of Friends          1945
56          211-212          South Philadelphia Clean Block Committee          1958-1959
56          213          Special Events Calendar          1959-1960
56          214          Special Programs          1940-1942
56          215-217          Summer Day Camp          1954-1959
56          218-220          Teen-Age Program          1944-1951

57          221-228          U.S.O.          1941-1953
57          229-230          United Campaign          1937-1938, 1942

58          231          United War Chest          1942-1943
58          232          Wage and Hour Legislation          1938-1940
58          232          A War Protest          1938-1941
58          233          War Production Material          1941-1942
58          234          Wharton Settlement          1942
58          235          White House Conference of Children and Youth          1950-1951
58          236          Women Defense Workers          1941-1943
58          237-240          Women's Christian Alliance          1949-1955
58          241          Women's International League for Peace and Freedom          1945
58          242          Women's Wage and Hour Information          1936-1938
58          243          Worker Education          1936-1941
58          244          World Fellowship Campaign          1937

59          245          Y-ites Club          1934-1937
59          246-248          Y.M.C.A.          1947-1951
59          249          Young Adult Activities          1952-1960
59          250          Young People and Citizenship          1953
59          251          Zoe-Lympia Club          1941-1942


Series 6: Membership and Finances, 1924-1960


Membership

59          1-3          Breakdown of Membership          1946-1947, 1953-1954
59          4          Dropped Membership File          1956
59          5          Life Members          1956
59          6          Membership Associates          1947

60          7-19          Membership Campaign          1926-1947

61          20-28          Membership Campaign          1948-1958

62          29-34          Membership Campaign          1958-1960
62          35          Membership Lists          1946
62          36          Membership of Other Organizations          Undated

63          37-40          Membership Reports          1942-1944, 1948, 1951-1955
63          41-43          Registration Cards          1940-1943

Finances

63          44          Auditor's Division Sheets          1957
63          45          Auditor's Total Sheets          1957

64          46-54          Budget          1935-1953
64          55          Budget Deficit Study          1947
64          56          Budget Summaries          1943-1948
64          57          Expense Sheets          1958-1959
64          58-61          Financial Memos          1943, 1948-1951
64          62          Financial Statements          1924-1925

65          63-64          Health Education Budget          1936-1942
65          65-71          Program Budget Reports          1940-1954

66          72          Program Budget Reports          1955-1960
66          73          Retirement Fund          1932
66          74          Senior Activities Department Budgets          1946-1950
66          75          Withholding Tax          1945-1947

 

Series 7: Photographs, 1941-1955

66          1          Photographs of groups of women, meetings (many of the Annual Meeting), dances, awards, some children, actors, singing groups, portraits and includes an autographed group photograph of the Deep River Boys, a singing group (49)          undated

66          2          Two women reading in front of fireplace with wall hanging (1)          1941

66          3          Young ladies with soldiers (1)          1944

66          4          Industrial Club Picnic (Photo stamped Kensington YWCA) (1)          1947

66          5          State Fair Committee, Fall Opening, and Marian Anderson with small group of women          1948

66          6          Bellevue Stratford luncheon honoring Mary E. Wood, Executive Director, and portrait of Alyce Byrd (2)          1949

66          7          Group at Annual Meeting and group with Mrs. Ssu Hman of Burma (2)          1950

66          8          King of the Kitchen, luncheon, open house, child being weighed with mother and nurse/doctor, Santa Claus with children, volunteer award (15)          1951

66          9          Employed girls group, Employed Girls' Week End Conference, preparing African exhibit (6)          1952

66          10          Philadelphia Clubwomens' Luncheon and YWCA luncheon (6)          1953

66          11          World Fellowship Tea, teenagers interviewing foreign consul, Card Festival on Skidmore Estate (8)          1954

66          12          Annual Meeting and award ceremony (24)          1955

66          13          Negatives (5 strips)          undated