Guide to the Records of Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh 1875-1988 (bulk 1950-1980)

Digital Research Library, University Library System

Summary Information

Title
Records of the Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh
Creator
Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh
Collection Number
MSS#79
Date [inclusive]
1875-1988
Date [inclusive]
1950-1980
Extent
80.0 (143 Boxes)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
The Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh (YWCA) began as a religious organization in 1875 called the Young Women's Christian Organization of the East End (East Liberty). The Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh Records include agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, program notes, financial materials, reports pamphlets and other sundry material. The greatest strength of these records reflect the day-to-day activities of this progressive women's organization established to help young women find housing, jobs and/or training between 1950 and 1980.

Preferred Citation

Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh Records, 1875-1988 (bulk 1950-1980) MSS #79, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania<

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History of the Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh

The Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh (YWCA) began as a religious organization in 1875 called the Young Women's Christian Organization of the East End (East Liberty). In October of that year this group hosted the Third National Conference of Women's and Young Women's Christian Associations. Several organizations of this nature had developed all over the country but there was no national board governing them. Despite the lack of a centralizing force, these Associations all worked toward the similar goal of assisting, "the temporal, moral and religious welfare of young women who are dependent upon their own exertions for support."

The East Liberty YWCA performed relief work and religious and vocational outreach for all people who needed help. Their title, "Young Women," came from their description of themselves. It would not be until the turn of the century that the YWCA would function as an autonomous champion for women's rights in the workplace and in society. Of greater concern to the YWCA was the welfare of young children in the city. It sponsored Saturday afternoon Industrial School for girls in 1875 and Night School for boys in 1876, "to draw them off the streets and instruct them religiously."

In 1892 the YWCA of the East End purchased a residence at 219 Collins Avenue which enabled the organization to provide bedrooms and bathing facilities for up to thirty girls at $4.00 per month. In addition, the Collins Avenue home contained a large kitchen and dining area where eventually members served meals to the public. As the work at the home became more extensive, eventually education classes were held there and the focus of the YWCA began to shift from attending to the entire community towards only helping women, particularly working women.

Mrs. William Reed Thompson became the first president of the Central YWCA which served the women of Pittsburgh and Allegheny City in May 1891. Like the East Liberty YWCA, the Central YWCA purchased a rental home at 421 Penn Avenue, where it served fifteen cent lunches for employees and shoppers at Horne's. In 1895 the Central YWCA moved to a larger facility at 120 Fifth (which now is Stanwix) Street, formerly the Thaw mansion. This larger building allowed the organization to hold more classes for cooking and dressmaking. Soon a gymnasium was added where the members performed the latest "scientific exercise systems."

In the early years of the twentieth century the focus of the YWCA shifted again. The organization began taking a more active role in the lives of working women by instituting extension work programs. Members would hold prayer and song meeting during lunch breaks at their work sites. In addition, the YWCA sponsored trolley rides for members to McKeesport and weekend excursions by boat up the Monongahela River.

In 1906 the Central and East Liberty YWCA's became charter members of the YWCA National Board. This centralization of all the Associations had a positive effect on the women, as a 1950 history of the Pittsburgh YWCA explained, "This closer, more defined organization made possible better leadership training and gave a vehicle for service for education and social action." A decade later the East Liberty branch hired a professional administrative staff for a smoother functioning organization.

Both the Central and East Liberty branches expanded rapidly after the formation of the National Board. Their demands for larger and more modern facilities were met by city-wide capital campaigns and private donations from prominent citizens such as Henry Frick. The Chatham Street home was acquired in 1908 for the Central branch. In 1922 the Spahr Street building was occupied. More classes for both vocational and cultural education were offered including night school programs in conjunction with the Pittsburgh public school system.

The First World War brought more changes for the function and scope of the Pittsburgh YWCA. A large influx of blacks from the South moving to northern industrial cities for war work created a need for a "Committee on Colored Work." Soon after a Centre Avenue branch was organized. European immigration was responsible for the formation, in 1919, of an International Institute in Oakland for counselling and social service for immigrants. Its main goal was cooperation, assimilation and citizenship.

In 1925 the Central and East Liberty branches as well as smaller community YWCAs such as Lawrenceville, merged to form the Metropolitan YWCA of Pittsburgh. A governing board made up of top executives from each branch worked together for the common purpose of advancing all women's rights.

The Depression severely taxed the abilities of the YWCA as well as other charitable organizations because of the reduction in public and private donations. Unfortunately, during this period of economic stagnation unemployed women needed the services of the YWCA as they wandered the country looking for work. These short-term transients needed places to stay keeping the resident home very busy. In addition, out of work women could attend retraining and brush-up courses in clerical skills as well as English and handicrafts.

The Metropolitan YWCA joined the Pittsburgh Community Chest in 1943. This move eliminated the need for individual capital campaigns and brought the University of Pittsburgh Student YWCA into the Metro organization because it had been a member of the Community Chest since 1911.

1952 was a turning point for the Pittsburgh YWCA. The results of a self-study conducted that year emphasized a revision of the organization's structure. It also called for a centrally located building to provide access for all members. Out of this study came the new organization structure of geographic regions (North, South, East, and West Areas) with Advisory Councils for each Area and individual Centers within each Area. The members began a capital campaign raising over $5 million for the construction of a central building downtown. This structure at Fourth and Wood, completed in 1962, still functions as the main headquarters for the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh. By 1965 the borders of this organization would stretch from Wilkinsburg in the East to Coraopolis in the West.

Through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s the Association would still maintain its focus espoused in the 1906 charter - "a vehicle for education and social action." As certain issues confronted American society (e.g. Vietnam, Integration/Segregation, Equal Rights Amendment, abortion, AIDS) the YWCA led and is still leading the way to force positive change for all.

YWCA Local Area and Centers

  • Central Area
    • Downtown
    • Fourth and Wood
  • East Area
    • East Liberty
    • Greensburg
    • Hazelwood
    • Homewood-Brushton
    • Lawrenceville
    • McKeesport
    • Monroeville
    • Oakland
    • Wilkinsburg
  • North Area
    • Centre Avenue
    • Hill District
  • North Central Area
  • South Area
    • Mount Lebanon
  • Three Rivers Area
  • University Area
    • Carnegie Institute
    • University of Pittsburgh
  • West Area
    • Carnegie
    • Sto-Rox
    • West Communities
    • West Park

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Scope and Content Notes

The Young Women's Christian Association Records include agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, program notes, financial materials, reports pamphlets and other sundry material. The greatest strength of these records reflect the day-to-day activities of this progressive women's organization established to help young women find housing, jobs and/or training between 1950 and 1980. Worthwhile materials from the YWCA's formative years before 1950 include Board meeting minutes, scrap books and publications from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

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Arrangement

The Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh Records are arranged in six series. Series have been designated for the Board of Directors, Programs and Activities, Committees and Task Forces, Publications, Scrapbooks and Local Branches. Some records were placed in a particular series because of the original folder headings and nature of the materials. Researchers should note that materials related to many functions and activities of the YWCA may be found in two or more series and their records are in two distinct locations. This instance occurs most often when dealing with programs (Series II) that have been organized by a committee (Series III). For example, the Negro Art exhibit (Series II, box 30) was sponsored by the Colored Work Administration (Series III, box 60). Therefore, cross-checking of subjects, events or committees may be necessary to yield all the information on a particular topic. Since this material is described at the folder level, researchers should have little problem finding these links between the series.

The Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Pittsburgh Records are housed in 143 boxes. These records are arranged artificially because the records had no apparent order at the time of processing. In some cases groups of records were in good existing order (i.e. board meeting minutes, the new building capital campaign of 1950-1962, and newspaper clippings).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Digital Research Library, University Library System Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Fall, 1999

Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
library@hswp.org

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or publish, please contact the curator of the Archives.

Acquisition Information

These items came in two accessions as a gift of the Young Women's Christian Association 1990

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Steve Doell on September 1, 1993.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Lisa Sheets on October 12, 1999.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Allerton, O.H., -- Mrs., -- 1879-
  • Allerton, Ida, -- 1882-1974.
  • Armstrong, Florence.
  • Allen, Carolyn.
  • Brainard, Fannie.
  • Burchfield, A.P., -- Mrs.
  • Campbell, Elizabeth.
  • Carter, Goldie.
  • Cuthbert, William H., -- Mrs.
  • Cuthbert, William M., -- Mrs.
  • Fulton, H.W., -- Mrs.
  • Kirkpatrick, J.L.
  • Negley, Jacob, -- Mrs.
  • Tyndall, Margaret.
  • Wood, Mary.
  • Yard, Molly.

Subject(s)

  • Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Fund raising -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Racism -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Religious education of young people -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women -- Organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women -- Societies and clubs -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women and religion -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women civic leaders -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women college students -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women in community development -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women in community organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women political activists -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women social reformeers -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women's rights -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Women's shelters -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.

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Collection Inventory

Series I Executive Office Files  1890-1988 

Scope and Content Notes

These twenty four boxes include the Metropolitan Office Board of Director meeting minutes(1925-1984), correspondence(1926-1984)), annual meeting reports(1907-1985), financial records(1890-1952) and miscellaneous local and national reports(1933-1977). This series provides a very detailed, often mundane, day-to-day inner workings of the top level managers of the association in 1925 the year in which the Association combined all branch offices into a central organizing body called the Metropolitan YWCA of Pittsburgh.

The meeting minutes offer the researcher a "laundry list" of activities the board decided to support(and some it chose not to support) as well as a sense of how the association felt about particular political, social and economic issues of the day. The minute's secretary recording style changed over the years as evident by the length of the individual entries. Early minutes are generally more brief in discussing the issues and actions of the organization. Minutes recorded after approximately 1950 reflect a more comprehensive register of the Metropolitan Pittsburgh YWCA's attitude toward major issues involving its members, including civil rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, the Roe v. Wade decision and gender specific careers.

Annual Reports(1949-1984) chronicle the highlights of the association's activities throughout the year. Included in this subseries are the planning files, agenda and correspondence associated with the organization of these meetings and subsequent reports. The women of achievement was an award presented to outstanding women in the Western Pennsylvania area and was a focal point of the Annual meetings. Records include correspondence, biographies of presenters and recipients and programs.

The correspondence in subseries 4 primarily contains letters and notices sent to all branches from the national office in New York. In addition, there is some correspondence between the national office and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan office regarding a variety of matters including former employees applying for retirement funding, office holders moving from local to national positions and capital campaign drives. The policy and procedure manuals provide members, officers and employees of the association a guide book as to how to conduct themselves in their specific roles. The statistical reports in subseries 6 evolved from requests from national office for each branch to submit a detailed analysis of its programs and activities. Beside basic information(i.e. membership demographics, financial data) the national office often requested information regarding contemporary issues. For example, the 1933 report has a supplement section for "the Association's response to the 'Emergency.'"

Subseries 1. Board of Directors  1895-1988 

  boxfolder
By-laws  1957-1988 11
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 April 1925-February 1931 2
  folder
 March 1931-December 1935 3
  folder
 January 1936-November 1939 4
  folder
 November 1939-June 1943 5
  folder
 July 1943-December 1947 6
  boxfolder
 January 1948-December 1950 21
  folder
 January 1951-December 1953 2
  folder
 January 1954-March 1958 3
  folder
 April 1958-April 1962 4
  folder
 May 1962-December 1965 5
  folder
 January 1966-November 1967 6
  boxfolder
 January 1968-December 1969 31
  folder
 January 1970-February 1972 2
  folder
 March 1972-November 1973 3
  folder
 1974 4
  folder
 1975 5
  folder
 January-September 1976 6
  boxfolder
 October 1976-April 1977 41
  folder
 May 1977-March 1978 2
  folder
 April 1978-January 1979 3
  folder
 February 1979-February 1980 4
  folder
 1983-1984 5
  boxfolder
Area Directors  1965-1972 51
Executive Staff 
  folder
 1933-1946 2
  folder
 1946-1950 3
  folder
 1951-1952 4
  folder
Open Board Meeting  1967 5
  folder
Policy and Procedure  1981-1983 6
  folder
Reports  1981 7
  folder
Miscellaneous  1942-1979 8

Subseries 2. Annual Meetings and Reports  1907-1985 

  folder
Agenda and Programs  1967-1985 9
Planning Files 
  folder
 1960 10
  boxfolder
 1961 61
  folder
 1962 2
  folder
 1963 3
  folder
 1964 4
  folder
 1965 5
  folder
 1966 6
  boxfolder
 1967 71
  folder
 1968 2
  folder
 1972 3
  folder
 1973 4
  folder
 1974 5
  folder
 1975 6
  folder
 1976 7
  folder
 1977 8
  folder
 1985 9
  boxfolder
Records  1940-1982 81
Reports 
  folder
 1949 2
  folder
 1961-1984 3
Women of Achievement 
  folder
 1973-1974 4
  folder
 1975 5
  folder
 1976 6
  folder
 1978 7

Subseries 3. Board and Executive Office Correspondence  1926-1986 

Correspondence 
  boxfolder
 1926-1928 91
  folder
 1939-1946 2
  folder
 1970-1978 3
  folder
 1983 4
  folder
 1984 5
  folder
 1985 6
Mellon Bank 
  folder
 1974-1980 7
  folder
 1981-1983 8
Memoranda 
  folder
 1978-1983 9
  folder
 1984-1985 10

Subseries 4. Policy and Procedure Manuals  1935-1986 

  boxfolder
Membership Manual  1966-1970 101
Personnel Policy Handbook 
  folder
 1981-1985 2
  folder
 1986 3
Policy and Procedure Manuals 
  folder
 1966 4
  folder
 1968 (Part One) 5
  folder
 1968 (Part Two) 6
  boxfolder
1978 111
  folder
 1981 (Part One) 2
  folder
 1981 (Part Two) 3
  folder
Public Relations Manual 4
  folder
Self-Appraisal  1952 6
  folder
Self-Study  1935 5

Subseries 5. Financial Records  1890-1983 

Budget 
  boxfolder
 1890-1907 121
  folder
 1956 2
  folder
 1957 3
  folder
 1960 4
  folder
 1963 5
  folder
 1967 6
  folder
 1968 7
  folder
 1970 8
  folder
 1973-1975 9
  boxfolder
 1978-1983 131
  folder
Correspondence  1949-1952 2
  folder
Notes  1949-1952 3
Receipts 
  folder
 1977-1978 4
  folder
 1979-1980 5
  folder
 1981 6
Reports 
  folder
 1946-1948 7
  boxfolder
 1949 141
  folder
 1951-1952 2
  folder
 1975-1977 3
Reports (by Area) 
  folder
 1959-1963 4
  folder
 1966-1975 5
Worksheets 
  folder
 1949-1950 6
  folder
 1951 7
  folder
 1952 8
  folder
Miscellaneous  1948-1952 9

Subseries 6. Statistical Reports  1933-1980 

Branches 
Central and All Branches 
  boxfolder
 1933 151
  folder
 1935-1945 2
  folder
 1946-1973 3
East Area 
  folder
 1975 4
  folder
 1977 5
West and Carnegie Areas 
  boxfolder
 1956-1958 161
  folder
 1956-1957 2
West Area 
  folder
 1957-1958 3
  folder
 1958-1959 4
  folder
 1959-1960 5
  folder
 1960-1961 6
  boxfolder
 1961-1962 171
  folder
 1962-1963 2
  folder
 1963-1964 3
  folder
 1964-1965 4
  folder
 1965-1966 5
  folder
 1966-1967 6
  boxfolder
 1967-1968 181
  folder
 1968-1969 2
  folder
 1969-1970 3
  folder
 1970-1971 4
  folder
 1971-1972 5
  boxfolder
 1972-1973 191
  folder
 1974 2
  folder
 1975 3
  folder
 1976 4
  boxfolder
 1977 201
  folder
 1977 2
  folder
Membership Statistics  1976-1978 3
  folder
Monthly Statistics  1939-1971 4
  folder
Monthly Statistics  1971-1972 5
  folder
Programs - All Areas  1977-1980 6

Subseries 7. Reports to the National Board  1936-1955 

  boxfolder
 1936 211
  folder
 1937 2
  folder
 1938 3
  folder
 1939 4
  folder
 1940 5
  folder
 1941 6
  folder
 1942 7
  folder
 1950-1951 8
  boxfolder
 1951-1952 221
  folder
 1953-1954 2
  folder
 1954-1955 3
Self-Study 
  folder
 1952 4
  folder
 1954 5

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Series II Programs and Activities  1926-1985 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of twenty eight boxes of records revealing the various programs and activities of the YWCA. The records are primarily of an informational nature, but also include correspondence, meeting minutes and activity reports. Subseries 1 is a general alphabetical listing of these activities. The amount of materials varies from a full box for "Conventions" to one folder for "Women's Resource Day." Be sure to note that this series should be cross referenced with Series III to obtain the full range of materials for any one particular topic. For example, though the national convention material in this series only concerns 1955-1979, Series III convention materials(from the committee which planned them) extends back to 1935.

Subseries 2 is housed in four boxes and includes records of the Non-Traditional Job Training Program(NJP)(1979-1982). The NJP attempted to incorporate women into male dominated careers such as construction and coal mining. This group primarily consists of correspondence, memos and reports relating to the establishment and promotion of the program. At the end of this subseries is a box of files from precursors to the NJP including Project IT(Intensive Training)(1962-1984).

Subseries 3 is the records from the capital campaign (1950-1962) for the Fourth and Wood Streets building. This material consists of correspondence, memoranda and progress reports on the raising of funds and the coordination of architects, contractors and the Association. This fourteen box group is a microcosm of fund raising techniques for any non-profit organization. It includes marketing strategy and the behind the scenes organizational activities involving the construction of large building to serve as its headquarters.

Subseries 1. Working Files 

Calendar of Events 
  boxfolder
All Areas  1962-1965 231
Fourth and Wood 
  folder
 1962-1963 2
  folder
 1964-1965 3
  folder
 1966-1971 4
  folder
Unspecified Areas  1966-1971 5
Camp Carondowanna (Zelienople, Pa.) 
  boxfolder
Budget and Finance  1966-1968 241
  folder
Buildings and Grounds  1929-1953 2
  folder
Conservation Plan  1965 3
  folder
Equipment - Inventory  1980 4
  folder
Leadership Manual  1928 5
  folder
Sewage  1957-1960 6
  folder
Songbook  1926 7
  folder
Miscellaneous Material  1940-1975 8
Class Schedules and Descriptions 
  folder
Ballet  1968 9
  folder
Correspondence  1965 10
  folder
Downtown Program Center  1966-1969 11
  boxfolder
HPER [Health and Physical Education Resources]  1984 251
  folder
Instructor Agreements  1964-1969 2
  folder
News Releases  1965-1968 3
  folder
Picnic  1986 4
Seasonal 
  folder
 1968 5
  folder
Spring/Summer  1986 6
  folder
Fall/Winter  1986 7
  folder
STEP Teen Program  1966 8
  folder
Wilkinsburg classes  1968 9
  folder
Y-Teens and Volunteers  1968 10
Conventions (National) 
  folder
 1955 11
  folder
 1967 12
  boxfolder
 1976 261
  folder
 1979 2
Project Outreach  1967 
  folder
Bills 3
  folder
Correspondence 4
  folder
Counselling Forms 5
  folder
Job Descriptions 6
Orientation 
  folder
Schedules 7
  folder
Statistical Information 8
  folder
Supportive Services 9
  folder
Program Plan 10
  folder
Progress Reports 11
  folder
Volunteers 12
  folder
Miscellaneous 13
Unit Plans and Evaluations 
  boxfolder
East and West Areas  1980 271
West and Carnegie Areas 
  folder
 1955-1957 2
  folder
 1966-1968 3
West Area 
  folder
 1957-1959 4
  folder
 1959-1960 5
  folder
 1960-1961 6
  boxfolder
 1962-1963 281
  folder
 1963-1964 2
  folder
 1965-1966 3
  folder
 1968-1969 4
  folder
 1969-1970 5
  folder
 1980-1981 6
  folder
West and West Park Areas  1966-1968 7
YWCA Week (National) 
  boxfolder
 1961 291
  folder
 1964 2
  folder
 1965 3
  folder
 1966 4
  folder
 1967 5
  folder
 1970 6
  folder
 1978 7
Other Programs 
  boxfolder
Adult Program Directors  1985 301
  folder
Attendance list  1955-1963 2
  folder
Bicentennial  1976 3
  folder
Bridge Housing  1984-1985 4
  folder
Center for Victims of Violent Crimes  1978 5
  folder
Christmas cards 6
  folder
Contributions  1986 7
  folder
Copyright info  1978 8
  folder
Folk Dance Group  1985 9
  folder
Foreign Film Festival  1964-1965 10
  folder
General Program Book  1970 11
  folder
Hays Manor FHA Project  1975 12
  folder
Holiday Fair  1978-1980 13
  folder
Negro Art Exhibit  1935 14
  folder
News and Notes  c1965 15
Pennsylvania Private Providers Project 
  folder
Peace Lecture Series  1980-1982 16
  folder
Programs from other YWCAs  1984-1985 17
  folder
Program Proposals  1984 18
  boxfolder
Speeches-Miscellaneous  1981-1984 311
  folder
Summer Recreation and Employment Opportunities  1967-1968 2
  folder
Tea Party  1965 3
  folder
Tribute to Women Series  1983-1988 4
  folder
Volunteer  1975-1980 5
  folder
Honored Women  1975 6
  boxfolder
 1982 321
  folder
Women's Intergroup Relationship Conference  1959 2
  folder
 1981 3
  folder
Women's Resource Day  1980 4
Women in Community Service 
  folder
 1969 5
  folder
 1970 6
  folder
Women in Service  1980-1985 7
  folder
Workshop on Hunger  1969 8

Subseries 2. Non-Traditional Jobs Training Program (NJP) 

Conferences 
  boxfolder
 1980 331
  folder
Women in Apprenticeship and Construction Conference  1979 2
  folder
NJP-Teen Conference  1980 3
Job Skill Classes  1979-1982 
  folder
Class List 4
  folder
Displaced Homemakers 5
  folder
Educational Aids 6
  folder
Evaluations 7
  folder
Home Repair Program 8
  folder
Information 9
Test Components 
  folder
Basic Physics 10
  folder
Basic Skill 11
  folder
Related Physics 12
  folder
Physical Fitness 13
  folder
Spacial Relationships 14
  boxfolder
Newsletters  1982 341
Resources and Contacts  1980-1982 
  folder
Affiliate Organizations 2
  folder
Allegheny County Division of Federal Programs 3
  folder
Applications 4
  folder
Apprenticeship Openings 5
  folder
Coal Mining 6
  folder
DIG 7
  folder
Steel Industry 8
  folder
Sun Oil Company 9
  folder
Volunteer Opportunities 10
  folder
Miscellaneous Contacts 11
  folder
Miscellaneous Listings 12
Office Files 
  boxfolder
Advisory Committee 351
  folder
Budget 2
  folder
Correspondence 3
  folder
Organizational Chart 4
  folder
Orientation Packet 5
  folder
Personnel Policies 6
  folder
Proposals 7
  folder
Program Evaluations 8
  folder
Miscellaneous 9
Other Job Programs 
  boxfolder
Entrepreneurial Program Job Corps  1964-1966 361
  folder
Office of Economic Opportunity  1964 2
  folder
Economic Opportunity Act  1962-1964 3
  folder
Project IT  1978 4
The Pittsburgh Plan 
  folder
 1965-1980 5
  folder
 1981-1982 6
  folder
Pennsylvania Commission for Women  1980 7

Subseries 3. New Building Campaign  1950-1962 

Completion Fund Correspondence  1959-1963 
  boxfolder
A-B 371
  folder
C-E 2
  folder
F-H 3
  folder
I-Mc 4
  folder
M-O 5
  folder
P-S 6
Correspondence 
  boxfolder
T-Z 381
  folder
 1950 2
  folder
 1951 3
  folder
 1953 4
  folder
 1954 5
  folder
 1955 6
  folder
 1956 7
  folder
 1957 8
  folder
 1958 9
  boxfolder
January-September  1959 391
  folder
October-December  1959 2
  folder
January-June  1960 3
  folder
July-December  1960 4
  folder
 1961 5
  folder
 1962 6
Committee Files 
  boxfolder
Building Standards  1961-1962 401
Dedication  1962 
  folder
Cornerstone Laying 2
  folder
Guest Booklet 3
  folder
Groundbreaking 4
  folder
Groundbreaking 5
  folder
Feasibility  1952-1955 6
  folder
New Building  1952-1962 7
  folder
Steering  1960 8
Construction Correspondence 
  boxfolder
General  1962-1964 411
Furnishings-New Building  1960-1964 
  folder
Accessories 2
  folder
Bell Telephone 3
  folder
Building Plans 4
  folder
Miscellaneous 5
Construction Contractor 
  boxfolder
Appraisal and Bills 421
  folder
Competitive Bidders 2
  folder
Contracts 3
  folder
Costs 4
  folder
Finance 5
  folder
Legal Advisers 6
  folder
Personnel 7
  folder
Public Parking 8
Reports 
  folder
 1961 9
  boxfolder
 1962 431
  folder
Signs 2
  folder
Sites 3
  folder
Construction - Food Service 4
  folder
Construction-Meeting Minutes  1960-1962 5
  folder
Construction-Memoranda  1960-1962 6
Fund Raising-Advanced Corporations 
  boxfolder
Account #202 441
  folder
Anticipated Payments 2
  folder
Campaign Office 3
  folder
Campaign Reports 4
  folder
Completed Assignments 5
Commerce and Industry 
  folder
Deferrals 6
  folder
General Information 7
  folder
Gift Acknowledgment 8
  folder
Letters of Transmittal 9
  folder
Pledges and Refusals 10
  folder
Results of Requests 11
  folder
Weekly Reports 12
  folder
Worker's Reports 13
  boxfolder
Committee File 451
  folder
Corporate Classification 2
  folder
Foundations 3
  folder
Gift Acknowledgment 4
  folder
Gifts Committee 5
  folder
Joint Campaign Endowment 6
  folder
Memorial 7
  boxfolder
Solicitation Information 461
  folder
Special Gift Lists 2
  folder
Special Gift Committee Weekly Reports 3
Fund Raising - Miscellaneous 
  folder
Anonymous Gift 4
  folder
Anniversary Celebration 5
  folder
Board Memoranda 6
  folder
Budget 7
  folder
Campaign Agreements 8
  folder
Campaign Follow-up 9
  folder
Financial Development - Metro Plan 10
  folder
Gumbrecht - Interior Decorator 11
  folder
John Price Jones Company 12
  boxfolder
John Price Jones - Survey Results 471
  folder
Lewis, Gregg - Pittsburgh Community Chest 2
  folder
Pledge Sheets and Reports 3
  folder
Pledge Sheets and Reports 4
  folder
Pledge Sheets and Reports 5
  folder
Pledge Sheets and Reports 6
  boxfolder
Pledge Sheets and Reports 481
  folder
Reconstruction Fund Cards 2
  folder
Staff-Giving To Campaign 3
  folder
Statistics 4
  folder
Trust and Foundations 5
  folder
VIP Donors 6
  boxfolder
Publications 491
  folder
Publications 2
United YWCA-YMCA Building Fund 
Campaign Finance Correspondence 
  folder
 1952-1954 3
  folder
 1955-1956 4
  folder
 1957-1958 5
Campaign Finance Memoranda 
  folder
 1952-1954 6
  folder
 1955 7
  boxfolder
 1957 501
Committees and Task Forces 
  folder
Coordination  1952-1954 2
  folder
Steering  1953-1957 3
  folder
Final Report  1954 4
  folder
Operating Expenses  1957-1960 5
  folder
Prospectus  1954 6
  folder
Publicity  1954-1955 7

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Series III Committees and Task Forces  1925-1985 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains meeting minutes, correspondence, publicity announcements and activity reports. This group, arranged alphabetically according to committee name, consumes the bulk of the records(57 boxes) and represents the embodiment of the YWCA. The records of standing committees that remained intact from the original organization to the present day include the Electors Assembly, the Nominating Committee, the Finance Committee and the Membership Committee. In addition, several of the committees emerged from a reaction to a particular event or from a response to a particular need. For example, the Racial Justice Committee, the Public Affairs Committee and the World Fellowship Committee represent the philosophy of the association in its attempt to enact or change policy in society on the local, national and international levels. No contemporary issue is avoided, though the predominant emphasis is on gender and race equality, child welfare and labor rights.

Most of the material in this series relates to the functioning of these committees including reports, correspondence and meeting minutes. Therefore some of the records only reveal the business end of these action committees and task forces. The outcome of these panels' activities is often compromised for parliamentary procedure and rules of order. However, not all the records in this series are routine record keeping files. Several committees retained a significant amount of resource material concerning their respective purpose including the Planning Committee, the Public Affairs Committee and the Colored Work Administration.

Some problems exist in the research capacity of this series. One complication is the wide range of topics. Another difficulty is the changing names of different committees over the years. Also, because of the gaps inherent in other parts of these records it is not always apparent whether certain committees existed only for the time periods represented in these records or whether they continued to function well after this time.

Action Audit Program 
  boxfolder
 January 1979-January 1980 511
  folder
 February 1980-March 1981 2
Administrative and Program Staff 
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1952-1953 3
  folder
Memoranda  1966-1974 4
Administrative Cabinet 
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1952-1961 5
  folder
 1961-1965 6
  folder
Memoranda  1964-1965 7
Adult Constituency Staff 
  box
Meeting Minutes 52
  folder
 1945-1959 1
  folder
 1960-1963 2
  folder
Adult Group Work Committee  1940 3
  folder
Affirmative Action Committee  1976 4
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees(AFSCME) 
  folder
Correspondence  1965-1973 5
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1964-1973 6
  folder
Memoranda  1964-1971 7
  folder
Grievances  1960-1971 8
  folder
Miscellaneous 9
Business, Professional & Industrial Experiment Committee  1949-1960 
  folder
Basic Standards and Information 10
  folder
Meeting Minutes 11
  folder
Origins and Findings 12
  folder
Plans and Objectives 13
  boxfolder
Statistical Reports 531
  folder
Work Sheets 2
Building Services Committee 
Buildings 
  folder
Babcock Boulevard  1960-1961 3
  folder
Centre Avenue  1956 4
  folder
Dithridge Street  1960-1962 5
  folder
Denenburg  1962 6
  folder
Homewood-Brushton  1967-1970 7
  boxfolder
Oakland  1949-1957 541
  folder
Monroeville  1949 2
  folder
Spahr Street  1965 3
  folder
Accessories Program  1962 4
  folder
Budget Report  1969-1970 5
  folder
Camp  1963-1971 6
  boxfolder
Camp Water System  1965-1978 551
  folder
Food Service  1933-1934 2
  folder
Furniture Floor Plans  1960 3
  folder
Furnishings Inventory  1965 4
  folder
Open House Committee  1962 5
  folder
Lists  1962 6
  folder
Publications  1950-1967 7
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1955-1975 8
  folder
 1976-1982 9
  folder
 1983-1984 10
  folder
Miscellaneous  1979-1981 11
  boxfolder
Building Policy Committee  1956 561
  folder
Black Women's Network  1980-1982 2
Bylaws and Structure Committee 
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1938-1973 3
  folder
Miscellaneous  1966-1974 4
Camp Carondowanna Committee 
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1930-1949 5
  folder
 1950-1960 6
  folder
 1961-1965 7
  folder
 1965-1975 8
  folder
Memoranda  1967-1975 9
  folder
Camp Task Force  1976-1979 10
  folder
Career Development 11
Carnegie-Illinois Clubs Study Committee 
  boxfolder
Correspondence  1942-1945 571
  folder
Reports  1942-1945 2
  folder
Newsclippings  1942-1945 3
Civil Rights Committee 
  folder
Housing Studies  1965-1972 4
  folder
Leadership Package  1968 5
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1963-1968 6
  folder
Memoranda  1966-1967 7
  folder
Newsclippings  1963-1965 8
  folder
Press Releases  1964-1965 9
  folder
Reports  1963-1967 10
Conferences and Workshops 
  boxfolder
Ad Hoc Committee on Civil Rights  1963-1964 581
  folder
Dorothy Height Workshop  1963 2
  folder
Community Seminar  1966 3
  folder
Focus on Women  1968 4
  folder
Focus on Women  1968 5
  folder
Hidden Racism  1969 6
  folder
Home Rule  1974 7
  folder
Housing Conference  1965 8
  folder
Human Rights Convocation  1968-1972 9
  boxfolder
Interfaith Observance  1965 591
  folder
Pre-White House Conference  1966 2
  folder
National Racial Justice Convocation  1972 3
  folder
Seminar on Wheels  1968 4
  folder
Racism Institute Summary  1970 5
  folder
School Strikes Program  1967-1974 6
  folder
Western Pennsylvania March on Washington Committee  1963 7
Colored Work Administration 
  boxfolder
Correspondence  1930-1937 601
  folder
Newsletter  1928-1940 2
  folder
Reports  1927-1932 3
  folder
Committee on Endowments Minutes 4
  folder
Communications Task Force  1980-1985 5
Conventions 
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1935-October 1953 6
  folder
November  1953-1978 7
  folder
Memos  1976-1979 8
National Convention 
  folder
Lists  1975-1979 9
  folder
Bulletins  1978-1979 10
  folder
Notes  1973-1979 11
Mabel Cratty Endowment Fund Committee 
  boxfolder
Reports  1928-1929 611
  folder
Correspondence  1928-1930 2
  folder
Printed Matter  1928-1938 3
  folder
Dedication Committee  1962 4
Elector's Assembly 
  folder
Minutes  1937-1962 5
  folder
Planning Committee  1958-1961 6
  folder
Study Committee  1958-1959 7
Executive Committee Meetings 
  folder
 1926-1957 8
  folder
 1958-1972 9
  folder
 1973-1979 10
  boxfolder
 1980-1985 621
  folder
Miscellaneous  1960-1976 2
Finance Committee Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1926-1934 3
  folder
 1935-1939 4
  folder
 1940-1947 5
  folder
 1948-1954 6
  boxfolder
 1954-1959 631
  folder
 1960-1965 2
  folder
 1965-1967 3
  folder
 1968-1969 4
  folder
 1970 5
  folder
 1971-1974 6
  boxfolder
 1975-1976 641
  folder
 1977-1978 2
  folder
 1979-1980 3
  folder
 1980-1982 4
  folder
 1983 5
  folder
Finance Committee Correspondence  1973-1977 6
Financial Development Committee 
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1978-1984 7
  folder
List of Donors  1981-1982 8
  folder
Phonothon  1980 9
  folder
Association Review  1979 10
  folder
Proposals 11
  folder
Reports  1978-1981 12
  boxfolder
Miscellaneous  1978 651
  folder
Food Service Task Force  1982 2
Government and Civic Employees Organizing Committee 
  folder
Correspondence  1951-1956 3
  folder
Minutes of Meetings  1951-1956 4
  folder
Financial Records  1951-1955 5
  folder
Financial Records  1952-1956 6
  folder
Personnel  1950-1956 7
  folder
Membership Lists  1956 8
  folder
Printed Materials  1936-1956 9
  folder
Notes 10
  folder
House Girls Club Meeting Minutes  1921-1937 11
  folder
Industrial Study Committee  1955 12
  folder
International Institute  1936-1940 13
Interracial Study Committee 
  boxfolder
Correspondence  1943-1946 661
  folder
Minutes  1947-1949 2
  folder
Interracial Practices  1942-1945 3
  folder
Questionnaires  1947 4
  folder
Reports  1944-1947 5
  folder
Reports-Supplemental  1945-1947 6
  folder
Visit of Dorothy Height  1948 7
  boxfolder
Job Descriptions and Functions  1956-1960 671
National Interpretation and Support Committee 
  folder
Correspondence  1942-1946 2
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1944-1946 3
National Conference of Social Workers 
  folder
Correspondence  1930-1946 4
  folder
Programs  1934-1948 5
  folder
Reports  1927-1934 6
  folder
Newsclippings  1927-1930 7
Membership Committee 
Drives and Campaigns 
  folder
 1962-1969 8
  boxfolder
 1973 681
  folder
 1973 2
  folder
 1974 3
  folder
 1974 4
  folder
 1975 5
  boxfolder
 1976 691
  folder
 1978-1983 2
  folder
Brochures  1985 3
  folder
Goals and Objectives  1973-1985 4
  folder
Graphic Materials  1960-1962 5
  folder
Leadership Tour  1954-1960 6
  folder
Renewal  1980 7
  folder
Statistics  1984 8
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1936-1949 9
  folder
 1950-1955 10
  boxfolder
 1956-1959 701
  folder
 1960-1965 2
  folder
 1966-1967 3
  folder
 1978-1984 4
  folder
 1975-1986 5
  folder
Memoranda  1949-1974 6
  folder
Membership Lists  1964 7
  folder
Membership Drive Task Force  1975-1976 8
  folder
Membership/Leadership Development Committee  1977 9
Membership/Public Relations Committee 
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1975-1977 10
  folder
Monday Evening Committee  1955-1963 11
Nominating Committee 
  boxfolder
Ballots and Results  1954-1978 711
  folder
Ballots - Miscellaneous  1973-1974 2
  folder
Elector's Assembly  1958 3
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1935-1962 4
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1963-1978 5
  folder
Reports  1955-1957 6
  boxfolder
Personnel Administration  1938-1949 721
Personnel Committee 
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 February 1948-January 1953 2
  folder
 February 1953-March 1959 3
  folder
 April 1959-March 1967 4
  folder
Memoranda  1943-1982 5
  folder
Personnel Practices Committee  1929-1947 6
Pittsburgh Federation of Social Agencies 
  folder
Correspondence  1925-1932 7
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1929-1930 8
Planning Committee 
  boxfolder
Annual Meeting  1963-1977 731
  folder
American Service Institute -  1944-1946 2
  folder
Industrial Study  1938 3
  folder
 1945-1949 4
  folder
Savacool, Mildred - Thesis  1950 5
  folder
Small Works Committee  1982 6
  folder
Statistical Data  1984 7
  folder
Strategic Plan-Task Force  1986 8
  folder
Study Report to the Community Chest Joint Committees  1949 9
Program Plan Making - Three Year Projection  1949-1952 
  boxfolder
Criteria 741
  folder
Community Information 2
  folder
Departmental 3
  folder
Schedules and Forms 4
  folder
Statistics and conclusions 5
  folder
Planning Process Committee  1953-1956 6
Programs Committee 
Meeting Minutes 
  boxfolder
 1941-1946 751
  folder
 1947-1951 2
  folder
 1948-1952 3
  folder
 1952-1955 4
  folder
 1955-1958 5
  folder
 1959-1962 6
  folder
 1963-1967 7
  boxfolder
 1968-1975 761
  folder
 1976-1979 2
  folder
 1981-1984 3
  folder
Plans and Procedures  1952-1962 4
Program Evaluation Survey 
  folder
 1975 5
  folder
Hill Center  1978 6
  folder
North Area  1978 7
  folder
South Area  1978 8
  boxfolder
Miscellaneous Areas  1978 771
Program Survey Reports  1977-1979 
  folder
Carnegie-Hazelwood 2
  folder
Monroeville-North Area 3
  folder
South-Wilkinsburg 4
  folder
Statistical Reports  1950-1980 5
  folder
Working Papers  1946-1949 6
  folder
Working Papers  1950-1954 7
  boxfolder
Miscellaneous 781
  folder
Program Council Minutes  1978-1983 2
Public Affairs Committee 
Correspondence 
  folder
 1957-1959 3
  folder
 1959-1960 4
  folder
 1961-1962 5
  folder
 1965-1971 6
  boxfolder
 1971 791
  folder
 1972 2
  folder
 1973-1974 3
  folder
 1974-1975 4
  folder
 1976 5
  folder
 1977 6
Meeting Minutes 
  boxfolder
 1930-1947 801
  folder
 1947-1959 2
  folder
 1960-1961 3
  folder
 1970-1976 4
  folder
 1976-1984 5
Resource Material  1959-1970 
  boxfolder
Allegheny Council 811
  folder
Commission on Human Relations 2
  folder
Angela Davis-Immigration 3
  folder
Jobs-League of Women Voters 4
  folder
Migrants-Pennsylvania Commission to Abolish the Death Penalty 5
  folder
Pennsylvania Citizens Association-Representatives 6
  boxfolder
Sit ins-Volunteers 821
  folder
Miscellaneous  1960-1970 2
  folder
Racism 3
  folder
Brochures 4
  boxfolder
Brochures  1970-1983 831
  folder
Miscellaneous 2
  folder
Strategy  1936-1959 3
Public Policy Committee 
Memoranda 
  folder
 1979 4
  folder
 1980 5
  folder
 January-May 1981 6
  folder
 June-December 1981 7
  boxfolder
Position Papers 841
Public Relations Committee 
Activities 
  folder
 1980 2
  folder
 1981 3
  folder
 1982 4
  folder
 1983 5
  folder
 1984-1985 6
  boxfolder
Areas  1970-1978 851
  folder
Conferences and Workshops  1966-1979 2
  folder
Media Correspondence  1980-1986 3
  folder
Historical Data 4
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1929-1947 5
  folder
 1948-1958 6
  boxfolder
 1959-1969 861
  folder
 1970-1981 2
Newspaper Clippings 
  folder
 January-May 1981 3
  folder
 June-December 1981 4
Programs 
  folder
Radio Show  1967 5
  folder
Seminar  1982 6
  folder
Slide Presentation  1949-1980 7
  folder
Teen Programs 8
  folder
Tours 9
  boxfolder
Miscellaneous 871
Press Releases 
  folder
 1905 2
  folder
 1976 3
  folder
 1980 4
  folder
 1981 5
  folder
 1982 6
  boxfolder
 1983 881
  folder
 1983 2
  folder
 1984 3
  folder
 1985 4
  folder
 1985-1986 5
  folder
Mailing Labels  1985 6
  folder
Public Service Announcements  1982-1985 7
Style Manuals 
  boxfolder
 1955 891
  folder
 1981-1984 2
Working Papers 
  folder
 1978-1979 3
  folder
 1980-1983 4
  folder
Public Relations/Finance Committee  1985 5
  folder
Public Relations Task Force  1976-1978 6
Racial Justice Committee 
  folder
Correspondence  1973-1977 7
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1972-1977 8
Working Papers 
  folder
 1972 9
  boxfolder
 1973 901
  folder
 1974-1975 2
  folder
Reception Committee  1981 3
Religious Resource Committee 
  folder
Christmas  1940-1945 4
  folder
Community History  1981 5
  folder
Controversy  1948-1968 6
  folder
Inspiration 7
  boxfolder
Leadership Papers 911
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1949-1952 2
  folder
Meditations 3
  folder
Memoranda  1964 4
  folder
Music  1939-1945 5
  folder
Nursery  1960-1963 6
  folder
Purpose and Goals -  1966 7
  folder
John Birch Society 8
Religious Workshop 
  boxfolder
Staff Meeting  1951 921
  folder
Summary Report  1951 2
  folder
Worship 3
  folder
Miscellaneous Papers 4
  folder
Religion and Labor Committee  1944 5
  folder
Salaries Committee Minutes  1929-1937 6
Social Studies Committee 
  folder
Correspondence  1935-1939 7
  folder
Meetings Minutes  1935-1939 8
  folder
Notes  1935 9
  folder
Reports  1935 10
Lawrenceville 
East Liberty 
Center Avenue 
Central Branch 
  folder
Self-Study and Analysis  1935 11
  folder
Standards Study Committee  1929-1937 12
  folder
Strategy Committee  1970-1975 13
United Way Campaign 
  boxfolder
 1966-1975 931
  folder
 1976 2
  folder
 1985-1986 3
  folder
Volunteer Leadership Committee  1960-1975 4
Volunteer Personnel Committee 
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1946-1964 5
World Fellowship Committee 
  folder
Audio Visual Aids 6
Communications Division 
  folder
 1957-1968 7
  folder
 1960-1961 8
  boxfolder
 1962-1963 941
  folder
 1968 2
Correspondence 
  folder
Appeal Letter 3
General 
  folder
 1957-1959 4
  folder
 1961-1962 5
  folder
 1967-1968 6
  folder
 1968-1969 7
  boxfolder
International 951
  folder
National Visitor 2
  folder
Donational Books 3
Festival of Nations 
  folder
Bills  1967 4
Coordinating Committee 
  folder
 1964 5
  folder
 1966-1976 6
  folder
Folk Festival  1955-1968 7
  folder
Financial Reports  1963 8
  folder
Financial Worksheets  1966 9
Publicity 
  boxfolder
 1952-1964 961
  folder
 1966-1975 2
  folder
Tea  1966 3
Funding 
  folder
 1963-1964 4
  folder
 1965-1967 5
  boxfolder
 1967-1968 971
  folder
Human Interest Stories 2
  folder
Job Descriptions  1957-1965 3
  folder
Luncheon  1966-1969 4
Memoranda 
  folder
 1960-1963 5
  folder
 1964-1965 6
  boxfolder
 1966-1967 981
  folder
 1968-1969 2
  folder
 1970 3
Minutes 
  folder
 1940-1958 4
  folder
 1959-1963 5
  folder
 1964-1971 6
  folder
Observances  1953-1965 7
  boxfolder
Public Affairs  1958-1960 991
  folder
Refugees  1960-1965 2
  folder
Reports  1952-1964 3
  folder
Services  1944-1953 4
  folder
Skits  1947-1960 5
  folder
Solicitation Policy 6
  folder
Special Projects 7
  folder
Triennium Plan  1961-1964 8
  folder
UNICEF 9
  folder
Washington Trip  1966-1968 10
  folder
Miscellaneous 11
  boxfolder
World Mutual Service Committee  1972-1977 1001
Y-Wives 
  folder
 1956-1962 2
  folder
 1963-1970 3
Y-Teen Committee 
  folder
Adult and Youth Meeting  1974 4
Association of Teens Council 
  folder
 January-May 1977 5
  folder
 June-December 1977 6
  folder
 1978-1979 7
  folder
Calendar and Newsletter  1952-1957 8
  folder
Camp Weekend  1963 9
  folder
Fun Days  1964-1963 10
  folder
Hotline  1982-1984 11
  folder
International Youth Organization  1981 12
Meeting Minutes 
  boxfolder
 1951-1962 1011
  folder
 1963-1967 2
  folder
National Teen Organization  1976-1980 3
  folder
National Teen Organization  1979 4
  folder
News-Y Teens  1960-1965 5
  folder
Orientation Packet 6
  boxfolder
Projects  1960-1981 1021
  folder
Staff Information Packet  1976-1978 2
Staff Constituency Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1944-1951 3
  folder
 1952-1962 4
  folder
Tri-State Y-Teen Area Conference (TRYAC) 1965 5
  folder
Young Adult's Council  1961 6
YWCA-YMCA Cooperative Council 
  boxfolder
Agreements  1959-1960 1031
  folder
Correspondence  1952-1961 2
  folder
Memoranda  1952-1954 3
  folder
Miscellaneous Committees 4

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Series IV Publications  1919-1985 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains newsletters, magazines and catalogs from the local chapter(1919-1985) as well as from the national office(1979-1983). It should be noted that the editors of the local quarterly newsletter changed the name five times between 1928 and 1966(YWCA News,1928-1936; No name, April-July 1936; Blue Print, August 1936-c.1939; Our Y News, 1941-1946; Blue Print 1947-1966). Since 1966 it has been called the Y Line. These publications were intended to be read by members as well as the general public. Therefore, they serve as indicators for significant events in the history of the Pittsburgh YWCA and as promotional literature for a non-profit organization.

Pittsburgh YWCA Periodical Publications 
  folder
 1928-1929 5
No Name  April 1936 
 1936-1938 
 1941-1946 
 
  folder
 1947-1962 6
  boxfolder
 1962-June 1966 1041
 
 Fall 1966-Summer 1973 
  folder
 March 1974-Fall 1982 2
  folder
 Winter 1983- August 1985 3
  folder
Miscellaneous 4
 1927-1931 
 1920 
 1919-1920 
 1919 
Catalogs and Programs 
  folder
 Summer 1978-Fall 1980 5
  folder
 Winter 1981-Fall 1983 6
  boxfolder
 Winter 1984-Summer 1985 1051
  folder
Newsletters  1959-1961 2
  folder
News and Notes  1968 3
  folder
Promotional Pamphlets  1955-1970 4
  folder
SOS Mailings  1969-1972 5
  folder
Historical Publications  1950-1953 6
  folder
-National  1979-1983 7
Other Publications(Miscellaneous) 
  boxfolder
 1984-1985 1061
  folder
Other Organizations  1965-1986 2
  folder
 1953-1954 3

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Series V Scrapbooks  1910-1980 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains scrapbooks consisting primarily of newspaper clippings of YWCA events and promotions, local and national news items that relate to the association, and mementos from significant milestones from 1920 to 1964, primarily capital campaigns and their results. Some clippings were never mounted into scrapbooks and remain in folders in box 107. The Membership campaign brochures that were not mounted in scrapbooks have some historical significance in that they show recruiting techniques employed in the early 1920's.

General Scrapbooks 
 1917-1924 
 1931-1934 
 1935-1937 
 1938-1940 
 1941-1943 
 1946-1947 
 1950-1952 
 1952-1955 
 1955-1958 
 1960-1961 
 1962-1964 
National Executive Housekeepers Association 
 1939-1957 
 1958-1963 
Publicity  1940-1952 
Silver Seven  1954-1955 
University of Pittsburgh YWCA 
 1939-1944 
 1950-1951 
 1953-1954 
 1956-1957 
  folder
Miscellaneous Newsclippings  1919-1949 4
  folder
Church Programs  1919 5
  folder
Membership Campaign Brochures  1910-1919 6
  box
Y-Teens 107
  folder
 1953 1
  folder
 1954 2
  folder
Scrapbook clippings  1978-1980 3
Women's Rights Issues 
  folder
 1983 4
  folder
 1984 5

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Series VI Local Areas and Centers  1875-1986 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes meeting minutes, promotional material and activity reports. Significant materials in this series are the Director and Committee on Management meeting minutes from the Central Branch (1918-1951) and the East Liberty Branch(1895-1925) in addition to the Relief Department reports from the East Liberty Branch(1880-1887). These records both show the early work of the YWCA.

Another significant section in this series is East Area Wilkinsburg Center materials. While this branch did not join the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA until 1965, most of its executive office records have been incorporated into the main Pittsburgh collection. Included are board meeting minutes(1920-1967) and committee reports(1937-1981).

Each area had a council and each center had an advisory committee that reported to the Area Council. The meeting minutes of these councils or advisory committees from the respective area or center often reflect the diversity from and the dependence on the executive office.

Arrangement

This series is divided geographically into Central, East, North, West, and South areas and individual centers within an area. This organizational structure follows the system created in 1952. Before that date the Pittsburgh YWCA consisted of the Central and East Liberty Branches.

Subseries 1. Central Branch 

Board of Director's Meeting Minutes 
  boxfolder
 1918-1921 1081
  folder
 1922-1923 2
  folder
 1924-1925 3
Budget 
  folder
 1938-1949 4
  folder
 1950 5
Business and Devotional Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1895-1924 6
  folder
 1908-1910 7
  folder
 May-September 1912 8
Business Girls' Lounge 
  folder
Correspondence  1943-1949 9
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1948-1949 10
Committee of Management 
Meeting Minutes 
  boxfolder
 1926-1928 1091
  folder
 1929-1931 2
  folder
 1932-1936 3
  folder
 1937-1941 4
  folder
 1942-1945 5
  folder
 1946-1948 6
  folder
 1949-1951 7
Committee on Administration 
  boxfolder
 1951-1953 1101
  folder
 1954-1955 2
  folder
 January-June 1956 3
  folder
High School Girl Reserve  1927-1937 4
  folder
House Committee  1912-1921 5
  folder
Ladies Day Out  1940-1947 6
  folder
Membership Committee  1951-1952 7
  folder
National Board Report  1938-1941 8
  folder
Newsletter  1961-1966 9
Newspaper Clippings 
  folder
 January-May 1967 10
  boxfolder
 June-December 1967 1111
  folder
 1968 2
  folder
 January-March 1969 3
  folder
 April-December 1969 4
  boxfolder
 January-May 1970 1121
  folder
 June-December 1970 2
  folder
 January-June 1971 3
  folder
 June-December 1971 4
  boxfolder
 January-May 1972 1131
  folder
 June-December 1972 2
  folder
 1976 3
  folder
 1978 4
  folder
 1981 5
  folder
Officers  1890-1942 6
  boxfolder
Program Plan  1954-1958 1141
  folder
Summaries  1948-1951 2
Downtown Center 
Advisory Committee 
  folder
Correspondence  1972-1975 3
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1971-1975 4
  folder
 1976 5
  folder
Council Meeting Minutes  1956-1960 6

Subseries 2: East Area 

  box
General Area 115
Council Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1959-1961 1
  folder
 1962-1965 2
  folder
 1975-1976 3
  folder
 1977-1978 4
Newspaper Clippings 
  folder
 1969 5
  folder
 1970 6
  boxfolder
 1971 1161
  folder
 1971 2
  folder
 January-June 1972 3
  folder
 April-June 1972 4
  folder
 June-December 1972 5
  folder
 1976 6
  boxfolder
 January-May 1979 1171
  folder
 June-December 1979 2
East Liberty Center 
Announcement of Activities 
  folder
 1952 3
  folder
 1953 4
  folder
Annual Meetings  1907-1915 5
Board of Directors Minutes 
  folder
 1912-1920 6
  folder
 1921-1926 7
Budget 
  boxfolder
 1949-1951 1181
Business Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1895-1906 2
  folder
 1912-1920 3
  folder
Correspondence  1875-1883 4
  folder
Finance Committee  1917-1927 5
  folder
Gifts  1914-1916 6
  folder
The Live "Y" er 7
Committee on Management 
  folder
 1927-1932 8
  folder
 1933-1940 9
  folder
 1941 10
Relief Department Reports 
  boxfolder
 1880-1881 1191
  folder
 1882-1883 2
  folder
 1884-1887 3
  folder
Miscellaneous Reports  1875-1882 4
  folder
Summaries and Plans  1949-1952 5
  folder
Greensburg  1958 6
  folder
Hazelwood Center Programs  1979-1986 7
  folder
Homewood-Brushton Programs  1979-1986 8
Lawrenceville Center 
  folder
Administrative Reports  1925-1945 9
  folder
Committee of Management  1933-1938 10
  folder
Executive Committee Minutes  1936 11
  folder
General Activities  1933-1939 12
  folder
General Correspondence  1925-1946 13
  boxfolder
Reports  1925-1945 1201
  folder
Sale of Property  1928-1938 2
  folder
Self Study  1936 3
  folder
Miscellaneous  1933-1937 4
  folder
Monroeville Center  1979-1986 5
  folder
McKeesport  1952 6
Oakland Center 
  folder
Budget  1950-1951 7
  folder
Committee Meeting  1945-1955 8
  folder
Reports  1949-1955 9
Wilkinsburg Center 
  boxfolder
Advisory Committee  1974 1211
Announcement of Activities 
  folder
 1950-1957 2
  folder
 1958-1964 3
Annual Meeting 
  folder
 1956-1961 4
  folder
 1962-1964 5
Audit Reports 
  folder
 1951-1961 6
  folder
 1962-1964 7
Board of Directors 
Meeting Minutes 
  boxfolder
 1920-1922 1221
  folder
 1927-1929 2
  folder
 1933-1935 3
  folder
 1936-1938 4
  folder
 1939-1941 5
  boxfolder
 1941-1944 1231
  folder
 1945-1948 2
  folder
 1949-1951 3
  folder
 1952-1955 4
  folder
 1956-1958 5
  boxfolder
 1960-1962 1241
  folder
 1963-1967 2
  folder
Building Committee  1981 3
  folder
Committee Reports to the Board  1948-1953 4
  folder
Council Meeting Minutes  1968-1975 5
Finance Committee 
  boxvolume
 1937-1939 125
  folder
 1954-1959 1
  folder
 1960-1966 2
  folder
Leadership Committee  1981-1982 3
  folder
Membership Committee  1955-1982 4
Newspaper Clippings 
  boxfolder
 1968 1261
  folder
 1970 2
  folder
Nominating Committee  1954-1980 3
  folder
Nursery Committee  1979-1981 4
  folder
Plant and Equipment  1954-1964 5
  folder
Program Center Committee  1979-1986 6
  folder
Program Planning  1979-1984 7
  folder
Public Affairs Committee  1951-1967 8
  folder
Public Relations  1952-1981 9
  boxfolder
Registration  1967 1271
  folder
Smorgasbord  1958-1964 2
  folder
Wilkinsburg Foundation  1961 3
  folder
Y-Wives  1951-1961 4
Y-Zette Newsletter 
  folder
 1954-1960 5
  folder
 1961-1967 6
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 7

Subseries 3: North Area 

  box
General Area 128
Newsclippings 
  folder
 1969 1
  folder
 1970 2
  folder
 1971 3
  folder
 1972 4
  folder
 1976 5
Program Center Committee 
  folder
Correspondence  1976-1985 6
Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1972-1979 7
  folder
 1980-1984 8
  boxfolder
 1985-1986 1291
  folder
Publicity 2
  folder
Centre Avenue  1959-1962 3
Hill District 
Advisory Committee 
  folder
 1975-1976 4
  folder
 1977-1978 5
  folder
Correspondence  1975-1981 6
  folder
Lease  1977 7
  folder
Program Plans  1978-1981 8

Subseries 4 

North Central Area 
  boxfolder
Administrative Files 1301
Advisory Committee 
  folder
 1975 2
  folder
 1976-1978 3
  folder
Budget  1976 4
  folder
Building Use/Lease  1975 5
  folder
Job Descriptions  1976 6
  folder
Programs/Activities  1974-1977 7
  folder
Programs  1973 8
  folder
Program Plans  1979-1980 9
  folder
Triennium Goals  1976-1979 10

Subseries 5: South Area 

Announcement of Programs 
  boxfolder
 1967 1311
  folder
 1976 2
Mount Lebanon 
  folder
Provisional Committee  1947-1948 3
  folder
Budget  1948-1950 4
  folder
Committee on Management  1947-1960 5
  folder
Community Information  1948 6
  folder
Correspondence  1948-1950 7
  folder
Recreational  1947-1950 8
  folder
Miscellaneous 9
Newsclippings 
  boxfolder
 1969 1321
  folder
 1970 2
  folder
 1971 3
  folder
 1972 4

Subseries 6: Three Rivers Area 

  boxfolder
Council Correspondence  1975-1978 1331
  folder
Job Descriptions 2
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1976-1977 3
  folder
Meeting Minutes  1977-1978 4
  folder
Programs  1975-1980 5

Subseries 7: University Area 

General Area 
  boxfolder
Alumnae  1912-1964 1341
  folder
By Laws  1958 2
  folder
Financial Support Guide  1953 3
  folder
College and University Board Finance Packet  1958 4
  folder
Inter-Association  1954-1960 5
  folder
Metropolitan Program - University Division  1958 6
Newspaper Clippings 
  folder
 1966-August 1968 7
  folder
 September-December 1968 8
  folder
Summaries and Plans  1949 9
Carnegie Institute 
Advisory Board 
  boxfolder
 1953-1955 1351
  folder
 1956 2
  folder
 1957-1960 3
  folder
 1965-1967 4
  folder
Constitution 5
  folder
Reports to the Executive Board of the YWCA  1961-1966 6
University of Pittsburgh 
Advisory Board Minutes 
  folder
 1958-1960 7
  folder
 1961-1962 8
  folder
 1963-1964 9
Annual Reports 
  boxfolder
 1920-1930 1361
  folder
 1931-1940 2
  folder
 1941-1949 3
  folder
 1951-1956 4
  folder
 1956-1968 5
  folder
Budget  1949-1957 6
  folder
Bylaws and Constitution 7
  folder
Cabinet  1963-1965 8
  folder
Committee Summaries  1965 9
  folder
Denominational Groups 10
  boxfolder
Narrative Reports  1954-1955 1371
  folder
Monthly Reports  1951-1955 2
  folder
Programs  1955 3
  folder
Reports to the Board  1951-1964 4
  folder
YWCA-YMCA Relations  1959 5

Subseries 8: West Area 

General Area 
Council Meeting Minutes 
  folder
 1959-1962 6
  folder
 1962-1965 7
  boxfolder
 1965-1967 1381
  folder
 1967-1969 2
  folder
 1969-1971 3
  folder
 1971-1973 4
  folder
 1973-1975 5
  folder
 1975-1976 6
  boxfolder
 1976-1977 1391
  folder
 1977-1978 2
Newspaper Clippings 
  folder
 January-September 1968 3
  folder
 September-December 1968 4
  folder
 January-May 1970 5
  folder
 May-December 1970 6
  folder
 1971 7
  boxfolder
 1972 1401
  folder
 1976 2
Carnegie Center 
Advisory Council Minutes 
  folder
 1956 3
  folder
 1957-1961 4
  folder
 1961-1964 5
  folder
 1964-1967 6
  boxfolder
 1967-1969 1411
  folder
 1969-1972 2
  folder
 1973-1975 3
  folder
 1976-1978 4
  folder
New Building  1956 5
  folder
Program Committee  1978-1979 6
Program Center Committee 
  folder
 1975-1981 7
  folder
 1982-1986 8
  folder
Public Relations  1969-1982 9
Sto-Rox Center 
  boxfolder
Advisory Committee  1976-1977 1421
  folder
News releases  1979 2
  folder
Program Committee  1983-1986 3
  folder
Program Committee  1975-1982 4
  folder
West Communities  1975-1982 5
West Park Center 
  folder
Advisory Committee  1962-1970 6
  folder
Budget Book  1959 7
  folder
Committee Meetings  1945 8
  box
Miscellaneous Material 143
Fair Housing Issue 
  folder
 1949-1951 1
  folder
 1961-1963 2
  folder
 1964-1965 3
  folder
 1965 4
  folder
 1966 6
  folder
 1967-1970 7

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