Indiana University Young Women's Christian Association records, 1903-1973

A Guide to the Records at the Indiana University Archives

Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff

Creator: Y.W.C.A. Indiana U.
Title: Indiana University Young Women's Christian Association records
Collection No.: C341
Dates: 1898-1973, bulk 1960-1973
Quantity:

Quantity: 5.4 cubic feet

Quantity: 6 boxes

Abstract: The Indiana University chapter of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) was founded in 1886 by Mrs. Jenny Bryan, sister to future IU president William Lowe Bryan. Open to all interested women in the Bloomington community, the YWCA aimed to encourage the personal development, religious growth, social sensitivity, and civic responsibility of its members. It sought to provide leadership training in the many areas of life and to provide volunteer leaders for community service in Monroe County. This collection consists of various publications, administrative material, financial records, and scrapbooks created by the organization from 1903 through 1973.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Indiana University Archives
Herman B Wells Library E460
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7000
Business Number: 812-855-1127
archives@indiana.edu
URL: https://libraries.indiana.edu/university-archives

Administrative History

In 1886 the Indiana University chapter of the YWCA was founded by Mrs. Jenny Bryan for the purpose of encouraging the personal development, religious growth, social sensitivity, and civic responsibility of its members. A constitution was drafted and in it the organization's hierarchy was laid out with a five part leadership structure including the following: 1) student officers, who were the primary decision making body, 2) the Executive Council, which held ultimate responsibility for the organization's health, direction and finances, 3) a cabinet, responsible for final approval of executive council actions regarding policy, 4) an executive director and a secretary, who were employed to implement and manage organizational policy, and 5) a board of directors, which were elected from each of the following categories: faculty and staff, faculty and staff wives, town women, and unrestricted. Additionally, four voting ex-officio members were drawn from the wives or mothers of the president of the university, one woman from the university board of trustees, one woman from university administration and one more woman recommended by the advisory board to serve in a position of special assistance.

The organization's programming activities included both IU campus specific as well as wider community outreach efforts. For example, from 1932 until at least 1970 the organization was responsible for the campus musical revue IU Sing, and for several years the organization ran a campus orientation known as Freshman Camp. Community wide efforts included but were not limited to classes in karate, yoga and auto mechanics.

Since its origination, there was a continual increase in membership, reaching its height in 1964 with a total of 671 members. However, by May of 1970 (the last year for which data is present) membership had dwindled to only 492 members. There are no records to indicate what happened to the Indiana University YWCA or when it ceased to function. Many of the records from the 1970's seem to indicate a wide programming collaboration with the YMCA, and it is possible though undocumented that the YWCA was simply absorbed by the men's organization.

Scope and Content Note

The Indiana University Young Women's Christian Association records are organized into two series: Subject files (1903-1973), which is arranged alphabetically, and Scrapbooks (1929-1937), which is arranged chronologically. Where multiple folders appear for one subject, such as I.U. Sing, the folders are filed chronologically. Within the IU Sing files are both programs from each year the program was produced as well as more general administrative files, including instructions for participants. The subject files contain a wide variety of materials including administrative files such as budgets, meeting minutes, annual reports and correspondence and files representing particular Y.W.C.A. programs such as the Chimes of Christmas, International Bazaar and Freshman Camp. There are also several files containing information on current events and topics of interest such as abortion and the American Indian Movement. At the end of the collection there are several files pertaining to the Y.W.C.A. and Y.M.C.A combined programming. Several of the files include historical information that dates as far back as 1892. However, the bulk of the files were created between 1960 and 1972. The scrapbooks largely contain newspaper clippings of various YWCA-related articles, but they also hold administrative records, program materials, and other miscellaneous items. Within, some scrapbooks are arranged chronologically, but others are organized by subject matter such as Membership, Cabinet Retreats, and General Meetings.

Arrangement

Organized in two series: Subject files, and Scrapbooks.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions:

Student Recommendations were restricted and placed at the end of the collection.

Advance notice is required for access.

Usage Restrictions:

The donor(s) of this collection have not transferred their copyrights for the materials to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, please contact the Indiana University Archives staff.

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Separated Material

The only items separated from the collection during processing were duplicates.

Group photographs of the 1925, 1926 and 1927 members were moved to the Photograph collection.

Indexed Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Indiana University Young Women's Christian Association records, Collection C341, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

Acquisition Information

Accession numbers 7003, 7004, 7005, 7006, 7007, 7063, 7552, 7553, 7554. YWCA publications from 30P and Accessions 2023/021, 2017/004.1011.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff.

Completed in 2009

Updated in September 2023 by Evan Brandon.

Collection Inventory

box 1

Series:

Subject files , 1898-1973, undated
box 1
Abortion , 1969-1970, undated
box 1
Activities – YWCA , 1971, undated

Physical Description: (2 folders)

box 1
Activity Reports , 1954-1960
box 1
Advisory Board
box 1
Alumnae , 1964-1971
box 1
By Laws , 1960, 1969, undated
box 1
Chairman's Reports , 1954-1966
box 1
Duties and Purposes , 1963, undated
box 1
President's File
box 1
United Fund Information , 1970-1971, undated
box 1
Finance, Misc. , 1968-1970, undated
box 1
History , 1971, undated
box 1
Information on history, aim, etc , undated
box 1
Investments , 1966-1970, undated
box 1
Board Manual , 1952, undated
box 1
Members
box 1
1956-1971
box 1
1947-1955
box 1
Membership Nominees , 1972
box 1
Minutes
box 1
1959-1960
box 1
1962-1963
box 1
1963-1964
box 1
1964-1965
box 1
1965-1966
box 1
1966-1967
box 1
1967-1968
box 1
1968-1969
box 1
1969-1970
box 1
1970-1971
box 1
1971-1972
box 1
Nominating Committee , 1968-1971
box 1
Nomination Forms , undated
box 1
Personnel Polices for Executive Director , 1965, undated
box 1
Committee Preference Sheets , undated
box 1
Proposed Structure , undated
box 1
Role , 1969-1972, undated
box 1
Roundtable Forms , undated
box 1
Sample Folder , 1968-1969, undated
box 1
Alumni Lists , 1897-1962, undated
box 1
Alumni Membership Lists , 1955-1970, undated
box 1
AMOS- Information , 1969-1970, undated
box 1
Announcement , undated
box 1
Annual Reports
box 1
General , 1957
box 1
National Student YW , 1971-1972
box 1
Executive Director , 1956-1971, undated
box 1
Ruth Gray , 1971
box 1
Assembly Hall – Indiana University , 1970
box 1
Auditorium – Seating Chart , undated
box 1
Audits , 1958-1964
box 1
Auditors Report Annual , 1969-1970
box 1
Auto Mechanics Class , 1971-1972
box 1
Bazaar
box 1
1962-1972, undated
box 1
1971-1972
box 1
Biddle Continuation Center Reservation Forms , undated
box 1
Bloomington Map , undated
box 1
Book Drive for Asian Students , April 1967
box 1
Budget Information
box 1
Charts and List , 1968-1971
box 1
Annual Budget Forms (United Fund) , 1957-1968
box 1
Working Papers , 1965-1969
box 1
General , 1965-1968
box 1
Financial Statements , 1925-1927
box 1
Bureau of Philanthropic Affairs , 1955-1969
box 1
Cabinet Notes , 1967-1969
box 1
Camps , 1968-1969
box 2
Chairman Information , undated
box 2
Channels -- Bi-monthly Publication , 1957-1960
box 2
Child Care Information , undated
box 2
Chimes of Christmas
box 2
1967-1970
box 2
1967
box 2
1970
box 2
1971 Program
box 2
1971
box 2
Applications , 1971
box 2
Christian Emphasis , 1971, undated
box 2
Chaney – Stancome Acquittal , September, 1971
box 2
Christmas Cards to Parents , 1971
box 2
Church Federation – Monroe County , 1957-1964
box 2
Classes , Fall 1972
box 2
Classes , Fall 1972
box 2
Classes Offered , February, 1972
box 2
Collage I
box 2
Registration , 1971, undated
box 2
Applications , 1971-1972, undated
box 2
Collage
box 2
Executive Committee , 1970-1971, undated
box 2
General Business , 1971
box 2
Miscellaneous , 1971
box 2
Commitment Proposal , 1969, undated
box 2
Committees
box 2
1959-1972, undated
box 2
Committee Minutes , 1971-1972, undated
box 2
Committee of Responsibility , 1967
box 2
Community Service Council City of Bloomington News & Notes , 1971-1972
box 2
Congressional Action Fund , 1970, undated
box 2
Constitution – YWCA
box 2
1967, undated
box 2
1962-1970, undated
box 2
1950-1953, undated
box 2
Constitutions of Other Student YWCA's , 1948-1950, undated
box 2
Contracts
box 2
1955-1970, undated
box 2
1958-1968, undated
box 2
Council of Social Agencies , 1959-1969
box 2
Correspondence
box 2
General , 1957-1961
box 2
General , 1962-1968
box 2
General , 1969-1970
box 2
Contribution Thank You notes , 1971-1972
box 2
From University of Nevada Re: re-admittance to United Way Fund
box 2
To Senator Birch Bayh Re: Vietnam conflict POWs , undated
box 2
Danforth Associates , 1956-1970, undated
box 2
Dean of Students & Archives Administration , 1943-1961, undated
box 2
Devotions
box 2
General , 1969-1969, undated
box 2
1892 to present / Worship Installation , 1929, 1954-1959, undated
box 2
Walt Disney Production – Correspondence with , 1971
box 2
Drug Education Information , undated
box 2
Education – General , 1968, undated
box 2
Education – General , undated
box 2
Employment – General Information , 1967-1970, undated
box 2
Evaluation and Identification Forms , 1958, undated
box 2
Film Fare , 1971
box 2
Five Year Plan YWCA , 1955-1970, undated
box 2
Finance Number , undated
box 2
Finance Administration Manual , 1969
box 2
Financial Report – Survey for Student Activities , 1970
box 2
Financial Statements – End of the Year , 1953-1970
box 2
Floor Governors – YWCA , undated
box 2
Focus – Applications , undated
box 2
Foreign Service Officer (Sample Questions for Exam) , 1967-1970
box 2
Free University – Spring , 1972
box 2
Former "Y" Presidents , 1947-1970, undated
box 2
Freshman Camp
box 2
General , 1971-1972, undated
box 2
Completed Evaluations , 1971
box 2
Kitchens , 1971
box 2
Freshman Record , 1973
box 2
Frills and Furbelows , 1933-1935
box 3
General , 1952-1970, undated
box 3
General Application Form YWCA , undated
box 3
General Reports , 1900-1903
box 3
Guide for Speakers and Writers Indiana University , 1970
box 3
Guitar , 1969, undated
box 3
Head Start Committee Applications , undated
box 3
Health Films & Catalogue , 1969, undated
box 3
Health and Welfare Services in Monroe County , 1967 Edition
box 3
History of the YWCA
box 3
1948-1956, undated
box 3
1892-1957, undated
box 3
Household Handy Woman , 1971
box 3
Ideology – Purpose , 1968, undated
box 3
Imprig , 1971-1972, undated
box 3
Indiana Memorial Union
box 3
Bible Cont. Center Information , undated
box 3
Museum , 1969-1970, undated
box 3
Rental , 1956-1971, undated
box 3
Income Analysis , 1968-1969
box 3
American Indian Information
box 3
1970, undated
box 3
1970-1971
box 3
Indian Roundtable , 1956-1970
box 3
Indiana Public Interest Research Group , undated
box 3
Institutional Racism , 1969-1971, undated
box 3
Instructor Agreement Forms , undated
box 3
Insurance , 1956-1968
box 3
International Bazaar
box 3
1968, undated
box 3
1969, undated
box 3
1970, undated
box 3
1971, undated
box 3
Financial Report , 1971, undated
box 3
1971 (Christmas Card List)
box 3
Application Form , undated
box 3
Merchandise Catalogues , undated
box 3
International Students , 1969-1970, undated
box 3
Joy of Easter Letter , March 1972
box 3
Jubilee , 1916
box 3
Karate Class , 1972
box 3
Leadership Staff , 1957-1968, undated
box 3
Mass Media , undated
box 3
Meeting Report Sheets and Meeting Records , undated
box 3
Membership
box 3
Agreements , 1951-1961, undated
box 3
Letter Forms , undated
box 3
General , 1959-1970
box 3
Sustaining Membership Letter , March 1971
box 3
Policy , 1968
box 3
Sustaining , 1971, undated
box 3
Midwestern Gay Lib conference (Chicago Gay Liberation) , undated
box 3
Mimeograph
box 3
Machine & Projector , 1958-1971, undated
box 3
Policies and Forms , undated
box 3
Minority Women Concerns , undated
box 3
Musical/Arts Center , 1971-1972
box 3
National Convention , 1970, undated
box 3
National Board , 1956-1960, undated
box 3
National Student Y.W.C.A.
box 3
General File , 1958-1970, undated
box 3
End the War , 1969-1970
box 3
Interact Publication , 1969-1971
box 3
Staff to Staff , 1969-1970
box 3
National Student Council of Combined YMCA and YWCA , 1970
box 3
National – Tallies and Trends Bulletins
box 3
1959-1967
box 3
1959-1966
box 3
Newspaper Clippings , 1971-1972
box 3
Office Procedure and Leadership Guidelines , undated
box 3
Officers and Cabinets , 1956-1971
box 3
Officer and Executive Committee Application , 1956-1969, undated
box 3
One Imperative , 1969-1972, undated
box 3
Organization Information , undated
box 3
Parents Membership , 1955-1960, undated
box 4
Peace Corps – Information , 1963, undated
box 4
Penal Institutions , 1971
box 4
Personnel
box 4
General , 1971-1972
box 4
Bulletins , 1967
box 4
Committee , Fall 1970
box 4
Job Descriptions , 1965-1970, undated
box 4
Pictures of Campus , 1965, undated
box 4
Policies , 1955-1965, undated
box 4
YWCA Policy , 1968-1969
box 4
Program for Action , 1970-1973
box 4
Programs and Activities , 1964-1967
box 4
Program Project Planning , undated
box 4
Program Reports , 1971-1972
box 4
Progress Reports (Ruth Gray) , 1971
box 4
Project Commitment , 1972
box 4
Projects , 1936-1956, undated
box 4
Proposals , 1969-1970, undated
box 4
Public Relations Committee General , 1950-1956, undated
Publications , 1940-1968
box 4
Welcome Pamphlets , circa 1940s, 1962
box 4
Promotional material , 1949-1962
box 4
Y-Lines , 1958-1964
box 4
Publicity
box 4
Information , 1970
box 4
Radio , undated
box 4
Purpose , undated
box 4
Questionnaires from former "Y" Presidents , received in 1958 but covers years beginning in 1892
box 4
Racism
box 4
Information , 1970
box 4
Recognition Tea
box 4
1964-1970, undated
box 4
1967-1970
box 4
Recommendations and References , 1956-1962, undated

Conditions Governing Access: Restricted

box 4
Recommendations for Students , 1972

Conditions Governing Access: Restricted

box 4
Red Book
box 4
Order form , 1965
box 4
Susan Kinney , 1968-1970, undated
box 4
Why it was taken away from us by u , 1971, undated
box 4
Referendum , May 1970
box 4
Regional Report , 1961-1970
box 4
Retirement Fund
box 4
Correspondence , 1939-1969, undated
box 4
Fund Reports , 1965-1969, undated
box 4
YWCA – Retirement Fund , 1970
box 4
Retreat
box 4
Retreat – YM –YW , 1967
box 4
Retreat -- Cabinet , 1936-1937
box 4
Rock Concert Volunteers , 1972
box 4
Roster of Professional Staff , 1962-1969
box 4
Salaries , 1952-1959
box 4
Scholarship and Fellowship Information , 1960
box 4
Scholarships and Financial Aid , 1961, undated
box 4
Ruth's Weekly Schedule , 1971-1972
box 4
Self Defense
box 4
Class , 1972
box 4
Publicity , undated
box 4
Sensitivity Group , 1968
box 4
Sesame Street , 1970, undated
box 4
Sex Education , 1970, undated
box 4
Untitled [Sex Education] , 1970
box 4
Sexism
box 4
Committee , undated
box 4
Information , 1970, undated
box 4
Sickle Cell Anemia , 1971, undated
box 4
box 5
Indiana University Sing
box 4
Auditorium Tickets , 1963-1969, undated
box 4
box 5
General Administrative Files
box 4
1948-1954
box 4
1955-1956
box 4
1957
box 4
1958
box 4
1959
box 4
1960
box 5
1961
box 5
1962
box 5
1971
box 5
Programs
box 5
1953
box 5
1955
box 5
1956
box 5
1958
box 5
1961
box 5
1962
box 5
1963
box 5
1964
box 5
1965
box 5
1966
box 5
1967
box 5
1968
box 5
1969
box 5
1970
box 5
1971
box 5
Staff
box 5
Hours – Breakdown Sheet , undated
box 5
Job Applications [blank] , undated
box 5
Steering Committee
box 5
1971
box 5
Application Forms , 1971
box 5
Student Executive Board Minutes
box 5
1965-1968
box 5
1969-1970
box 5
Student Group Listings , 1971-1972
box 5
Student Organization Accounts
box 5
Information , 1971-1972, undated
box 5
General , 1965, 1970
box 5
Student Orientation Leader Application , 1966
box 5
Student Originated Studies Program , undated
box 5
Survey of Student Participation , 1970
box 5
Summer Project , 1971-1972, undated
box 5
Table Tennis , 1972
box 5
Tallies and Trends YWCA – National Publication , 1971
box 5
Taxi Tickets , 1966-1970, undated
box 5
Think Tank – Letter from Maggie Ranshaw , 1971-1972
box 5
Today's Student, Description of YMCA , October 1971
box 5
Tutoring – Information , 1968-1969, undated
box 5
UNICEF – Information , 1964-1966, undated
box 5
United Fund
box 5
Activities Report
box 5
1959-1962
box 5
Sept. 1962-May 1963
box 5
1963-1965
box 5
Sept. 1964-May 1965
box 5
June 1966-May 1968
box 5
Sept. 1968-1970
box 5
Annual Activities Report , 1968-1973
box 5
Annual Report to the United Fund
box 5
1959-1963
box 5
1964-1967
box 5
Annual Reports from United Fund , 1958-1964
box 5
Correspondence , 1958-1969
box 5
Financial Reports
box 5
1955-1958
box 5
1958-1964
box 5
Proposal , 1972
box 5
Publications , 1961-1969, undated
box 5
Reports , 1963-1969
box 5
Reports to Community Chest , 1953-1956
box 6
T.A.S.K. , 1968, undated
box 6
Urban Confrontation Program YMCA , undated
box 6
Vacancy Registration Forms , 1955-1969
box 6
Vietnam – Literature , 1969
box 6
Visitor List , 1972
box 6
VISTA Information , 1969
box 6
Volunteer Service Bureau , 1965, undated
box 6
Volunteer Board Calendar , 1971-1972
box 6
Work Theatre , undated
box 6
Woman Power , 1968
box 6
Women's Liberation , 1969-1970
box 6
Women's Studies
box 6
Information , 1970, undated
box 6
General , 1971
box 6
Women's Weekend
box 6
1971
box 6
1972
box 6
Resource Center on Women , 1970
box 6
Word Group Planning Sheet , undated
box 6
Work Study Program , 1971-1972
box 6
World YWCA – Information , 1942-1963, undated
box 6
Yoga
box 6
Mr. Karl Schmidt , 1972
box 6
1971
box 6
Your Business and the Law , 1972
box 6
Y-Teens , 1969-1971, undated
box 6
Y.M.C.A., General , 1956-1968, undated
box 6
Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A. joint meetings , 1898
box 6
Zip Code Directory , undated

Conditions Governing Access: Restricted materials

Boxes 7-9

Series:

Scrapbooks , 1929-1937

Processing Information: As of 9/1/2023 scrapbooks are prepared for transfer to Preservation; returned December 2023

Box 7
Scrapbook , 1929-1934
Box 8
Scrapbook , 1933-1936
Box 9
Scrapbook , 1936-1937