YWCA Records, 1905-1970
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Brief Description:

The YWCA Records regards only the Grand Forks YWCA. The records consist of scrapbooks dated 1905 to 1970 and minutes of meetings from 1925 to 1963. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, programs, pamphlets, invitations, flyers, and photographs of various YWCA activities. Some of the scrapbooks depict daily YWCA activities, while other scrapbooks were devoted to a single group within the YWCA organization, such as the Girl Reserves and the Business and Professional Girl's club. The collection also includes newspaper accounts of the various activities carried on by the Grand Forks YWCA during the Second World War, especially noteworthy was the Junior YWCA group's efforts in selling war bonds and stamps.

Several of the scrapbooks cover the 46-year effort of the Grand Forks YWCA to construct a new YWCA at the corner of North Fifth Street and Second Avenue North. In 1911, a group of local women made a down payment on the site, receiving the deed for the lot six years later. World War I, the Depression, and World War II interfered with their plans to build until 1949. A fund drive conducted that year was not sufficient, with only the shell being completed by 1952. In 1955, a second fund drive was conducted and the new YWCA was completed in 1957.

Board of Directors minutes of meetings and the scrapbooks are filed chronologically. The loose items that were removed from the scrapbooks and placed in folders are also filed chronologically. Box two contains a single scrapbook. Due to its fragile condition, the pages were removed from the binding and placed in separate folders.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at] library.und.edu
Record Series Number: OGLMC/0037
Created by: Young Women's Christian Association (1903-)
Volume: 6.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 04/12/1989. Additional material was donated by Lyle Oechsle, Grand Forks YMCA Director, on April 12, 1989 (Acc.89-1647).
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Grand Forks - Organizations
Organizational Records
Women's History - Women's Organizations
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes:   Donation; the original acquisition records are unavailable.
Related Materials: University YWCA Records: UA 72
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item). YWCA Records.  OGLMC 37, Box #, Folder #.  Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid migrated to Archon in December 2014.