Guide to the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Washington State University Records

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Young Women's Christian Association.
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Washington State University records
Date [inclusive]
14.5 Linear feet 15 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use. MS 1991.27: 02-02-02-01; MS 1997.46: 02-09-13-05; MS 1999.14: 02-08-15-04.)
Materials are in English.

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Historical Note

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Washington State College (now Washington State University) was established in 1895. It provided the women of the college a place to worship, held bible classes, located housing and employment. It also served as a social organization that participated with the YMCA of Washington State College. A popular social event in the 1910s-1930s was the conferences held at Seabeck, (located on Washington's Hood's Canal). Topics at Seabeck focused on issues of the YWCA's and YMCA's of the Pacific Northwest. During the 1940s the chapter concentrated on global issues, the YWCA had plans to send care packages overseas although the lack of funds prohibited such action. In the 1950s-1960s the organization studied politics and world relations, presenting programs on various subjects, including the war in Vietnam and the Democratic system. In 1969 the YWCA adopted the imperative "the elimination of racism". Programs of the 1970s and the 1980s offered more projects on cultural awareness in the United States. Membership grew steadily throughout the years, peaking in 1954 with 711 members. In 1972 the membership had dropped to 219 members. The student body provided sole support for the YWCA until 1917 when the University partially funded the secretary's salary. Other assistance was provided by the Helen A. Fuller Endowment Fund established by Fuller in 1929. As of 2012, the United Way supported over 75% of the YWCA budget.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of institutional records, budgets, newsletters, meeting minutes from the YWCA of Washington State University. It also includes volumes of material on student volunteer activities, fundraising, awareness campaigns, political position statements, instructional videos, and other media materials. The collection also covers student and professional conferences, meetings, and activities related to political activism and student involvement. There are numerous boxes of correspondence, instructional materials and financial documents that reveal the day to day and more significant activities of the YWCA including funding controversies at WSU. The records cover the YWCA for almost a hundred years of activities and involvement in student life and the community life in Whitman County, WA.

MS. 1991.27, 1947-1987 (0.5 linear feet)

This accession includes correspondence and institutional records.

MS.1997.46 (11 linear feet)

This accession consists of administrative and financial records for the YWCA. This includes correspondence, student cabinet and board minutes, budget materials, advisory board minutes, student handouts and training materials, records from conferences and events hosted by the YWCA. This accession also includes information materials on Women's studies, sexual violence, stereotypes, and racial minorities. In addition, this accession contains materials related to various programs, such as peer mentoring, tutoring, and babysitting.

MS.1999.14, 1908-1996 (3 linear feet)

This accettion consists of training manuals, various program binders, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings in three ring binders. This accession also includes handbooks published by the YWCA and an instructional video.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated in installments to Washington State University Libraries by members of the YWCA from 1991 to 1999 (MS 1991-27, MS 1997-46, MS 1999-14).

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Related Materials

Related Materials

PC 57: Young Women's Christian Association Photographs 1913-1965

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Controlled Access Headings


  • College students -- Religious life -- Archives.
  • College students -- Washington (State) -- History -- Sources
  • Washington State University--History--Sources
  • YMCA (Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.) -- Photographs.
  • YWCA (Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.) -- Photographs.

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