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Guide to the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of San Diego County Records
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The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of San Diego County Records document the YWCA's growth and evolution as a service organization for women and families from its inception in 1907 through the early 2000s. The collection comprises approximately 67 linear feet of materials including the organization’s administrative records dating from 1907 to 2006, financial records dating from 1908 to 2006, legal documents, correspondence, publicity, photographs, 35mm color slides, negatives, scrapbooks, audio and video tapes, computer software, floppy disks, CDs, and artifacts. Some administrative records are in paper and audio format. There is an extensive amount of material which documents programs, events, and conferences. The collection includes an extensive amount of photographic material documenting many of the YWCA's most important activities, including photos from the 1910s-1920s. The collection consists of six series: Historical Files, Administrative Information, Buildings/Facilities, Programs and Services, Events and Conferences, and Media and Artifactual Materials.
The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is the largest women’s international organization in the world, with participants in more than 90 countries and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. There are community YWCA organizations in all 50 states, with the US national headquarters in New York, NY. The YWCA’s philosophy embraces women of all religious faiths, as well as those with none. Its programs are a combination of services and social actions, and are devoted to bringing about social change – a broadening of educational, economical and political opportunities for women of all ages and races.
35.87 linear ft
The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
This collection is open for research.