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YWCA of Missoula records, 1911-2006

Overview of the Collection

Creator
YWCA of Missoula
Title
YWCA of Missoula records
Dates
1911-2006 (inclusive)
Quantity
31.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 783
Summary
This collection consists of the records of the YWCA of Missoula which was chartered in April of 1911. Since its inception, YWCA of Missoula has offered educational programs and social support for women in Missoula, Montana. The YWCA continues to operate from its headquarters in Missoula, Montana.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula. A small number of folders containing information about clients of YWCA programs have been restricted until 70 years past their creation date.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is a membership movement whose first establishment was opened in England in 1855. The YWCA was established as a Christian organization that provided opportunities in education and religious classes as well as social and religious support systems for women. In 1858 the first organization was established in the United States, and in 1898, the World YWCA was organized by the United States, England, Sweden, and Norway. Today the YWCA operates in over 120 countries with over 300 associations in the United States at almost 1,100 locations.

The YWCA of Missoula was chartered in April of 1911 with its headquarters on the corner of Broadway and Pattee Street. During the years between 1911 and 1932, the YWCA organized educational and religious programs for young women, social programs for young men and women, and a cafeteria that offered low-cost and balanced meals to the public. In addition, the YWCA offered a hostel for young women.

In 1932, due to the effects of Great Depression, the building that had been occupied by the YWCA of Missoula was sold and the Y was forced to move its headquarters, shut down the cafeteria and the hostel, and decentralize its programs. During the 1930s and early 1940s, the YWCA continued to offer educational and religious programs for young women as well as job counseling and skills-training for displaced housewives. The organization utilized the facilities of The University of Montana and local high schools to keep programs running. Additionally, a group known as Girl Reserves, an organization for school-aged girls, was formed. Week-long summer camps began to be held for the Girl Reserves.

Beginning in 1946, the YWCA moved to a space above the Missoula Chamber of Commerce at 207 East Main Street. The Live Y-ers were started in 1946, and this group held alcohol-free dances and weekend programs for young men and women. The Y-Teens were formed for girls ages 12-17 and the group participated in camps, Friday night parties, courses and service projects.

After relocating five times since its inception, the YWCA made the decision, and raised the funds, to buy a building at 600 Orange Street in 1962. In 1965, the National YWCA established an Office of Civil Justice to lead nation-wide civil rights efforts and changed its mission in 1970 to include the elimination of racism as a key goal along with empowering women. Locally, the YWCA of Missoula began offering counseling services and sex education classes.

The organization relocated to 1130 West Broadway in 1976. In 1977, the YWCA opened the Battered Women’s Shelter which provided 24-hour care and shelter to women and children who were victims of domestic violence. The YWCA also provided training and programs for women transitioning from abusive homes to living on their own and as single mothers.

In 1977, the YWCA opened the Nearly New Store at 1136 West Broadway. The store sold used clothing, accessories, and other items and proceeds were used to fund YWCA programs. In 1987, the store’s name changed to Secret Seconds and in 2005 a second Secret Seconds store was opened at 920 Kensington. A third location was opened in 2009 at 1221 Helen Avenue.

In 2006 the organization changed its name to YWCA Missoula. In 2011, YWCA Missoula celebrated the 100 year anniversary of its charter. YWCA Missoula continues to support and fund an emergency shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence as well as providing programs for the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The YWCA of Missoula Records have been divided into four series. Series I, Administrative Records, contains YWCA of Missoula Board of Directors meeting minutes, correspondence, budget and financial documents, membership lists, newsletters, and reports. Of particular interest are correspondence, and meeting minutes during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s when the national YWCA changed its mission to include the elimination of racisim and the empowerment of women. Early YWCA records, from the organization’s charter in 1911 through the early 1950s, were not transferred to the Archives and it is unknown if they exist.

The largest series in this collection is Series II which contains scrapbooks of clippings, photographs and miscellaneous items documenting the development of the YWCA of Missoula. These scrapbooks run from 1919 through the 1990s and provide insight into not only the history of the YWCA of Missoula, but also the history of the relationship between the local YWCA and the national YWCA. Items of additional interest include scrapbooks that document the founding of YWCA of Missoula’s battered women’s shelter. The battered women’s shelter scrapbooks also document the evolution in the way domestic violence was viewed by the American public. Series III of the collection contains photographs which are not identified and have not been organized. This series contains mostly unlabeled images of YWCA summer camps, meetings and additional activities. Series IV contains video and audio recordings of commercials and public service announcements from the YWCA.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Non-exclusive copyright transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], YWCA of Missoula Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Administrative Records, 1911-2000Return to Top

7.25 linear feet

This series contains paper materials including correspondence, Board of Directors’ meeting minutes, annual reports, budget and financial information, membership lists, and newsletters. Although early paper materials from 1911 through 1950 are not present, the series contains a complete run of Board of Directors’ meeting minutes from the early 1950s through the 1980s.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Anniversary - 70th
1981-1981
1/2
Anniversary - 75th
1986-1986
1/3
Anniversary Luncheon - 75th
1986-1986
29/1
Annual Meeting
1986-2000
1/4
Annual Meeting, Speech
1951-1951
1/5
Annual Report
1950-1950
1/6
Annual Report
1952-1952
1/7
Annual Report
1953-1953
1/8
Annual Report
1955-1955
1/9
Annual Report
1956-1956
1/10
Annual Reports
1966-1971
29/2
Annual Reports
1971-1972
29/3
Annual Reports
1976-1979
29/4
Annual Reports
1980-1986
29/5
Annual Reports
1984-1986
1/11
Association Review
1978-1978
1/12
Association Review, Documents and Progress Reports
1972-1975
1/13
Association Review, Documents and Progress Reports
1975-1975
1/14
Bequests, Will of Olive M. Riechel
1969-1969
1/15
Board of Directors and Committee Rosters
1951-1954 and undated
1/16
Board of Directors, Annual Meeting Booklets and Reports
1929-1943
2/1
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1951-1951
2/2
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1952-1952
2/3
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1953-1953
2/4
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1954-1954
2/5
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1955-1955
2/6
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1969-1970
2/7
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1971-1971
2/8
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1972-1972
2/9
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1973-1973
2/10
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1974-1974
2/11
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1975-1975
2/12
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1976-1976
3/1
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1977-1977
3/2-3
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1978-1978
3/4-5
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1979-1979
3/6
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1980-1981
3/7
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1982-1983
3/8
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1984
3/9
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1985
29/6
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1986
29/7
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
January 1987-March 1987
29/8
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
April 23, 1987-December 22, 1988
29/9
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1989-1992
29/10
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1993-1995
30/1
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1996
30/2
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1997
30/3
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1998
30/4
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes
1999-2000
30/5
Board of Directors, Meeting Packets
July 1988-December 1988
31/1
Board of Directors, Meeting Packets
January 1989-May 1989
31/2
Board of Directors, Meeting Packets
June 1989-November 1989
3/10
Board of Directors, Projects and Materials
1964-1971
3/11
Budget
1951-1951
3/12
Budget
1965-1973
3/13
Budget
1974-1974
4/1
Budget
1975-1975
4/2
Budget
1976-1977
4/3
Budget, Appeal to United Way
1978-1979
4/4
Budget, Draft to United Way
1976-1978
4/5
Budget, Preparation and Rough Copies
1977-1977
4/6
Bueget, United Way Budget and Notes
1976-1977
4/7
Building and Grounds
circa 1977
4/8
Building, 1965 Annex to 600 Orange Street, Fund Drive
1965-1965
4/9
Building, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorarity House, Fund Drive
1973-1973
4/10
Building, Community Hospital Site, Fund Drive
1971-1972
4/11-12
Building Fund Drive
1975-1978
5/1
Building, Fundraising Committee, Notes
1975-1975
5/2
Building, Milwaukee Railroad Site, Fund Drive
1970-1970
5/3
Building Plans and Documents, 1130 West Broadway
1975-1977
5/4
Bureau of Land Management
1965-1966
5/5
Business Correspondence
1977-1978
5/6
Centennial Dinner and Auction, Agreement
1983-1983
5/7
Christmas Luncheon, Agenda and Invitation
1978-1978
5/8
Clippings
1922-1985
5/9
Committee Duties
circa 1950
5/10
Conferences Consultation on the Job Market and Career Development for Teen Women
1974-1974
5/11
Conferences, Executive Management Workshop
1974-1974
5/12
Conferences, Executive Management Workshop, Goals
1974-1974
5/13
Conferences, Executive Management Workshop, Minority Business Enterprise
1974-1974
5/14
Conferences, Executive Management Workshop, National Teen Organizations
1974-1974
5/15
Conferences, Executive Management Workshop, Notes on Meetings
1974-1974
5/16
Conferences, Executive Management Workshop, Planning Processes
1974-1974
5/17
Constitution Revisions
1951-1969
5/18
Contracts, Department of the Army, Fort Missoula
1978-1980
6/1
Contracts, District 11 Human Resources Council, Inc.
1976-1976
24/1
Contract, Jean Duncan, *Restricted*
1982-1982
6/2
Contract, First United Methodist Church
1976-1976
6/3
Contracts, Foster Grandparents
1978-1981
6/4
Contract, Human Resources Development Council
1979-1980
24/2
Contract, Hal Kistler, *Restricted*
1978-1978
6/5
Contract, Lolo School
1977-1977
24/3
Contracts, Missoula Alcohol Services, *Restricted*
1978-1979
6/6
Contracts, Missoula County
1975-1979
6/7
Contracts, Missoula County Fair Board
1975-1979
24/4
Contract, Barbara Phillips, Executive Director, *Restricted*
1956-1956
6/8
Contracts, Senoir Citizens, Inc.
1973-1973
24/5
Contracts, Social and Rehabilitation Services, *Restricted*
1976-1976
24/6
Contracts, Social and Rehabilitation Services, Developmentally Disabled Individuals, *Restricted*
1978-1979
6/9
Contracts, St. Patrick's Hospital, Tennis Court
1979-1979
6/10
Contracts, United Way
1968-1977
6/11
Contract, Janice C. Wilson
1976-1976
6/12
Contracts, Wright Life Insurance Policy
1976-1983
6/13
Contract, YWCA Summer Day Camp
1976-1976
6/14
Correspondence
1968-1971 and undated
6/15
Correspondence
1971-1971
6/16
Correspondence
1972-1972
6/17
Correspondence
1973-1973
6/18
Correspondence
1974-1974
7/1
Correspondence
1975-1975
7/2
Correspondence
1976-1976
7/3
Correspondence
1977-1977
7/4
Correspondence
1978-1978
7/5
Correspondence
1979-1979
7/6
Correspondence
1980-1980
7/7
Correspondence
1981-1981
7/8
Correspondence
1982-1982
31/3
Correspondence
1989
8/1
Endowment Fund, Contributions
1981-1981
8/2
Executive Director, Reports
1980-1983 and undated
8/3
Executive Director, Reports
1984-1986
8/4
Finances
1977-1978
21/
Financial Ledger
1956-1961
8/5
Fundraising, Correspondence
1975-1975
8/6-8
History
1911-1986
8/9
Membership Committee, Materials
1976-1978
8/10
Membership Flyer
circa 1952
8/11
Membership Lists
1942-1942
8/12
Membership Lists
1949-1949
8/13
Membership Lists
1950-1950
8/14
Membership Lists
1951-1951
8/15
Membership Lists
1952-1952
8/16
Membership Lists
1953-1953
8/17
Membership Lists
1954-1954
8/18
Membership Lists
1957-1957
8/19
Membership Meetings
1942-1950
8/20
Membership Rosters
1947-1958
11/1-2
Mimeographic Materials
1950-1952
24/7
Migrant/Seasonal Farmworker Program, *Restricted*
1980-1983
9/1
Missoula City-County Civic Center, Data Collected
1973-1974
9/2
Monthly Reports
1940-1941
9/3
National Convention, Resume of Needs, Concerns, and Directives for YWCA, Program and Membership
1952-1952
9/4
National YWCA, Communications
1976-1978
9/5
Personnel
1972-1981
9/6-8
Pooled Income Fund
1979-1981
9/9
Programs
1978 and undated
9/10
Public Affairs Committee
1976-1978
31/4
Secret Seconds Store, Building
1997
9/11
Statistical Report to National Board
1956-1957
9/12
Suggested Resources Bibliography
1977-1977
9/13
The Girl Reserve Bookshelf, Newsletters
1925-1930
10/1
United Way
1970-1977
10/2
Ways and Means Committee
1977-1978
10/3
World Mutual Service Week
1978-1978
10/4
World Wise, Issue 1
January 1979
10/5
Youth Appreciation Week Citation Certificate
1970-1970
10/6
YWCA Audits its Community, Poster
undated
10/7
YWCA Imperative Quotient Test
1977-1977
11/3-5
YWCA of Missoula Newsletter
1948-1952
11/6
YWCA of Missoula Newsletter
1953-1954
10/8
YWCA Interchange, Newsletter
1974-1976
10/9
YWCA Interchange, Newsletter
1977-1979
10/10
YWCA Interchange, Newsletter
1979-1981
10/11
YWCA National Board, Report on Financial Statements
1977-1977

Series II:  Scrapbooks, 1919-1997Return to Top

17.75 linear feet

This series contains scrapbooks created by the YWCA of Missoula. The scrapbooks contain clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous materials that document the history of the YWCA of Missoula, the history of the YWCA of Missoula’s battered women’s shelter, and the experiences had by the Girl Reserves at YWCA summer camps. Scrapbooks form an almost complete run from 1919 through 1997.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
OS 12
American Y-Teen Scrapbook from The Happy Club
1956 and undated
OS 13
Battered Women's Shelter Scrapbook
1976-1980
OS 13
Battered Women's Shelter Scrapbook
1977-1990
OS 13
Battered Women's Shelter Scrapbook, Vivian Miller
1978-1980
OS 14
Camp Paxson YWCA Camp Scrapbook
1955-1955
OS 14
Camp Paxson YWCA Camp Scrapbook
1956-1957
OS 15
Missoula Girl Reserves Scrapbook
1926-1929
OS 15
Photograph Album
undated
OS 15
Publicity Scrapbook
1925-1927
OS 15
Roosevelt Girl Reserve Scrapbook
1940-1941
OS 21
Sister Y-Teens in Thailand Scrapbook
1961-1961
OS 15
YWCA Scrapbook
1919-1922
OS 15
YWCA Scrapbook
1925-1927
OS 15
YWCA Scrapbook
1929-1933
OS 16
YWCA Scrapbook
1930-1938
OS 16
YWCA Scrapbook
1934-1940
OS 16
YWCA Scrapbook
1936-1938
OS 16
YWCA Scrapbook
1940-1944
OS 16
YWCA Scrapbook
1943-1947
OS 17
YWCA Scrapbook
1947-1971
OS 17
YWCA Scrapbook
1948-1951
OS 17
YWCA Scrapbook
1949-1951
OS 17
YWCA Scrapbook
1950-1952
OS 18
YWCA Scrapbook
1950-1985
OS 18
YWCA Scrapbook
1954-1962
OS 18
YWCA Scrapbook
1957-1959
OS 19
YWCA Scrapbook
1958-1963
OS 19
YWCA Scrapbook
1959-1962
OS 19
YWCA Scrapbook
1961-1964
OS 20
YWCA Scrapbook
1965-1967
OS 12
YWCA Scrapbook
1969-1981
OS 20
YWCA Scrapbook
1971-1972
OS 21
YWCA Scrapbook
1976-1977
OS 21
YWCA Scrapbook
1979-1979
OS 22
YWCA Scrapbook
1981-1984
OS 21
YWCA Scrapbook
1985-1986
OS 23
YWCA Scrapbook
1992-1997

Series III:  Photographs, circa 1945-2003Return to Top

4.5 linear feet

This series contains photographs that have not yet been identified or organized. The photographs appear to be of the YWCA of Missoula’s summer camp participants as well as of other activities.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
25
Unprocessed Photographs
undated
26
Unprocessed Photographs
undated
27
Unprocessed Photographs
undated
28
Unprocessed Photographs
undated

Series IV:  Video and Audio, 1988-2006 and undatedReturn to Top

2.0 linear feet

This series contains public service announcements, promotional materials, and news stories involving the YWCA and its activities. This series includes VHS , DV Pro, reel-to-reel, MiniDisc, and audiocassette.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
32
ABC 23/59, Employee Friendly Award Missoula YWCA (:60) - VHS
undated
32
ABC 23/59, YWCA Image Promo (:15)- VHS
April 24, 2002
32
Battered Women's Shelter, Right, KPAX TV, Channel 8 (3 X :30)- VHS
undated
32
Board and Staff Retreat; Battered Women's Transitional Housing - VHS
January 8, 1988
32
Domestic Violence From Channel 8, Missoula (5:30-6:00 and 10:00-10:30), News Broadcasts - VHS
November 27, 1991-November 29, 1991
32
First Step Resource Center Program Video, KPAX Productions (10 minutes) - VHS
2006
33
Public Service announcement, Bystander, Dom V. - VHS
undated
32
Salute to Excellence, KECI-TV, Channel 13 - VHS
2002
32
Salute to Excellence, KECI-TV, Channel 13 - VHS
2004
32
Salute to Excellence, YWCA Shots - VHS
1991
33
Secret Seconds - VHS
undated
32
Secret Seconds "Rewards," KECI-TV, Channel 13 - VHS
undated
32
Statewide Two Spots, Different Voice Over and Slates, KECI-TV, Channel 13 - VHS
undated
33
Stop Domestic Violence (:30); Business (:60) - VHS
1999
32
Tape #1 (9 X :30) and (2 X:30), KECI-TV, Channel 13 - VHS
undated
33
Taste of Missoula - VHS
1994
33
Taste of Missoula (3 X :30) - VHS
undated
33
Taste of Missoula, Kim Murray - VHS
undated
33
Taste of Missoula, Kim Murray - VHS
undated
33
Taste of Missoula, Kim Murray (:30) - VHS
undated
33
Unsung Hero, Ann Erskine, YWCA - VHS
undated
33
YWCA, KECI-TV, Channel 13 - VHS
undated
33
YWCA, Tag (1 X :30), KECI-TV, Channel 13 - VHS
undated
34
YWCA, United Way Celebrate Living - VHS
undated
34
YWCA Battered Women - VHS
May 2, 1995
34
YWCA Commercials - VHS
undated
34
YWCA Fund Drive DTR - VHS
1990
34
YWCA Pathways "Peace is…" (:30) - VHS
undated
31/5
YWCA Public Service Announcement, Breast Cancer Wellness - Beta Tape
1995
33
YWCA Salute, KPAX-TV, Channel 8 - VHS
April 26, 2000
34
YWCA Salute to Excellence Promo - VHS
April 2000
34
YWCA Statewide - VHS
undated
34
YWCA Store Style Show - VHS
1991
34
Awareness (9 X :30), Domestic Violence (2 X :30), Public Service Announcements - Audiocassette
undated
34
Privilege Television Spots (4 X :30) - DV Pro Tape
undated
34
YWCA - Reel-to-Reel Tape
undated
34
Sponsors - Mini Disc
undated