The Young Women's Christian Association of Silicon
Valley (YWCA) was established in 1905 to provide fellowship, mutual aid, and spiritual
and professional guidance to young working women. The YWCA pioneered
services to poor and working women in the valley,
valley and continues to offer an array of educational resources and programs
designed to improve the community. The records included in this collection,
range from 1905 to 2005 and include budgets, clippings, correspondence,
financial statements, minutes, memoranda, photographs, printed material,
registries, reports, scrapbooks, slides, and videos.
The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) originally formed in England
in 1855. In the United States the YWCA combined evangelism and
pragmatic activism to provide for the physical, social, mental, and
spiritual needs of young women living on their own. The organization
strove to provide “wholesome” activities for women and girls living in
cities and to develope civic-minded female leadership. In addition to
Christian guidance, local YWCA braches offered residences, cafeterias, job training,
daycare, exercise, crafts, camping, dances, and other services.
By 1906 the U.S. YWCA had over 186,000 members. In 1907 it incorporated
and established its headquarters in New York City. Today YWCA branches
function fairly autonomously and respond to local needs and conditions.
Currently, there are, nearly 300 U.S. branches serving some 2 million women,
and there are chapters in more than 122 countries.
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