Guide to the YWCA of Missoula Records
1911-2006

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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
Contact Information: 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
Languages: Materials are inEnglish 

Historical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

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.

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 Information

Arrangement :

This collection has been divided into four series:

Series I: Administrative Records, 1911-2000, 7.25 linear feet

Series II: Scrapbooks, 1919-1997, 17.75 linear feet

Series III: Photographs, circa 1945-2003 and undated, 4.5 linear feet

Series IV: Video and Audio, 1988-2006 and undated, 2.0 linear feet

Custodial History :  

The collection was in the possession of the YWCA of Missoula until its donation to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. The initial donation was made in 2002 and additions were donated in 2003, 2011, 2013, and 2014. Some items were borrowed back from the Archives by YWCA staff in 2008 and not returned to the collection.

Acquisition Information :  

Donated to the Archives by YWCA staff in 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013, and 2014.

Processing Note :  

Materials arrived at the Archives after being moved several times as the YWCA relocated its headquarters. The original order or arrangement of the files was difficult to discern and the collection was organized at the Archives into series that roughly reflect material format. The majority of the files have been arranged alphabetically with runs such as correspondence, meeting minutes, and annual reports further arranged chronologically. Original order within folders was maintained.

Separated Materials :  

After the donation of the materials to the Archives, a portion of items, including photographs, were borrowed back by the YWCA of Missoula in 2008 and were not returned to the Archives.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Administrative Records, 1911-2000
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

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Series II:  Scrapbooks, 1919-1997
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

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Series III:  Photographs, circa 1945-2003
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

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Series IV:  Video and Audio, 1988-2006 and undated
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

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Corporate Names :
  • YWCA of Missoula--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Missoula (Mont.)--Social conditions.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Abused women--Services for--Montana--Missoula
  • Anti-racism--Montana--Missoula
  • Family violence--Montana--Missoula
  • Women--Montana--Missoula--Societies and clubs
  • Women's shelters--Montana--Missoula
  • Women--Services for--Montana--Missoula
  • Young Women's Christian associations--Montana--Missoula
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

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