Guide to the YWCA of Missoula Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: YWCA of Missoula
Title: YWCA of Missoula records
Dates: 1911-2003 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 28.0 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-Missoula
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Archives and Special Collections

The University of Montana—Missoula
Missoula, MT 59812

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 three 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.

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 three series:

Series I: Administrative Records, 1911-1990, 5.75 linear feet

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

Series III: Photographs, circa 1945-2003 and undated, 4.5 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, and 2013. 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, and 2013.

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, 1911-1990
5.75 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.

1/1 Anniversary - 70th , 1981-1981
1/2 Anniversary - 75th , 1986-1986
1/3 Anniversary Luncheon - 75th , 1986-1986
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
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, 1984-1984
3/9 Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes, 1985-1986
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 Contratcs, 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
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
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.

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.

25 Unprocessed Photographs, undated
26 Unprocessed Photographs, undated
27 Unprocessed Photographs, undated
28 Unprocessed Photographs, undated

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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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