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Guide to the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Durham, NC records, 1920-1992

Summary

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Durham was founded in 1920 and served the larger Durham community from the 1920s until the 1970s. The Harriet Tubman branch of the Durham YWCA served the African-American community in particular and, through collaboration with the Central branch, fostered integration in a racically segregated Durham. In the 1970s, the YWCA became the home of the Durham Women's Health Co-op and the Durham Rape Crisis Center, which operated out of the YWCA Women's Center. These organizations were central to reform movements throughout Durham, from women's health and childcare to fair wages and civil rights. The YWCA of Durham records reflect both the administrative history of the YWCA, as well as the programs, projects, social events, and community outreach that formed the backbone of the organization. For example, a series of scrapbooks, put together by Y Teen groups, program participants, and residents of the YWCA's boarding houses captures the strength of the YWCA community. The broader impact of the YWCA is evident in their range of programming, especially the clubs they hosted, from PMS and Single Mothers groups to a "Matrons Club." The YWCA's impact is also reflected in administrative and financial materials that tell the story of the Y's work to serve the people of Durham that needed a safe place to build community for themselves and their families.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11616
Title
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Durham, NC records
Date
1920-1992
Creator
Young Women's Christian Association (Durham, N.C.)
Extent
50 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Durham was founded in 1920 and served the larger Durham community from the 1920s until the 1970s. The Harriet Tubman branch of the Durham YWCA served the AfricanAmerican community in particular and, through collaboration with the Central branch, fostered integration in a radically segregated Durham. In the 1970s, the YWCA became the home of the Durham Women's Health Co-op and the Durham Rape Crisis Center, which operated out of the YWCA Women's Center. These organizations were central to reform movements throughout Durham, from women's health and childcare to fair wages and civil rights. The YWCA of Durham records reflect both the administrative history of the YWCA, as well as the programs, projects, social events, and community outreach that formed the backbone of the organization. For example, a series of scrapbooks, put together by Y Teen groups, program participants, and residents of the YWCA's boarding houses captures the strength of the YWCA community. The broader impact of the YWCA is evident in their range of programming, especially the clubs they hosted, from PMS and Single Mothers groups to a "Matrons Club." The YWCA's impact is also reflected in administrative and financial materials that tell the story of the Y's work to serve the people of Durham that needed a safe place to build community for themselves and their families.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Administrative, Program, and Women's Health Cooperative and Rape Crisis Center

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Contents of the Collection

Executive Office Files, 1926-1983
(5 boxes)

Files from the Executive Office of YWCA Durham, including the Harriet Tubman Branch and the files of Dorothea Burton, Carolyn Greene, Geraldine Mitchell, and Rupart Blanchard. Includes materials such as reports to national, financial papers, building repairs and building addition reports/financial campaigns, basic standards of the YWCA, board meeting minutes and attendance sheets, United Fund correspondence and budgets, World YWCA materials, Operation Breakthrough proposals and funding, various pamphlets for women's programs, self study, association review, program priorities, personnel contracts and committee materials, and National Statistical Reports.

Box 1
Box 2
Box 3
Box 4
Box 5
Past President's Files, 1984-1988
(1 box)

Files of former president's of YWCA of Durham including Czerni Brasuell, Viven Patterson. Includes materials such as program reports, board minutes, board elections and resignations, national public affairs/policy newsletters, Women of Achievement nominations and awards, United Way board materials, leadership development files, Durham YWCA newsletters, budgets, mailing list materials, community events and resources, 5K race details and organization, and various program information.

Box 6
Correspondence, 1943-1959
(3 folders)
Box 6
Personnel Policies, 1954
Box 6
NC College Advisory Committee, 1954
Box 6
Workman's Comp and Liability Insurance, 1955-1964
Box 6
Colonial Life Insurance, 1963
Box 6
ERA Coalition NC, 1970-1978
Box 6
Status of Women in North Carolina Report, 1974

Report by the North Carolina Commission on the Education and Employment of Women.

Box 7
Personnel Committee, 1974-1976
Box 7
Durham City Directory, 1975
Box 7
YWCA Women's Movement and Equal Rights Legislation, 1975-1976
Box 7
Personnel, 1975-1976
Box 7
Public Affairs, 1976-1979
Box 7
Public Relations Materials, 1979
Box 7
Building and Membership Sampling, 1980-1981
Box 7
Staff Meetings, 1981-1983
Box 7
Voluntary Action Leadership newsletter, 1983
Box 7
Membership, 1983
Box 7
Annual Reports and Membership, 1983-1985
Box 7
Personnel Policies, 1984
(2 folders)
Box 7
Public Affairs, 1984
Box 7
National Board Correspondence, 1984
Box 7
Executive Director Search, 1984-1985
Box 7
PR, 1985
Box 7
Health Care Plan, 1985
Box 7
Welcome Reception for Czerni Brasuell as Executive Director of Durham YWCA, 1985
Box 7
Membership Info, 1985
Box 7
Memos/Accounting, 1985
Box 7
Staff Meeting Minutes, 1985-10
Box 7
Executive Director Reports, 1985
Box 7
Performance Appraisal, 1985
Box 7
Garden Club Luncheon, 1985
Box 7
Memos, 1985-1986

Memos from Czerni Brasuell to staff and board.

Box 7
Soccer, 1985
Box 7
Socially Responsible Investing, 1985
Box 7
Staff Reports, 1985
Box 7
Board Nominees, 1985
Box 7
Needs Assessment-Durham County, 1985
Box 7
CZ (Czerni Brasuell) Papers, 1986
Box 8
Nominating Committee, 1986
Box 8
Insurance, 1986

Insurance policies--fire, building, commercial.

Box 8
Workman's Compensation Approval, 1986
Box 8
YWCA Materials for Sale, 1986
Box 8
YWCA Memos, 1987
Box 8
Czerni Brasuell Personnel File, 1986-1987

Materials related to her appointment as executive director.

Box 8
United Way, 1987
Box 8
Czerni Brasuell correspondence, 1988
Box 8
Board of Directors, 1988
Box 8
Women of Achievement, 1988
Box 8
Memos to Staff, 1988
Box 8
Personnel Files, 1963-1987

Former Staff files, name files (including Roderick Hayes, Marilyn Fichman, Maryann Fischler, Marian Ciriano, Wendy Bearman, Deborah Long, Constance Renz, Mary Belle Hudson, Deborah Wilson, and Lauri Silverman), personnel leave records, summary of benefits, timesheets, payroll statements, application flow charts, and Labor Fair Standards Act, Day Camp Workers (1979).

Box 8
Receipts and Disbursement Book, 1929-1932
Box 9
Receipts, 1939-1945
Box 9
Audit Reports and Financial Statements, 1945-1965
Box 9
Receipts, 1946-1947
Box 9
Residence Budget, 1949
Box 9
YWCA Special Building Fund Campaign, 1950-1954
Box 9
Receipts, 1951-1954
Box 9
Financial Sheets, 1955-1958
Box 9
Endowment Funds, 1960-1978
Box 9
Audit Reports, 1962-1968
Box 9
Sales and Use Tax Reports, 1965-1973
Box 9
Braswell Memorial Fund, 1967
Box 9
NC Beverage Account Reports, 1968-1975
Box 9
Audit Reports, 1969-1971
Box 9
Grant Information, 1970s
Box 9
Budget, 1970-1973
Box 9
Audit Reports, 1971-1980
Box 9
Receipt Book, 1971-1972
Box 9
Finance Reports and Ledgers, 1975
Box 9
Fundraising, 1975
Box 9
Finance Deferred Giving Resources, 1975-1978
Box 9
Appraisal of YWCA properties in Durham, NC, 1976
Box 9
Coca-Cola Vouchers and Bank Statements, 1976
Box 9
Auditor, 1976
Box 9
Program Scholarship Funds, 1976-1978
Box 9
Humanities Grant for Battered Women, 1977
Box 10
Budget Preparation, 1978
Box 10
Budgets, 1978
Box 10
Finance Reports, 1978
Box 10
Federal Regualtions for the Administration of Grants, 1978
Box 10
YWCA Estate Planning, 1979
Box 10
Fundraising Materials, 1979
Box 10
Finance, 1979
Box 10
Ledger, 1979
Box 10
Loan Agreement: Furniture, 1979
Box 10
Cash Receipts Journal and Payroll Summary, 1979
Oversize-box 2
Receipts and Invoices, 1979-1980
Box 10
Report of the Fundraising Potential of the Durham YWCA, 1980
Box 10
Finance, 1980
Box 10
General Journal, 1980-1981
Box 10
Capital Funds, 1980
Box 10
Financial Report Worksheets, 1980
Box 10
YWCA Memorial Fund, 1980
Box 10
Checks and Invoices, 1980
Box 10
United Way Policies and Procedures, 1981-1983
Box 11
Energy Saving Program, 1981-1988
Box 11
Sales Tax and Use Report, 1981
Box 11
General Ledger and Cash Receipts Journal, 1981
Oversize-box 2
Finance Committee, 1982
Box 11
Monthly Income Budgets, 1982
Box 11
Finance Committee, 1983
Box 11
Receipts and Invoices, 1983
Box 11
Box 12
General Ledger, 1983
Box 12
General Ledger, 1984
(6 folders)
Box 12
United Way Budget, 1984
Box 12
Accounts Paid, 1984
Box 12
Gulf Energy Invoices, 1984
Box 12
Employee Earnings and Donations, 1984
Box 12
Grants, 1985
Box 12
Finance Policies and Procedures, 1985
Box 12
Charge Backs, 1985
Box 12
Morning Child Care Expense Information, 1985
Box 12
Quarterly Reports, 1985
Box 12
Monthly Reports Budget, 1985-1987
Box 12
IRS Correspondence, 1985
Box 12
Equipment Inventory List, 1985
Box 12
Sales Tax Refund, 1985
Box 13
Program Budgets, 1985

Adult Programs, Teens, and Rape Crisis Center budgets.

Box 13
Monthly Expenditures, 1985
Box 13
Budget Forms, 1985
Box 13
Audit, 1985
(5 folders)
Box 13
Investment Reports, 1985
Box 13
Ledger and Balance Sheets, 1985
Box 13
Payroll and Salaries Ledger, 1986
Box 13
Budget, 1986
Box 13
General Ledger, 1986
Oversize-box 1
Women of Achievement Budget, 1986
Box 13
Investments, C/D's Mutual Fund, 1986
Box 13
Program Budget and Adult Services, 1986
Box 13
Salary Breakdown, 1986
Box 13
Revised Budget, 1987
Box 13
Bill Requesting $150,000 from State of NC, 1987
Box 13
"The Raising of Money" book, 1987

Essential guide for trustees.

Box 13
Budget Analysis, 1987
Box 13
CD Worksheets, 1987
Box 13
Investment, 1987
(2 folders)
Box 13
Budget, 1987
Box 13
United Way Presentations, 1988
Box 13
United Way Agency Meetings and Environmental Scan, 1988
Box 13
Budget United Way Proposal, 1988
Box 13
Correspondence about United Way Allocations, 1988-1990
Box 13
Non-profit Grant Reports, 1988-1990

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and Mary Reynold Babcock Foundation.

Box 13
Healthcare Benefits and Rates, 1989
Box 13
United Way Executive Forum and Organization nominations, 1989
Box 13
United Way Allocations, 1990
Box 13
Unemployment Tax Report, 1992
Box 13
Morning Child Care/Program Receipts, 1982-1986

Includes photocopies of MCC/Program receipts.

Box 14
Box 15
Box 16
Box 17
Box 18
Morning Child Care, Afterschool, and Day Camp Ledgers and Participant Lists, 1983
(5 folders)
Box 18
Checks from YWCA, 1977-1987

Checks written from the YWCA account for salaries, services, refunds, etc. Includes the ledger for checks written and deposited, as well as bank statements and deposit records.

Box 18
Box 19
Box 20
Payment receipts and invoices, 1980-1987

1982 and 1984 arranged by month. 1985-1987 arranged alphabetically by vendor, with petty cash receipts at the beginning.

Box 21
Box 22
Box 23
List of the first members of the Board of Directors, undated
Box 24
Correspondence and Board Materials, undated
Box 24
Board Meeting Minutes, 1920-1922
Box 24
Board Meeting and Committee Materials, 1922-1924

Harriet Tubman Branch.

Box 24
Board Meeting Minutes, 1923-1925
Box 24
Minutes of the Committee of Management, 1923-1933
Box 24
Board Meeting and Committee Materials, 1924

Harriet Tubman Branch.

Box 24
Board Meeting and Committee Materials, 1924-1926

Harriet Tubman Branch.

Box 24
Deeds on Property, 1924-1957

Board of Trustees correspondence, deeds, and insurance papers.

Box 24
Board Meeting Minutes, 1926-1929
Box 24
Board Meeting Minutes, 1930-1932
Box 24
Board Meeting and Committee Materials, 1930-1933

Harriet Tubman Branch.

Box 24
Personnel, Business, and Industrial Committees, 1931-1957
Box 24
Board Meeting and Committee Materials, 1933

Harriet Tubman Branch correspondence.

Box 23
Board Meeting and Committee Materials, 1933-1934

Harriet Tubman Branch correspondence and financial materials.

Box 23
Board Meeting Minutes, 1933-1935
Box 23
Board Meeting and Committee Materials, 1934

Harriet Tubman Branch correspondence, finance, and annual meeting.

Box 23
Board Meeting and Committee Materials, 1935-1947

Harriet Tubman Branch correspondence, finance, and annual meeting.

Box 23
Board Meeting Minutes, 1936-1937
Box 23
Board Meeting Minutes, 1938-1939
Box 23
Board Materials, 1939-1949

Financial committee and national correspondence.

Box 23
Board Meeting Minutes, 1940-1942
Box 25
Community Chest Campaign, 1942-1950
Box 24
Board Meeting Minutes, 1943-1945
Box 24
Board Correspondence, 1943-1945
Box 24
Health Education Committee, 1943-1949
Box 24
Workers Education Community Fund, 1944-1945
Box 24
Board Meeting Minutes, 1946-1949
Box 24
Finance Reports, 1947
Box 24
Board Materials, 1947-1949
Box 24
Material Relating to Building, 1947-1961
Box 24
Budgets and Financial Reports, 1948
Box 24
Membership Committee, 1948-1955
Box 24
Budgets and Financial Reports, 1949
Box 24
Annual Meetings, 1949-1956
Box 24
Insurance Bonds, 1949-1959
Box 24
National Quota, 1949-1965
Box 24
Board Materials, 1950s
Box 24
Board Meeting Minutes, 1950
Box 24
Board Meeting Minutes, 1950-1953
Box 24
National Support, 1950-1969
Box 24
Annual Meetings, 1950-1958
Box 24
Board Materials, 1951-1957

Includes minutes, financial committee meetings, national correspondence, and constitution/by-laws.

Box 24
Committee Reports, 1951-1958
Box 24
Monthly Reports from Departments, 1952-1955
Box 24
Pest Control, 1952-1958
Box 24
Health Education Department, 1952-1963
Box 26
Annual Meeting and Branch Committee, 1952-1954
Box 25
Board Meeting Minutes, 1953-1954
Box 25
Residence Polices and Correspondence, 1953-1956
Box 25
Residence Inventory, 1953-1957
Box 25
Board Meeting Minutes, 1953-1959
Box 25
Annual Meetings, 1953-1959
Box 25
United Fund of Durham, 1953-1961
Box 25
Board Minutes and Committee Materials, 1953-1969
Box 25
Roll Call of Professional Staff, 1953-1971
Box 25
Departmental Annual Survey, 1954
Box 25
Petty Cash, 1954-1955
Box 25
Constitution and Bylaws and Revisions, 1954-1979
Box 25
Board Meeting Minutes, 1954-1955
Box 25
Tile for Basement Correspondence, 1954-1955
Box 25
Material on Property, 1954-1955
Box 25
Publicity, 1954-1956
Box 25
Sanitary Regulations and Inspection, 1954-1971
Box 25
Special Committee on Exchange of Property, 1955

Official correspondence about widening Chapel Hill Street.

Box 25
Social Planning Council, 1955
Box 25
Board Meeting Minutes, 1955-1956
Box 25
United Fund Budget Committee, 1955-1956
Box 25
Sales and Use Tax Report, 1955-1965
Box 25
Material for Budget Hearing, 1955-1959
Box 25
Employee Retirement Funds, 1955-1968
Box 25
Board Meeting Minutes: Board Secretary copy, 1956-1961
Box 25
Annual Meeting, 1957
Box 25
Staff Schedules, 1957
Box 25
Board Meeting Minutes, 1957-1958
Box 25
Board Materials, 1957-1959

Personnel committee, staff hiring, job restructuring.

Box 25
Annual Meeting Materials, 1957-1959
Box 25
Budget Materials, 1958
Box 25
Specifications on Termite Control, 1958-1960
Box 25
Rich Plan, 1958-1960
Box 25
Building Fund, 1958-1961
Box 27
Personnel, 1958-1971
Box 26
Budget Information, 1959-1961
Box 26
Board Materials, 1960-1963

Personnel committee and finances.

Box 26
Board Meeting Minutes, 1961-1963
Box 26
Board Meeting Minutes, 1962-1967
Box 26
Branch Committee Minutes, 1962-1967
Box 26
Board Materials, 1963-1964

Personnel, finances, and 1964 Annual Meeting.

Box 26
Board Meeting Minutes, 1963-1968
Box 26
Board Meeting Minutes, 1963-1969
Box 26
Board and Committee meeting minutes, 1963-1969
Box 26
Board Materials, 1965-1970

Personnel committee, annual reports, annual meeting, and board nominating materials.

Box 26
Annual Meeting, 1965
Box 26
YWCA By Laws, 1966
Box 26
McDougal Terrace Day Care Center Bond, 1966
Box 26
National Support, 1968
Box 26
Board Meeting Minutes, 1968-1970
Box 26
Evaluation, 1969
Box 26
Board Meeting Minutes, 1970-1972
Box 26
Board Materials, 1970-1972

Finances and a history of the Durham YWCA.

Box 26
Constitution Revision, 1973-1975
Box 26
Nominating Committee Materials, 1974-1980
Box 26
Board Meeting Minutes, 1975-1976
Box 26
Affirmative Action Committee, 1975-1977
Box 26
Advisory Board, 1975-1976
Box 26
Board of Directors Materials, 1975-1980
Box 28
Correspondence, 1975-1987
Box 27
Board Meeting Minutes, 1976
Box 27
Finance Committee, 1976-1980
Box 27
Board of Directors Working File, 1978-1979

Includes meetings and reports from the Board of Directors and Board Committees.

Box 27
Board Meeting Minutes, 1978-1979
Box 27
Board Book, 1979-1980
Box 27
Board Minutes, 1979
Box 27
Board Committees, 1980
Box 27
Board Minutes, 1980
Box 27
Board Minutes and Financials, 1981
(3 folders)
Box 27
Board Minutes, 1981
Box 27
Budget Material, 1981
Box 27
Budget Materials, 1982
Box 29
By-laws and Constitution, 1982
Box 28
Board of Directors meetings and committee reports, 1982
Box 28
Committee Meetings, 1982
Box 28
Board of Directors Materials, 1982
Box 28
Board Calendar, 1982
Box 28
Board Lists, 1982
Box 28
Board Meetings and Program Reports, 1982 July-December
Box 28
Board Meeting Minutes, 1982 May-October
Box 28
Board Meeting Minutes, 1983 January-December
Box 28
Administrative Division Meetings, 1983
Box 28
Board Meetings and Program Reports, 1983
Box 28
Budget, 1983
Box 28
Budget Request, 1983
Box 28
Board Meeting Minutes, 1984 January-December
Box 28
Ballots, 1984
Box 28
Board Book, 1984
Box 30
Board Meetings, Program Reports, and Policies, 1984
Box 29
Board Minutes, 1985
Box 29
1985 Annual Report and Meeting, 1985
Box 29
Board Book, 1985
Box 29
Board Meeting Minutes, 1985
Box 29
YW Wake Strategic Planning Task Force Committee, 1985
Box 29
Board Administration, 1986
Box 29
Annual Report, 1986
Box 29
Board Minutes and Reports, 1986
Box 29
Board Book, 1987
Box 29
Board Meeting Minutes, 1987 August-October
Box 29
Board Meetings, 1987
Box 29
Annual Report, 1987
Box 29
Executive Director Report, 1987
Box 29
Board Subcommittees and Chairs, 1988
Box 29
Board Meetings, 1988
Box 29
Removal of Pauline Frazier, 1988

Letters from the board, receipts, and a few legal files about Pauline Frazier's removal from her position.

Box 29
Executive Committee Meeting, 1989
Box 29
National Board Career Development Project and Local Board Organization/Meetings, 1989-1990
Box 29
National Purpose Statement, undated
Box 31
National YWCA Materials, 1939-1943
Box 30
Executive Directors Conference, 1945
Box 30
YWCA National Convention, 1946
Box 30
Girl Reserve Summer Camp, 1946
Box 30
National Industrial Assembly, 1947
Box 30
Negro Leadership Conference, 1948
Box 30
National Materials, 1965-1982

Reports, programs, national convention/conference materials.

Box 30
YWCA National Workplan Guidelines, 1973-1975
Box 30
National Administrative Volunteers Management Training Manual, 1975
Box 30
Racial Justice Action Handbook, 1975

Handbook created by the Racial Justice Task Force of the Baltimore YWCA and adapted to be utilized nationwide.

Box 30
National Convention workbook, 1976
Box 30
National Board of the YWCA "Looking to the Future: A Plan for Study and Action", 1977
Box 30
Public Affairs newsletters, 1977-1979
Box 30
YWCA Action Audit for Change, 1978
Box 30
National Conference Report for YWCA Program Staff, 1979
Box 30
Presidential Leadership and Association Committee Chairpersons' Workshop, 1979
Box 30
National Board YWCA Learning Center Public Relations Management Workshop, 1979
Box 30
National Correspondence, 1979-1982
(2 folders)
Box 30
National YWCA Convention Materials, 1980-1982
(8 folders)

Includes pre-convention bulletins, convention issues, preparation meetings, the Durham delegation meetings, correspondence, resolutions, and the convention program.

Box 30
National YWCA Leadership Development Center, 1982
Box 32
National Public Policy Program, 1983
Box 31
Public Policy materials, 1983-1984
(2 folders)
Box 31
Annual Reports, 1984-1986

Includes "The Print Out" annual report of YWCA data, "Get Your Annual Meeting Squared Away" annual meeting handbook, and 1985-86 annual report on diversity in action.

Box 31
New Worker's Packet, 1984
Box 31
Durham YWCA National Association Review, 1984
Box 31
National YWCA Board Orientation of New Directors, 1985
Box 31
National YWCA Convention Amendments, 1985
Box 31
Management for Executive Staff Workshop, 1985
Box 31
YWCA Staff Development I New Worker's Packet, 1985
Box 31
YWCA Staff Development I Supervisor's Packet, 1985
Box 31
National YWCA Materials, 1985-1986
Box 31
YWCA National Standards, 1985-1988
Box 31
South Africa Program, 1986
Box 31
National Board, 1987
Box 31
YWCA National Policy on Males, 1988
Box 31
YWCA National Convention Action, 1988
Box 31
YWCA National Recruitment Handbook, 1988
Box 31
Consideration of Durham for National Convention site, 1988
Box 31
National Association of YWCA Executives conference letter, 1989
Box 31
 

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Provenance

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Durham, NC records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1991-2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Heather McGowan, Michelle Runyon, and Megan Lewis, October 2018

Accessions described in this collection guide: 1991-0128; 1992-0071; 1992-0072; 2009-0099