D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Asheville YWCA Archive
M99.1.1-21; P99.1.1-4; OS99.1.1-9; R99.1


"YWCA Camp Kenjocketee," c. 1920,
D.Hiden Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville

Title Asheville YWCA Archive
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/YWCA/default_ywca.html
Creator YWCA (Asheville, NC)
Alt. Creator Phyllis Wheatley Branch for Negroes ; Phyllis Wheatley Center
Subject:
Keyword
YWCA ; Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. ; YWCA ; African Americans ; Phyllis Wheatley Branch for Negroes ; Phyllis Wheatley Center ; Moorhead House ; Marjorie Lockwood ; Adela Ruffin ; Thelma Caldwell ; Elizabeth McCubbin ; Holly Jones
 
Subject:
 LCSH
Caldwell, Thelma (link to oral history)
McCubbin, Elizabeth
Lockwood, Marjorie (link to oral history)
Ruffin, Adela
Jones, Holly
Asheville YWCA (N.C.) -- History
Asheville YWCA. Phyllis Wheatley Branch (N.C.) -- History
Phyllis Wheatley Center (Asheville, N.C.)
Young Women's Christian Associations -- North Carolina -- Asheville Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. -- History
Church work with African Americans -- North Carolina -- Asheville
African Americans -- North Carolina -- Asheville -- Social life and customs
Young women -- Religious life -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Description The materials in the YWCA Collection consist of miscellaneous administrative files, board minutes, annual reports, photographic materials, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, and other organized series. The materials span the dates 1907 to 2010, with most items dating from the 1920s and later. The collection documents the history of the Asheville YWCA and the segregated Phyllis Wheatley Branch of the YWCA. It reflects the organization's dedication to public service and resilience in the face of financial adversity. Also included is information relating to the YWCA's Moorhead House, a home for working girls, and the early history related to the Phyllis Wheatley Branch and its later incorporation into the larger Asheville YWCA.

Additional donations of material have substantially augmented the holdings and contain materials from the early years of the Phyllis Wheatley Branch. These papers fill in gaps in the history of the integration of the two YWCA facilities and their activities. One of these addendums contains significant information about former executive director Holly Jones and her community achievements.

The administrative history of the Asheville YWCA and the Phyllis Wheatley Branch is relatively complete. Of particular interest to researchers is the documented process of moving the segregated YWCA institutions together in the 1970s. The Asheville YWCA was the first YWCA in the south to successfully integrate its facilities.

Date original 1999-11-17
Date digital Date issued: 2000-04-01 ; Revised 2001-04-11 ; 2004-08-12 ; 2007-06-1 ; 2012-08-24
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections,  University of North Carolina Asheville
Contributor YWCA of Asheville
Type Collection ; Text ; Images
Format  35 boxes ; 1386 folders
Source M99.1.1-21 ; P99.1.1-4; OS99.1.1-9; R99.1
Language English
Relation Related Collections:  Diane Bernard, "The Consolidation of the YWCA-Asheville: The Promotion of Integration and Fiscal Responsibility." November 18, 1998. Senior Papers, History, University of NC at Asheville ; Daniel Maddalena, "Integration and the Asheville YWCA" November 10, 2000. Senior Papers, History, University of NC at Asheville ; For oral histories that detail the contributions of specific individuals, see: Thelma Caldwell, Phyllis Jones Sherrill Lucy Mae Harrison Allene Sugg Highsmith Marjorie Lockwood, Carolyn Rosenthal Lacy and Harriett Haith, Mary Parker, Lettie Polite, Shirley and Alfred Whitesides, Jane Craig Minnie E. Jones, Leslie Anderson, Patty Schleicher Nancy Marlowe, James and Elspeth Clarke, Lucy HerringSarah Glasgow, Leah Karpen in  Voices of Asheville Oral History Collection, Special Collections, UNCA, Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection, UNCA Special Collections ; "The elimination of racism ... by any means necessary" : the Asheville YMCA's commitment to racial equality within itself and the surrounding community: a thesis Thompson, Ellen Natasha, 2006 80 leaves, 2006, Appalachian State University catalog, LD175 .A40k Th 1736 ; YWCA of Asheville 100 Years exhibit at YWCA based on UNCA holdings and funded through a North Carolina Humanities Grant ;
Coverage 1907-2010 ; Asheville, NC
Rights University of North Carolina at Asheville, D. Hiden Ramsey Library, Special Collections/University Archives
Donor  Donor number: 147 ; 153 ; 
Acquisition 1999-11-17 ; 2000-05-15 ; 2012-01-31
Processor Special Collections staff 2001; Richard Moss, Spring 2000 ; Updated June 2007; 2008-08-09 ; Laura Gardner, Fall 2012
CHRONOLOGY Chronology of the YWCA
HISTORY Historical Context: a brief history of the Asheville YWCA

YWCA of Asheville 100 years 

 

ASHEVILLE  YWCA ARCHIVE Central YWCA 1906-1970

Phyllis Wheatley / South French Broad Ave. YWCA Branch1913- 1970

YWCA of Asheville 1970 -

Collection Supplements

Photographs and Slides

Scrapbooks and Oversize Materials

Realia

[See also: Vertical Files: Asheville YWCA]

ITEM LIST

Manuscripts and Printed Material

BOX CENTRAL YWCA
1906-1970
1

1

1

1

2

3, 4

5

5

5

6

7

8

9

Charter & Founding Documents

History

Locations

Legal Documents

Annual Meetings & Reports

YWCA Board of Directors
     
Board of Trustees

Financial Reports

Personnel & Salary Reports

Committee Reports

 Programs

 Moorhead House

 Literary Publications/Newspaper Clippings/Events

 

BOX PHYLLIS WHEATLEY
SOUTH FRENCH BROAD AVE. YWCA
1913- 1970
10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10


10

 

 

10

History & Founding Documents

Administration

Annual Meetings & Reports

Locations

Financial Records
  
Personnel and Salary Records

Committees - Meetings, Reports
  
Programs

Building Fund

Newspaper Clippings 
 

Research Paper  - "Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women:" The Phyllis Wheatley Branch of the YWCA's Struggle to Advance the African American Community in Asheville, NC by Heather Whisnant 2006

[Note: see also Photo Series 16 for Phyllis Wheatley Branch images]

Addendum materials: Board of Trustees meetings re: Construction and Funding for the Phyllis Wheatley Branch

 

BOX YWCA OF ASHEVILLE
1970 -
11

11

12

13

13

13

14

15, 16

17

20

21

Annual Meetings & Reports

Committees - Reports

YWCA Board of Directors

Board of Trustees

Financial Records

Legal Documents 

 
Administration

Programs

Literary Publications/Newspaper Clippings/Events

YWCA Boosters (Addendum donated by Mary Parker)

YWCA Addendum (Donated 2012 by Karen Allen Sing)

 

BOX NATIONAL YWCA
18 National YWCA -
Annual Narrative Reports,
Correspondence, Documents  and Publications

BOX COLLECTION SUPPLEMENTS
19

19

19

19

Asheville Urban Renewal and YWCA

United Way and YWCA

Miscellaneous Documents

YWCA Collection -- Special Collections, Ramsey Library, UNCA

P99.1

PHOTOGRAPHS AND SLIDES [ywca0001-1156]

 
Series 1: Classes and programs that included swimming lessons, arts and crafts classes and belly dancing [ywca0001-0053 ; 0864-0870]
 
 
Series 2: Exercise programs for adults and children that included horseback riding, gymnastics and martial arts [ywca0054-0168 ; 5_0001-0002 ; 0871-0874]
 
 
Series 3: Social events for adults and children, holiday programs, children's dramas [ywca0169-0285 ; 0875-0887]
 
 
Series 4: Swimming programs for infants, children and adults [ywca0286-0349]
 
 
Series 5: YWCA staff and officers throughout meetings and events [ywca0350-0375]
 
 
Series 6: Summer camp  [ywca0376-0457; 0763 ; 0770-0835 ; 6_0001 ; 6_0003]
 
 
Series 7: International and Intercultural events held at the YWCA [ywca0458-0556]
 
 
Series 8: YWCA Buildings [ywca0557-0595 ; 0846-0863 ; 0917-0919 ; 8_0001-00009]
 
 
Series 9: YWCA people throughout the years [ywca0601-0748;  0879-0886 ; 0915-0916 ; 9_0001-0009]
 
 
Series 10: Digital/Scanned Photographs [ywca0749-076  [glas001-012]
 
 
Series 11: Additional photographic materials [ywca0895-0902]
 
 
Series 12: YWCA manuscripts, letters [ywca_12_0001-0007]
 
 
Series 13: Negatives and Slides
 
 
Series 14: Motion Picture
 
 
Series 15: Audio Tapes
 
 
Series 16: Phyllis Wheatley Branch [ywca0903-0914]
 
 
Series 17: Boosters [ywca0920-1119]
 
 
Series 18: Addendum [ywca1120-1156]
 
OS99.1 SCRAPBOOKS and OVERSIZE MATERIALS  
R99.1 REALIA  

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