A Guide to the YWCA Records, 1909-1958
Collection Number UA 0028

Compiled by: Sarah Roth-Mullet, January 2018

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: YWCA Records, 1909-1958
Collection No.: UA 0028
Creator: YWCA, State Normal and Industrial School
Extent: 1 oversize box; .26 cubic feet.
Language: English
Abstract: The collection is comprised of two volumes of bound posters and programs pertaining to the State Normal and Industrial School branch of the YWCA, from 1909-1958.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.
Use Restrictions: Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).
Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], YWCA Records, 1909-1958, UA 0028, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Other Formats Available: Digitized images of select YWCA posters are available at Founding Documents in Special Collections: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/FoundingDocs/studentlife/
Acquisition Information: Items were in Special Collections at time of founding, in 1982.
Processing Information: The bound volumes of posters were previously part of the collection, SU 93-0315, Scrapbooks 1909-1916. Programs were transferred from vertical file, "Young Women's Christian Association."

Administrative History:
The State Normal and Industrial School for Women branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) was established in 1909, during the first term of the school. There were 72 founding members (representing approximately half of the student body), and it eventually grew to 100 members by the end of 1909. In its first year, the YWCA organized seven Bible-study classes and a mission study class. In its early years, YWCA held weekly devotional meetings and sponsored informal social events for the students.

Scope and Content:
The collection is comprised of two volumes of bound posters and programs, advertising events created by the State Normal and Industrial School branch of the YWCA from 1909-1916. Meetings were often organized around a topic, and included a musical performance, readings, prayer and songs.

The programs include an "Annual Christmas Pageant" from 1951 and vesper services from 1931, 1948, and 1952.


Items are arranged by material type.


Dingledine, Raymond C. “Madison College, the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958,” Harrisonburg, VA: Madison College, 1959.


Folder Title

Box : Folder

YWCA Posters, 1909-1916


YWCA Programs, 1931-1958 OV1:1