Skip to main content

Friends of Yates Branch records

Call Number: RH MS 521


The Friends of Yates Branch Papers are those of a Kansas City, Kansas group begun in 1979 to raise funds for the Yates Branch YWCA. After the city's YWCA closed the Branch, the Friends continued many of that organizations community programs.


  • Creation: 1925 - 1993


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Friends of Yates Branch

The Friends of Yates Branch was incorporated October 4, 1979 "to perpetuate the name and purpose of Yates Branch Y.W.C.A., the oldest agency with continuous social service to the Black community" of Kansas City, Kansas. Originally formed to raise funds for Yates Branch when it lost its United Way funding, Friends of Yates became the legal entity which took over the physical property, financial assets, and programs when the Kansas City, Kansas Y.W.C.A. closed Yates Branch on June 7, 1982.

Friends of Yates Branch continues many of the community programs sponsored by the Y.W.C.A., as well as establishing new ones. Some of the programs that the Friends currently sponsor are Emergency Clothing Distribution, USDA Surplus Food Distribution, Summer Youth Camp, Nursing Home Volunteers, Black Men and Women of Distinction, and the Rebecca Vinson Center for victims of domestic violence.


1 linear foot (3 document cases + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Friends of Yates Branch Papers date from 1925 to 1993 and are arranged in a single series; they consist of such items as clippings, event information, correspondence, and meeting minutes. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic. Photographs from the Collection are located at RH MS-P 521. Oversize materials are at RH MS Q288.

Physical Location

RH MS 521

Physical Location

RH MS Q288

Physical Location

RH MS-P 521

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Gladys M. Burks, 1987-1988, 1993.

Gift, Yates Branch YWCA, 1996.

Related Materials

Related materials, especially for the 1979-1982 period, can be found in the records of the Young Women's Christian Association of Kansas City, Kansas - Yates Branch, found at RH MS 439 and RH MS R63.

Guide to the Friends of Yates Branch Collection
Friends of Yates Branch records
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by kdo, 1989, mbw, 2008; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mg 2004; revised by rw, 2009; revised by skt, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Friends of Yates Branch records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 521, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States