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Young Women's Christian Association, Yates Branch records

Call Number: RH MS 439


The YWCA, Yates Branch records are those of a Kansas City, Kansas Young Women's Christian Association affiliate organized in 1913 and dissolved in 1982 after it was absorbed by the Kansas City, Kansas Central Branch YWCA.


  • Creation: 1917 - 1982


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Conditions Governing Use

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Administrative History of the Ywca, Yates Branch

The Kansas City, Kansas Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) formed in 1903 and affiliated with the national organization in 1906. The Board of Directors was first approached with the idea of a "colored" branch in 1907 and on March 4th, 1913 at a meeting held in the Mason Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, the Yates Branch was organized. The Branch was named for Mrs. Josephine Yates, a prominent African-American clubwoman.

The Branch rented buildings at Fifth and State and at Ninth and Nebraska until 1920. In 1920 a building at 337 Washington Boulevard was purchased and used until destroyed by fire on January 20, 1940. In December 1940 a building at 644 Quindaro was purchased. In September 1946 the property at 640 Quindaro was added as an annex.

The Yates Branch YWCA dissolved in 1982, and the Central Kansas City, Kansas YWCA officially absorbed the Yates Branch's work. The Friends of Yates Branch, Inc. is a community organization formed in 1979. On June 8, 1982 it took over many of the activities and community services formerly provided by the Yates Branch YWCA.


6.25 Linear Feet (13 boxes + 2 oversize folders)

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Scope and Contents

The YWCA, Yates Branch records date from 1917 to 1982 and are divided into eight series: Administrative Records; Association Records; Financial Records; National YWCA; Organizations and Clubs; Programs; Publications; and Subject Files. The records provide an overview of the Yates Branch's programs, activities, and focuses during its more than 50 years in operation.

Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 439 and are organized chronologically. Oversize materials have been physically separated and are at RH MS R63.

Series List

The Ywca, Yates Branch Papers date from 1917 to 1982 and are arranged in 9 series and two subseries.

  1. Administrative records
  2. Association records
  3. Financial records
  4. National YWCA
  5. Organizations and clubs (sub-series: YWCA-sponsored clubs, Outside groups)
  6. Programs
  7. Publications
  8. Subject files
  9. Photographic materials

Physical Location

RH MS 439

Physical Location

RH MS-P 439

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS-P 439(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Friends of Yates Branch via Gladys Burks, 1987, 1988; Clara Criss Flournoy, 1988.

Related Materials

Friends of Yates Branch records, RH MS 521, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Young Women's Christian Association, Yates Branch Collection
Young Women's Christian Association, Yates Branch records
Finding aid prepared by tc, 1988 and kdo, 1989; revised by skt, 2010; revised by eh, 2017.
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Young Women's Christian Association, Yates Branch records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 439, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States