Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date

Summer 2019


The collection of the YWCA of Brooklyn contains materials from the organization since its opening in 1888, until the records were transferred to Brooklyn College in 2010. These records span nearly 125 years, and include documents related to administration, governance, finance, legal cases, facilities, security, educational and health programs, publications, IT and telecommunications, public relations, events, photographs, newspaper clippings, multi-media, and ephemera.

Of particular importance for this collection are the minutes and reports: they document the trajectory of this institution, as well as the ways they fought to help meet the needs of the community of Brooklyn through the years. In addition, the Brooklyn YWCA maintained an extensive collection of photographs, over six thousand of them, which reflect their programs, members, events, and residences. Newspaper clippings and scrapbooks are also a crucial part of this collection, as they reveal the YWCA's efforts both from the point of view of local media and from their own institution.



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