Accession GA223 - Young Women's Christian Association of Kitchener-Waterloo fonds : accruals.

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Young Women's Christian Association of Kitchener-Waterloo fonds : accruals.

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10.08 m of textual records and other materials

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The Young Women's Christian Association of Kitchener-Waterloo was organized in 1905 as the "Berlin YWCA" and operated out of rented premises on Queen St. South in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario with Mary Ratz Kaufman as President. the YWCA's main purpose at that time was to provide for both the spiritual and physical welfare of the increasing number of young women who were coming to the urban and industrialized areas seeking employment and education. The local Y offered both a residence and a programme of helpful classes in embroidery, cooking, and "physical culture". In 1911 fund-raising began, a site was purchased and on May 15, 1915 a new building was opened at 84 Frederick St., Berlin [now Kitchener], Ontario. Although the motion was made in 1917 to change the name of the YWCA from Berlin to Kitchener, as the City had been renamed, the name was not officially changed until 1960.
In 1937 a new wing donated by Mary R. Kaufman, containing a gymnasium, was opened. A branch of the YWCA was desired for Waterloo and in 1960 a property in Waterloo was purchased at 186 King. St. S., later sold in 1972 to the Red Cross.
Over the years the YWCA offered many programs for children and adults alike: camping started 1926 at Camp Tinawatawa, clubs flourished, physical, health and craft classes were offered and programs were devised for newcomers to the country and area. Today, the YWCA provides "programs in the areas of childcare, youth recreation, emergency and supportive housing for women, and prison-based counseling." ( ) The building at 84 Frederick St. is now an emergency shelter called Mary's Place, named after Mary Ratz Kaufman and operated by the YWCA.

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Accrual consists of records of the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Women's Christian Association relating to its staff and board, programs, operations, residences, and history. Includes minutes, correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, reports, ephemera, financial information, etc. with a focus on records from the 1970's-2000's.

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Also includes 117 photographs, 540 slides, 2 maps, 48 architectural drawings, 15 videocassettes, 10 audio cassettes, and 24 artifacts.

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Donated by the K-W YWCA in 2005, 2006, 2011.


The series structure follows that of the original finding aid so not all series numbers appear.

Arranged in thirty one series as follows:
1-1. Incorporation
1-2. Annual Meetings and Reports
1-4. Policies and Procedures
2-1. Board of Directors : Membership
2-2. Board of Directors : Meetings
2-3. Board of Directors : Executive Meetings
2-5. Board of Directors : General
3-2. Committees : Minutes
4-1. Financial : Accounts
4-3. Financial : Budgets
4-4. Financial : Fundraising Campaigns
4-5. Financial : Grants
4-6. Financial : Donations, Bequests
4-7. Legal Documents
4-8. Legal Correspondence
4-9. Financial : General
5-1. Executive Director's Files
5-2. Executive Director's Files : Community Groups
6. Personnel
7-1. Physical Plant
7-2. Physical Plant : Housekeeping
8-1. Program Files
9-1. Program Files : Camps and Camping
10. Residence Files
11. Photographs
12. Scrapbooks and Clippings
13. Publicity and Promotion
14. History Files
15. Young Women's Christian Association of Canada
16. Audio and Visual Materials
17. Artifacts

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Some records restricted in series 2-2, 2-5, 4-4, 4-6, 4-8, 5-1, 6, 7-1, 8-1, 10.

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Description by Jessica Blackwell, Winter 2013.

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