About the Project

Team Members

Mandy MacLeod — Metadata archivist
Jasmine Jones — Project leader
Elizabeth Myers — Director of Special Collections


In 2016 Smith College Special Collections was awarded a CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant to digitize, describe, and publish records from the YWCA of the U.S.A. records. Over the course of two years we will describe, digitize, preserve, and make digitally available approximately:

  • 382 reels of microfilm
  • 14 linear feet of photographs
  • 15 volumes of serials

The collection holds objects of great historical importance for women, women’s work, women’s equality, race equality, and other social and economic topics taken on by the YWCA USA organizations.

The YWCA of the U.S.A. records are part of the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College in Northampton, MA.


This project is funded through the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections Grant who receive support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

Founded in 1969, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.  Additional information is available at mellon.org.