Document 26A and 26B: Baltimore YWCA, Minutes of Metropolitan Board Meeting, 19 January 1920, unprocessed collection of YWCA of Greater Baltimore 128 W. Franklin Street, 1883-1902.

Introduction

       The minutes that follow and the subsequent Affiliation Agreement describe the new relationship that developed between the Baltimore YWCA and the Colored YWCA when the latter became a branch Y in 1920. Structurally, there was little change from the period of affiliation, as a committee of ten (five white and five black) continued to govern the relationship between the two Y's, with a white member of the group acting as chair. Once again, the Treasurer of the Colored Branch operated under the direction of the white Treasurer of the YWCA of Baltimore City. However, a "committee of management" consisting entirely of "colored women chosen by colored women" was authorized to "direct and control the affairs and work" of the branch Y, which seems like an advance over earlier, not specified arrangements in this regard. The increasing authority of black leaders in determining branch policies was reflected in developments at the national level for the YWCA as Lugenia Burns Hope spoke for black YWCA leaders in calling on the National Board to address a series of concerns.[18]

METROPOLITAN BOARD MEETING.
JANUARY 19, 1920.

       The regular meeting of the Metropolitan Board was held on Monday, January 19th, at eleven o’clock, the following members present:-

Mrs. Cator. Mrs. Gibson Miss Carter.
Mrs. Motley. Mrs. Stinson. Miss Fischer.
Mrs. Ramsay. Mrs. Keech.
Mrs. Evans. Mrs. Baker.
Mrs. Mathews. Mrs. Dill.
Mrs. Carey.

       Mrs. Motley led the devotional service.

       The minutes were read and accepted on motion.

       The Treasurer’s Report was read and on motion approved.

       On motion it was decided to open an account at the Mercantile Trust & Deposit Co. for the funds now being received.

       Mrs. Cator announced the resignation of Miss Inglis.

       Miss Rogers presented the plan of the League of Women voters and reported the first annual meeting of that body to be held in Chicago this next summer. Each state when Suffrage exists has chairman of the League and each state attains membership in the League as suffrage is gained. The object of the League is to further such general interests as Child Welfare, Social Hygiene, American Citizenship, etc. The platform includes naturalization of women in their own right to direct citizenship, each citizen to take an oath of allegiance to United States, before being permitted to vote. Miss Rogers laid stress on the fact that the League of Women voters by its affiliation with the Suffrage Association must be non partisan, standing for measures and not for any party.

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       Mrs. Bruce the retiring Chairman of the Affiliating Committee of the Colored Y.W.C.A. reported that on Mr. Ritchie’s advice a paper was drawn up dissolving the colored Y.W.C.A and making it a branch of the Y.W.C.A. of Baltimore City with representation on the Metropolitan Board through the Chairman of an Affiliating Committee[,] this Committee five (white) to be appointed by the President of the Metropolitan Board and five members appointed by the Branch Chairman for Colored women. This Committee shall be appointed for a term of one year. The Colored Y.W.C.A. transfers its property in full to the Y.W.C.A. of Baltimore to be used for colored women and girls. A Colored woman is to be elected by the Committee of Management which is to be composed of colored women chosen by colored women, and this Treasurer is to act as Assistant Treasurer of the Y.W.C.A. of Baltimore City. She is to act as treasurer of the Colored Branch which for the present is to collect and administer its own funds. On motion the contract was adopted unanimously.

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Document 26B: Affiliation Agreement between CYWCA and YWCA, 24 February 1920

THIS AGREEMENT, made this 24th day of February, in the year nineteen hundred and twenty, between the YOUNG WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF BALTIMORE CITY and the COLORED YOUNG WOMEN’S CHRISITAN ASSOCIATION OF BALTIMORE CITY,

       CERTIFIES that Colored Young Women’s Christian Association of Baltimore City is hereby made a branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Baltimore City, with representation on the Metropolitan Board through the Chairman of an affiliating committee, to be organized as hereinafter set out.

       The affiliating committee shall be composed of ten members, who shall hold office for the term of one year. Of these members five members (white) shall be appointed by the President of the Young Woman’s Christian Association of Baltimore City, and five members shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Colored Branch. The Chairman of the affiliating committee shall be selected from among the five members appointed by the President of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Baltimore City.

       The committee of management of the Colored Branch shall hereafter always be composed of colored women chosen by colored women, and it shall direct and control the affairs and work among colored young women and girls, subject to the general control of the Metropolitan Board, which shall be exercised through the affiliating committee.

       The committee of management of the Colored Branch shall elect a colored woman to act as assistant to the Treasurer of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Baltimore City. The assistant to the Treasurer so elected shall act as Treasurer for the Colored Branch, which, for the present, shall collect and administer its own funds. This financial arrangement shall be subject to change on recommendation of the affiliating committee.

       The Colored Young Women’s Christian Association of Baltimore City as a consideration for the execution of this agreement conveys to the Young Woman’s Christian Association of Baltimore City all its property, to be held, however, for the use of colored women and girls. If the Young Women’s Christian Association of Baltimore through the Metropolitan Board at any time wishes to discontinue branch relationship, it may do so upon recommendation from the affiliating committee. In such case, the property thus transferred by the Colored Young Women’s Christian Association of Baltimore City plus any additions made thereto for the work with colored women and girls, shall be used only for work among colored women and girls, under such direction as that time seems best.

       WITNESS the seals of the corporations hereto, attested by their duly authorized officers, the day and year hereinabove first mentioned.
Attest: YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION
OF BALTIMORE CITY
Katharine H. Stinson By Ethel K. Motley
Secretary.        
Attest: COLORED YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN
ASSOCIATION OF BALTIMORE CITY,
Emma S. Bright By M. Edyth Cooper
Secretary Chairman

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