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International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR001004_Det
Part I: The papers of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit consist of minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, clippings, newsletters, pamphlets and other publications reflecting the activities of the Institute during its affiliation with the YWCA and after its incorporation as an independent agency in 1945. During this time, the Institute offered a variety of programs, including language and citizenship classes, dances, concerts, folk festivals, and the Old World Market. The papers also reflect the Institute’s work with particular groups like Japanese war brides, war refugees, Polish- and Lebanese-Americans, and others living in established ethnic communities in the Detroit area, its effort to educate metropolitan Detroiters about foreign cultures, and its campaign to fund the construction of the Kirby building.

Important subjects in the collection: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) American Council for Nationalities Service American Federation of International Institutes Emigration and immigration law--United States Ethnic art Ethnic folklore Ethnic performing arts Immigrants--Michigan--Detroit International Seamen’s Service Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 Michigan Commission on Displaced Persons and Refugees Michigan Commission on Immigration Old World Market Refugees--Vietnam Social work with immigrants War brides World War, 1939-1945--Refugees Young Women’s Christian Association International Institute Branches

Important correspondents in the collection: Roy Adelberg Edith Alvord Robin Bahr Mary Ball Judith Brown Florence Cassidy Laura Gogola Edna Jellinek Margaret Montgomery Alice Sickels Brian John Smith Ben Snyder Pamela Rosso Stotz Renee Van Dewater
Part II: Part two of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Records consists of the bulletin, “International Institute News.” The bulletin was published several times a year.

Important Subjects: Immigrants--United States--History International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit

Dates

  • 1919 - 1981

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

RESEARCHERS USING THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF METROPOLITAN DETROIT COLLECTION ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN A RESTRICTED USE STATEMENT AND MAY NOT CITE ANY NAMES APPEARING IN CASE RECORDS.
Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

25.25 Linear Feet (25 SB, 1 MB)

Abstract

In 1911, the national board of the YWCA established the first International Institute branch in New York City to assist the growing number of immigrant women, and in 1919, the Detroit branch opened. The purpose of the International Institute is to promote the welfare, education, and social integration of immigrant and minority peoples, both permanent residents and visitors. The papers of Part I of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit consist of minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, clippings, newsletters, pamphlets and other publications reflecting the activities of the Institute. The papers also reflect the Institute's work with particular groups like Japanese war brides, war refugees, Polish- and Lebanese-Americans, and others living in established ethnic communities in the Detroit area, its effort to educate metropolitan Detroiters about foreign cultures, and its campaign to fund the construction of the Kirby building. Part II consists of the bulletin, "International Institute News," from 1945-1980, which was published several times a year.

History

In 1911, the national board of the YWCA established the first International Institute branch in New York City to assist the growing number of immigrant women. Eight years later, in 1919, the Detroit branch opened at Witherell and Adams. In 1935, the Detroit Institute combined with the Women’s Industrial Branch of the YWCA with headquarters on East Grand Boulevard. The Detroit Institute’s affiliation with the YWCA ended in 1945, when it incorporated as the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian agency. In 1951, the International Institute moved to a building it had constructed on Kirby at John R.

The purpose of the International Institute is to promote the welfare, education, and social integration of immigrant and minority peoples, both permanent residents and visitors. Just as the Institute offers services to immigrants and minority groups that help them adjust to American culture and customs, obtain citizenship and employment, and improve community services in ethnic neighborhoods, it also promotes understanding of the histories, folk arts and crafts and contributions of people of different cultural backgrounds among the larger metropolitan community.

Arrangement

Part I: Folders are listed in the order in which they appear.
Part II: Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection. Box numbering continues Part One.

Related Materials

International Institute Collections

Transfers

Part I: A number of photographs, films and scrapbooks have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection and several issues of the International Institute newsletter have been transferred to the Archives Library.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2012-05-22: Part 2 processed and finding aid updated by Jennifer Meekhof.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA