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United Community Services Women's Committee Records

Identifier: UR000420_women

Scope and Content

The papers of the Women's Committee include correspondence, reports, minutes, programs, and other material relating to the organization's activities in metropolitan Detroit from its inception.

Important subjects in the collection: Children in Detroit Detroit Community Fund Education in Detroit Health Care in Detroit Senior Citizens in Detroit Social Services in Detroit

Important correspondents in the collection: Baker, Helen Cody Banning, Margaret Livingstone, Elizabeth Wilkins Upson, Lent D.


  • 1935 - 1972


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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.


In 1935 a group of twenty-five women founded the Women's Mobilization Committee for Human Needs for the purpose of informing Detroiters about area social welfare agencies and building support for them within the community. In 1960, by which time the organization had become the United Community Services Women's Committee, the group boasted 5,000 active volunteers and was reaching out in a variety of ways. Community Clinics informed people about the Women's Committee's mission. The Committee offered Social Clinics to discuss community needs and maintained a Speakers Bureau in which experts talked about social problems in Detroit. A group of Friendly Visitors traveled the area to meet the needs of sick and elderly persons who had no other base of support. And the organization's annual Presidents' Day brought together leaders of women's organizations to discuss how they could work together to better assist the community.


25.5 Linear Feet (51 MB, 1 OS)


Subjects include: education in Detroit; senior citizens in Detroit; Detroit Community Fund; social services in Detroit; women volunteers


Folders are listed in the order in which they appear.


The papers of the United Community Services Women's Committee were transferred from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library in 1989.

Related Materials

United Way and United Community Services collections


A few photographs have been placed in the United Community Services photograph collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March 1994.
Guide to the United Community Services Women's Committee Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA