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Guide to the Ladies' Christian Union Records
1850-2001 (Bulk 1858-1960)
  MS 359

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ladies' Christian Union Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1850-2001 (Bulk 1858-1960)
Abstract: The collection consists of the records of the Ladies' Christian Union, an organization that provided affordable housing to young women in New York City. It documents 150 years of efforts to assist young women working and studying in New York City.

Series I through XIII of the collection are digitized and available in the  Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.
Quantity: 9.5 Linear feet (14 Archival Boxes and 3 Metal Boxes)
Call Phrase: MS 359

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Historical Note

Missing Title
1858 Mrs. Caroline Roberts establishes the "Ladies' Christian Association" to hold Protestant prayer meetings for employed young women. After a request by a young woman for Christian boarding turns up nothing, the women decide to create and maintain housing for young, unmarried, Protestant women living in New York City.
1860 Ladies' Christian Association rents its first house at 21 Amnity Street, now West Third Street, to let to young women. The women are to be self-supporting or students and have testimonials of character.
1870 The "Young Ladies' Branch" is established as an auxiliary group of the Ladies' Christian Union. The group seeks to assist young women by "securing for them safe boarding places in private families, employment, church privileges and intellectual improvement" (1870 Annual Report). The Band of Prayer, in which members pray for the petitions of others, is also established as part of the Ladies' Christian Union.
1871 The "Young Ladies' Branch" of the LCU reorganizes and becomes the independent organization the "Young Ladies' Christian Association," and later the "Young Women's Christian Association," more commonly known as the YWCA.
1873 The LCU embarks upon a temporary home for women of all ages at 133 MacDougal St. Called the Branch Home, it is later transformed into a more permanent home open to all women, married, unmarried or widowed.
1887 New home purchased at 72 Seventh Ave as the Home for Young Girls. The board is kept at a low rate for girls who are especially inexperienced and unskilled in work.
1893 The Eva House purchased at 153 East Sixty-Second Street as a new home for young women.
1908 The Rosemary House, a gift from Joseph Milbank to mark the jubilee year of the LCU, is established at 24 West Twelfth Street as the fourth home of the Ladies' Christian Union.
1911 Also a donation from Joseph Milbank, the Katharine House opens at 118 West 13th Street.
1918 Milbank Memorial Home at 11-13 West Tenth Street given to LCU by Mr. Jeremiah Milbank.
1922 The Roberts House on 151 East 36th Street is given to the Ladies' Christian Union by Miss Mary Roberts, daughter of Mrs. Caroline O. Roberts, its first director.
1923 Two trained nurses are employed to attend to sick girls living in the homes.
1942 The LCU allows women who have married overseas servicemen to remain in the homes. This is the only time the LCU allows married women to live in the homes other than the Branch Home.
1970 The LCU constitution changes to remove religious and/or ethnic restrictions on boarders from its Constitution.
1971 Annual Report states that the Sage House has white and black girls living together "compatibly."
2000-2001 The last LCU homes for women, the Katharine House and Roberts House, close to the public, and the LCU becomes a private grant giving foundation. It awards grants to schools and not-for-profit institutions to help young women with housing expenses who are studying or starting careers in New York City.
2003 Ladies' Christian Union changes its name to the LCU Foundation.

List of LCU Homes with Dates of Operation

Missing Title
1860-1976 Sage House, formerly called the Young Women's Home
21 Amnity Street (1860)
174-176 E. Fourteenth Street (1860-1868)
27 & 28 Washington Square North (1868-1897)
49 West 9th Street (1897-1976)
1873-1968 Hegeman House, formerly called the Branch Home and/or the Temporary Home for Women
133 MacDougal (1873-1878)
268 West 11th Street (1878-1880)
308 Second Avenue (1880-1968)
1887-1890 72 Seventh Avenue
1893-1922 The Eva
153 East 62nd Street
1908-1970 Rosemary House
24 West 12th Street
1911-2000 Katharine House
118 West 13th Street
1919-1994 Milbank House
11 West 10th Street
1922-2000 Roberts House
151 East 36th Street

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Scope and Content Note

The Ladies' Christian Union (LCU) collection documents 140 years of efforts to provide safe and affordable housing to young Christian women in New York City. The collection is arranged by type of material and contains administrative materials, photographs, brochures, articles, and comprehensive information on the houses, boarders, members, and history of the LCU. Portions of this collection have been digitized and can be viewed here.

This collection's strength is its overview of young women working and studying in New York City from 1858-2001. The Annual Reports describe the changes in young women's professions, fields of study, recreational interests, and political concerns. For instance, early occupations of boarders included teachers, seamstresses, governesses, telegraph operators, and milliners while professions in the twentieth century began to include drama students, secretaries, librarians, and eventually, business and engineering students. Similarly, the patriotic work of the women during World War II contrasts with views from the 1968 Annual Report describing the difficulty of providing for young women, "while they are loudly rejecting everything current, including both the domestic and foreign policies of this country."

The early annual reports also recount the number of foreign residents and the number of girls who left the house to marry. The reports describe the large number of illnesses and deaths among the women living in the homes and how the LCU eventually provided nurses and health insurance to its residents. Other items include a ledger book of boarders from 1864-1870 and minutes of general meetings and house meetings, which reveal conflicts with boarders and circumstances when young women were asked to leave.

The collection also supports research on the general history of the administration and membership of the LCU. Claiming to be the first women's Christian association in the world, the LCU was a model for other women's Christian efforts such as the YWCA. The administrative files, particularly the annual reports, demonstrate the rise of the organization and the successes and challenges of its efforts. The collection also documents the early devotional work of the organization. Originally, the LCU focused on devotional work, including a Devotional Committee which oversaw prayer meetings and its Band of Prayer, and Christian housing. The files show how the organization began concentrating less on its devotional work and more on the operation of its houses. The Annual Reports in the collection support research into the architectural history of the various LCU buildings, and some of the general meeting and house meeting minutes describe local crime incidents.

Notable items in the collection include two letters from writer and photographer, Jacob Riis to the LCU administration regarding complaints from a boarder. Another item is a pamphlet entitled, "Behind the Lace Curtains of the YWCA," which attempts to expose the Communist infiltration of the YWCA. The collection includes three metal boxes that display the Ladies' Christian Union logo.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by type of material.

The Ladies' Christian Union Records have been organized into the following 15 series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Histories of the LCU, 1958, undated
  2. Series II: Reports, 1859-2001
  3. Series III: Minutes, 1858-1958
  4. Series IV: Real Estate Documents, 1850-1931
  5. Series V: Financial and Tax Materials, 1869-1907
  6. Series VI: Correspondence, 1872-1977, undated
  7. Series VII: Lists of Boarders and Members of LCU, 1860-1870, undated
  8. Series VIII: Photographs, [1880-1994], undated
  9. Series IX: Brochures, [1870-1966], undated
  10. Series X: LCU Celebrations and Events, 1868-1966, undated
  11. Series XI: Tributes to LCU Leaders, 1874-1949, undated
  12. Series XII: Manuals, 1869-1876
  13. Series XIII: Articles, 1868-1997, undated
  14. Series XIV: Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), 1860-1945
  15. Series XV: Books, 1911-1932

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Garrette, Eve
  • Marsh, S. F., Mrs.
  • Milbank, Ella Dunlevy, d. 1912
  • Roberts, Caroline D., d. 1874
  • Schulze, Theodore, Mrs.

Document Type

  • Tax records
  • Reports
  • Mortgages
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Manuals
  • Ephemera.
  • Accounts
  • Biographies (documents)
  • Circulars
  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Correspondence.
  • Deeds.
  • Photographic prints.

Subject Organizations

  • YWCA of the City of New York

Subject Topics

  • Women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Housing
  • Women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Societies, etc.
  • Women -- Religious life -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Single women -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Religious institutions -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Young women -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Women's prayer groups
  • Christian women -- Religious life

Subject Places

  • United States -- Religion -- 19th century
  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Donation by Ladies' Christian Union, 2001 and 2002.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.) Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Ladies' Christian Union Records, The New-York Historical Society.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of Series I through XIII are available in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.

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Container List

Series I: Histories of the LCU, 1958, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of histories of the LCU or important documents from its history. One of the two copies of the book Her New York Story in box 14 is signed by the author and members of the LCU. There are 27 more copies of  Her New York Story in the LCU oversize metal boxes 15,16, and 17.  These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Written Timeline
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Constitution
undated
Box: 14 Her New York Story, The Ladies' Christian Union 1858-1958 by Eve Garrette (2 copies)
1958
Box: 15-17 Her New York Story, The Ladies' Christian Union 1858-1958 by Eve Garrette (27 copies)
1958

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Series II: Reports, 1859-2001

Scope and Contents note

This series contains administrative reports of the LCU in general as well as specific reports for particular houses and of the Devotional Committee. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Subseries 1: Annual Reports of the LCU, 1859-2001

Scope and Contents note

The annual reports of the Ladies' Christian Union provide a thorough overview of the LCU's activities for the years 1859-2001. They include the treasurer's report, the names of subscribers and members, a report on the devotional work for the year, and the constitution and bylaws of the organization. Annual Reports after 1895 include reports from the Annual Meetings. The annual reports also provide dated descriptions of the buildings used for boarders. They often describe the layout, decorations, and repairs or modernizations made to the buildings, such as additions of electricity or steam heat. They also list forms of entertainment provided for the girls such as sewing machines and a library and, eventually, televisions, stereos, and computers.

The annual reports also contain some general information on the boarders that the LCU served. They contain examples of the boarders' professions and their subjects of study and also include the number of girls who married or who suffered illnesses that year. Despite the fact that deaths were common, the Annual Reports from the nineteenth and early twentieth century focus on the healthfulness of their facilities. The Annual Reports also consistently reaffirm why affordable Christian housing is imperative to the young women of the age.

There were no annual reports created for 1999 and 2000.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Annual Reports
1859-1869
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Annual Reports
1870-1879
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Annual Reports
1880-1889
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Annual Reports
1890-1899
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Annual Reports
1900-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Annual Reports
1910-1919
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Annual Reports
1920-1929
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Annual Reports
1930-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Annual Reports
1940-1949
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Annual Reports
1950-1959
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Annual Reports
1960-1969
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Annual Reports
1970-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Annual Reports
1980-1989
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Annual Reports
1990-1998
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Annual Report
2001

Subseries 2: Reports of Sage House, 1888-1957

Scope and Contents note

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Reports of Young Women's Home
1888-1899
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Year End Reports of Sage House
1946-1957

Subseries 3: Reports of Katharine House, 1942-1945

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains reports on the residents, employees, and maintenance of the Katharine House. It includes some wartime information such as household shortages and extra responsibilities taken on by the young women such as air raid duty or first aid classes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Reports of House Committee for Katharine House
1942-1945

Subseries 4: Reports of the Devotional Committee, 1871-1882

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains the reports of the Devotional Committee of the LCU. The reports summarize all the devotional work overseen by the Committee, including the Devotional Meetings and the Band of Prayer.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Reports of the Devotional Committee
1871-1882

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Series III: Minutes, 1858-1958

Scope and Contents note

This series includes minutes from different groups within the LC, including the minutes of the organization as a whole, minutes of the Sage House and minutes of the Devotional Meetings. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Subseries 1: Minutes of General Meetings of LCU, 1858-1917

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes an almost complete set of minutes for general LCU meetings for years 1858-1917. The minutes contain discussion of the current business of the organization including statements from the treasurer, reports of various committees, and descriptions of issues concerning houses owned by the LCU. The minute books reveal details about the death of LCU members, issues with specific boarders, and particulars regarding the purchase and maintenance of LCU homes. The books also contain minutes of the Annual Meeting, usually held in January of each year.

Some of the meeting minutes are from monthly meetings (1868-1870 and 1914-1917) and others are from meetings held bimonthly (1871-1913). Because the LCU did not meet July through September, there are no minutes for those months in any year.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Minute Book
1858 Nov.-1870 Nov.
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Minute Book
1870 Dec.-1875 May
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Minute Book
1875 Oct.-1876 Oct.
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Minute Book
1876 Oct.-1877 Nov.
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Minute Book
1877 Dec.-1882 Oct.
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Minute Book
1882 Oct.-1883 Dec.
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Minute Book
1884 Jan.-1885 Oct.
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Minute Book
1885 Nov.-1890 Dec.
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Minute Book
1891 Jan.-1892 Dec.
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Minute Book
1893
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Minute Book
1894
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Minute Book
1895
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Minute Book
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Minute Book
1897
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Minute Book
1898
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Minute Book
1899
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Minute Book
1900
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Minute Book
1901
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Minute Book
1902
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Minute Book
1903
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Minute Book
1904
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Minute Book
1905
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Minute Book
1906
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Minute Book
1907
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Minute Book
1908
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Minute Book
1909
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Minute Book
1910
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Minute Book
1911
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Minute Book
1913-1917
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Drafts of Minutes
1874-1875

Subseries 2: Minutes of Sage House, 1867-1958

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains information on the administration of the Young Women's Home, later called the Sage House. It includes minutes detailing the condition of the building as well as information on boarders.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Minutes of Young Women's Home
1867-1868
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Minutes of Young Women's Home
1869-1871
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Sage House Committee Meeting Minutes
1939-1945
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Minutes of Board Meetings of Sage House
1945-1950
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Minutes of Board Meetings of Sage House
1950-1958

Subseries 3: Minutes of Devotional Meetings, 1867-1871

Scope and Contents note

The Devotional Meetings held by the LCU met on Wednesdays from November through May. The meetings were open to anyone and included prayer and a sharing of Christian thoughts or experiences. The minutes of the meetings describe the testimonies and prayers that occurred during the meetings.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Minutes of the Devotional Meetings
1867-1871

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Series IV: Real Estate Documents, 1850-1931

Scope and Contents note

This series contains documents relating to the renting, ownership, and administration of the houses used by the LCU. This includes documents relating to insurance coverage as well as inspection certificates and code violations. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Subseries 1: Sage House, 1850-1911

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes property information such as leases, deeds, and titles for 27 and 28 Washington Square North and 49 West 9th Street. Since the Sage House was the LCU's oldest home, this subseries contains the largest amount of material in the series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 3 "Lease Assignments and Papers" relating to title at No. 29 Washington Square
1850-1868
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Papers connected with Purchase of Property at 27 and 28 Washington Square
1866-1868
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Papers and Leases re 27-29 Washington Square
1868-1897
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Deeds and Titles for 49 West 9th Street
1890, 1897
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Petition to move Young Women's Home to 49 West 9th Street
1907
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Building Reports and Papers Connected to Construction of West 9th Street Tunnel
1905-1911
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Department of Buildings Code Violation for 27 and 28 Washington Square
1874

Subseries 2: Hegeman House, 1873-1923

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains real estate documents from the various locations of the Hegeman House. The Abstract of Title to 308 Second Avenue recounts the history of the property that was formerly part of Peter Stuyvesant's estate.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Abstract of Title to 308 Second Avenue
1881
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Deeds and Mortgages for 308 Second Avenue
1879-1923
Box: 8 Folder : 12 133 MacDougal, Lease
1870-1873
Box: 8 Folder : 13 268 West 11th Street, Lease
1878

Subseries 3: Katharine House, 1910

Scope and Contents note

A bill for the development of real estate title insurance.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Katharine House Insurance Bill
1910

Subseries 4: Milbank Memorial House, 1919

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains insurance and building inspection information for the Milbank Home on 10th Street. The inspection certificates indicate the examination of the house's wiring, fixtures, and electrical apparatus.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Deed for Milbank Memorial Home
1919
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Electrical Inspection Certificates for Milbank Memorial Home
1919

Subseries 5: Rosemary House, 1908

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains the deed for the Rosemary House as well as a letter from an attorney recommending more insurance coverage for the house and the furniture.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Deed for Rosemary House
1908
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Letter re Insurance Coverage
1908

Subseries 6: Roberts House, 1931

Scope and Contents note

The one folder of material contains an agreement between the Roberts House and a neighbor over the proposed construction of a wall.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Agreement re Construction of Wall
1931

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Series V: Financial and Tax Materials, 1869-1907

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains material that relates to the finances and bills of the LCU and its homes. The series is mainly comprised of the account books which detail money raised and money spent on groceries, repairs, salaries, etc. The tax assessments in this subseries also list the taxes paid on each LCU home. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Account Book
1869 Jan.-1877 Nov.
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Account Book
1877 Dec.-1883 Dec.
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Tax Assessments for LCU Homes
1868-1889
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Tax Assessments for LCU Homes
1890-1905
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Property Taxes, Legal Advice
1869-1870, 1907
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Assessment of the LCU as Charitable Institution
1873
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Legal Documents re Money Left to the LCU in wills
1883-1905
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Water Bills for 27 and 28 Washington Square and 133 MacDougal (Sage House and Hegeman House)
1869-1897
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Assessment of Water Rents
1884

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Series VI: Correspondence, 1872-1977, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains correspondence on diverse topics. It includes correspondence with magazines and filmmakers about the representation of the LCU in articles and films. The folder regarding trouble with a boarder at the Sage House refers to a woman who wrote an article about the inadequacies of the home. This folder also contains two letters from Jacob Riis, conveying a complaint from a boarder to the LCU administration. The letters from Mrs. Caroline Roberts detail her spiritual life and her trip abroad in an attempt to convalesce. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Notes and correspondence re the making of LCU brochures
1940-1950
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Letter to Churches Enclosing a LCU Brochure
1977
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Correspondence re Articles about LCU Homes
1947-1956
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Correspondence re LCU footage in short film, "White Collar Girls"
1948
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Letters and Clippings re Boarder at Sage House and "the trouble she made"
1899-1901
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Letters from Caroline D. Roberts (Mrs. Marshall O. Roberts) to LCU
1872-1873
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Thank You Letters from Residents
1950-1952
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Letter from Caroline Roberts to Mrs. Wychoff asking her to be Treasurer of LCU
undated

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Series VII: Lists of Boarders and Members of LCU, 1860-1870

Subseries 1: Lists of Boarders, 1860-1870, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains volumes providing personal details of particular boarders, or "inmates" as the LCU initially called them, of the LCU homes. The volumes included in this series contain the names, profession, Protestant denomination, references given, and sometimes the family situation of numerous boarders. The Day Book contains lists of cash received and household goods purchased. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 18 List of Boarders (describes woman's individual situation and profession)
1864-1870
Box: 9 Folder : 19 Day Book (includes names and references of boarders, payments, and expenses)
1860-1865

Subseries 2: Lists of Members of LCU, 1858-1938, undated

Scope and Contents note

The volumes in this subseries mainly include the names, addresses, and Protestant denomination of each member. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 20 List of Members of Ladies' Christian Union
1896-1938
Box: 9 Folder : 21 List of Elected Managers of LCU, includes dates of death of individuals
1858-1934
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Address Book of Members, includes individual's religion
1872-1873
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Address Book of Members, includes individual's religion
1859-1879
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Address Book of Members, includes denomination and church
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Address Book of Members, includes denomination and church
undated

Subseries 3: Lists of Members of Band of Prayer, 1870-1882

Scope and Contents note

The Band of Prayer was a group of the LCU who prayed for each others' petitions. The Band was open to women everywhere, and had members from all over the country and eventually, all over the world. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Lists of Members
1872-1882
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Lists of Members
undated

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Series VIII: Photographs, [1880-1994], undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains photographs of the residents of the LCU, the interiors and exteriors of the homes, and a few pictures of the workers. Many of these photographs are featured in brochures of the LCU. The pictures of the residents include depictions of the girls eating in the dining hall, lounging in the "parlor," reading or watching television, and sitting outside in the garden or playing ping pong. The photographs of the buildings are organized by the name of the home whenever possible. The building photographs do not contain pictures of the residents, jusy pictures of the facades or empty interiors. Unfortunately, many of the interior and exterior shots cannot be identified with a particular home. There are only a few photographs of the administrators and workers within the homes. Dates of most of the photographs are approximate. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Residents in Dining Halls
[1920-1994]
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Residents in Rooms
[1980-1990]
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Residents, Indoor Recreation
[1950-1994]
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Residents, Outdoor Recreation
[1950-1994]
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Residents at Christmas Parties
1945, 1990, 1993
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Sage House, formerly the Young Women's Home
[1880-1960]
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Hegeman House, formerly the Branch Home
[1920], undated
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Katharine House
1930, 1932, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Milbank Memorial Home
[1920-1994]
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Rosemary House
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Roberts House
[1920-1980]
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Eva Home
[1900]
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Unidentified Buildings, Interiors
[1990-1994]
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Unidentified Buildings, Interiors
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Unidentified Building, Exteriors
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Unidentified Building, Garden
[1994]
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Unidentified Building, Bathrooms
[1990-1994]
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Unidentified Building, Bathrooms
[1960-1994]
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Photographs of Administrative Timeline of LCU
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Negatives
undated
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Residents (Oversize)
[1950-1959]
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Building Exteriors (Oversize)
undated
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Building Interiors (Oversize)
undated
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Building Interiors (Oversize)
undated
Box: 13 Folder : Object Halftone photomechanical printing blocks used in production of 1950's LCU Brochure
[1950-1955]

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Series IX: Brochures, [1870-1966], undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains brochures and circulars generated by the LCU about its homes, services, and devotional work. These materials have been digitzed and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Copies of LCU Brochure, "Where to Live in New York"
[1955]
Box: 11 Folder : 14 Copies of LCU Brochure, "Where to Live in New York"
[1955]
Box: 11 Folder : 15 Brochures for Hegeman House entitled, "Temporary Homes for Women"
[1873-1876]
Box: 11 Folder : 16 Band of Prayer Informational Circulars
1870-1877
Box: 11 Folder : 17 Brochure for Sage House Memorial Library
1966
Box: 11 Folder : 18 General Brochures about LCU
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 19 Brochure that includes a blank applications for residency and regulations for boarders
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 20 Circular stating the Order of Exercises for the Devotional Meetings
undated

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Series X: LCU Celebrations and Events, 1868-1966, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains speeches, ephemera, and objects from LCU celebrations and events. These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 21 Peter Cooper's Address at the Opening of the Young Women's Home
1868
Box: 11 Folder : 22 Speech re Celebration of Fortieth Anniversary of Rosemary House
1948
Box: 11 Folder : 23 Centennial Address by Joseph Sizoo, D.D.
1959
Box: 11 Folder : 24 Programs from 75th and 100th Anniversary Celebrations of LCU
1932, 1958
Box: 11 Folder : 25 Programs for Concerts
1881, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 26 Tickets to Annual Meetings and other LCU Events
1908, 1966
Box: 11 Folder : 27 Calendars of Meeting Dates
1901-1906
Box: 13 Folder : Object Trowel presented to Ella Dunlevy Milbank on the laying of the cornerstone of Katharine House
1930
Box: 13 Folder : Object Plaque donated to Helen A. Clark Memorial Library at the Sage House
undated

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Series XI: Tributes to LCU Leaders, 1874-1949, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series contains information relating to the leaders and members of the LCU. Most of the material consists of tributes to LCU members who had recently died. In addition to The Royalty of Faith in box 14, three more copies of the book are housed in the metal LCU box 15.  These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 28 Tributes to Mrs. Caroline Roberts
[1874]
Box: 11 Folder : 29 Tributes to Ella Dunlevy Milbank
1912-1913
Box: 11 Folder : 30 Tribute to Mrs. Theodore Schulze
1949
Box: 11 Folder : 31 Tribute to Mrs. S. F. Marsh
1896
Box: 14 The Royalty of Faith: A Meditation on the Life of Mrs. Marshall O. Roberts, by Joseph P. Thompson (2 copies)
undated
Box: 15 The Royalty of Faith: A Meditation on the Life of Mrs. Marshall O. Roberts, by Joseph P. Thompson (3 copies)
undated

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Series XII: Manuals, 1869-1876

Scope and Contents

These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Manuals of LCU
1869-1876
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Band of Prayer Manuals
1870

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Series XIII: Articles, 1868-1997, undated

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of various articles written about the houses, boarders, and administrators of the Ladies' Christian Union. The scrapbook contains articles from Christian papers such as the Advocate and Guardian,  New York Daily Witness, and  Advance.  These materials have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Magazine and Newspaper Clippings
1877-1997, undated
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Article, "Residence Clubs" in Glamour
1947
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Article, "More Than Bed and Board" in Cosmopolitan
1981
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Scrapbook of Articles
1868-1883

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Series XIV: Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), 1860-1945

Scope and Contents note

This series contains a small amount of material on the history of the YWCA, which began in 1870 as the Young Ladies' Branch of the Ladies' Christian Union. The material contains some handouts outlining the history of the Association and appeals for funds. Also included is a 1948 pamphlet by Joseph Kamp reporting on the "infiltration" of Communists in the YWCA and accusing the association of disseminating Communist propaganda.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Historical Sketches of the YWCA
1920, 1945
Box: 12 Folder : 8 "Behind the Lace Curtains of the YWCA" by Joseph Kamp
1948
Box: 12 Folder : 9 An Appeal by the "Women's Christian Association"
[1860]
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Resolution by the Women's Christian Association re Death of Mrs. Caroline Roberts
[1874]
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Circular by "Young Ladies' Branch" of the Ladies' Christian Union
1870

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Series XV: Books, 1911-1932

Scope and Contents note

This series contains books that appear to have been part of a house library or books left by residents.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 14 Rational Typewriting, Typewriting textbook
1911
Box: 14 Recollections of an Old New Yorker, by Frederick Van Wyck
1932

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