Colored Work Department records, 1871-1946.


Colored Work Department records, 1871-1946.

Reports, newsletters and other publications, correspondence of the department staff, speeches, and other records of the Colored Work Department and predecessor programs established as avenues for African American participation in and service to the YMCA.

4.9 linear ft. (11 boxes and 1 oversize folder).


SNAC Resource ID: 7855024

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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