Rebecca Williams Community House records

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Rebecca Williams Community House records

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Special Collections and Archives

Rebecca Williams Community House records

Rebecca Williams Community House records

Finding Aid

Prepared by Sheppard Black June 4, 1976; Prepared for the Web by Barbara Bass, August 23, 1999; Last Updated: March 2020


Inclusive Dates: 1929-1969
Extent: 8.5 cubic feet (9 record storage boxes)
Physical Location: Storage


Storage Note: This collection is housed in a climate-controlled environment off site and requires at least up to three weeks for retrieval. Please call or email the department with requests for this material prior to planning your visit.


Historical Note: The Rebecca Williams Community House was founded in 1924 to meet the needs of boys and girls in a crowded section of the city of Warren. The Trumbull Steel Company and later the Republic Steel Corporation, of which it became a part, had attracted workers to the community. Many of these settled near the mill in the area south of the Erie railroad tracks. Living conditions became crowded and playground space and recreational facilities for young people were negligible. When the Rebecca Williams Community House was incorporated on March 19, 1930, the objectives, as stated in Article II, were as follows: The aim of this organization shall be to enlist and organize the efforts of Christian men and women and young people in the social and religious work, and in community welfare in Warren and vicinity, and to cooperate with other societies and agencies in such work.


Scope and Content: The collection includes correspondence, reports, minutes, financial records, publicity materials and information on the organization's programs and services.


Arrangement: The division of materials within the collection reflects original file identification wherever possible and appropriate. Materials within the collection have been assigned to ten series.


Acquisition Information: The materials in this collection were transferred to Special Collections and Archives by Christopher Faiver, Acting Director of the Rebecca Williams Community House, and James H. Culver, Sr., President, Board of Directors at the time of transfer. The initial collection was received on November 17, 1975; additional photographs were received on January 16, 1976.


Restrictions on Access: Please note that Case Records, Series 10, Box 9, of the collection are restricted until 2025.


Box 1
Folder -- Contents

  1. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1929
  2. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1930's
  3. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1940's
  4. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1950, January-March
  5. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1950, April-June
  6. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1950, July-September
  7. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1950, October-December
  8. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1951, January-March
  9. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1951, April-June
  10. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1951, July-September
  11. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1951, October-December
  12. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1952, January-March
  13. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1952, April-June
  14. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1952, July-September
  15. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1952, October-December
  16. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1953, January-March
  17. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1953, April-June
  18. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1953, July-September
  19. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1953, October-December
  20. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1954, January-February
  21. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1954, March-April
  22. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1954, May-July
  23. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1954, August-October
  24. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1954, November-December
  25. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1955
  26. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1956
  27. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1957
  28. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1958
  29. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1959
  30. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1959
  31. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1959

Box 2
Folder -- Contents

  1. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1960
  2. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1961
  3. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1962
  4. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1963
  5. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1964
  6. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1965
  7. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1966
  8. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1967
  9. Correspondence: miscellaneous: 1968
  10. Correspondence: miscellaneous: undated
  11. Correspondence: Annual meeting: 1943-1962
  12. Correspondence: Annual meeting: 1963-1965
  13. Correspondence: Annual meeting: 1967-1968
  14. Correspondence: Insurance: 1939-1952
  15. Correspondence: Insurance: 1953-1961
  16. Correspondence: Insurance: 1962-1963
  17. Correspondence: Insurance: 1964-1968
  18. Correspondence: Tri-State Area Northeast Ohio Federation of Settlements (TANOFS): 1954-1961
  19. Correspondence: Tri-State Area Northeast Ohio Federation of Settlements (TANOFS): 1962-1968
  20. Correspondence: Job Applications: RWCH: 1952
  21. Correspondence: Sightless Club: 1952-1953
  22. Correspondence: Miscellaneous, including invoices; Flood Relief: 1959-1960
  23. Correspondence: Miscellaneous, dealing with building: includes Supervision Notes: 1950-1957
  24. Correspondence: Probation: 1963

Series 2: Community Chest

Scope and Content: Reports etc. Self Study. In August 1954, the Board of Directors of the RWCH requested the aid of the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers in undertaking a self study. That study and materials associated with its preparation are to be found in Folders 15 through 18. The self study itself will be found in Folder 15. The self study includes an historical overview of the RWCH and much additional material of interest to the researcher. Staff Logs: These records apparently are largely incomplete. They indicate an effort made for an unknown period of time to more accurately assess how, in what kinds of activity, staff time was spent. Report: RWCH, An Evaluative Study. This evaluation report was requested by the Women's Division of Christan Service of the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Methodist CHurch. It was prepared by Dr. Henry B. Ollendorff of Cleveland, Ohio, and submitted on January 7, 1948. The report is likely to be a great interest to the researcher.

Box 3
Folder -- Contents

  1. Annual Chest appropriation: monthly reports: 1958-1959
  2. Annual Chest appropriation: monthly reports: 1960-1961
  3. Annual Chest appropriation: monthly reports: 1962-1963
  4. Annual Chest appropriation: monthly reports: 1964-1965
  5. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1934-1951 (folder 1 of 2)
  6. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1934-1951 (folder 2 of 2)
  7. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1952-1953 (folder 1 of 2)
  8. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1952-1953 (folder 2 of 2)
  9. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1954-1957 (folder 1 of 2)
  10. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1954-1957 (folder 2 of 2)
  11. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1958-1961 (folder 1 of 2)
  12. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1958-1961 (folder 2 of 2)
  13. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1962-1965 (folder 1 of 2)
  14. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1962-1965 (folder 2 of 2)
  15. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1966
  16. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1962-1965
  17. Miscellaneous correspondence and financial reports: Community Chest: 1967-1968
  18. Director's Reports: 1946-1951
  19. Director's Reports: 1952-1959
  20. Director's Reports: 1960-1967
  21. Self Study
  22. Self Study
  23. Self Study
  24. Self Study
  25. Staff Logs: 1954-1955
  26. Staff Logs: 1954-1955
  27. Staff Logs: 1954-1955
  28. Report, RWCH, An Evaluative Study

Series 3: Reports and Minutes

Box 4
Folder--Contents

  1. Report: Juvenile Court, 1950-1952; summaries, 1932-1942. Reports from Juvenile Court, monthly, listing delinquents, names, addresses, ages, religion and race, offenses, and dispostion.
  2. Reports: minutes of the RWCH Program Committee:1950-1954
  3. Reports: minutes of the RWCH Board of Directors: 1947-1967
  4. Reports: records, attendance summaries, etc. for Women's Division of Christian Service (WDCS): 1938-1949
  5. Reports: records, attendance summaries, etc. for WDCS: 1950-1959
  6. Reports: records, attendance summaries, etc. for WDCS: 1960-1962
  7. Reports: records, attendance summaries, etc. for WDCS: 1963-1967
  8. Reports: records, attendance summaries, etc. for WDCS: undated
  9. Reports: minutes, ect., RWCH Auxiliary Council: 1954-1964
  10. Reports: minutes, ect., RWCH Auxiliary Council: 1965-1969
  11. Reports: minutes, etc., Board of Management, RWCH: incomplete
  12. Reports: Girl's Division: 1942-1949: incomplete
  13. Reports: Boy's Club: 1933-1940: incomplete
  14. Reports: Boy's Club: 1941-1947: incomplete
  15. Reports: Boy's Club: 1948-949: incomplete
  16. Reports: Boy's Club: miscellaneous materials: 1932-1942
  17. Reports: minutes: RWCH Advisory Board: 1951-1966
  18. Minutes: Staff Meetings: 1960-1965: incomplete
  19. Reports: etc., received from Women's Division of Christian Service (WDCS): 1946-1954
  20. Reports: etc., received from WDCS: 1956-1962
  21. Reports: etc., received from WDCS: 1964
  22. List of volunteers and officers: 1941-1968: incomplete
  23. Records, attendance, miscellaneous: 1931-1951
  24. Records, attendance, miscellaneous: 1952-1965

Series 4: Finance

Box 5
Folder--Contents

  1. Audits: 1944-1966: incomplete
  2. Finance: miscellaneous correspondence and financial records: 1957
  3. Finance: miscellaneous correspondence and financial records: 1957
  4. Finance: miscellaneous correspondence and financial records: 1958
  5. Finance: miscellaneous correspondence and financial records: 1959
  6. Finance: miscellaneous correspondence and financial records: 1960
  7. Financial reports prepared for the Women's Division of Christian Serivce (WDCS): 1931-1942: incomplete
  8. Financial reports prepared for the WDCS: 1943-1951
  9. Financial reports prepared for the WDCS: 1952-1958
  10. Financial reports prepared for the WDCS: 1959-1966
  11. Financial reports: miscellaneous: 1939-1963
  12. Financial reports: monthly, RWCH: 1958-1959
  13. Financial reports: monthly, RWCH: 1960-1961
  14. Financial reports: monthly, RWCH: 1962-1963
  15. Financial reports: monthly, RWCH: 1964-1965
  16. Finance: tax returns and payroll: incomplete
  17. Finance: receipts and disbursements (records in ledger pad): 1949-1950
  18. FInance: institutional income, including fees, sales, admissions, camp fees, etc.: 1960-1963
  19. Finance: utilities, including Community House, residence, and other utilities
  20. Finance: miscellaneous records, both income and disbursements: 1958-1962
  21. Finance: miscellaneous records, including utilities, repair and maintenance, new equipment purchases
  22. Finance: miscellaneous, including records for WDCS: 1958-1963
  23. Finance: miscellaneous records, including telephone, supplies, maintenance, dues, etc.: 1958-1963
  24. Finance: miscellaneous records: 1958-1962
  25. Finance: miscellaneous records: 1958-1962

Series 5: Gifts and Acknowledgements

  1. Correspondence: gifts and acknowledgements: 1956
  2. Correspondence: gifts and acknowledgements: 1957
  3. Correspondence: gifts and acknowledgements: 1958
  4. Correspondence: gifts and acknowledgements: 1959
  5. Correspondence: gifts and acknowledgements: 1965
  6. Correspondence: gifts and acknowledgements: 1966
  7. Correspondence: gifts and acknowledgements: 1967

Series 6: Publicity

  1. Correspondence and miscellaneous publicity: 1940-1952
  2. Correspondence and miscellaneous publicity: 1952-1966
  3. Newspaper clippings

Series 7: Camp and Summer Program

Scope and Content: Camp and Summer Program materials include correspondence, applications, minutes of staff meetings and miscellaneous items.

Box 6
Folder--Contents

  1. Camp and Summer Program: 1951
  2. Camp and Summer Program: 1958
  3. Camp and Summer Program: 1959
  4. Camp and Summer Program: 1960
  5. Camp and Summer Program: 1961
  6. Camp and Summer Program: 1962
  7. Camp and Summer Program: 1963
  8. Camp and Summer Program: 1963
  9. Camp and Summer Program: 1964
  10. Camp and Summer Program: 1965
  11. Camp and Summer Program: 1966
  12. Camp and Summer Program: 1967
  13. Camp and Summer Program: 1968

Series 8: Activities

  1. Correspondence and micellaneous material: Homemaker Service: 1963-1964
  2. Correspondence and micellaneous material: Communtiy Welfare Council: 1951
  3. Correspondence and micellaneous material: immigration and naturalization: For additional information on this area of RWCH activity, see Box 9, Case Records
  4. Correspondence and micellaneous material: Citizenship Day: 1952-1953; RWCH Style Shows: 1964-1967

Historical Note: Windham Community Service was apparently an affiliate of the Rebecca Williams Community House. Records of various types associated with the Windham Community Service are grouped in the following folders.

  1. Windham Community Service: correspondence and miscellany: 1958-1960
  2. Windham Community Service: correspondence and miscellany: 1960-1961
  3. Windham Community Service: correspondence, Women's Division of Christian Service (WDCS): 1951-1961
  4. Windham Community Service: correspondence, Women's Division of Christian Service (WDCS): 1954-1961
  5. Windham Community Service: minutes, Windham Industrial Development Committee: 1961
  6. Windham Community Service: financial records; ledger books (2); receipts and disbursements: 1954-1962; first volume includes record of Windham Community Service Pledge Fund
  7. Windham Community Service: financial records; monthly reports, apparently incomplete: 1959-1961. Also includes budget askings, 1961-1962, and miscellaneous items
  8. Windham Community Service: Financial records; audit reports, incomplete 1954-1961; also contains related correspondence and a bank book
  9. Windham Community Service: financial records; income tax and social security, misecllaneous materials
  10. Windham Community Service: printed materials origin other than Windham Community Service
  11. Windham Community Service: printed materials origin other than Windham Community Service

Series 9: Printed Material, Origin other than Rebecca Williams Community House.

Processing Note: Of these two boxes (Box 7 and 8) of material please note the following: The miscellaneous printed and mimeographed material is not filed by subject matter nor by agecy or origin. Nor is it arranged either alphabetically or chronologically. It is felt that this material is likely to be of interest to the research only as indicative of the wealth of printed material reaching a social service agency of the sort represented by the Rebecca Williams Community House.

Box 7
Folder--Contents

  1. Printed Material, etc.
  2. Printed Material, etc.
  3. Printed Material, etc.
  4. Printed Material, etc.
  5. Printed Material, etc.
  6. Printed Material, etc.
  7. Printed Material, etc.
  8. Printed Material, etc.
  9. Printed Material, etc.
  10. Printed Material, etc.
  11. Printed Material, etc.
  12. Printed Material, etc.
  13. Printed Material, etc.
  14. Printed Material, etc.
  15. Printed Material, etc.
  16. Printed Material, etc.
  17. Printed Material, etc.
  18. Printed Material, etc.

Box 8
Folder--Contents

  1. Printed Material, etc.
  2. Printed Material, etc.
  3. Printed Material, etc.
  4. Printed Material, etc.
  5. Printed Material, etc.
  6. Printed Material, etc.
  7. Printed Material, etc.
  8. Printed Material, etc.
  9. Printed Material, etc.
  10. Printed Material, etc.
  11. Printed Material, etc.
  12. Printed Material, etc.
  13. Printed Material, etc.
  14. Printed Material, etc.
  15. Printed Material, etc.
  16. Printed Material, etc.
  17. Printed Material, etc.
  18. Printed Material, etc.

Series 10: Case Records

Scope and Content: Records are largely incomplete and apparently dealt with efforts made by the RWCH to assist in problems of immigration and naturalization. These materials have been filed alphabetically by name.

Restrictions on Access: The records in this series are restricted until 2025.

Box 9
Folder--Contents

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D-G
  5. H-J
  6. K, 1 of 2
  7. K, 2 of 2
  8. L
  9. M-O
  10. P, 1 of 2
  11. P, 2 of 2
  12. R
  13. S
  14. T-Z