Document 23: "Tentative Plan for the Affiliation of the C.Y.W.C.A. with the Y.W.C.A. of Baltimore City Through a Joint Committee," [April 1912], unprocessed collection of YWCA of Greater Baltimore, 128 W. Franklin Street, 1883-1902.
The following document, prepared by officers of the white Baltimore YWCA, provides a sense of the structure under which the Colored Y was being considered for affiliation in 1912. As the National Board had stipulated for affiliation in such cases, the two YWCAs would create a Joint Committee with five representatives from each, under the chairmanship of a member of the white YWCA. Notice that there were no restrictions set for fundraising "among the colored race," but that the Finance Committee of the white Y had to give its approval for fundraising among "white contributors." The structure of the Joint Committee and the constraints on fundraising reflected the subordinate status of the Colored YWCA under this affiliation agreement.
TENTATIVE PLAN FOR THE AFFILIATION OF THE C.Y.W.C.A. WITH THE Y.W.C.A OF BALTIMORE CITY THROUGH A JOINT COMMITTEE.
We, the undersigned, official representatives of the Board of Directors of the Y.W.C.A. cooperating with the present management of the C.Y.W.C.A. agree to affiliate the same through a “Joint Committee”, provided the management of the C.Y.W.C.A. will agree to unite under the existing laws that regulate membership in the Y.W.C.A.: viz:-Article III Section 1-Constitution: “Any woman of good moral character may become a member of this Association.” Section 2(a) “The active membership of this Association shall consist of women over fifteen years of age who are members of good standing in Protestant churches. Only active members shall vote at the annual election, and be on the Board of Directors.” Section 2 (b) “The associate membership of this Association shall consist of women over fifteen years of age who shall have all the privileges of the Association except those exclusively delegated to active members.”
Also, provided, that the Chairman of this “Joint Committee” shall be a member of the Board of Directors of the Y.W.C.A. and appointed by the President of the Y.W.C.A. to represent the work of the C.Y.W.C.A. on said Board; this committee to consist of five representatives from the Y.W.C.A. and five representatives from the C.Y.W.C.A.
The Y.W.C.A. further agrees to assist the C.Y.W.C.A. in providing for the salary of a trained worker, and agrees to do this as long as the work justifies it, but further stipulates that it will not be responsible for any expense other than the salary of the trained worker, incurred by the C.Y.W.C.A.
The Y.W.C.A. further stipulates that this trained worker shall be under the direct supervision of the “Joint Committee.”
Subscriptions for the salary of said worker may be obtained in any way deemed best by the “Joint Committee” among the colored race, but only from such white contributors as are approved by the Finance Committee of the Y.W.C.A.