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Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association



  • Existence: 1934-1972

Administrative History

The Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association (YWMIA) was a youth organization for young women associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Previously known as the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association, it was renamed in 1934. In 1972 the organization merged with the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association to form the Aaronic Priesthood MIA Young Women.


YWMIA sports-camp manual, 1961: t.p. (Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association)

Wikipedia, Mar. 3, 2011 (Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association; youth organization for young women; auxiliary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; est. 1869 as the Young Ladies' Department of the Cooperative Retrenchment Association; renamed as the Young Ladies' Retrenchment Association in 1871; renamed Young Ladies' National Mutual Improvement Association (abbreviated YLNMIA) in 1877; renamed as Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association (abbreviated YLMIA) in 1904; renamed as Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association (YWMIA) in 1934; merged with Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association to form Aaronic Priesthood MIA Young Women in 1972; split to form Young Women and Young Men organizations in 1974)

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Wesley C. Carter scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9162
Scope and Contents Contains scrapbooks from Wesley Carol Carter pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building mission program in the southeast area of the United States and histories of the YWMIA. Scrapbooks include photographs and brief histories of church building missionaries called to serve in the southeast area, as well as newspaper and church publications pertaining to church building projects in which Wesley Carol Carter was involved. Scrapbooks also include photographs of the...

Mary Ann Burnham Freeze diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 993
Scope and Contents Handwritten diaries, a letter, and a notebook. Freeze writes about her life in Salt Lake City and in Logan, Utah. She served as a member of the General Board of the Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She writes about her various activities and comments on such issues as polygamy.

Joan Peart scrapbook

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7916
Scope and Contents Contains scrapbook containing work that Joan Peart completed as a Beehive. The items document her activities such as tending children, cleaning up after herself, and other homemaking skills. The materials date from between 1939 and 1940.

Records of the Young Men's and Young Women's Mutual Improvement Associations at Brigham Young University

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 224
Scope and Contents Contains the minutes, program notes, history, and newsclippings of the weekly M.I.A. assemblies held at BYU.

Bertha S. Reeder papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1924
Scope and Contents Correspondence, pamphlets, programs, maps, lessons, sheet music, memorabilia, reports, scrapbooks, bulletins, and a history. The materials relate to Reeder's work in the YWMIA and to the Mormon Church in general. The items also relate to Reeder's travels. Much of the correspondence is to congratulate Reeder on her accomplishments.

Bertha S. Reeder photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4232
Scope and Contents Contains five scrapbooks and three larger photographs relating to Bertha S. Reeder, her church service, and her travels. Includes Reeder family photographs, news clippings detailing Reeder's term in the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association (YWMIA) presidency, tourist information, and postcards of New England.

Elizabeth Souter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2037
Abstract The Elizabeth Souter papers contain letters, mission journals, diaries from throughout her life and scrapbooks relating to her mission.

Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association meeting minutes

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 692
Scope and Contents Photocopy of handwritten meeting minutes and a list. The minutes were taken at a meeting held on 3 May 1881 to organize the association in the Provo First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The item lists members, and the secretary, Pauline E. Hardy, also records her testimony of the Mormon faith.

Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1765
Scope and Contents Ledger books, schedule books, a history, a deed, receipts, reports, and correspondence. The materials relate to the Girl's Canyon home in Provo Canyon, Utah, for the Mutual Improvement Association of the Mormon Church. The items document the financing and the operation of the camp.