YMCA World War I Service Punch Cards



In the course of staffing its assigned operations and the other activities in support of the armed forces during World War I, the American YMCA recruited a grand total of 25,926 workers who, about equally divided between home and overseas assignments, served under the auspices of the organization. A partially machine-readable punch card was generated for each worker, including some or all of the following data: name, gender (men are on buff cards, women on white, African American Y/N (blue cards), year of birth, address, occupation, work placement, Placement date, salary, date left or returned, qualifications, religion, placed home vs. overseas, marital status, and education. The cards, which total approximately 27,600 including cross-reference cards, were digitized by the University of Minnesota Libraries and subsequently transcribed and indexed by FamilySearch International.

The dataset includes 27,364 jpg files (digital scans of the punch cards), an Excel spreadsheet compiling transcribed data from the cards, and a csv file with technical metadata for the digital scans.
Date made available2018
PublisherData Repository for the University of Minnesota
Date of data production1917 - 1919

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