YMCA World War I Service Punch Cards, United States, 1917-1919

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • National War Work Council, Y.M.C.A. of the United States
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
World War I; YMCA of the USA
  • Abstract

    In the course of staffing its assigned operations and the other activities in support of the armed forces during World War I, the American Young Men's Christian Association (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 versus 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 datasets include: DS1: Decoded data from all 27,000+ punch cards, including the name of the scanned image file that corresponds to that record; DS2: Technical metadata for the digital scans; DS3: Transcribed data from crowdsourcing via the Zooniverse platform; Additionally, there is a zip package that contains the scanned images of all 27,000+ punch cards
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: YMCA Punch Card Data
    • DS2: YMCA Scan Metadata
    • DS3: YMCA Zooniverse Processed Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1917--1919
  • 1917 / 1919
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • record abstracts
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 37646 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2020-12-18 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-12-18