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National Youth Administration Student Payment Card Indices

Call Number: UA212

Scope and Contents

The National Youth Administration card indices include form 449-S, form 256, and forms 308 and 309. The card indices include information of a student's employment for an academic year (including assignment or supervisor, pay, and school) or for a particular month (including assignment, hours worked and pay), information of the monthly allotment of a particular school as regards number of students, gender, hours worked, and money spent.


  • 1941 -- 1943


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research.


This collection is organized into one series: N.Y.A. index cards.


0.56 Linear Feet (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Funded by the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935, the National Youth Administration (N.Y.A.) was a New Deal program from June 26, 1935 through September 1943. The program offered courses in reading, writing, and mathematics and ran the Works Project Program training unemployed and out-of-school youth as well as the Student Aid Program paying for work study for students in high schools, colleges, and graduate programs. N.Y.A. programs were open to U.S. citizens between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five who could show financial need.

July 1, 1939 the N. Y. A. was transferred to the Federal Security Agency and in 1942 to the War Manpower Commission, Office of Emergency Management; at the same time all non-war related N. Y. A . efforts were dropped; financial needs was dropped as criteria and some youth centers continued as as War Production Training Centers focusing on national defense training. With mounting critiques by anti-New Dealers, N.Y. A. was shut down in September 1943. Throughout its existence more than 2 million students were employed through the Student Aid Program and more than 2.6 million youth through the Works Projects Program.

The programs were open to women as well as African Americans and was perhaps the most egalitarian of all New Deal programs.

Custodial History

The card index box was discovered in the locked basement vault of Ballou Vault in the summer of 2010 and transferred to DCA in fall 2010.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Susanne Belovari, Archivist for Reference and Collection, in fall of 2010.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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