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Correspondence and reports concerning the program, leadership and functions of the YWCA of Houston, Texas and its Blue Triangle branch. Studies are used by the association to inform program decisions, assess their performance and maintain awareness of their community of work. Included are a survey of the industrial community and needs, a report of association activities and race relations, a community study by the Community Chests and Councils, Inc., and a community study by the association. Visitation reports from field secretaries describe and assess the association's program and comment on any challenges in leadership or program. Other materials include advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership and a letter of inquiry to the American Committee concerning joining the national movement of YWCA's. The Blue Triangle Branch of the YWCA of Houston is the association's branch for its African American members. Visitation reports, correspondence and notes include descriptions of the branch's program, discussion of race relations within the association and comments on relations between the branch and the central association.
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This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.
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Texas, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.