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Documents concerning the program and history of the YWCA of Memphis, Tennessee and its Vance Avenue branch. Advisory correspondence with regional and national leaders seek advice and recommendations for leadership and program challenges in addition to reporting on association activities and relationships with the YMCA. Additional documents concerning the entire association include program objectives, clippings from a Life magazine article concerning the W&YWCA of Memphis and a completed finance survey. The Vance Avenue Branch of the YWCA of Memphis is the association's club for African American women and girls. Administrative records and bylaws document the branch's relationship to the central association, purpose, functions and program statistics. Visitation reports and correspondence assess and summarize the branch's program and any challenges the branch and its members may face. Among these discussions is the problem of racism and race relations in Memphis and the effect it has on the African American community in addition to the challenges created by the "Crump Machine" and city politics.
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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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To the extent that it owns copyright, YWCA of the USA has retained copyright in its works donated to Smith College, but has has authorized Smith College Special Collections to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the USA, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Tennessee, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.