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Documents concerning the activities of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in South Dakota and the program, administration and history of associations in Aberdeen, Brookings County and the first district associations. The administrative history of the associations can be traced through constitutions and bylaws in addition to historical notes and fact sheets. Visitation reports from field secretaries and department reports summarize and assess association program and leadership. The First District YWCA of South Dakota is a federation of associations in towns that are otherwise unable to maintain independently associated clubs. District and community reports summarize and assess the activities in the communities represented in the district association and the development of work in new towns. Additional YWCA of Aberdeen materials include a study of the organization of the Aberdeen Youth Council, lists of staff and volunteer leaders and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership. YWCA of Brookings County includes documentation of its disaffiliation. These association files are preceded by statewide department reports and reports from state conferences.
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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.
South Dakota, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.