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Documents concerning the history, program and affiliation of the YWCA of Reading, Pennsylvania, its branches and its international institute. A note in the microfilm indicates that the branches are included in the materials concerning the YWCA of Reading and materials about the international institute follow separately. The administrative history of the association can be tracked through the iterations of constitutions and bylaws in addition to association fact sheets and historical notes. Visitation reports describe and assess the association's program, leadership, activities, facilities and services. Other documents include lists of professional and volunteer leadership, correspondence concerning relationships with the YMCA, an analysis of a study of youth by the Council of Social Agencies and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership. The International Institute of the YWCA of Reading is its center for serving the often unique needs of immigrant women and their families. In addition to correspondence and reports, a detailed report of the study of the foreign community of Reading is included.
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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.
Pennsylvania, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.