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.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
African American women
Societies and clubs
Social work with immigrants
Young Women's Christian associations
1 partial reel
The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following accesptions: Portions of the physical papers are stored offsite. To access the microfilm reels and boxes 893-964 and 1061-1132, researchers must give two working days advance notice. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
To the extent that it owns copyright, the YWCA of the U.S.A. has retained copyright of the records in this group; however, 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. In all other cases, YWCA of the U.S.A. has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations on its behalf. For materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the U.S.A., researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them if reqired by law. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with the use of those materials.
Pennsylvania, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 211