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Studies of the YWCA of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and its communities and the collected policies and procedures of the association from 1950. The policies and procedures begin with an index to the documents and cover a range of topics including finance, race relations and interracial policies, personnel management, social action, use of facilities, union membership and community chest membership. Studies are used by the association to inform program planning, ensure the association meets national standards and maintain an awareness of the community they work in. In addition to evaluations of association program and standards, and community reports, the studies include the National Employed Officer Association case study of an industrial secretary whose contract was not renewed and a study of women wage earners by the Consumer's League of Western Pennsylvania.
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.
Use and Reproduction
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.