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Documents concerning the history, administration, program and management of the Uptown and West Side branches of the YWCA of the City of New York and its international institute. As a large metropolitan association, the YWCA of the City of New York maintains branches to serve geographic areas or constituent groups. The Uptown Branch is a result of a merger of the Bronx and Harlem branches in 1931. Community and program studies for the West Side Branch address the diverse population and assess how the program meets these diverse needs. The YWCA of the City of New York's international institute provide services to immigrant women and their families. These services include classes in English and job skills, assistance with adjustment and assistance with immigration processes. The administrative history of the branches and their relationship to each other and the YWCA of the City of New York is documented in constitutions, bylaws, association histories and administrative correspondence. Visitation reports summarize and assess evaluative visits by regional and national secretaries. Additional documents include program studies, program reports and advisory correspondence.
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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.
New York, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.