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Organized in 1870, the YWCA of New York City has a long history of working for the women and girls of New York through residences, classes, programming and leadership. A brief timeline in a program celebrating their seventieth anniversary documents the major events in the life of the associations as it develops and their administrative history is documented through revisions to their association constitutions and bylaws. Annual reports summarize the program activities for the reporting year and highlight special events and achievements. Industrial department reports assess the work of the industrial department and their services for women employed in industry. These documents include an East Harlem study of industrial programs. Residences of the YWCA of New York provide a safe, comfortable and affordable place for women to stay. These residences are the Central Club for Nurses, Spelman Hall, Studio Club of New York, and Margaret Louisa Home. Residence pamphlets provide an overview of residence services and functions while governing documents establish their administrative functions and relationships to the central association. Additional documents include association fact sheets, a completed finance survey and correspondence concerning budgets.
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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.