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The New Hampshire District YWCA serves the entire state of New Hampshire as the organizing association of small towns and counties that do not have the resources or support to maintain an independent association. The program is carried out in each community and in turn, these communities support a small centralized staff to act as administrators of the association. The function, purpose and structure of the district association is established in its governing documents and further explained in an employee handbook and historical summaries. Visitation reports summarize and assess the association's program and activities. The relationship between the YWCA and YMCA in New Hampshire, as in many states, is sometimes complicated and overlaps in purpose. Correspondence with national and regional staff and notes on the situation shed light onto the relationship. Additional documents include lists of leaders, miscellaneous correspondence and the report of a study of the community services of Concord, New Hampshire.
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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 Hampshire, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.