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YWCA of Saint Louis, Missouri visitation reports and documents concerning the association's relationships. Visitation reports offer a glimpse into the program and activities of the association. Visiting regional and national secretaries observe and assess the daily activities of the association, its leadership and member groups. In addition, the reports comment on any challenges in program or leadership they may see. The cooperation between the YMCA and YWCA in Saint Louis is documented in letters and reports. These letters and reports comment on the nature and history of the relationships and share practices with other YWCA of the U.S.A. leaders. Additional documents include letters concerning Mary Sims' research into the original associations in Saint Louis. In her research for her next book, Ms. Sims learns that there are two original women's Christian associations in Saint Louis. One is associated with the American Committee and one with the International Board. There is record of both applying for affiliation with the YWCA of the U.S.A. and seeks clarification on the relationship between the organizations. In addition to letters there is a copy of a court decision regarding the two organizations.
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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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Missouri, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.