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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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.
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Missouri, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 187