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YWCA of the U.S.A. studies followed by documents concerning World Fellowship Week and YW-Wives. The YWCA of the U.S.A. conducts studies to maintain an awareness of the needs of its member groups and evaluate the success of programs and services. Studies inform future program development, staff and personnel decisions and national policy and procedure. In addition, local associations are encouraged to conduct their own studies to inform local decisions. Local studies are compiled in a lists alphabetical by state in a cross reference sheet pointing users to the local association files. Reports of national studies concerning activity fees, the future of girls and women, the role of men, boys and families, racial inclusiveness and staff retention summarize study findings. The World Fellowship Week pamphlet and overview provide an overview of the special week dedicated to international understanding. The YW-Wives program develops from previous programs for "homewomen." Nursery care groups are organized to allow YW-Wives the ability to participate in programming. Nursery care guides outline basic standards and practices for organizing and maintaining a nursery care program. Additional materials include a program overview and a case study of the Blenheim YWCA YW-Wives program.
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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To the extent that it owns copyright, the YWCA of the U.S.A. has retained copyright of the records in this group; however, 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. In all other cases, YWCA of the U.S.A. has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations on its behalf. For materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the U.S.A., researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them if reqired by law. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with the use of those materials.
YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.