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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.
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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.
YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.