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Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. teenage program and Y-Teen clubs including its history, insignia, program, projects and recruiting. Y-Teen clubs are a way for junior high and high school girls to participate in the life of the YWCA of the U.S.A., develop an awareness of national and international issues and develop as leaders. The YWCA of the U.S.A. Teenage Department and Y-Teen clubs are the successor to its Girl Reserve program. A brief timeline and historical overviews provide further details to the development of the YWCA of the U.S.A. programs for teenagers. Program reports, handbooks and statistics include descriptions of national program emphases for teenages, analysis of program attendance and membership and leadership practices and methods. Special projects help Y-Teens contribute to the national and international movements through activities such as creating scrapbooks to share with other countries for World Fellowship Week, recruiting projects and fund raising projects. Additional materials include letters concerning the registration of the Y-Teen symbols and name as a trademark, recruitment notes and practices, and articles highlighting the work of the Y-Teen clubs and teenage program.
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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.
Teenage, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.