Correspondence concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. requests to reprint materials and documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. rural organizations and program. Organization in rural communities presents some unique challenges in funding, communication and reach. Rural communities are often farm based but can also include small towns and small manufacturing or labor based towns representing a diverse set of needs for rural communities. The definition of rural communities and their social, economic and physical context are further explained in a digest of rural information created for the YWCA of the U.S.A. National Board. In 1951 district leader meetings are organized to bring together leaders in rural organizations to discuss leadership needs and the development of associations. Notes from the regional meetings report on the local and regional rural communities and association development. To facilitate a mutual understanding between urban and rural communities two workshops are organized centering around the issue of food costs and production. Workshop reports summarize content and discussions and correspondence and pre conference materials announce workshop details and prepare delegates for attendance. The YWCA of the U.S.A. National Agricultural Council develops rural leadership, prepares materials for national education about agricultural needs, maintains a knowledge of the social, educational and physical needs of women in agricultural areas and develops the national agricultural program and emphases. Correspondence and reports include a program guide and correspondence concerning the council's disbandment in 1957.
Reprint privilege and rural work
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Reprint privilege and rural work, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 239