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Documents concerning the use, sale, maintenance and management of the Asilomar conference grounds, a YWCA of the U.S.A. conference and camp facility. The YWCA of the U.S.A. looks to sell the property in the early fifties and meets challenges from the Pacific Grove community as well as members of the YWCA of the U.S.A. with fond memories of the facility. Eventually the property is sold to the state of California with an agreement that the facility be maintained as a conference ground and managed by an operating corporation. Later correspondence and clippings concern the operating corporation's proposed changes to structure. Documents include correspondence concerning the terms of the sale of the property, clippings and correspondence concerning the operating corporation of the conference grounds and its relationship to the state of California, pamphlets advertising the property and its history, recommendations concerning the management of the facilities and data concerning conference ground use. Additional correspondence includes consultations with attorneys concerning racial restrictions in the deed of the property.
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.
Real estate, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.