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Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. work in Estonia and Latvia. American secretaries in Latvia and Estonia work in the newly independent countries to train leaders in the YWCA movement there. YWCA associations work with a variety of women focusing on younger girls through Girl Reserve clubs. Reports to the YWCA of the U.S.A. include background information and general demographics before describing and assessing the progress made in the work with YWCA associations and leaders. The dissertation of Lois Diehl for the University of Chicago Sociology Department examines the process of bringing the YWCA to Estonia.
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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.
Baltic States, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.