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Documents concerning the programs, administration and history of the World YWCA. The World YWCA exists to organize and unite national YWCA associations behind a common purpose while recognizing the differing needs of associations around the globe. Conference reports, committee reports and correspondence concern the organizational structure of the World's YWCA, the status and activities of national associations, the purpose and aims of the organization and matters of finance and budgets. The pamphlet "In the World's Y.W.C.A." is a history of the World YWCA through 1931. As more women work following the end of World War I and the labor movement gains importance worldwide, the World YWCA organizes industrial summer schools for employed women educating women around the world on matters of labor, leadership and education and religion. Other reports and correspondence concern the wording of the membership basis, a topic that often comes up in YWCA of the U.S.A. conventions. Documents also include directories of World YWCA associations listing the locations of associations and selected leaders.
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.
Use and Reproduction
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.
World's YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.