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The Foreign Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. acts as an agent of the National Board in cooperation with YWCA's in other countries and the World's YWCA to develop association work in other countries. Functions of the Foreign Division include the management of secretaries in foreign countries, communications and reports to the National Board and members, collaborating with other organizations internationally and managing YWCA activities abroad. Part of managing foreign programs includes arranging housing and hospitality for those serving abroad. In addition the Foreign Division manages furloughs. While serving abroad secretaries take furlough from their posts to vacation, attend conferences and conventions, visit local associations and travel. All secretaries report on their furlough experiences to the Foreign Division making recommendations for future furloughs and commenting on the value of activities undertaken while on furlough. All activities in foreign countries are undertaken under careful investigation and planning and in cooperation with other organizations. In collaboration with the YMCA, the YWCA of the U.S.A. studies the association work internationally reporting on conditions, reception and the general performance and value of the work. Additional materials include histories of the work of the Foreign Division, and materials concerning international relations.
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.
Foreign Division, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.