The Foreign Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. is responsible for the placement and management of American secretaries in other countries, communication to the YWCA of the U.S.A. regarding work in other countries and fundraising for foreign projects. In addition, the Foreign Division takes an interest in immigration issues and conditions in the United States. When the senate is considering a bill to limit immigration the Foreign Division works with the National Board to issue a statement on their position. Part of the management of work in other countries is financing the activities and paying the salaries of the secretaries working abroad which can be complicated due to changing exchange rates. Careful records and planning is used to ensure fair and timely payment and several options are considered to pay secretaries abroad. The Foreign Division raises funds, in part, by appealing to local associations. Bulletins, newsletters and pamphlets give updates on the YWCA activities around the world, summarize the work of the American secretaries working in these countries and explain the needs of the YWCA associations supported by the YWCA of the U.S.A. Communication is important to expressing the needs in the foreign field and keeping the associations interested in the development of the YWCA globally. Documents also include lists of secretaries that formerly served abroad and the ex-foreign newsletter "XF."
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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.
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.
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