Correspondence and reports concerning YWCA activities in the West Indies including Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As an active and well established organization with interest in international work, the YWCA of the U.S.A. is often approached for support in starting YWCA activities abroad. In Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands a strong desire for a women's organization leads them to appeal to the United States. The Jamaican YWCA is started in a similar manner under the guidance of the British YWCA. Prior to giving financial or staff support the YWCA of the U.S.A. surveys the needs of the women and girls, assesses the probably sustainability of a YWCA and inquires as to the political, social and economic status of the country in need. Once YWCA activities are started support is continued by sharing resources, exchanging staff and special fundraising. Correspondence, reports and pamphlets describe the YWCA work in the West Indies, request further financing and support and make requests for travel arrangements.
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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.
West Indies, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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