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The National Training School of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America offers graduate courses for experienced YWCA of the U.S.A. secretaries, men and women working in related fields and those looking to redirect their careers to a related field. Correspondence, minutes and reports concern the formation, development, assessment and content of the National Training School. For those interested in specific training or not enrolled in the training school, the YWCA of the U.S.A. offers training seminars. Seminars are for experienced YWCA of the U.S.A. secretaries and concern administrative and management duties, trend and methods in social work and group work, working with business and professional or industrial groups during times of economic depression and unemployment and methods for training staff and volunteers. Seminar notes, findings and correspondence provide overviews and assessments of the program in addition to summarizing session content.
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This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.
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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.
Leadership, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.