Documents concerning immigration issues and the YWCA of the U.S.A. including immigrant registration, "enemy aliens", Asian immigrants and Asian Americans, cooperation with other organizations, and displaced persons. Alien registration documents include a manual from the National Refugee Service, Inc. regarding regulations applying to emigres of "enemy" nations during World War II. Enemy aliens materials address regulations and policies affecting people of German, Japanese, and Italian nationalities, and include the "Notice to aliens of enemy nationalities" by the United States Department of Justice regarding certification of identification. Other documents include memorandums from the YWCA National Board to associations regarding these policies, a report on the German American Bund, and reports on immigration. The YWCA of the U.S.A. Committee on Orientals materials document the YWCA's efforts to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act. Cooperation materials include minutes, reports, and communication regarding the American Civil Liberties Union Committee on Alien Civil Rights and demonstrate the efforts made on behalf on immigrants and discuss legislation related to the efforts. Also included are materials from the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, the Good Neighbor Committee, and other cooperative organizations. Displaced Persons materials discuss the combined effort of the YWCA with the YMCA to aid wartime refugees and includes reports, budgets, and statistics from the World YWCA and World YMCA.
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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.
Immigration, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 2: Series 2; Series 3, Reel 99