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Documents concerning household employment including employer-employee relationships, international issues, health examination, history, and legislation. Employee relations documents the relationship between both parties and records issues with treatment and fair employment. Foreign materials gather information regarding domestic or household workers outside of the United States. Documents in the health examination subject file address the requirement that all domestic workers undergo a health examination prior to employment. The history section is comprised of a publication telling the history of the YWCA's work with domestic workers. Finally, the legislation materials discuss current legislation, legislation in progress, and how to become involved in the political process. These subject files also address treatment of the African American domestic worker, worker rights, fair labor, wages and other matters.
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.
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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.
Household employment, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.