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In order to provide places of shelter, comfort and rest for women visitors to military training and mobilization camps the War Work Council of the YWCA of the U.S.A. establishes hostess houses. These houses serve a range of functions including serving meals and acting as a place for women to meet and entertain the military men. Documents include informational bulletins and reports, letters of commendation, correspondence and reports concerning the financing of hostess houses, hostess house and staff directories, policy concerning the management and activities of the houses, requests for hostess houses, reports and pamphlets describing the activities and purposes of hostess houses, the official hostess house song, correspondence and reports concerning work with Student Army Training Corps and collected data and assessments.
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.
World War I, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.