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Documents concerning the work of the United Service Organizations (USO) during World War II including the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s involvement. The USO manual for community conducted operations, a handbook for organizing and managing locally organized activities provides information regarding the structure, purpose and aims of the USO and its relations to community organizations as well as policies, finance information, national assistance and types of services. USO meeting and conference notes and correspondence concern the administration and planning of USO services and are followed by correspondence concerning the financing of an USO overseas project. Program notes and bulletins concern the activities of the USO and include assessments of the needs of constituent groups and program reports as well as issues of the USO division of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s "Program Work Notes" and "The Grapevine." These two publications are an information exchange, sharing programming ideas and needs.
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.
Use and Reproduction
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.
War Work, World War II, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.