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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 USO program. The USO and student Christian associations provide services on college campuses to assist those affected by the war. Services include recreation, leadership training, summer work projects and volunteer opportunities. Documents include a detailed history and report of student services of the USO division of the National Board of the YWCA, assessment of college enrollment statistics, notes of a consultation meeting regarding service men returning to college campuses, articles concerning the campus work of the USO and leadership reports and notes. Also included is a certificate of commendation from the War Department and the Navy Department for the service of the USO to the war effort.
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.