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Documents concerning the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work with Japanese Americans. Internees are invited as delegates to YWCA of the U.S.A. conferences and record their experiences. Delegate reports include narrative accounts of their experiences and summaries of the conferences proceedings. Also included are records of attendees, conferences notes and outlines. Documents concerning the departure of internees from the relocation centers include War Relocation Authority policy regarding the closure of centers, a YWCA of the U.S.A. resolution in response to those policies, an application for leave and a directory of internees on leave. Other documents include War Relocation Authority policies, YWCA of the U.S.A. relocation center visitation reports and War Relocation Authority reports.
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.