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Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. town associations. Town associations are those serving small towns in rural communities or near larger cities. Handbooks, pamphlets, reports and correspondence concerning the organizations and administration of town associations address budgeting and finance, bookkeeping, setting up constitutions and bylaws, managing leaders and volunteers and how to establish a new town association. Program guides for town associations include suggestions of the types of programming and activities that may be used in association work as well as suggestions for how to develop a program plan. Biennial and annual reports of the Town Department of the YWCA of the U.S.A. assess the progress and identify challenges in town associations, identify regional challenges, summarize field visits and comment on future needs. Other materials include leadership seminar reports, committee descriptions, studies of town associations and pamphlets that overview town association work.
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This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.
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To the extent that it owns copyright, YWCA of the USA has retained copyright in its works donated to Smith College, but has has authorized Smith College Special Collections to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf. 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. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the USA, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Rural, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.