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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.
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.
Rural, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.