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Documents concerning a project proposal to the International Harvester Company and reports from YWCA of the U.S.A. secretaries working with rural communities. In order to help fund rural projects and expansion, the YWCA of the U.S.A. sends project proposals to International Harvester Company seeking their financial support. Documents include the project proposal reports and statements of purpose in addition to correspondence concerning the progress and outcome of the appeals. Annual and biennial reports from secretaries working with rural communities include summaries of the association activities, progress reports on development of established associations, updates on new associations and discussions of conditions in rural communities. Other reports concern the relationship between the national organization and rural associations, cooperation with other organizations, leadership development, regional community updates and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union Project in Memphis, Tennessee.
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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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Rural, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.