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Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. work in Michigan, inquiries into the development of new associations associations in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek and Bay City. Prior to developing new associations, the YWCA of the U.S.A. studies the current services for women in an area, the community interest, community need and potential leadership. These factors are considered in visitation reports and correspondence with the community leaders and organizers in Adrian, Cedar Springs and Coldwater. Also included are reports of studies made of the rural work and rural communities of Michigan. These reports inform decisions regarding development and assessments of how the YWCA is reaching rural women. Association files for Ann Arbor, Battle Creek and Bay City include visitation reports assessing and describing association leadership, services and challenges constitutions and bylaws, lists of professional and volunteer leadership, residence surveys, historical summaries of the associations and correspondence.
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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.
Michigan, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.