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Documents concerning the District YWCA of Western Massachusetts' affiliation, administration, leadership, services and organizational structure. District associations are a central organization for work among small communities that are not able to support an independent associations often in rural communities. Studies are conducted to inform local and national decision concerning association organization and program and include a study of boys and girls work conducted with the local YMCA and a community survey of Western Massachusetts. Other documents include visitation reports assessing and describing association leadership, services and challenges and a detailed report of the association and its history. Also included is the application for affiliation for the YWCA of Waltham, Massachusetts and a note concerning its disaffiliation.
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.
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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.
Massachusetts, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.