Documents concerning affiliation, history, leadership, administration, finance, work with students and studies of the YWCA of Boston, Massachusetts. The YWCA of Boston, originally organized in 1866 and affiliated with the YWCA of the U.S.A. in 1911, has a long history of programs for the women and girls of Boston. This history and affiliation is documented in historical notes and timelines, correspondence with the YWCA of the U.S.A. and governing documents such as constitutions and bylaws. Residence surveys and pamphlets describe and assess the residence buildings and facilities of the association. Residence services provide affordable and safe housing to women passing through the city or more permanent women needing housing such as single employed women. The city association's relationship to the greater Boston area, the metropolitan Boston area and the student associations are described in correspondence and reports. In order to inform decisions, improve program and improve services, the YWCA of Boston, like the YWCA of the U.S.A. and other associations, conducts careful studies of its environment in addition to making use of studies conducted by other community organizations. The studies are then compiled into reports containing narrative and quantitative assessments. Reports included in the association's files include community studies of Boston, a review of the central registration process in the YWCA of Boston, a study of housing for women in Boston, a study of the YWCA of Boston program and a review of the Industrial Department of the YWCA of Boston.
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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.
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.
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