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Reports, correspondence, pamphlets and administrative records concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. association in New Haven, Connecticut and its international institute. Included are association histories, governing documents, visitation reports summarizing and assessing association performance and leadership, lists of leadership, annual reports and documents concerning the association's buildings and cooperation with the local YMCA. Also included are reports of the Health and Welfare Study and the Standards Study. The Health and Welfare Study report presents and analyzes data collected in a self study of the populations served and services offered while the Standards Study report evaluates the standards of association assessing the administration, leadership, management and structure of the association. Correspondence concerning New Haven's international institute describe the situation leading up to its closure.
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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.
Connecticut, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.