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Reports, correspondence and administrative records concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. associations in San Francisco, California. Visitation reports assess YWCA programs and services in San Francisco and the needs of the young women. The narrative assessments also address association challenges, leadership and future needs. A 1921 study of the city of San Francisco and the YWCA of San Francisco services provides background information as to the needs of the population and services available. The San Francisco International Institute is a part of the YWCA of San Francisco established to serve its immigrant women and their families. Correspondence and reports concern the relationship of the institute and its services to the purpose and structure of the YWCA of San Francisco and the YWCA of the U.S.A. Similarly, the San Francisco Mission Center is a community center serving the Mission District of San Francisco. Not originally part of the YWCA of San Francisco the role and purpose of the center had been traditionally separate from that of its parent organization. The future role and purpose of the center and the needs of the Mission District community are discussed in reports 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.
California, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.