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The YWCA of the U.S.A. Los Angeles association serves the large metropolitan area of Los Angeles. Due to the diverse needs of the people and demand for clubs and programming, the Los Angeles YWCA includes branches, international institutes and residences. Some branches are designed to serve a specific population. For example, the Woodlawn branch is created for African American women and girls and the Japanese branch for Japanese women and girls. To meet the needs of the immigrant population of Los Angeles an international institute is established as a club for immigrant women and girls. Reports describe the purpose and aims of the branches and institutes and well as providing some data on their programs and services. Information regarding the branch or institute's relationship to the Los Angeles YWCA and the YWCA of the U.S.A. can be found in their constitutions and bylaws as well as in correspondence and reports.
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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.