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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.
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.
Use and Reproduction
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.
California, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.