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The Hostess House Committee of the War Work Council is responsible for the oversight of the hostess house program of the YWCA of the U.S.A. during World War I. Hostess houses are established as a safe place for women visiting military camps to rest, eat and entertain their loved ones. Committee meeting minutes include updates from hostess houses and their needs, requests for new hostess houses, discussion of staff duties and the management of the hostess house and procedures for the hostess houses as military camps are disbanded following the war. Following meeting minutes are records of the actions taken in regard to each hostess house and a timeline of the development of each house. These house records are arranged alphabetically by hostess house name.
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.
War Work Council Hostess House Committee minutes and reports, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.