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YWCA of the U.S.A. Bureau of Research and Program Resources information collecting work tool, booklet on women in the United States, notes from record keeping workshops, and departmental reports. The information gathering work tool for local associations, "Look Beneath the Surface of the Community," provides guidelines for collecting and using information about the association's community, suggests resources for information and outlines the importance of community information in program development. The booklet "Women Today: Trends and issues in the United States" outlines the social, economic and political trends affecting women and the issues that arise from those factors. The records and reporting workshop notes summarize the workshops conducted to support local associations in the maintenance of member records and financial records and the use of statistical reports. Departmental reports summarize and assess the work of the Bureau of Research and Program Resources as a whole. Many reports are quarterly but other period reports may also be included.
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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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Research and program resources, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.