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Documents concerning the World YWCA Special Services Secretary, World Membership Day and the work and policies of the World YWCA. Correspondence between Ruud van Hoogevest, special services secretary, and the International Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. concern fundraising efforts and financial support of international projects as well as administrative matters concerning their cooperative projects. World Membership Day of the World YWCA is a day for members and member associations to "meditate, study and act on a common theme to strengthen their sense of belonging to a world movement." Themes during the sixties include racism and race relations, science and society, cities, and the concerns of women and girls. Pamphlets, booklets and communications explain the theme and suggests programming and local implementation. Additional documents concerning the work of the World YWCA include a policy handbook, an article on mutual services projects, newsletters 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.
World YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.