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Records concerning the issues surrounding immigration in the United States in addition to documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s policies and public affairs programs concerning insurance and employment benefits. Minutes and reports of the American Immigration and Citizenship Conference (AICC) make up the bulk of the documents concerning immigration. The collaborative organization is comprised of many member organizations with a common interest in the welfare and status of immigrants in the United States. AICC documents concern its role as facilitator of cooperation between member groups, joint actions, special studies, the sharing of knowledge and information and the study of immigration and immigration laws. Additional documents include programs for the AICC's annual conferences, notes and reports on current immigration law and documents concerning an invitation for the YWCA of the U.S.A. to join the National Conference on World Refugee Problems. Documents under the subject file "insurance" are a mix of public statements concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s position on health insurance and documents concerning internal policy of insurance benefits for employees. Public statements address the needs of health insurance for the aged and employee benefit pamphlets and policy include information on retirement and savings, unemployment insurance policy and social security.
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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.
Immigration and Insurance, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.