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Documents concerning camp programs and administration. The YWCA of the U.S.A. and its local associations managed camp programs to give members opportunities to explore outdoor recreation, develop leadership skills and meet other YWCA members. Historical narratives of the camp program in the YWCA of the U.S.A. provide context to the role of camps in the organization. National support for camps varies and the documents concerning the Consultation on Area Camping and the report of the study of the YWCA camping program concern locally managed camp programs and the need for consistent assistance from the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in supporting the camps and their programs. Special camp projects include an initiative to recruit African American college students as camp counselors and an international camp exchange program. Additional documents include lists of residential YWCA camps, reports from American Camping Association conferences, camp leadership workshop reports and pamphlet, minutes and reports of the YWCA Camping Council of Southern California, minutes of the Timbertall Committee of Management and a bibliography of camp resources for leaders.
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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.
Camps, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.