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Visitation reports and governing documents of the Rhode Island Federation of YWCA's followed by documents concerning the program, administration and formation of the Greater Rhode Island YWCA. The Rhode Island Federation of YWCA's is an organization that facilitates and coordinates the program and activities of its three member associations, the YWCA associations in Providence, Pawtucket-Central Falls, and Woonsocket. Later visitation reports include discussion of the desire from the three members to merge into one association, the Greater Rhode Island YWCA. The resulting association's development and administrative history is recorded in basic standards reports, constitutions, and bylaws. Visitation reports and additional documents include information concerning program, personnel, operations and activities.
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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.
Rhode Island, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.