Documents concerning the work of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in the state of Wisconsin, the history, affiliation and program of the YWCA of Beloit and the development of association activity in Ashland. Preceding the start of community files are documents concerning the state of Wisconsin. These include the corporation laws for the state, reports to the Rural Communities Department of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and state visitation reports. Also included are programs, reports and minutes of early state conference of Young Women's Christian Associations prior to the start of the YWCA of the U.S.A. The administrative and organizational history of the YWCA of Beloit are documented in their constitutions, bylaws, fact sheets and historical notes. Additionally, building and finance documents address the administrative and operational side of those functions including relationships with the community chest. Visitation reports and industrial program reports are more narrative in nature and include assessments and descriptions of program activities, membership and the overall performance of the association. The association's work with foreign born women and the community needs are summarized in a community survey and report. Additional documents concerning the YWCA of Beloit include general secretary reports, lists of staff and volunteer leaders, their report of the standards study and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership.
Leadership in women
Societies and clubs
Social work with immigrants
Young Women's Christian associations
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The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following accesptions: Portions of the physical papers are stored offsite. To access the microfilm reels and boxes 893-964 and 1061-1132, researchers must give two working days advance notice. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
To the extent that it owns copyright, the YWCA of the U.S.A. has retained copyright of the records in this group; however, 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. In all other cases, YWCA of the U.S.A. has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations on its behalf. For materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the U.S.A., researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them if reqired by law. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with the use of those materials.
Wisconsin, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 221