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Documents concerning the history, affiliation, program and development of the YWCA of Parkersburg, West Virginia and correspondence and reports concerning organizing and developing associations in Nitro and Philippi. The administrative and organizational history of the YWCA of Parkersburg is documented through its constitutions, bylaws, fact sheets and historical notes. In addition, correspondence and reports concerning buildings and finance address the administrative and managerial side of the association. The association's program, community of work and leadership are addressed in visitation reports from field secretaries, industrial department reports, a community study and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership. A series of correspondence concerning a Girl Reserve club in a "colored" school in the town offers a glimpse into the race relations of the community and the association and the national organization's response. Additional materials include lists of staff and volunteer leaders, documents concerning the association's relationship with the YMCA and general program 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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West Virginia, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.