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Documents concerning the YWCA of Richmond, Virginia and its Phyllis Wheatley branch serving its African American members. For the central association of the YWCA of Richmond, visitation reports summarize and assess overall program and performance and comment on any challenges they may face. Additional documents include correspondence concerning their relationship with the YMCA, program reports and advisory correspondence with regional and local leadership. The bylaws of the Phyllis Wheatley Branch of the YWCA of Richmond establish its purpose, function and administrative relationship to the central association. Correspondence, visitation reports and secretaries' reports are narrative descriptions of the branch's programs and relationship to the central association and include discussion of race relations. Also included are correspondence, reports and notes concerning a potential joint building campaign with the YMCA and summary sheets for the branch's standards study of compliance with national YWCA standards.
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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.