Documents concerning the work of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in West Virginia, the history, program and administration of associations in Bluefield and Charleston, and a report concerning the community of Buckhannon. Documents concerning statewide YWCA work include state visitation reports, conferences and the development of associations throughout the states. For the associations in Bluefield and Charleston, administrative and organizational histories can be traced through their constitutions and bylaws in addition to fact sheets and historical notes. Visitation reports from field secretaries assess program, membership and the overall performance of the associations. Additional documents include correspondence and reports concerning racism in Charleston, lists of staff and volunteer leaders, building and finance records, and advisory correspondence with regional and national leadership.
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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.
West Virginia, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 220