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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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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.
West Virginia, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.