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Symbols and teenage, circa 1951-1960

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 249, microdex: 5
Symbols and teenage, circa 1951-1960
Symbols and teenage, circa 1951-1960

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. registration of their symbol with the United States Patent Office followed by documents concerning their teen-age program and Y-Teen clubs. To protect against unauthorized use of symbols and misrepresentation, the YWCA of the U.S.A. goes through the process of officially registering their symbols as trademarks. Materials include correspondence with the consultants used to facilitate the process, minutes concerning the development of trademark use policy and memorandums announcing the trademark's registration and accompanying policies. The teen-age program of the YWCA of the U.S.A. provides opportunities for junior and high school students to participate in the YWCA of the U.S.A. through Y-Teen clubs and maintains an awareness of the social and economic problems that teenagers in the United States face. A national consultation brings together a variety of leaders working in teenagers to discuss data and trends in teenage behavior and its implications on the teenage program of the YWCA of the U.S.A. A survey of the attitudes of teenagers towards steady dating gathers data to inform program development related to dating and relationships. An additional area of concern of the YWCA of the U.S.A. for their teen-age program is the issue of teen-age delinquency. Letters and reports concern the issue at a national scale and possible legislative and organizational solutions. Also included is a proposal to have the issue added to the public affairs agenda of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Y-Teen club program materials include ceremony scripts for club use, a Y-Teen pamphlet and a Y-Teen leader's handbook. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1951-1960

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group:

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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