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The YWCA of the U.S.A. Committee to Study National Membership Policy develops a project to study membership practices in local associations in order to assess the variety of membership practices and develop practices to strengthen membership across the organization. Responses from the associations selected for the study outline their membership policies and practices and may also include case examples and discussion of the role of members. The case studies from the project ultimately inform a membership practice guidebook compiled by the Community Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. for use in local associations.
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.
Use and Reproduction
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.
YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.