Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. affiliation and disaffiliation, strategies for responding to attacks on the organization, branches and centers, and buildings. Procedures for affiliation, disaffiliation and change of name are outlined in a handbook along with example forms. Also included are blank certificates and lists of associations. A cross reference card in the microfilm notes that more information on affiliation can be found in the National Board subject file under "committee on membership in the national association." The YWCA of the U.S.A. and its member associations often come under criticism for their views, policies and ideas. Guidelines for reacting to attacks and reporting to the national organization are present in an excerpt from "A Manual of Procedures" from the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. In addition, several letters alert local associations to current criticisms that may gain attention. Following this, a statement and letter concerning the use of branches and centers, especially "racial branches," raises questions concerning their use and place in the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s push towards inclusivity. Lists of association branches compile the names and locations of all existing branches. Finally, building and renovation project policies and guidelines are designed to help local associations through the building and renovation process including budgeting, fund raising, building use and important questions to consider. Also included are lists of ongoing building and renovation projects.
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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.
YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 251