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Documents concerning the work of the National Student YWCA in the South. Minutes and reports of regional council meetings concern regional decision making, regional challenges and the election of officers. Staff work plans outline intended travel and campus visitations for regional field staff. Throughout the documents issues of race and desegregation take a central role reflecting the particular challenges of the racial tensions in the South. Such discussions appear in minutes, reports, resolutions and correspondence. In 1959 the National Student YWCA sends a letter to national and state officials in support of desegregation and inquiring about suggested actions to support its implementation. Initial responses are quoted following the original letter. Additional documents include brief profiles of regional leaders, organizational charts and program materials.
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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.
Student southern region, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.