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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.
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.
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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.
Student southern region, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.