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Program materials and documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. Freedom Agenda Project. The Freedom Agenda Project is a program organized nationally encouraging local associations and communities to engage in discussions of civil liberties, democracy and constitutional rights. A national training program offers leaders an opportunity to discuss the central issues. The trainees then agree to bring their knowledge back to their community, train their peers and organize community discussion groups. Reports and proceedings of the national training program document the training sessions and the agreement the leaders make when participating. To support local programs a series of pamphlets is published focusing on issues central to individual freedoms, the bill of rights and the constitutions and democracy. In addition, one pamphlet covers issues of communism. For local leaders of Freedom Agenda Projects, discussion guides and organization manuals are provided. The project is supported, in part, by the Fund for the Republic and letters and grant proposals are included.
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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Public affairs, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.