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Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. public affairs program committee and civil rights issues. The YWCA of the U.S.A. Public Affairs Committee is responsible for developing the public affairs program informed by national and local issues and supporting the implementation of the program on the national and local level. Public affairs programs address social, economic and political issues by recommending actions, issuing statements, writing to members of the government and circulating information concerning public affairs issues. In the fifties much of the program focuses on issues of civil rights and international relations. Statements and reports provide background information and context for the issue being addressed and recommend specific action or position concerning legislation. Documents concerning civil rights issues include letters to the president and other government officials in support of civil rights legislation.
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.
Public affairs, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.