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YWCA of the U.S.A. National Board charter and documents concerning National Board committees. The National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s is created, according to its charter, "to advance the physical, social, intellectual, moral and spiritual interest of young women in accordance with the aims and methods for the young women's christian associations, and to establish, unite and develop young women's christian associations." The charter goes on to further outline the functions and structure of the National Board. To accomplish its purpose the National Board works through committees and departments as illustrated in its organizational chart. Committee charters are included for the committee on cooperation and the committee on standards. Basic standards documents follow the National Board committee materials. In order to ensure local associations are meeting basic requirements and working to fulfill their role in the national organization, a set of basic standards is created to evaluate an association's standing. The Basic Standards Committee of the National Board is responsible for collecting standards reports, evaluating the results and developing related policy and procedure. Documents include a sample standards report, blank reporting forms, committee memorandums and a copy of the basic standards.
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National Board, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.