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Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s interracial policies, methods of fighting racism and involvement in anti-racism movements. "Methods of Combating Discriminations," a report submitted to the World YWCA provides an overview of the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s history as an inclusive movement and outlines the current inclusive principles that guide the organization. Student associations have an outspoken and active role in the desegregation movements and anti-racism efforts of the YWCA of the U.S.A. A series of correspondence concerning students' involvement in sit-ins and other nonviolent demonstrations include national policy and statements from the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. concerning member participation in demonstrations. Additional documents include pamphlets outlining policy and leadership roles in implementing interracial policies, a guide to recording reactions to interracial relationships and overviews of methods used to fight prejudice.
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Interracial, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.