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Regional conferences, held in the year prior to a national conference, serve as a forum for delegates to convene, share ideas, and discuss the national emphasis and proposals. Conferences invite speakers to address the chosen theme of the conference and host discussion groups around those themes. In addition, conferences look at how the ideas and aims of the National Board are realized in local associations. Reports and minutes may contain updates from local associations or recommendations for communities. Materials also address the planning of conferences, additions or changes to governing documents, lists of delegates and finance. Conferences discuss the religious emphasis of the YWCA of the U.S.A., international relations and the political world climate and racism and race relations in the YWCA of the U.S.A. The conferences also unite the regions and local associations behind the National emphasis and discuss leadership development.
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.
Conferences, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.