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The YWCA of the U.S.A. has since its beginning a mission of inclusivity. In response to growing racial tensions, the desires of its members and the emphases of the National Board, the YWCA of the U.S.A. forms committees to study the racial issues in the organization and local associations and develop recommendations. The committees include discussions of representation in leadership, the development of educational materials, the role of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in the civil rights movement, conference and convention discussions and how best to support local associations in achieving racial inclusivity.
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.
Racial Justice Committee, Committee on Racial Integration and Committee on Racial Inclusiveness minutes and reports, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.