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The Public Affairs Committee of the YWCA of the U.S.A. is responsible for developing and supporting the national public affairs program. The public affairs program is the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s agenda for public policy concerning rights, development and opportunities for women. Public affairs programs have included civil rights, labor rights, women's health and participation in elections. In order to develop and support the public affairs programs the Public Affairs Committee keeps itself informed of current social, economic and political situations, provides resources to local associations, drafts statements of public affairs platforms and cooperates with other organizations.
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 Committee minutes and reports, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.