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The YWCA of the U.S.A. Bureau of Research and Program Resources is responsible for identifying the need for resources at the national and local levels, recommending pilot program and sharing resources throughout the organization. These functions are established in charters and documents recording the purpose and function of the bureau and its relationship to the YWCA of the U.S.A. One of the products of these functions is the publication of summary reports of basic standards data. Basic standards, collected each triennium from local associations, gather data about association's compliance to a set of standards. The resulting reports compile and summarize the data into tables providing a summary look at the state of local associations for the reported triennium.
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.
Use and Reproduction
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.
Research and program resources, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.