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Documents concerning the national public affairs programs of the YWCA of the U.S.A. Public affairs programs, recommended by the National Public Affairs Committee of the YWCA of the U.S.A., outline social, political and economic issues that the YWCA of the U.S.A. commits to addressing at a national and local level. The program emphases released in summary reports include reasons why they are selected, how the issue should be addressed and goals of the programs. In 1964 a voter registration program is implemented as part of the public affairs program. Handbooks and guides include tools and resources for implementing a voter registration program and encouraging all women to register and vote. In order to encourage engagement in the public affairs programs, the Public Affairs Committee sponsors seminars in Washington DC to explore important topics and share practical guidelines for action. These seminars are documented in programs, reports and newsletters. Additional public affairs documents include lists of official National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. public affairs actions, official resolutions, an abortion laws study guide, clippings and reports.
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, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.