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Annual reports and conference documents of the World YWCA. The World YWCA is the international organization comprised of autonomous national associations that include the YWCA of the U.S.A. Their annual reports review the work of the World YWCA over the reporting period, highlight some work of national associations and present the challenges that associations and the world organization may be facing. Membership conferences convene in between meetings of the World Council to encourage fellowship and the exchange of ideas between representatives of its member nations. The 1961 membership conference builds on the council's 1959 "Statement on the Concerns of Women and Girls" with discussion groups further exploring the international concerns of women and making recommendations for program emphases. A 1965 conference on work with youth in North America and the Caribbean area held in Miami, Florida brings together regional leaders of national associations working with youth to develop program ideas and discuss the social, physical and cultural challenges youth are facing regionally.
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.
World YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.