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In response to increasing racial discrimination in housing in the United States in the 1960's the YWCA of the U.S.A. develops programming aimed at strategies to eliminate segregated housing and create open housing in communities. Project proposals outline the specific goals of the programs, means of achieving these goals and the role of the YWCA of the U.S.A. national organization and local associations in achieving open housing in communities. In addition to draft and completed project proposals, documents include minutes of project planning meetings, proposal summaries and the pamphlet "Neighbors and Neighborhoods" that provides context and background for the need of open housing initiatives. Additional documents concerning housing issues include suggested programming for local associations and reports concerning additional aspects of housing needs.
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.
Housing, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.