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The National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. is the governing body of the YWCA of the U.S.A. responsible for policy and administration guiding the entirety of the organization. In addition, the National Board is responsible for the overarching decisions of the organization with committees, departments and local associations implementing decisions at their level and interests. Meetings of the full board take place over several days and in between these full meetings shorter meetings with a partial representation of the board take place to discuss business and reports that come up between the full meetings. Board members discuss policy and procedure, hear reports from groups, committees and commissions, discuss the purpose and aim of the organization, and review financial reports.
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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.
National Board minutes and reports, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.