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The Education and Research Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A., established in 1921 following a national reorganization, seeks to carry out the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s goal of developing the lives of women through education. The division is a carry over of the Department of Research and Methods that existed prior to the reorganization. The minutes of the first meeting of the Education and Research Division record the discussion of the name of the division and the defining of the division purpose and tasks. Subsequent meetings of the division concern the overarching themes of education in the YWCA of the U.S.A. and their role in furthering the educational purpose of the organization. Education and Research Division reports summarize the division's activities, describe challenges and successes and makes assessments of future needs. Staff meetings of the Education and Research Division concern the more specific duties of the staff members, report on the needs of local associations and member groups and make personnel and travel arrangements.
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.
Education and Research Division minutes and reports, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.