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Public affairs, 1952-1960

 File — Box: 3, Reel: 237, microdex: 7
Public affairs, 1952-1960
Public affairs, 1952-1960

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. public affairs program committee and civil rights issues. The YWCA of the U.S.A. Public Affairs Committee is responsible for developing the public affairs program informed by national and local issues and supporting the implementation of the program on the national and local level. Public affairs programs address social, economic and political issues by recommending actions, issuing statements, writing to members of the government and circulating information concerning public affairs issues. In the fifties much of the program focuses on issues of civil rights and international relations. Statements and reports provide background information and context for the issue being addressed and recommend specific action or position concerning legislation. Documents concerning civil rights issues include letters to the president and other government officials in support of civil rights legislation. 

Dates of Materials

  • 1952-1960

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.


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