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Convention, 1970, 1969-1970

 File — Box: 4, Reel: 288, microdex: 3

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the twenty fifth YWCA of the U.S.A. National Convention as well as the Conference on Black Women in the YWCA held the weekend prior to the start of the national convention. National conventions, held every three years are a time to vote on new leadership, discuss the social, spiritual and political issues affecting members, and decide on policy and program emphases for the coming period. The report of the resolutions and actions taken by the convention body summarize the policy, program and public affairs decisions made during convention and that set the tone of the organization for the coming three years. These include the resolution to adopt the emphasis of the elimination of racism that will become known as the "one imperative." Also adopted at this conference are the set of basic standards for measuring association growth. The basic standards program is further described in a pamphlet outlining the program. Bulletins are used before and during convention to update participants on convention program and progress and prepare them for the topics that will be discussed. Minutes of the convention committee include record of their discussion of convention accommodations, program and other logistics of planning a national convention. Following these general convention materials are several documents concerning the National Conference of Black Women in the YWCA. This special conference held prior to convention brought together women of color from the YWCA of the U.S.A. to discuss the state of race relations and racism within the organization, explore the role and identity of the woman of color in the YWCA of the U.S.A. and attempt to "close the gap" between the stated ideals of the organization and the implementation. A conference pamphlet and summary sheet outline the purpose and program and a press release put out after the convention announces the adoption of the "one imperative." 

Dates

  • 1969-1970

Language of Materials

English

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.

Conditions Governing Access

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Extent

161 frames (1 partial reel)