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Interracial, 1967-1970

 File — Box: 4, Reel: 296, microdex: 2
Interracial, 1967-1970
Interracial, 1967-1970

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s Racial Justice Fund, racial justice institutes and staff meetings aimed at addressing racism in the context of the YWCA of the U.S.A. The YWCA of the U.S.A. Racial Justice Fund is a fund to support programs and activities fighting fascism with half the funds earmarked for the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizations (IFCO). Fund raising letters to potential donors explain the program and its potential impact while progress memos and correspondence speak to the progress towards the $100,000 goal and strategies for increasing support. Also included are lists of potential donors and letters of gratitude. Racial justice institutes and staff meetings focused on racism are two ways in which the YWCA of the U.S.A. attempts to bring awareness to the issues surrounding racism and explore the role of leaders and members in eliminating racism in the YWCA of the U.S.A. and the community. Regional institutes planned for the summer and fall of 1969 are a space for leaders to increase their understanding of the "racial crisis" and explore their role in addition to developing ideas for local community development. In addition to readings, study guides and summer institute notes and reports, the materials include a grant application for support of the fall institutes. National staff meetings for 1969 are focused on racism and a chance for national leadership to discuss and explore racism, the role of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and increase their understanding of the civil rights movement. Proceedings, agendas and meeting notes document the meetings. Pre-meeting readings and memorandums provide context to the meetings and the topics that will be discussed. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1967-1970

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.


384 frames (1 partial reel)