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81-M237--82-M11; M-89; Vt-12

Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.). Additional records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1877-1977: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.
April 2003

© 2003 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 81-M237--82-M11; M-89; Vt-12
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Women's Educational and Industrial Union (U.S.)
Title: Additional records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1877-1977
Quantity: 13.33 linear feet (10 cartons, 2 file boxes) plus 1 supersize folder, 1 videotape, 2 reels of microfilm
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Addenda to the records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, a non-profit social and educational agency in Boston, Mass.

Processing Information:

Preliminary Processing: November, 1981
By: Jane S. Knowles

Acquisition Information:

Accession numbers: 81-M237, 82-M11
The addenda were given to the Schlesinger Library in October 1981 by the Women's Educational and Industrial Union.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Women's Educational and Industrial Union is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred citation for publication:

Women's Educational and Industrial Union Additional records, 1877-1977; item description, dates. 81-M237--82-M11, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.) Records, 1894-1955 (B-8), the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.) Additional records, 1877-1974 (M-89; B/W872ed), the Additional records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.), 1877-2004 (MC 610), the Audiotape collection of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.), 1986-2000 (T-362), and the Videotape and motion picture collection of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.), 1979-2001 (Vt-12; MP-61).

HISTORY

The Women's Educational and Industrial Union, a non-profit social and educational agency, was founded in 1877 by Dr. Harriet Clisby, and incorporated in 1880, "to increase fellowship among women and to promote the best practical methods for securing their educational, industrial and social advancement."
In its early years, the organization gave practical help and training programs to women, teaching them how to produce marketable goods and selling their products. Among the social services offered were legal aid for needy women, especially domestics, school lunches, and training and placement for the adult blind and other handicapped. An early Committee on Hygiene, which provided health education and free medical treatment to women, developed into the Committee on Sanitary and Industrial Conditions, which investigated conditions of work in shops and industry. This later evolved into the Research Department.
Current programs of the Special Service Department include Companions Unlimited, a volunteer program to help the isolated of all ages; Mini Mart, Nursing Home Guide, and Housing Service. Other departments are Homemaker Service, Family Day Care, and Career Services. In addition the Women's Educational and Industrial Union offers a daytime lecture series and After Five program, lectures on issues of current interest for young men and women. Rockport Lodge, a vacation home for women, and the Women's Rest Tour Association, a network collecting information about travel abroad for women, are associated with the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. The Union is supported in part by dues, donations and gifts, and in part by its shops.

SERIES LIST

SCOPE AND CONTENT

These addenda to B-8 consist of organizational records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union and material on its programs. They include annual reports and other Union publications, brief printed histories, financial records and minutes of the Board of Government (later Trustees), Executive Committee, and other Committees. There are scrapbooks of clippings and a few historical photographs about Union activities.

Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Annual reports
Bean, Ruth L.
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Clisby, Harriet, 1831-1931
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937
Employment agencies--Massachusetts
Home economics--Study and teaching--Massachusetts
Human services--Massachusetts
Labor inspection--Massachusetts
Minutes
Needlework--Massachusetts
Occupational training--Massachusetts
Photographs
Sales personnel--Training of--Massachusetts
School children--Food--Massachusetts
Social service
Videotape
White, Eva Whiting, 1885-1974
Women--Employment
Women household employees--Massachusetts
Women immigrants
Women--Services for
Women--Vocational guidance
Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.). Appointment Bureau
Work environment--Massachusetts

CONTAINER LIST

PRELIMINARY INVENTORY


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