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MC 276

Cambridge Home Information Center. Records of the Cambridge Home Information Center, 1942-1975: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 276
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Cambridge Home Information Center
Title: Records of the Cambridge Home Information Center, 1942-1975
Date(s): 1942-1975
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Bylaws, programs, minutes, reports, etc., of Cambridge Home Information Center, an educational organization offering courses in cooking and household management for middle-class homemakers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 78-M150
The records of the Cambridge Home Information Center were given to the Schlesinger Library in October 1978 by SallyBuck (Mrs. Paul) and Abigail Van Vleck (Mrs. John H.).

Processing Information:

Processed: December 1978
By: Clare M. Sheridan

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Cambridge Home Information Center as well as 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:

Cambridge Home Information Center Records, 1942-1975; item description, dates. MC 276, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

HISTORY

The Cambridge Home Information Center was a small, local organization consisting largely of middle-class homemakers living in or near Cambridge, Massachusetts. The need for such an organization arose out of the changing role and increased duties of the housewife in the post World War I era. The original purpose of the group was educational, consisting of instruction and short courses in cooking and household management. They set up a small office on Brattle Street in Cambridge, where a home economist could be consulted one day a week; an ambitious scheme for training household assistants was part of the early program. During World War II members participated in home economy projects as part of the war effort.
By 1947 the goal of the Center was more modest: helping "its members adjust to the ever changing problems of managing a house and home...." The programs now included educational trips to museums, craft studios and local historical sites. In its later years the Center was primarily social, the main activities being luncheons at members' homes with guest speakers. A regular feature was the annual meeting at the Harvard Boat Club. The group dissolved in 1975 after 58 years of continuous activity.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

By-laws, programs, minutes, reports, financial records, membership lists, correspondence, menus, recipes, and photographs reflect the activities of the Center.

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Additional Index Terms

Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Clubs--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Cooking--Study and teaching
Home economics
Housewives--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Women--Societies and clubs
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female

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