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MC 441

Gordon, Linda. History of Working Class Women student papers, 1976: 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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The collection was processed with funds provided by Clara Goldberg Schiffer.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 441
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Linda Gordon
Title: History of Working Class Women student papers, 1976
Date(s): 1976
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Summaries of interviews with Boston-area working class women compiled by University of Massachusetts Boston students of Linda Gordon, historian.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 76-319
These student papers were given to the Schlesinger Library in September 1976 by Linda Gordon, at the time associate professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 1997
By: Glynn Edwards

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the History of Working Class Women student papers 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:

Linda Gordon Student papers, 1976; item description, dates. MC 441, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

A graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A. 1961) and Yale University (M.A. 1964, Ph.D. 1970), Linda Gordon taught history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1968-1984, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin since 1984. In 1976 she taught a course entitled History of Working Class Women, in which one assignment was to summarize or transcribe an interview with a working-class woman.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Most of the papers are summaries of interviews by students in Linda Gordon's History of Working Class Women class. The interviewees were working-class women living in the Boston area, most of them immigrants from Ireland or Canada. Some students interviewed family members, and some changed or disguised the names of their interviewees. The interviews cover a broad range of topics including jobs held by the interviewees and their families, education, the division of labor in their households, and family life. A few discuss their arrival in America, and many discuss dating, entertainment, religion, marriage, and children. Some give detailed descriptions of sexual practices and childbirth. Difficulties, at work and in marriage, as a Catholic in Protestant Boston are also mentioned.

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Additional Index Terms

Catholic women--Employment--Massachusetts
Childbirth--Massachusetts
Emigration and immigration
French-Canadians--Employment--Massachusetts
Immigrants--Massachusetts
Immigrants--Massachusetts--Boston
Interviews
Irish American women--Employment--Massachusetts
Italian American women--Employment--Massachusetts
Oral histories
Women--Employment--Massachusetts
Women--Massachusetts--Sexual behavior
Working class women--Massachusetts--Boston

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