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Oral history with Elsie West about the early days of the Business and Professional Council, 25 Aug 1981

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 8

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Lilian Sharpley Papers consist of .5 linear ft. and are primarily related to her research on the history of the YWCA's work with business and professional women. Types of materials include research notes, an oral history, photographs, and writings.

Sharpley's research on the history of the business and professional work includes an unfinished typescript history, correspondence, notes on conversations with Business and Professional program participants, copies of pertinent documents from the YWCA records, and an audiotaped oral history with Elsie West of the Business and Professional Council.

The Papers also contain a microfilm copy of Sharpley's 1944 thesis "Married Women at Work" and research notes on the unionization of national YWCA staff.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 25 Aug 1981


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This interview is not available for research because a formal interview release was not obtained. Upon request, we will attempt to secure such a release. Please consult with special collections staff at to begin this process.

If both the narrator and interviewer are deceased, this interview may be opened.

Conditions Governing Web Access

This interview may not be placed on the web because there was no formal web access agreement signed. Please consult with special collections staff at to inquire about the existence of or access to digital copies.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this interview is unknown.


2 items (2 audiocassette tapes)


[2 audio tapes, digital copy available]

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063