Business, professional, and industrial women, 1946-1951
Scope and Contents
Summer and weekend conference materials for work with industrial and professional employed women. Combined business and industrial work conferences provide a chance for girls to meet other employed girls from their region, share ideas, engage in discussions, and learn about topics of emphasis. In addition, conferences offer outdoor and indoor recreation, worship and devotions, as well as songs and dramatics. Materials summarize discussions and lectures, assess conference facilities, assess conference effectiveness, provide recommendations for future conferences, and comment on leadership. Conference assessments often contain a section on the interracial aspects of the conference including the attitude of the girls and accommodations. In the post World War II era conferences continue to focus on international relationships and a girl's place in the world. Summaries of work in other countries may be given or foreign secretaries may be invited to speak. Another interest of employed women during this time is job security as the threat of losing one's job to a man was present.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1946-1951
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
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.
695 frames (1 partial reel)
- YWCA of the U.S.A.. Business and Professional Department (Organization)
- YWCA of the U.S.A.. Industrial Department (Organization)
Genre / Form
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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