Household employment, 1934-1940
Scope and Contents
Materials for local household employee associations alphabetical by city for Lancaster, Pennsylvania through Omaha, Nebraska. Surveys distributed to employees and employers seek out information regarding wages, duties expected, living conditions, expected hours in a workweek, and other matters of household employment. Clippings, letters, and reports demonstrate the YWCA's efforts to work for fair employment for domestic workers and their service as a training and social club for those workers. Other materials discuss domestic workers' hours, wages, treatment, educational materials for employees and employers, legislative information, activities, and reports on local domestic worker problems. Milwaukee documents include training materials in domestic service from a vocational school.
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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.
508 frames (1 partial reel)
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