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Household employment, circa 1915-1941

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 98, microdex: 4
Household employment, circa 1915-1941
Household employment, circa 1915-1941

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning household employment and the YWCA of the U.S.A. including the National Committee on Household Employment, the National Council on Household Employment, women of color in household employment, placement, program, projects, reports, resolutions and recommendations, standards and studies. A report from the Journal of Negro History titled "Negroes in Domestic Service" details the condition of African American employment in domestic service providing statistics on employment and discussing standards, wages, and other matters. Program and projects materials provide discussion questions surrounding matters of fair employments, workers' rights, benefits received, fair wages, and other labor topics. The Women's Press publication "Concerns of Household Workers", discusses the problems and concerned faced by domestic workers of the time. The documents in the resolutions and recommendations section document the standards desired in household employment, discuss the role of unions and the effort at unionization, and suggest further action. Studies look at the wages and conditions of household workers in addition to providing case studies. 

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1915-1941

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group:

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.


788 frames (1 partial reel)