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Household employment, circa 1915-1946

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 98, microdex: 5
Household employment, circa 1915-1946
Household employment, circa 1915-1946

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning household employment and the YWCA of the U.S.A. including training, government training, unions, and additional program materials. Training materials provide documentation on training practices for domestic employment and include, baking, cleaning, child care, and other topics. Government training materials are those training materials specifically created by the Works Progress Administration for training centers. Union materials document the YWCA's efforts to aid in the formation of unions for domestic workers and includes a letter from Gene Nicholson to Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt asking for support in their efforts.

Dates of Materials

  • circa 1915-1946

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.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group: Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.


434 frames (1 partial reel)