Skip to main content

Emma France Ward papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00170

Scope and Contents

Papers include biographical information; personal and professional correspondence; articles written by Ward about the health and safety of women workers; and pamphlets, reprints, periodicals and other publications devoted to women industrial workers' health and safety, especially in shipyards. The strength of this collection is its documentation of Ward's career as a woman government bureaucrat during a period in which governmental influence in the regulation of industry increased dramatically. It is also a rich source of information about women workers, especially those in the shipbuilding industry, and especially during the World War II period.

Dates

  • 1922-66

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Conditions Governing Access

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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Emma France Ward, the daughter of Wilbur F. and Emma Albert Ward, was born in Baltimore in 1886. She graduated from Goucher College in 1909; later she received a degree in public health medicine from Johns Hopkins University, and engaged in further studies at the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, and in Europe. Early in her career Ward did settlement work. In 1931 she was the official delegate from the U.S. Public Health Service and one of three American women out of 500 delegates to attend the 6th International Congress of Accidents and Industrial Diseases in Geneva. Her long government career included appointments with the U.S. Children's Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Internal Revenue Service. During WWII Ward worked for the Maritime Commission as the officer in charge of women workers in shipyards. After the war she worked with the Brookings Institution in Washington until her retirement in 1958. She died of a stroke in Baltimore in 1963.

Extent

2 boxes (2 linear feet)

Overview

Public health specialist and personnel manager. The strength of this collection is its documentation of Ward's career as a woman government bureaucrat during a period in which governmental influence in the regulation of industry increased dramatically. It is also a rich source of information about women workers, especially those in the shipbuilding industry during the World War II period. Materials include correspondence; articles written by Ward about the health and safety of women workers; and publications devoted to women industrial workers' health and safety.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Emma France Ward donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1955 to 1961.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.
Title
Emma France Ward papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by mnsss.
Date
2003
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss165 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:12-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063