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Employment collection

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00456

Scope and Contents

The Employment Collection is comprised primarily of printed materials and includes publications, pamphlets, periodicals, handbooks, statistics, bibliographies, biographies, reports, and newsletters pertaining to the employment of women. There are also unpublished writings and correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. The collection dates from 1817 to 1991, with the bulk dating from 1920 to 1976. Major topics include affirmative action, sex discrimination, labor organizing, married women, child labor, minority women, protective legislation, volunteer services, and specific occupations in relation to women. A section on the status of women in labor is arranged by country, primarily England and the U.S., then by states in the U.S.

There is general material related to women in over eighty different occupations, including a large amount on women in academic occupations, as well as women in the armed services, aviation, government and politics, law, science, social work, and philanthropy. There are also materials related to women domestic workers, immigrant workers, women in industry, jury duty, wartime work, Social Security, and day care. There is a substantial amount of information on women labor leaders and union members, primarily in the Women's Trade Union League, United Electrical Workers, and the Working Women's Protective Union. There are also numerous publications by the Women's Bureau of the United States Department of Labor. Other items of interest include a photographic collection entitled "Women at Work: Views and Visions from the Pioneer Valley, 1870-1945"; a board game from 1890, "Round the World with Nellie Bly"; interviews of Samuel Gompers and Jane Addams about Hull House conducted by Lucy Robbins Lang; a payroll ledger from Ashuelot, NH, circa 1870s; and posters from Geraldine Ferraro's vice-presidential campaign.

Dates

  • 1817-1991
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1976

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is 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

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright and it is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Extent

30.5 linear feet (67 boxes, 43 volumes)

Overview

Primarily printed materials and books, plus some unpublished writings, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera, pertaining to employment issues and specific occupations of women primarily in the U.S. and England. Topics include affirmative action, sex discrimination, labor organizing, child labor, immigrant workers, women in industry, jury duty, wartime work, Social Security, and protective legislation. Over eighty occupations represented include: law, academics, social work, sciences, domestic work, industrial labor, business, the armed services, government and politics, and philanthropy.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into fourteen series:
  1. I. GENERAL
  2. II. COUNTRIES
  3. III. DOMESTIC SERVICE
  4. IV. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
  5. V. OCCUPATIONS
  6. VI. ACADEMIC WOMEN
  7. VII. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
  8. VIII. ARMED SERVICES AND AVIATION
  9. IX. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
  10. X. LABOR LEADERS
  11. XI. LAW
  12. XII. SCIENCES
  13. XIII. SOCIAL WORK AND PHILANTHROPY
  14. XIV. TRADE UNIONS
  15. OVERSIZE MATERIALS
  16. BOOKS ON SHELF

Additional Finding Aids Available

Handwritten title list for U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau publications (boxes 10-10d) available in Sophia Smith Collection Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions are expected and may not be reflected in this finding aid.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jessica Lawson, intern, 2004. Introductory text by Gayla Spaulding. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.
Title
Employment collection
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2005
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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)
  • 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