Eleanor Gwinnell Coit papers
Scope and Contents
The Eleanor Gwinnell Coit Papers include correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia; teaching material; writings; records from her work with the American Labor Education Service, Committee of Correspondence, Adult Education Association, New York Education Council, YWCA, and Church of All Nations; and other labor education material.
Dates of Materials
- Coit, Eleanor (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Biographical / Historical
Eleanor Gwinnell Coit (1894-1976) earned an A.B. from Smith College in 1916 and an A.M. from Columbia University in 1919. She worked for the industry department of the YWCA in New Jersey and Buffalo, New York in the 1910s-20s and became education director of the Affiliated Schools for Workers in 1929. Coit later became director of the organization (renamed the American Labor Education Service) in 1934 until it disbanded in 1962. In the late 1930s, she helped establish worker's education programs in 75 localities under the WPA. Coit was also involved in the Committee of Correspondence.
11.979 linear feet (28 containers)
Language of Materials
YWCA official. Papers include correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia; teaching material; writings; records from her work with the American Labor Education Service, Committee of Correspondence, Adult Education Association, New York Education Council, the YWCA, and Church of All Nations.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Additional material was donated by Elizabeth Cone in 2010.
- Adult education -- United States
- Church of All Nations (New York, N.Y.)
- Coit, Anne Jenny
- Coit, Eleanor
- Coit, Joy
- Committee of Correspondence (New York, N.Y.: 1952-1969)
- Cone, Elizabeth
- Cone, Monique D.
- Female friendship -- United States -- 20th century
- International labor activities
- Job applications
- Labor -- United States -- 20th century
- Labor movement
- Meleney, Jack
- Organization files
- Smith College -- Students
- Young Women's Christian associations
- Young Women’s Christian Association of the U.S.A.
- Finding aid to the Eleanor Gwinnell Coit papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:13-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2018-10-18: Updated to conform to DACS
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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