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Records, 1919-1953 (inclusive). 1925-1931 (inclusive) .  Folders 15 & 19, 1925-1931 (inclusive)
Vocational Adjustment Bureau, creator
Nimbkar, Kamala V., 1900-
Burr, Emily Thorp, 1880-
Potter, Grace.
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[Provides access to page images of this portion of the collection]  http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL:518189 
Networked Resource
5 items.

Vocational Adjustment Bureau. ;  Employment agencies -- New York (State) -- New York ;  Mental health services -- New York (State) -- New York ;  Sheltered workshops -- New York (State) -- New York ;  Women -- Vocational education -- New York (State) -- New York ;  Women -- Vocational guidance -- New York (State) -- New York ;  Women -- Employment -- New York (State) -- New York ;  Girls -- Employment -- New York (State) -- New York ;  Girls -- Mental health -- New York (State) -- New York

Young women

Industrial workers

Vocational training

Career guidance



Costs of Living


Living Conditions

Consists of the contents of two folders of Vocational Adjustment Bureau Records, 1919-1953 (inclusive). Folder 15 contains: A study of 400 'problem' girls placed by the Vocational Adjustment Bureau for Girls : with special attention to the sex delinguents [sic] / prepared by Elizabeth B. Lundy. Folder 19 contains: A way out for misfits / by Emily T. Burr; Sheltered workrooms for nervous girls; Four block industrial survey, Vocational and Employment Section of Welfare Council / [Grace Potter]; and: Girl victims of the machine age / by Emily T. Burr.

The Vocational Adjustment Bureau (or Vocational Adjustment Bureau for Girls) began in 1919 as the Committee on Vocational Guidance and Employment, a part of Jewish Big Sisters. By 1922 the demand for guidance and placement services had grown so much that the committee was reorganized into VAB, a city-wide, non-sectarian organization under the direction of Blanche Ittleson (1875-1975).

Among its purposes were: "to conduct investigations into vocational opportunities for sub-normal and maladjusted girls; [and] to conduct a placement bureau for them." VAB provided training workshops, employment in its own workshops, placement services, and psychological and vocational tests.

By the late 1920s VAB had a full-time psychologist as director; merchandise produced in the workshops was sold in department stores. In 1936 it proposed an experiment "to educate teachers in mental hygiene practices." By 1941 the workshops had closed; by the fall of 1942 VAB was no longer working with female clients but concentrated on vocational rehabilitation for men "rejected by and discharged from the armed forces because of mental and nervous disabilities." This project continuted under the supervision of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene (NCMH); rehabilitation of veterans was transferred to other agencies by the fall of 1944. Joint minutes of VAB and NCMH continue through 1949; the last meeting of VAB was probably held in January 1951.

Vocational Adjustment Bureau records, 1919-1953; Folders 15 & 19, 1925-1931. MC 389, folders 15 & 19. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Electronic finding aid for Vocational Adjustment Bureau Records (MC 389) available http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL:sch00409

Unpublished finding aid.
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  Records, 1919-1953 (inclusive)
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