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Research Department reports and studies, 1895-1930 (inclusive)
Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.), Dept. of Research., creator
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[Provides access to page images of this portion of collection]  http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL:553612 
Networked Resource
20 folders.
mixed material

Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.). , Dept. of Research. ;  Hawthorne Club (Boston, Mass.) ;  Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs. ;  Massachusetts Conference of Social Work. ;  Massachusetts Committee for Old Age Security. ;  Women's Industrial Council (Great Britain) ;  Women's Trade Union League. ;  Women -- Employment ;  Women -- Employment -- Massachusetts ;  Girls -- Employment ;  Girls -- Employment -- Massachusetts ;  Women household employees ;  Women -- Education ;  Manual training ;  Occupational training ;  Loans, Personal -- Massachusetts ;  Prostitution -- Massachusetts -- Boston ;  Women -- Vocational guidance ;  Women immigrants -- Massachusetts -- Boston ;  Telephone companies -- Employees ;  Paper box industry -- Employees ;  Women clothing workers ;  Housing -- Massachusetts -- Boston ;  Boston (Mass.) -- Social life and customs

Young women

Aged women


Working class

Industrial workers

Clothing workers

Machine operators

Paper box industry

Textile workers


Telephone operators


Vocational training

Career guidance


Family relations



Gender barriers to work


Social Workers

Costs of Living


Child Labor

Service Industry

Living Conditions

Working Conditions

Organizing and Social Movements

Consists of various reports, clippings and studies related to the WEIU's Dept. of Research, from folders 46-64a of the WEIU's Records, 1877-1980 (inclusive). Includes papers from the Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Club's domestic science exhibit, ca. 1908; several studies and clippings pertaining to immigrant women's employment as domestic workers in Boston, ca. 1905; a report on the food of working women; a study of industrial opportunities for women in Cambridge and Somerville, 1910-1911; and a vice study of the Hawthorne Club Dance Hall, 1909.

The WEIU, a non-profit social and educational agency, was founded in Boston in 1877 by Dr. Harriet Clisby and incorporated in 1880, "to increase fellowship among women and to promote the best practical methods for securing their educational, industrial and social advancement." Initially it provided practical help and training programs for women, teaching them how to produce marketable goods and selling their products. Among the social services offered were legal aid for needy women, especially domestics; school lunches; training and placement for the blind and other handicapped persons; health education and free medical treatment; and investigation of working conditions in shops and factories. In the 1930s it added employment services, and in the 1950s became involved with housing problems of the elderly.

Unpublished finding aid; see also Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library ..., The manuscript inventories and the catalogs ... 10 v. (Boston : G.K. Hall, 1984).

Electronic finding aid for Records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (B-8) available http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL:sch00209

Forms part of Records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College. See: Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.). Records, 1877-1980 (inclusive).
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  Records, 1877-1980 (inclusive)
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