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COLLECTION Identifier: A/P451

Essay of Helen Diane Perlin, ca.1960


School report of Helen Diane Perlin.


  • 1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Helen Diane Perlin is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

Collection consists of Helen Diane Perlin's handwritten "My Career as a Buyer" essay. The essay is arranged in the following sections: "I. Use of this occupation to the world"; "II. Duties of a person engaged in this occupation"; "III. Working conditions with respect to hours of work, health, safety"; "IV. Education and special training necessary"; "V. Personal qualifications needed"; "VI. Payment to be expected"; "VII. Opportunities for promotion or advancement"; "VIII. Workers organizations"; "IX. Advantages and disadvantages." Perlin notes that a department store buyer's responsibilities include "supervision of the operations of her department store in every respect," and that the buyer's duties change "from season to season because she buys different types of clothing at different seasons of the year."


Helen Diane Perlin grew up in Richmond, Virginia. When she was a senior in high school, she completed a homework assignment titled "My Career as a Buyer," analyzing the career of a department store buyer, and received the grade of B+ on the assignment.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2020-M73

The papers of Helen Diane Perlin were acquired from LN Golay Books in September 2020.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2020

By: Susan Earle.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Processing of this collection was made possible by the Class of 1955 Archival Processing Fund

Repository Details

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