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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1039

Records of Crittenton Women's Union, 2005-2015


Records of Boston women's social service organization Crittenton Women's Union.


  • 2005-2015

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Crittenton Women's Union 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. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

Collection includes by-laws, annual reports, board of trustee lists, merger documentation, and program brochures. Most material is related to the merger of Crittenton, Inc. (Crittenton Hastings House) and the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. Some material arrived at the Library grouped in plastic sleeves; this material was kept together. Folder tittles were created by the archivist.


Crittenton Women's Union was a nonprofit organization in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to assisting low-income women reach economic self-sufficiency. Crittenton Women's Union provided emergency and transitional housing, workforce development, and family support services. In addition, it conducted research and was involved in advocacy campaigns in order to further legislative solutions to end poverty for women and families. Crittenton Women's Union was formed in 2006 from the merger of two related Boston nonprofits, the Women's Educational and Industrial Union and the Crittenton Hastings House. In 2016, Crittenton Women's Union changed its name to Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath).

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2019-M190

The records of Crittenton Women's Union were given to the Schlesinger Library in November 2019 by EMPath.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Women's Educational and Industrial Union records (B-8); Women's Educational and Industrial Union additional records (81-M237--82-M11 and (MC 610) and Crittenton Hastings House records (2019-M191).

Processing Information

Processed: December 2019

Updated: June 2021

By: Jenny Gotwals

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
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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