Additional records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1877-1977
Addenda to the records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, a non-profit social and educational agency in Boston, Mass.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
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Extent13.33 linear feet ((10 cartons, 2 file boxes) plus 1 supersize folder, 1 videotape, 2 reels of microfilm)
These addenda to B-8 consist of organizational records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union and material on its programs. They include annual reports and other Union publications, brief printed histories, financial records and minutes of the Board of Government (later Trustees), Executive Committee, and other Committees. There are scrapbooks of clippings and a few historical photographs about Union activities.
The Women's Educational and Industrial Union, a non-profit social and educational agency, was founded 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."
In its early years, the organization gave practical help and training programs to 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, and training and placement for the adult blind and other handicapped. An early Committee on Hygiene, which provided health education and free medical treatment to women, developed into the Committee on Sanitary and Industrial Conditions, which investigated conditions of work in shops and industry. This later evolved into the Research Department.
Current programs of the Special Service Department include Companions Unlimited, a volunteer program to help the isolated of all ages; Mini Mart, Nursing Home Guide, and Housing Service. Other departments are Homemaker Service, Family Day Care, and Career Services. In addition the Women's Educational and Industrial Union offers a daytime lecture series and After Five program, lectures on issues of current interest for young men and women. Rockport Lodge, a vacation home for women, and the Women's Rest Tour Association, a network collecting information about travel abroad for women, are associated with the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. The Union is supported in part by dues, donations and gifts, and in part by its shops.
- Series I. Annual reports, History, 1-13
- Series II. Governing Boards and Committees, 14-106
- Series III. Financial records, 107-120
- Series IV. Programs and publicity. Includes photographs and other visual material, 121-156, 193v-210
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession numbers: 81-M237, 82-M11
The addenda were given to the Schlesinger Library in October 1981 by the Women's Educational and Industrial Union.
- Carton 1: Folders 1v-17v
- Carton 2: Folders 18v-30
- Carton 3: Folders 31v-42v
- Carton 4: Folders 43v-60v
- Carton 5: Folders 61v-83v
- Carton 6: Folders 84v-106
- Carton 7: Folders 107v-120
- Carton 8: Folders 121-137v
- Carton 9: Folders 138f+-156, 193v-194v; 157-192v no longer exist
- Folio Box 10, 12-15: Folders 195v (Folio Box 10); 196v, 200v (Folio Box 12); 197v (Folio Box 13); 198v (Folio Box 14); 199v (Folio Box 15)
- Carton 11: Folders 201-210
Preliminary Processing: November, 1981
By: Jane S. Knowles
- Annual reports
- Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
- Employment agencies--Massachusetts
- Home economics--Study and teaching--Massachusetts
- Human services--Massachusetts
- Labor inspection--Massachusetts
- Occupational training--Massachusetts
- Sales personnel--Training of--Massachusetts
- School children--Food--Massachusetts
- Social service
- Women household employees--Massachusetts
- Women immigrants
- Women--Services for
- Women--Vocational guidance
- Work environment--Massachusetts
- Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.). Additional records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1877-1977: A Finding Aid
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