Audiotape collection of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1986-2000
Audiotape collection of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, a non-profit social and educational agency in Boston, Massachusetts, including recordings of award ceremonies and radio interviews.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
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Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright varies from tape to tape. Copyright in the audiotapes created by the Women's Educational and Industrial Union is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Audiovisual materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
The audiotape collection of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (WEIU) consists of primarily radio interviews, promotional pieces, and Amelia Earhart Award celebration proceedings. Titles in quotes and/or italics were transcribed from tape labels. All other titles were devised by the processor.
The Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Massachusetts), 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 order to accomplish this mission, the organization was arranged in committees or departments which throughout its history provided education and job placement services for women, social services for the needy, social programs for members, and operated a number of retail shops. These departments continued to evolve as different needs arose. In its early years, the organization gave practical help and provided training programs to and for women, teaching them how to produce marketable goods and selling their products at the Union's Handwork Shop, one of its early retail shops. Among the social services offered were legal aid for needy women (especially domestics); lunches for schools in the city of Boston; and training and placement for women, the adult blind, and other handicapped.
More recent programs offered by the Social Services Department included Companions Unlimited, a volunteer program to help the elderly and handicapped of all ages; Mini Mart, a member food co-op for the elderly and handicapped offered as part of Companions Unlimited; Parent Aides, a mentoring service for young single mothers; Horizons Transitional Housing Program, a temporary housing program for battered and homeless women and their children; Family Day Care; and the department’s nursing home guide, whose title has varied over the years. Other departments included Homemaker Services, Career Services, and Member Services, which offered a daytime lecture series, classes, tours and special events, and the After Five program, providing lectures on issues of current interest for young men and women. Rockport Lodge, a vacation home for low- to moderate-income women, and the Women’s Rest Tour Association, now known as the Traveler’s Information Exchange (a network collecting information about travel for women), were associated with the Union, as was the Industrial Credit Union, which was started by a group of Union women in 1910. The Union was supported by membership dues, donations and gifts, grants, and in part by its shops. In 2002, the Union changed its name to the Women’s Union, and in 2004 sold its buildings, dedicating the income from their sales to future programs. In July 2006 the Union merged with Crittenton to become the Crittenton Women's Union, dedicated to transforming "the course of low-income women's lives so that they can attain economic independence and create better futures for themselves and their families."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession numbers: 92-M54, 94-M173, 2002-M104, 2004-M130
These audiotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Women's Educational and Industrial Union between 1992 and 2004.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.) Records, 1894-1955 (B-8), the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.) Additional records, 1877-1977 (81-M237--82-M11), the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.) Additional records, 1877-1974 (M-89; B/W872ed), the Additional records of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.), 1877-2004 (MC 610), and the Videotape and motion picture collection of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.), 1979-2001 (Vt-12; MP-61).
Processed: November 2009
By: Melissa Dollman
- Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.). Audiotape collection of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1986-2000: A Finding Aid
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