Papers of Ann Bookman 1925-2013
Commissioned studies, interviews, legislation, national outreach programs, research projects, reports, speeches and photographs of Ann Bookman, social policy expert on women's issues, work-family balance, and community engagement.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. The bulk of the collection is open to research.
To preserve 3rd party privacy the following folders are closed for 70 years from the date of creation: #28.6, 29.3-29.4, 30.1-31.7, 32.2, 32.10-33.3, 33.5, 43.2-43.4.
To preserve 3rd party privacy the following folders are redacted and the originals closed for 70 years from the date of creation: #28.8-28.10, 29.1-32.9, 32.10-32.11, 33.1-33.3, 43.5-45.2.
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Extent18.77 linear feet ((45 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 6 photograph folders)
The papers of Ann Bookman mainly document her tenure as Policy and Research Director at the Women's Bureau of the United States Department of Labor. Included are administrative meeting minutes of departments, staff and subgroups; appointment books; awards and honors; brochures, fact sheets, and flyers; clippings; transcripts of focus groups; legislative laws and amendments, testimony, and transcripts of public hearings; memoranda and reports representing commissioned studies of the Family Medical Leave Act, various project initiatives and national outreach programs. There is also correspondence and reports of affiliate organizations; agendas, programs, and speeches related to conferences and forums; and Bureau publications, research, and workshops. There are some related federal agency records, including the Employment Training Administration and the Employment Standards Administration of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
Bookman's papers also document research projects undertaken while serving as Executive Director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Workplace Center. These papers include coded demographic forms; evaluative questionnaires; field reports; transcripts of legislative hearings; research proposals and findings presented at conferences, forums, panels and symposia; publications, which include articles, handbooks, and working papers; and reports. Redacted interview transcripts are available for research. Restricted material, which includes data analysis, meeting minutes of the research team and medical staff, and work observations are closed for 70 years from the date of creation.
Bookman's other professional activities are also well documented, including correspondence and memoranda related to her work as an administrator and faculty member at several academic institutions; legislation and testimony; meeting minutes; reports and other material detailing her advisory role, membership, and working affiliation with policy-making commissions and women-centered organizations; speeches and photographs related to various conference and forums; and publications. Research related to the biotechnology project sponsored by the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, includes interviews, reports, and surveys. Redacted interview transcripts are available for research. Restricted material, which includes data analysis and demographics, are closed for 70 years from the date of creation.
There is a comparatively small amount of biographical and personal material in the papers, mainly consisting of awards and honors, curricula vitae filed within related series, and some personal correspondence and greeting cards from friends and colleagues that include Bill and Hillary Clinton. Newsletters featuring Bookman's projects have been retained in the collection, while others were transferred to the Schlesinger Library Published Materials Division. Most of the papers were received with folder headings, which the archivist modified to avoid duplication and to consolidate related material. The archivist provided the arrangement for all series and interfiled loose material. The web site of the University of Massachusetts Center for Women in Politics and Policy is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX).
Series I, WOMEN'S BUREAU, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 1925-1997, n.d. (#1.1-26.4), includes the administrative history, structure, and accomplishments of the Women's Bureau; appointment books; awards and honors, including a National Performance Review signed by Al Gore (#2.9); brochures, fact sheets, and flyers; and correspondence, which includes clippings, invitations, and greeting cards from Bill and Hilary Clinton (#8.6) and other friends and colleagues. Additional clippings are included with related subject matter. This series also includes memoranda, correspondence, reports and other material related to affiliate organizations; and transcripts of focus groups; agendas, programs, and speeches presented at various conferences, forums, and symposiums sponsored by the Department of Labor, related government agencies, and affiliate organizations. Projects include studies of the contingent workforce (independent contractors, temporary, on-call, or day or leased workers), early childhood data collection, the development of school-to-work opportunity systems, and welfare reform; funding proposals; meeting minutes; legislative amendments, transcripts and testimony from public hearings; notes, reports and research; workplace surveys associated with the Bureau's national outreach program Working Women Count! (see also #PD.6), and publications are also included. The series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder. Folder titles were created by the processor.
Series II, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WORKPLACE CENTER, 1995-2013, n.d. (#26.5-34.1), includes correspondence, clippings, and memoranda; agendas, programs, and speeches related to conferences, forums, programs, and panels; and legislation. This series also includes material related to research projects facilitated by medical staff at the Gretchen and Ed Fish Center, a unit of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. The research was conducted by Ann Bookman, Lotte Bailyn, and Monica Harrington with the assistance of several doctoral students. Launched as a work redesign project, the research shed light on issues of gender equity, work-family balance, community engagement, family caregivers, and extended and palliative care for the elderly, and includes research protocols and reports; published writings consisting of articles, handbooks, and working papers. Some redacted interview transcripts and coded demographic forms are available for research. Restricted research material, which includes data analysis, meeting minutes of the research team and medical staff members, field notes, and work observations, is closed for 70 years from the date of creation. The series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder. Folder titles were created by the processor.
Series III, OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, 1983-2007, n.d. (#34.2-45.10, E.1), includes correspondence and clippings related to Bookman's role as an administrator and faculty member at several academic institutions; legislation, testimony and transcripts from public hearings; meeting minutes, and reports associated with her work on the City of Cambridge Coordinating Council for Children, Youth, and Families (The Kids Council), gubernatorial appointee to the Commission on Family Leave (see #39.5-39.8. and #PD.3), and women-centered organizations focused on child care services, parental leave, and work-family balance. This series also includes agendas, programs, and speeches representing Bookman's participation in conferences and forums. Highlights include her work on the Biotechnology Project sponsored by the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Papers related to the project include community interviews and mapping protocols; field notes; transcripts of focus group discussions; and interviews of employees in the biotechnology industry. Redacted interview transcripts, which are organized alphabetically by the first letter of last names, are available for research. Restricted files, which include data analysis, are closed for 70 years from the date of creation. There are some published writings and related material, including a draft preface for Women and the Politics of Empowerment (Temple University, 1988) (#44.5); book proposals, chapter summaries and follow-up interviews that were incorporated into Who's Caring for the Community?: Rethinking Our Lives as Workers, Family Members, Neighbors and Citizens (#45.8), which was subsequently changed and published as Starting in Our Back Yard (Routledge, 2004). The web site of the University of Massachusetts Center for Women in Politics and Policy is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection (WAX). The series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder. Folder titles were created by the processor.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS AND OVERSIZED, 1988-1997 (#PD.1-PD.6, F+D.1), includes a group photograph of Bookman and others at the CURIES conference for Women in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering; a photograph of Bookman taken at the Women's Bureau; and group photographs of staff members celebrating the Women's Bureau 75th anniversary which coincided with their national outreach program: Working Women Count! Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. The oversized material in this series includes promotional conference flyers, and organizational newsletters. The series is arranged by format and chronologically thereunder. Folder titles were created by the processor.
Bookman's career reflects her success as an academic administrator and faculty member, her research on work family issues, her numerous contributions to the development of public policies, and advocacy for gender equality. She received her BA in anthropology from Barnard College (1970) and an M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1977) in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her long term interest in women's work and family issues was shaped in part by anthropological fieldwork among Eskimo women in Alaska, Luo women of East Africa, and by non-traditional careers held by women in the United States. Her dissertation, The Political Socialization of Women and Immigrant Workers: A Case Study of Unionization in the Electronics Industry, 1973-1977, was based on surveys of industrial employers and patterns of blue-collar employment of women in a Rhode Island manufacturing center. Bookman was also a machinist apprentice and member of the International Union of Electric Workers, Local 201, at the General Electric Company in Lynn, Massachusetts (1978-1982). At General Electric she led efforts to build a women's committee within the union and developed initiatives for job training, maternity rights, child care, and affirmative action. She was also a founding member of Boston's first chapter of Coalition of Labor Union Women. Her essay, "Unionization in an Electronics Factory: The Interplay of Gender, Ethnicity and Class," was published in Women and the Politics of Empowerment, which she co-edited with Sandra Morgen (Temple University Press, 1988).
During the 1980s Bookman held several positions in academia and continued to research work-family issues. As assistant director of the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, Bookman was responsible for advising post-doctoral scholars on research methodology and career goals, organizing educational and art events, grant development, and fundraising. At the Stone Center for Developmental Studies and Services at Wellesley College, she was research associate for the Program on Work, Family and Social Policy and later served as project manager of the Parental Leave Research Project. Her responsibilities included surveys of literature on parental leave and family policies in the United States and across cultures, and collecting data on parental leave policies from Massachusetts employers in order to narrow the gap between opponents and advocates of parental leave legislation. During this period Bookman also held several city and state policy-making positions, including as an appointee to Governor Dukakis' Commission on Parental Leave (1986-1987) and his Commission on Temporary Disability and Dependent Care Insurance (1988-1989). She served as a member of the City of Cambridge Coordinating Council for Children, Youth, and Families (The Kids Council) and held dual roles as a faculty member and research associate in Child and Family Policy, Center for Children, Families, and Public Policy at Lesley College. Lesley officials credited her with conceptualizing, planning, and developing programs for its center for children. She also taught in the sociology/anthropology department and the women's studies program at the College of the Holy Cross. As head of a research project, sponsored by the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Bookman explored a broad range of work-family issues experienced by employees within the Massachusetts biotechnology industry.
In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed Bookman to the position of Policy and Research Director of the Women’s Bureau at the United States Department of Labor. Formed by Congress in 1920, the Women's Bureau's mandate to support wage-earning women led to national standards, the development of government policies beneficial to women, and the improvement of working conditions, and greater opportunities for advancement. During her three-year tenure at the Women's Bureau, Bookman developed policy positions on many employment issues experienced by women, including pay equity, benefits, work-family balance, education, and training. She also directed the planning and implementation of research projects and publications and served as Executive Director of the Commission on Leave, a bipartisan commission created by Congress to study the impact of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act. The Commission's findings were later published as A Workable Balance with Bookman as principal author. When her appointment at the Bureau ended in 1996, Bookman returned to academic teaching and administration as Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary and Special Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. In addition to providing academic oversight of interdisciplinary programs at Holy Cross, she worked with faculty, students, and administration to develop seminars, colloquia, conferences, and cultural events, including a forum that offered a feminist perspective of the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal (#35.6)
From 2000 to 2008, Bookman served as executive director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Workplace Center at the Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Center's objectives included the development of policies and practices compatible with the family needs of employees and the business needs of employers. To accomplish this objective, Bookman, along with faculty members Lotte Bailyn, Mona Harrington, and doctoral students, conducted work redesign projects that included interviews of medical leaders, physicians, registered nurses, and support staff within the health-care industry. Considered one of Boston's largest employers, the health-care industry was selected for its large percentage of women employees and diverse range of professional, administrative, and technical jobs. The project, which included conference presentations, outreach activities, and published findings, employed a collaborative approach between researchers and employees to resolve workplace challenges.
Throughout her career, Bookman served on the advisory boards of several organizations, including the Harvard University's Center for Parenting, the Executive Committee of the New England Welfare Reform Initiative, the Family Leave Coalition, as well as holding memberships in a number of professional organizations concerned with women and their families. Recognition of her highly influential work has included teaching fellowships, grants, awards and honors, and a National Performance Review signed by former Vice President Al Gore. She currently serves as the Director of the University of Massachusetts Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and is a clinical professor in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.
The collection is arranged in four series:
- Series I. Women's Bureau, United States Department of Labor, 1925-1997, n.d. (#1.1-26.4)
- Series II. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Workplace Center, 1995-2013, n.d. (#26.5-34.1)
- Series III. Other professional activities, 1983-2007, n.d.(#34.2-45.10, E.1)
- Series IV. Photographs and oversized, 1988-1997 (#PD.1-PD.6, F+D.1)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2014-M63
These papers of Ann Bookman were given to the Schlesinger Library by Ann Bookman in May 2014.
Donor: Ann Bookman
Accession number: 2014-M63
Processed by: Emilyn L. Brown
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library Book and Printed Materials Division (pending review by curator):
- New York Women, (Vol. 9, No. 1, 1993)
- Newsletter / Governor's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues, (No.1, 1984)
- On the Road to Beijing, (1994-1995)
- Survival News, (Vol. 8:, No. 1, 1994)
- Transition Times, (Vol. 5, No. 1, 1993)
- Ways & Means, (Vol. 12, No. 1, 1989 and Vol. 14, No. 1, 1991)
- Women at Work, (1994)
- Women's Economic Justice Center, (Vol. 12, No. 2, 1989)
Processed: May 2017
By: Emilyn L. Brown, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.
- Child care services--United States
- Feminism--United States
- Jewish women--United States
- Labor laws and legislation--Massachusetts
- Pay equity
- Sex discrimination against women--Law and legislation--United States
- Temporary employment
- Universities and colleges
- Wages--Women--United States
- Web sites
- Welfare reform
- Women college teachers
- Women's rights--Congresses
- Women's rights--United States
- Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
- Women--Social conditions
- Women--Social networks
- Work and family--United States
- Working class women--United States
- Bookman, Ann, 1948- . Papers of Ann Bookman, 1925-2013: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Language of description
- Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Ware Acquisitions Fund at the Schlesinger Library, Schlesinger Library General Gift Fund, and the Radcliffe College Class of 1950 Fund.
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