Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A. Industrial Department program and administration covering the southern industrial situation, secretary job analysis and staff meetings. Southern situation materials concern conditions faced by Southern industrial workers, particularly those in the textile industry. Included in these documents are reports on working conditions, discussion of progress made and methods used, an address by Sherwood Anderson at an industrial institute, correspondence planning meetings and events, and reports from field visits to various regions. In addition, there can be found materials regarding labor organizations, textile industry strikes(including a strike in Danville, Virginia), and employer relations. Secretary job description materials describe in detail the role, duties, functions, and requirements for the position of Industrial secretary. The detailed handbook includes how the industrial secretary fits into the YWCA organization as well as lists of job duties and descriptions of what work with industrial girls may involve. Minutes and meeting notes make up the materials for the Staff meetings subject file. Meetings may discuss industrial council business, plan for future events, report on industrial work progress, assign duties, and address other industrial matters.
Discrimination in employment
Labor laws and legislation
Hours of labor
Strikes and lockouts
Women in the labor movement
1 partial reel
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Industrial, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 2: Series 2; Series 3, Reel 106