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Proceedings, minutes, reports, and correspondence concerning southern region industrial conferences. Conference materials provide an overview of industrial club administration and organization for the conference year as well as reports on methods and programming employed to achieve club goals. Administrative information may include conference planning as well as lists of leaders speakers and committee members. Often, analysis is given as to the success of the conference and it's activities. In addition, conference materials may provide summaries of lectures, devotions, worship services, and discussions from the conferences that highlight the industrial and labor issues faced by women and girls at the time. Issues discussed may include workers' rights, working conditions, unionization, labor laws and legislation, child labor, industrialization and introduction of machinery, hours of work, discrimination of African Americans, and other topics.
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Industrial conferences, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.