2.5 linear feet; 6 full Hollinger boxes
The records of the Barnard College Summer School for Women Workers in Industry consist of papers and photographs relating to the Barnard College Summer School for Women Workers, a program founded in 1927 to provide summer instruction to female factory workers between the ages of 25 and 35. The School was a part of the Affiliated Summer Schools for Women Workers in Industry; the program ran for seven weeks and taught classes in English composition, Economics, Economic History, American and World History, Science and other subjects in order to guide the women workers in their self-improvement. The Summer School records contain reports and student publications collecting the students’ compositions and statistical information; syllabi and class notes from English Literature and Composition, American, World, and English Economic History, “Men and Machines,” History, and Science; and photographs of students in the classroom, at their leisure, and posed in group portraits. Two addenda are attached to the finding aid: a list of all students who attended the BCSSWWI, their dates, and industrial affiliation; and a list of administration and faculty, their occupation, and their affiliations.
History of the Barnard Summer School for Women Workers in Industry
The Barnard College Summer School for Women Workers in Industry was established in 1927 as a part of the Affiliated Summer Schools for Women Workers in Industry. The Barnard Summer School operated on the model of the Bryn Mawr Summer School (which operated from 1921-1938), the pioneer summer program for female industrial workers started by Bryn Mawr’s president, M. Carey Thomas, and its undergraduate dean, Hilda W. Smith; unlike the program at Bryn Mawr, the Barnard Summer School was non-residential. Its urban students stayed in their own homes and travelled to Barnard each day, staying from 9 AM to 9.30 PM. Lunch was served in the cafeteria, and as well as academic classes, students had recreational sports, such as tennis, music instruction, social hour, and various lectures from Labor Movement speakers. The School’s intent was to aid female industrial workers, many of whom were recent immigrants, in their quest for self-improvement with a humanist, practical educational experience so that these women might continue to lead and organize fellow workers once they returned to the factory. The Barnard College Summer School for Women Workers in Industry ran for seven years, closing its doors in 1933.
This collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Publications and Notes, 1927-1931; Series II. Course Syllabi, 1928-1930, and Series III. Photography, 1928-1930, followed by two addenda: 1. Student List and 2. Administration & Faculty List.
Series I. Publications and Notes, 1927-1931
This series is organized alphabetically by topic and chronologically within topic. It contains annual reports by Barnard College on the Summer School and a report of the School’s first five years; class notes by Ray Dobkin, a student in 1928; and copies of the “Barnard Record”, a student magazine commemorating and summarizing each summer from 1927-1931. The annual reports provide information on the School’s mission and history, courses offered, connections with other Columbia summer programs, admission requirements and process, testimonials from students, budget, statistical breakdown, students, faculty, and administration.
Series II. Course Syllabi, 1928-1930
This series is arranged alphabetically by course title and chronologically within course title. It contains detailed syllabi for English Literature and Composition; American, English and World Economic History; Economics; “Men and Machines”; General History; and Science. The syllabi provide lesson plans and exercises, homework assignments, reading passages, and lecture notes.
Series III. Photography, 1928-1930
This series is organized alphabetically by photo subject. The photos are of students playing tennis, in various classes, learning vocational skills (ironing), informal and group portraits, relaxing on the roof of Barnard Hall, and in theatrical productions.
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