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Earl H. Barber Collection
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Mss 75 1910-1969
Carton 1: folder 49; volumes 2 and 3

The business records of Earl Huntington Barber (1883-1974), a consulting public utility engineer in Boston, Massachusetts, contain a very detailed job description of the clerical work, data analysis, and office management duties of his assistant Mary Hagerty in 1926.

The records also include Barber's 1922 to 1929 memoranda to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on appeals of denial of utility services, indicating considerable self-advocacy by women property owners. They include a 1922 statement by property owner Mrs. Mary McNeil of Roxbury, Massachusetts, pointing out the difficulties of caring for a child with infantile paralysis by lamp and candlelight when utility services were denied.

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