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A. Lincoln Filene Collection
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Mss 776 1921-1925
Volume 1, boxes 1-4

The papers of Boston department store President and civic leader A. Lincoln Filene (1865-1957) include correspondence on women's vocational education, some materials on saleswomen at Filene's department store, and correspondence and pamphlets on women active in educational reform.

Women at Work: Professional Labor > Other Professions (boxes 1 and 2)
Material on women's professions includes: a number of women's resumes; budgets of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that list secretarial wages; letters from Lucinda W. Prince, Director of the Prince School of Education for Store Service in Boston; letters from Isabel Craig Bacon who worked for the Federal Board of Vocational Education; letters from the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, New York, regarding its School of Household Science and Arts. There are also some papers regarding saleswomen at Filene's, including a Floor Managers Manual from 1925 and a 1920 article entitled "Why Mary Smith Wants to Work at Filene's."

Women at Home and Abroad > Social, Political, and Cultural Activity (boxes 3 and 4)
Filene was particularly interested in educational issues and consequently was a member of the Executive Board of the National Committee for a Department of Education. The collection contains hundreds of letters (from 1920 to 1923) by and from women active on behalf of the effort to pass the Towner-Sterling bill to create a federal department of education. More than sixty of these letters are to or from Grace Hodges Bagley (1860-1944), an activist for social welfare and women's suffrage. Other letters are from lobbyists Charl Ormond Williams and Marian I. Parkhurst, public relations executive Mary Caroline Crawford, and executive secretaries Anna C. Somdal, Agatha O. Stewart, and Anna Bogue.

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