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Duren Family Collection
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Mss 641 1814-1896 D955
Volume 1; oversized

Women at Work: Manual Labor > Pre- and Non-industrial Labor (volume 1)
The papers of the Duren family of Woburn, Massachusetts, include an account book that records payments for domestic help between 1841 and 1856, as well as deeds for lands owned by women in Woburn, Massachusetts. It records payments for domestic workers between 1841 and 1856, paid between $1 to $1.50/week. The women remained with the family an average of one year each, sometimes overlapping their stays. They were usually paid in cash, but occasionally in goods, such as clothes, boots, and doctors' visits.

Women, Finance, and Investment > Property ownership (oversized)
The Duren family papers also include numerous deeds for lands in Woburn, Massachusetts, sold or bought by women between 1836 and 1863.

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