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Conference on Women in Public Affairs records

 Collection
Identifier: RG79
The records within this collection document the planning of the 1935 Conference on Women in Public Affairs held at Connecticut College on May 16 and 17. These records include lists of suggested persons to whom letters might be sent concerning education for Public Affairs, alumnae interested in Public Affairs, and women in the federal government; letters between President Katharine Blunt and the presidents of other colleges and organizations; and a pamphlet that documents important speeches and information from the event.

Dates

  • 1935 January-May

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers

Extent

0.139 Linear Feet (.33 Hollinger Box (Housed with RG80 & RG81))

Overview

This collection covers the planning of the 1935 Conference on Women in Public Affairs held at Connecticut College on May 16 and 17. It also includes a pamphlet that documents important speeches and information from the event.

Administrative History

The Conference on Women in Public Affairs, held at Connecticut College May 16-17, 1935, originated when Dr. Katharine Blunt, then President of Connecticut College, observed the growing societal need for people with public service abilities and the lack of graduates able to preform them. Dr. Blunt sent out letters to women’s colleges in and around New England asking for representatives to attend and speak at the conference. Institutions represented included Barnard, Bennington, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Pembroke, Radcliffe, Sarah Lawrence, Simmons, Skidmore, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley, Wells, and Wheaton. In addition, she sent out letters asking professionals in public affairs for their suggestions of what could be done. Some of those who responded were also asked to join the conference.

As a result of this conference, Connecticut College updated its course offerings and hired new faculty to teach. These classes included lessons on current governmental systems, and the history of political parties in the United States. Several faculty organized a club that covered topics such as how to vote, conduct campaigns, and improve the efficiency of governments on multiple levels.

References:

“Better Citizenship,” Folder, Box 1, Conference on Women in Public Affairs Records. Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College.

College move puts emphasis on public life. (1935, Dec 11). The Washington Post (1923-1954) Retrieved from https://login.peach.conncoll.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/150553507?accountid=10255

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically in a single series.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from several Connecticut College offices, date unknown

Processed By

Rebecca Parmer, 2015. Finding Aid by Sarah N. Johnson, 2017
Title
Guide to the Conference on Women in Public Affairs Records
Status
completed
Author
Sarah N. Johnson
Date
2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives Repository

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