All in a Day's Work: Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry from the Dodd Center

04 Mar 2011 3:59 PM | Posted by GNHLHA
The UConn Waterbury Library Celebrates Women’s History Month ….

Worker at the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of
Manchester, Connecticut, ca. 1925, Courtesy of the Dodd Center

All in a Day's Work:
Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry from the collections
of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

View Images of the American Brass Company, Waterbury; Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing
Company; Manchester, Farrel Company, Ansonia; New Brtiain Machine Company, New Britain;
New Haven Railroad, Wauregan-Quinebaug Company, Wauregan

Women in Connecticut have a long and rich history as workers. Their traditional place
was in their own homes, where nearly all household goods and services produced were
done so through women's labor. The Industrial Revolution ushered in a new role, that of
paid worker, and women entered the workforce in significant numbers. Economically
disadvantaged women augmented their household income by working in the textile
mills and industrial factories that proliferated across Connecticut. By 1900, 1 in 5 females
over age 10 were paid workers, and 25% of them worked in manufacturing.

About the Photographs

The photographs in this exhibit are from the Business History Collections in Archives &
Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center of the University of
Connecticut in Storrs. Many of the companies had their start as family-owned and
operated small businesses and evolved into nationally known producers of such
products as brass, hardware, machine tools, cutlery, clocks and watches, silk and other
textiles, and toiletries. The collections are composed of a wide variety of materials
including administrative and financial records, maps and facilities drawings, and
advertising samples, as well as thousands of photographs depicting the diversity of
workers and their work.

Save the Date! Panel Discussion on March 31, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. in the MPR
Co-sponsored by the OLLI program at UConn and the Library.

For more info, contact:

Shelley Goldstein
Library Director
University of Connecticut at Waterbury Campus
99 East Main St., Waterbury CT 06702
(203) 236-9908
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