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Rita Rubinstein Heller Collection on the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry

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After receiving her AB from Bryn Mawr College in 1959, Rita Heller earned an MA in History from Columbia University and a PhD in American History from Rutgers. She was employed at the County College of Morris County in New Jersey as a History professor. Besides being co-producer of the award-winning documentary "Women of Summer: A History of the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, 1921-1935," she also directed "Chanceman's Brothers & Sisters: The Origins of the 20th Century Morris County Black Community."

The Rita Rubenstein Heller collection on the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry contains material from the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry. The collection contains materials from 1921-1938, from when the school was in operation.

The collection is divided into two boxes. Box 1 contains material pertaining to the students of the SSWWI. Box 2 contains material related to the faculty of the SSWWI.

Box 1 is divided into three subseries: "Student Rosters and Applications," "Student Writings and Publications," and "Student Interviews and Miscellaneous Biographical Materials." "Student Rosters and Applications" includes the applications of both accepted and rejected students, as well as a faculty/student roster. "Student Writings and Publications" contains various student writings, such as student magazines, songbooks, and an unemployment history written by a student. "Student Interviews and Miscellaneous Biographical Materials" contains a number of interviews conducted by Heller with alumnae about their experiences in the Summer School. These interviews are arranged in alphabetical order. Biographical information is available for some interviewees. Box 2 is divided into four subseries: "Faculty Interviews and Miscellaneous Material," "Information on Related Programs on Other Institutions," "Program and Course Related Materials," and "Miscellaneous Materials." The first subseries, "Faculty Interviews," contains interviews conducted by Heller with faculty members about their experiences teaching in the Summer School. These interviews are arranged in alphabetical order. Biographical information is available for some interviewees, including obituaries, articles about the interviewee, and CVs. "Information on Related Programs at Other Institutions" includes financial information, school documents, and a curriculum. "Program and Course Related Materials" includes syllabi, a reading list, and a curriculum. "Miscellaneous Materials" includes a recollection of the Bryn Mawr Summer School by Eleanor Roosevelt, a standardized test, and materials from the Industrial Labor Relations School at Cornell.

The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry was a two-month program on the Bryn Mawr campus designed to instruct one hundred women workers each year in English composition, economics, science, history, psychology, literature, and music appreciation. Heller produced an award-winning documentary on the school, entitled "Women of Summer: A History of the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, 1921-1935." Her collection of materials provides insight into the inner workings of the school, and the experiences of its faculty and staff. It would be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the SSWWI.

The materials in this collection were received by the College Archives in 2007 as a gift from Rita Rubenstein Heller '61.

Publisher
Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
Ruth Storch, Celeste Ledesma, Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
December 2008
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Rita Rubinstein Heller Collection on the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry is the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Collection Inventory

Archival Resource Key. Faculty/Student Rosters, 1921-1938.
Box 1 Folder 1
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1921.
Box 1 Folder 2
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1922.
Box 1 Folder 3
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1923.
Box 1 Folder 4
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1924.
Box 1 Folder 5
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1924.
Box 1 Folder 6
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1925.
Box 1 Folder 7
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1926.
Box 1 Folder 8
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1927.
Box 1 Folder 9
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1928.
Box 1 Folder 10
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1928.
Box 1 Folder 11
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1929.
Box 1 Folder 12
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1929.
Box 1 Folder 13
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1930.
Box 1 Folder 14
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1931.
Box 1 Folder 15
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1931.
Box 1 Folder 16
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1932.
Box 1 Folder 17
Archival Resource Key. Applications - unclear whether accepted or rejected, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1938.
Box 1 Folder 24 Box 1 Folder 18 Box 1 Folder 20 Box 1 Folder 19
Archival Resource Key. Applications Accepted, 1936.
Box 1 Folder 21
Archival Resource Key. Applications Rejected, 1937.
Box 1 Folder 22
Archival Resource Key. Applications, 1937, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 25 Box 1 Folder 23
Archival Resource Key. Bryn Mawr Daisy, Student Publication, 1922.
Box 1 Folder 26
Archival Resource Key. Finkel, Anya Feinblitt, Student Memorabilia, 1927-1932.
Box 1 Folder 27
Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous Student Writings.
Box 1 Folder 28
Archival Resource Key. Shine on Light, Bryn Mawr Light, Student Publication, 1925.
Box 1 Folder 29
Archival Resource Key. Shop and School, Student Publication, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1938.
Box 1 Folder 31 Box 1 Folder 32 Box 1 Folder 30 Box 1 Folder 34 Box 1 Folder 33
Archival Resource Key. Song Book, 1939, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 36 Box 1 Folder 35
Archival Resource Key. Spring Magazine, 1930.
Box 1 Folder 37
Archival Resource Key. Typewritten collection of poems and songs.
Box 1 Folder 38
Archival Resource Key. Student Writings: Unemployment Histories, 1930, 1931.
Box 1 Folder 39
Archival Resource Key. Torch Bearers, 1924.
Box 1 Folder 40
Archival Resource Key. Branthwaite, Loise Delling, Student, Biographical Information, 1924-1925.
Box 1 Folder 41
Archival Resource Key. Flexner, Jena (Lewinsohn), BMC Tutor and BMC Alumna, Student Writing.
Box 1 Folder 42
Archival Resource Key. Logan, Marjorie Lynch, Student, Interview, 1983 June 15.
Box 1 Folder 43
Archival Resource Key. Lucia, Carmen, Student, Interview and Biographical Information, 1927, 1930.
Box 1 Folder 45 Box 1 Folder 46 Box 1 Folder 44
Archival Resource Key. Manning, Helen Taft, Interview, 1983 November 9.
Box 1 Folder 47
Archival Resource Key. Miller, Helen Hill, BMC Student '21, Excerpt from an Interview, 1980.
Box 1 Folder 48
Archival Resource Key. Montulli, Phyllis, Student, Interview 1983.
Box 1 Folder 49
Archival Resource Key. Newman, Pauline, Labor Leader, Interview, 1976 May 15.
Box 1 Folder 50
Archival Resource Key. Nord, Elizabeth, Student, Interview, and Biographical Information, 1976 July 22.
Box 1 Folder 51
Archival Resource Key. Rodolfo, Sophie Schmidt, Student, Response to Heller's Dissertation Questionaire, 1981.
Box 1 Folder 52
Archival Resource Key. Goodman, Sadie, Publication and Personal Letter to Rita Heller, 1976 November.
Box 1 Folder 53
Archival Resource Key. Hiss, Priscilla (Mrs. Alger), BMSS Tutor and BMC Alumna, Curriculum Information.
Box 1 Folder 54

Archival Resource Key. Coit, Eleanor (Labor Educator) and Smith, HW, Transcript of Video Interview, 1976.
Box 2 Folder 1
Archival Resource Key. Cook, Alice Hanson, Economics Faculty, Interview and Biographical Information, 1983 June.
Box 2 Folder 2
Archival Resource Key. Cook, Alice Hanson, Article, 1984.
Box 2 Folder 3
Archival Resource Key. Hersein Lillian, Economist, Interview and Biographical Information, 1971 May 7.
Box 2 Folder 4
Archival Resource Key. Hewes, Amy, Economics Faculty, Obituary and Biographical Information.
Box 2 Folder 5
Archival Resource Key. Huberman, Leo, BMSS Economics Faculty, Obituary, 1968.
Box 2 Folder 6
Archival Resource Key. Lockwood, Helen Drusilla, Economics Faculty, Biographical Information, 1921-1923.
Box 2 Folder 7
Archival Resource Key. Loud, Oliver, Science Faculty, Biographical Information, 1934.
Box 2 Folder 8
Archival Resource Key. McIntosh, Millicent Carey, BMSS Tutor 1920's, Letters, 1982.
Box 2 Folder 9
Archival Resource Key. Mitchell, Broadus, Economics Faculty, Interview, 1982 January 20.
Box 2 Folder 10
Archival Resource Key. Mitchell, Broadus, Interview, 1983 June 21.
Box 2 Folder 11
Archival Resource Key. Mitchell, Broadus, Endorsement Letter of the Bryn Mawr Summer School; Interview with Historian Mary Frederickson; Recalling writer Mary Heaton Vorse.
Box 2 Folder 13 Box 2 Folder 14 Box 2 Folder 12
Archival Resource Key. Muste, A.J., Labor Economist.
Box 2 Folder 15
Archival Resource Key. Peterson, Esther, Faculty Member, Interview, 1976.
Box 2 Folder 16
Archival Resource Key. Peterson, Esther, C.V.
Box 2 Folder 17
Archival Resource Key. Peterson, Esther and Gilmore, Marguerite, Faculty, Interview, 1983 June 14.
Box 2 Folder 18
Archival Resource Key. Smith, Hilda Worthington, Interview, 1976.
Box 2 Folder 19
Archival Resource Key. Smith, Hilda Worthington, Birthday Party Description, 1981.
Box 2 Folder 20
Archival Resource Key. Sweezy, Sue Shepherd, English Faculty, Interview, 1983 May.
Box 2 Folder 21
Archival Resource Key. Sweezy, Sue Shepherd, Interview, 1980 July 12.
Box 2 Folder 22
Archival Resource Key. Warne, Colston E, Economics Faculty, Interview, 1976.
Box 2 Folder 24
Archival Resource Key. Warne, Colston E, Interview Transcript an Memorial Service, 1976, 1987.
Box 2 Folder 25
Archival Resource Key. Williams, Constance, Economics Tutor, Biographical Information, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935.
Box 2 Folder 26
Archival Resource Key. Archival Inventory: HW Smith Schlesinger Library.
Box 2 Folder 27
Archival Resource Key. Archival Inventory: Rutgers Labory Library, Annotated File Index of School Documents.
Box 2 Folder 28
Archival Resource Key. Archival Inventory: Wisconsin State Historical Society, American Labor Education Service Papers of Schools and Programs.
Box 2 Folder 29
Archival Resource Key. Curriculum: Unit Plan, Wisconsin State Historical Society.
Box 2 Folder 30
Archival Resource Key. Financial Information Copied from Cornell's ALES Collection.
Box 2 Folder 31
Archival Resource Key. Racial Integration Statement, 1928.
Box 2 Folder 32
Archival Resource Key. Reading List, Economics, 1928.
Box 2 Folder 33
Archival Resource Key. Science Syllabus, 1936.
Box 2 Folder 34
Archival Resource Key. Special Report: Wisconsin State Historical Society on Bryn Mawr Summer School, 1938.
Box 2 Folder 35
Archival Resource Key. Summer School Crisis: Statement by President Marion Edwards Park, 1935.
Box 2 Folder 36
Archival Resource Key. Brown, Louise, Science, 1922.
Box 2 Folder 37
Archival Resource Key. Carter, Jean and Palmer, Gladys, 1931.
Box 2 Folder 38
Archival Resource Key. Carter, Jean, English, 1930, 1934.
Box 2 Folder 39
Archival Resource Key. Denkinger, Emma, English, 1922.
Box 2 Folder 40
Archival Resource Key. Faculty Unknown, English and Economics.
Box 2 Folder 41
Archival Resource Key. Fernald, Mabel, Psychology, 1922.
Box 2 Folder 42
Archival Resource Key. Herbst, Griffith, Economics, 1934.
Box 2 Folder 43
Archival Resource Key. Hewes, Amy, Economics, 1922, 1924, 1930s.
Box 2 Folder 44
Archival Resource Key. Hewes, Amy and Carter, Jean, Economics and English, 1934.
Box 2 Folder 46
Archival Resource Key. Huberman, Leo, English, 1934.
Box 2 Folder 47
Archival Resource Key. Kennan, Ellen, English, 1934.
Box 2 Folder 48
Archival Resource Key. Kurk, Hazel, Economics, 1922.
Box 2 Folder 49
Archival Resource Key. Lockwood, English, 1922.
Box 2 Folder 50
Archival Resource Key. Loud, Oliver, Science, 1934.
Box 2 Folder 51
Archival Resource Key. May, Stacy, Economics, 1924.
Box 2 Folder 52
Archival Resource Key. Mitchell, Economics, 1923.
Box 2 Folder 53
Archival Resource Key. Moultin, Mildred, Economics, 1930.
Box 2 Folder 54
Archival Resource Key. Palmer, Gladys, Economics, 1929.
Box 2 Folder 55
Archival Resource Key. Pollack, Katherine and Herrmann, Helen, Economics, 1929.
Box 2 Folder 56
Archival Resource Key. Sassaman, Walter, History, 1933.
Box 2 Folder 57
Archival Resource Key. Saunders, Lawrence, History, 1922.
Box 2 Folder 58
Archival Resource Key. Tyson, Francis, Economics, 1923.
Box 2 Folder 59
Archival Resource Key. Warne, Colston, Economics, 1920s.
Box 2 Folder 60
Archival Resource Key. Warne, Colston, Economics, 1922, 1924, 1934.
Box 2 Folder 61
Archival Resource Key. Wolfson, Theresa, Economics, 1926, 1937.
Box 2 Folder 62
Archival Resource Key. Wylie, Laura, English, 1925.
Box 2 Folder 63
Archival Resource Key. Standardized Tests for Students; Thorndike-McCall Reading Test Social Attitudes, by Warne, Colston.
Box 2 Folder 64
Archival Resource Key. Archival Inventory: Cornell: Industrial Labor Relations.
Box 2 Folder 65
Archival Resource Key. Curriculum: Miscellaneous, Cornell: ILR School.
Box 2 Folder 66
Archival Resource Key. Roosevelt, Eleanor, Recollections of the Bryn Mawr Summer School, 1933.
Box 2 Folder 67

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