Bureau of Vocational Information (New York, N.Y.)Variant names
The Bureau of Vocational Information of New York City (BVI) was the successor to the Intercollegiate Bureau of Occupations (IBO). The IBO listed the following as its purposes in its constitution: (1) to secure employment for college women or other specially equipped persons; (2) to investigate and to do all in its power to develop opportunities for women and to increase their efficiency in occupations; (3) to establish close connections with the colleges, especially in advising and informing undergraduates; and (4) to insure in every way a free and wise choice of occupation.
IBO published studies on wartime training and on employment opportunities in a number of fields, including the civil service and scientific work. It provided employment information and advice, as well as a placement service for women. In 1919, IBO was dissolved and BVI took over its research, information, and education functions. According to a May 7, 1953 letter from Beatrice Doerschuk to the Radcliffe Women's Archives, "Its purpose was research in women's occupations with service and counsel both to individual women and to colleges through publication, institutes, and personal consultation of which there was a steady flow."
From the description of Records of the Bureau of Vocational Information, 1908-1932. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 122405619
The Bureau of Vocational Information of New York City was the successor to the Intercollegiate Bureau of Ocupations (IBO), which was founded in 1911-1912 by the New York Alumnae associations of the Seven Sister colleges, plus those of Wells and Cornell. IBO published studies on wartime training, and on employment opportunities in a number of fields, including the civil service and scientific work. It provided employment information and advice, as well as a placement service for women.
In 1919, IBO was dissolved and BVI took over its functions, conducting research in women's occupations, providing information to colleges, and counselling individual women. The financial support BVI received was not sufficient to maintain it. Despite attempts to affiliate with other organizations and to reorganize, BVI was dissolved in 1926, leaving research on secretarial work, begun in 1924, incomplete.
From the description of Records, 1908-1932 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006937
|creatorOf||Bureau of Vocational Information (New York, N.Y.). Records, 1908-1932 (inclusive).||Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America|
|creatorOf||Bureau of Vocational Information (New York, N.Y.). Records of the Bureau of Vocational Information, 1908-1932.||Cornell University Library|
|Place Name||Admin Code||Country|
|New York (State)|
|Occupational training for women|
|Vocational guidance for women|
|Women social workers|
|College graduates--Vocational guidance|
|Vocational guidance for women--History--Sources|
|Women in medicine|
|Women in industry|
|Women in the professions|
|Women in science|
|Labor supply--20th century|
|Women in agriculture|
|Women college graduates--Employment--History--Sources|
|Women in engineering|
|Women college graduates|