Bureau of Vocational Information (New York, N.Y.)

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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

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Role Title Holding Repository
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
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Relation Name
associatedWith Andrews, Irene Osgood, 1877- person
associatedWith Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935. person
associatedWith Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958. person
associatedWith Bonstelle, Jessie, 1871-1932. person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston, 1866-1948. person
associatedWith Bureau for Part Time Work (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bureau of Occupations for Trained Women (Cleveland, Ohio) corporateBody
associatedWith Bureau of Occupations for Trained Women (Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bureau of Vocational Occupations (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bureau of Vocational Service (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Butcher, Theodora S. person
associatedWith Collegiate Bureau of Occupations (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Collegiate Bureau of Occupations (Denver, Colo.) corporateBody
associatedWith Collegiate Vocational Bureau (Pittsburgh, Penn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Cooperative Bureau for Women Teachers. corporateBody
associatedWith Corre, Mary P. person
associatedWith Cummings, Frances. person
associatedWith Davis, Katharine Bement, 1860-1935. person
associatedWith De Forest, Nora Stanton Blatch. person
associatedWith Dobrosky, Nanette, 1956- person
associatedWith Doerschuk, Anna Beatrice, 1879-1974. person
associatedWith Dreier, Mary E. 1875-1963. person
associatedWith Frederick, Christine Isobel McGaffey, 1883-1970. person
associatedWith Gachet, Rochelle Rodd. person
associatedWith Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935. person
associatedWith Gowin, Enoch Burton, 1883- person
associatedWith Hansl, Eva Elise vom Baur, 1889-1978. person
associatedWith Hasse, Adelaide Rosalia, 1868-1953. person
associatedWith Hausam, Winifred M. person
associatedWith Hirth, Emma P. person
associatedWith Industrial Information Service (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Intercollegiate Bureau of Occupations. corporateBody
associatedWith Intercollegiate Bureau of Occupations (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952. person
associatedWith Kennon, Anne Byrd. person
associatedWith Lathrop, Julia Clifford, 1858-1932. person
associatedWith League for Business Opportunities for Women, New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Morton, Rosalie S. 1876-1968. person
associatedWith Moskowitz, Belle Lindner Israels, 1877-1933. person
associatedWith National Committee of Bureaus of Occupations. corporateBody
associatedWith National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs. corporateBody
associatedWith Odencrantz, Louise C., 1884- person
associatedWith Porritt, Marjory W. person
associatedWith Rembaugh, Bertha, 1876-1940. person
associatedWith Richmond, Mary Ellen, 1861-1928. person
associatedWith Roberts, Mary Fanton, 1861-1956. person
associatedWith Rosenstiel, Mildred. person
associatedWith Schauffler, Mary. person
associatedWith Southern Women's Educational Alliance. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Kleeck, Mary, 1883- person
associatedWith Vermilye, Kate Jordan, 1871-1926. person
associatedWith Vocational Adjustment Bureau, Inc., New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Vocation Bureau (Cincinnati, Ohio) corporateBody
associatedWith Vocation Bureau (Pasadena, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940. person
associatedWith Williams, Anna Wessels, 1863-1954. person
associatedWith Woman's Occupational Bureau (Minneapolis, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Employment Service (Pittsburgh, Penn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Women's University Club (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Vocational Alliance (Los Angeles, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Young Women's Christian Association. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)
United States
United States
Subject
Occupational training for women
Vocational guidance for women
Women's exchanges
Statistics
Women social workers
College graduates--Vocational guidance
Art--Vocational guidance
Educational counseling
Self-employed women
Women scientists
Women clergy
Women lawyers
Vocational guidance for women--History--Sources
Women in medicine
Professions
Women in industry
Secretaries
Industrial welfare
Occupations
Social service
Women in the professions
Department stores--Employees
Businesswomen
Women--Social conditions
Women statisticians
Women in science
Home economics
Clerical occupations
Women--Education
Women--Economic conditions
Labor supply--20th century
Counseling
Wages
Women in agriculture
Women college graduates--Employment--History--Sources
Scientists--Vocational guidance
Women artists
Women--Employment
Women in engineering
Women college graduates
Occupation
Function
Lawyer
Chemists
Engineer
Scientists

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