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Professional Secretaries International, Huron Valley Chapter records, 1953-1982

3 linear feet

Non-profit, non-sectarian organization whose purpose was to promote professionalism among secretaries. Files include administrative records relating to the activities of the organization; minutes, newsletters, and reports.

The records of the Professional Secretaries International, Huron Valley Chapter, consist of three linear feet of organizational materials covering the years 1953-1982. The material as been organized and described in two series: Records and Newsletters. Notable file headings within the Records Series include History, Activities, Committees, Directories/Membership, Meetings and Minutes.

Although there is some material from the Michigan Division of the NSA, the bulk of the collection documents the functioning of a local branch. The minutes, reports, and especially the newsletters, provide a detailed picture of the administration and activities of this NSA chapter from its founding in 1952 until 1981.

Beyond the study of the organization itself, the collection would be useful for studies relating to white-collar workers, professional organizations, the workings of bureaucracies, and women's history. Also, since the collection encompasses the period of the late 1960's and early 1970's when feminism was becoming an important issue, the collection has potential importance for its documentation of the self-image of secretaries and their attitudes towards their work.