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General Federation of Woman's Clubs "Home Equipment Survey"

 Collection — Folder: S1522
Identifier: S1522

Scope and Contents

Collection processing completed 2019/12/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/12/09 by Laura Eliason.
Scope and Contents This collection includes typewritten copies of the results of the "Home Equipment Survey" conducted in Indiana by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) circa 1925-1926. Separated into thirteen districts, then by county and town, the results of the survey show the percentage of homes with modern facilities and labor-saving appliances, including electric lights, electric ranges, electical refrigeration, stationary bath tubs, flush toilets, coal furnaces, radio sets, telephones and automobiles. The survey also notes whether a community supplied the following services: public water supply, public sewer system, central station electricity, gas works gas, and garbage and trash collection.


  • circa 1925-1926


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical note

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) was founded in 1890. By the late 19th century, there were a number of women's clubs across the country and the GFWC was created as an umbrella organization to help coordinate the various clubs' activities. In 1925, the GFWC initiated a nationwide survey of American homes to document, with valid statistics, the status of the homemaker. The first survey was for urban homes and the findings were published in the fall of 1926. A comprehensive rural survey was later published in 1927. The survey led to the inclusion of "homemaker" as an occupation on the 1930 United States Census.


General Federation of Women's Clubs. "About: History and Missions." Accessed December 9, 2019.

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Club Movement." Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Accessed December 6, 2019.

Wells, Mildred White. Unity in Diversity: The History of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Washington D.C.: General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1953.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. John D. Sherman, president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, on 1927/03/28.


No further additions are expected.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.