Executive Secretaries, Inc. records
MSESI_83

 An inventory of its records held at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Executive Women International.
Creator
Executives' Secretaries, Inc.
Title
Executives' Secretaries, Inc. papers
ID
MSESI_83
Date [inclusive]
1952-1959
Extent
1.0 linear foot
Language
English
Abstract:
The Executives' Secretaries Inc. records reflects the activities of the organization's Chicago Chapter between the years of 1952 and 1959. This collection includes 8 bound notebooks, each of which contains programs, correspondences, and newsletters.

Preferred Citation

Executives' Secretaries, Inc. papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History:

Executives' Secretaries, Inc. was founded by Lucille Johnson Perkins of San Francisco in March of 1938. The purpose of this nonprofit organization was to allow a forum where professional women could exchange information and ideas. By providing a solid means of communication between individuals and firms, the organization's goal was to develop both the professional and the personal lives of its members. Membership in the organization is by invitation only and occurs through firms and chapters that then appoint representatives. Over the last few decades it has grown to encompass 2,800 member firms and 3,200 representatives.

Between the years of 1964 and 1977, Executives' Secretaries Inc. began to expand internationally, beginning with Canada and extending eventually to Europe as well. It was partially for this reason that in 1977 the organization officially changed its name to Executive Women's International (EWI). This name both reflected the organization's international status and gave more consideration to the growing diversity among the professional careers of its members. As the organization grew, it was also able to fund philanthropic projects and create scholarships. It awarded its first scholarship in 1974. In 1992, the same year that its first European Chapter was granted, EWI launched an international literacy campaign. Other services that EWI has offered include leadership training, networking contacts, tutoring programs, and funding for adult students in scholastic transition. Still in operation today, EWI provides many women with avenues through which they can attempt to get the most out of their corporate careers.

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Scope and Contents

The Executives' Secretaries Inc. records reflects the activities of the organization's Chicago Chapter between the years of 1952 and 1959. This collection includes 8 bound notebooks, each of which contains programs, correspondences, and newsletters. Material in this collection is organized chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-07-01

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/23/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Executives' Secretaries, Inc. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Midwest Women's History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Executives' Secretaries, Inc. Papers 1952-1959 

Box

Notebooks, 1952-1956 

1

Notebooks, 1957-1959 

2

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