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University of Connecticut, Handicapped Homemaker Project Records

Identifier: 1980-0005

Scope and Content

The collection contains reports, publications, bibliographies, articles, pamphlets, proceedings, memoranda, correspondence, and photographs pertaining to the project.


  • Creation: undated, 1954-1972


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


A five-year project, officially titled “Work Simplification in the Area of Child Care for Physically Handicapped Women”, was sponsored by the School of Home Economics, University of Connecticut, in cooperation with the “Team Approach” Committee on Research Demonstrations and Workshops Concerning Physically Handicapped Women. The main work of the project occurred between 1955 and 1960. Among the goals of the project were (1) to demonstrate the ways in which the competence of physically handicapped mothers of pre-school children may be increased in the area of child care, through the application of the principles of work simplification, (2) to explore the vocational rehabilitation possibilities of physically handicapped women, in the area of child care, for work in nursery schools, in day care centers or as “baby sitters”, and (3) to study the effectiveness of the methods developed in terms of human values and family relationships as well as in increased efficiency. The project coordinators and participants prepared booklets and bibliographies on various aspects of the research, conducted workshops, and prepared photographic exhibits illustrating how the project's recommendations helped the handicapped homemaker in performing her daily work.


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The project lasted five years and was officially titled “Work Simplification in the Area of Child Care for Physically Handicapped Women”. The main work of the project took place between 1955 and 1960.


Series I: Administrative Records (undated, 1954-1972) , is arranged in seven subseries. Project Reports contains the project proposal and annual reports of the committee. In-house Publications consists of books published and bibliographies compiled by the School of Home Economics, University of Connecticut, pertaining to the project. Related Publications includes published articles and books that contain information about the project or were used as reference material. The Audio-Visual Materials subseries contains pamphlets and notes describing films, slides and exhibits on the rehabilitation of handicapped homemakers. Workshops consists of the proceedings of various workshops conducted or attended by project coordinators. Correspondence includes incoming correspondence, outgoing memos, and a list of overseas contacts. Handicapped Children contains materials relating to a subsequent project on clothing for handicapped children.

Series II: Photographs (undated, 1956-1959), consists of photographs taken to illustrate various aspects of the project. These photographs are stored both in albums (arranged by person) for regular-size illustrations, and in flat boxes for oversized materials used in exhibits.

Acquisition Information

The Project Records were transferred to Archives & Special Collections in 1980 by Elizabeth Eckhardt May, Dean of the School of Home Economics.

University of Connecticut, Handicapped Homemaker Project Records
Archives & Special Collections staff
1984 April
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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