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Selected Resources Documenting the Industrial School for Girls

Articles and Book Chapters

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Finkelstein, Barbara and Kathy Vandell. “The Schooling of American Childhood: The Emergence of Learning Communities.” A Century of Childhood, 1820-1920, 1984. pp. 65-96.

Heininger, Mary Lynn Stevens. “Children, Childhood, and Change in America, 1820-1920.” A Century of Childhood, 1820-1920,1984. pp. 1-32.

Mergen, Bernard. “Children’s Play in American Autobiographies, 1820-1914.” Hard at Play: Leisure in America, 1840-1940, 1992. pp. 161-187.

Middle-Class Homes, Roles of Women in the Home, and Domesticity​

Clark, Clifford E., Jr., “Domestic Architecture as an Index to Social History: the Romantic Revival and the Cult of Domesticity in America, 1840-1870.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, vol. 7, no. 1 (summer, 1976), pp. 33-56.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne. “Towards an Historical Archaeology of Materialistic Domestic Reform.” The Archaeology of Inequality, edited by Randall M. McGuire and Robert Paynter, 1991, pp. 231-86.

Welter, Barbara. “The Cult of True Womanhood: 1820-1860.” American Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 2, 1966, pp. 151–174.

​Women's Work and Domestic Servants/Service

Lasser, Carol. “The World’s Dread Laugh: Singlehood and Service in 19th Century Boston.” The New England Working Class and the New Labor History, edited by Herbert G. Gutman and Donald H. Bell, 1987. pp. 72-88.

Peel, Mark. "On the Margins: Lodgers and Boarders in Boston, 1860-1900." The Journal of American History, vol. 72, no. 4, 1986, pp. 813-834.

Poverty, Benevolence, and Social Reform

Boylan, Anne. “Women in Groups: An Analysis of Women's Benevolent Organizations in New York and Boston, 1797-1840.” Journal of American History, December 1984.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne. "Feminist historical archaeology and the transformation of American culture by domestic reform movements, 1840-1925." Historical Archaeology and the Study of American Culture, edited by Lu Ann De Cunzo and Bernard L. Herman, 1996, pp. 397-446.

Social History of Boston and New England

Boylan, Anne. “Claiming Visibility: Women in Public/Public Women in the United States, 1865-1910.” Becoming Visible: Women's Presence in Late Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Janet Floyd, Alison Eastman and R. J. Ellis, Rodopi, 2010.

Cohn, Raymond L. "The Occupations of English Immigrants to the United States, 1836-1852." The Journal of Economic History, vol. 52, no. 2, 1992, pp. 377-387.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne. “Diversity and Nineteenth Century Domestic Reform: Relationships Among Classes and Ethnic Groups.” Those Of Little Note: Gender, Race and Class in Historical Archaeology, edited by Elizabeth M. Scott, 1994, pp. 175-208.

Material Culture

Brighton, Stephen A. “Degrees of Alienation: The Material Evidence of the Irish and Irish American Experience, 1850-1910.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 42, no. 4, 2008, pp. 132–153.

Brighton, Stephen A. “Middle-Class Ideologies and American Respectability: Archaeology and the Irish Immigrant Experience.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology, vol. 15, no. 1, 2011, pp. 30–50.

Brighton, Stephen A. “Prices That Suit the Times: Shopping for Ceramics at the Five Points.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 35, no. 3, 2001, pp. 16–30.

Carskadden, Jeff, and Richard Gartley. “A Preliminary Seriation of 19th-Century Decorated Porcelain Marbles.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 24, no. 2, 1990, pp. 55–69.

Cook, Lauren J., et al. “Shopping as Meaningful Action: Toward a Redefinition of Consumption in Historical Archaeology.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 30, no. 4, 1996, pp. 50–65.

Fitts, Robert. “The Rhetoric of Reform: The Five Points Missions and the Cult of Domesticity.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 35, no. 3, 2001, pp. 115–132.

Gray, Annie. “'Perfection and Economy': Continuity and Change in Elite Dining Practices, ca. 1780–1880." The Importance of British Material Culture to Historical Archaeologies of the Nineteenth Century, edited by Alasdair Brooks, 2015, pp. 216-242.

Klein, Terry H. “Nineteenth-Century Ceramics and Models of Consumer Behavior.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 25, no. 2, 1991, pp. 77–91.

Lobel, Cindy R. “Food in 19th-Century American Cities.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, 2016. 

Lorrain, Dessamae. “An Archaeologist's Guide to Nineteenth Century American Glass.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 2, 1968, pp. 35–44.

Miller, George L. “Classification and Economic Scaling of 19th Century Ceramics.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 14, 1980, pp. 1–40.

Orser, Charles E. “Beneath the Surface of Tenement Life: The Dialectics of Race and Poverty during America's First Gilded Age.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 45, no. 3, 2011, pp. 151–165.

Pope, Daniel. "Making Sense of Advertisements."

Randall, Mark E. “Early Marbles.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 5, 1971, pp. 102–105.

Reckner, Paul E., and Stephen A. Brighton. “‘Free from All Vicious Habits’: Archaeological Perspectives on Class Conflict and the Rhetoric of Temperance.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 33, no. 1, 1999, pp. 63–86.

Samford, Patricia M. “Response to a Market: Dating English Underglaze Transfer-Printed Wares.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 31, no. 2, 1997, pp. 1–30.

Wall, Diana Di Zerega. “Sacred Dinners and Secular Teas: Constructing Domesticity in Mid-19th-Century New York.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 25, no. 4, 1991, pp. 69–81.

Wall, Diana Di Zerega. “Separating the Spheres in Early 19th Century New York City: Redefining Gender among the Middle Classes.” Table Settings: The Material Culture and Social Context of Dining, AD 1700-1900, edited by James Symonds, 2010, pp. 80–88.

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