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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1324 March 2005

"Women Working" by the Numbers

Visitors to the "Women Working, 1870-1930" web site (located at http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww) seek information on women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression and on such topics as working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, and social issues. With implementation of the first digitization project of the Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program (OCP) drawing to a close, the following numbers illustrate the quantity of information now freely available on the web via "Women Working."

In February, the site received 24,210 visits, comprising 13,329 visitors and 2,569 repeat visitors. The site received an average of 865 visits per day, with an average visit duration of over 25 minutes.

And what might the collection look like in a world without computers, and beyond the bounds of library walls?

  • The "Women Working" collection comprises 2,426 books and pamphlets, 1,125 photographs, and 5,588 manuscript pages.
  • If stacked up, the pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, and illustrations would reach 18 stories (almost twice as tall as the tallest building in Harvard Square—Holyoke Center).
  • Laid end to end across the Brooklyn Bridge (a total of 6,016 feet), the materials would cross the bridge more than 44 times—traveling more than 50 miles.

With the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund, the Open Collections Program enables the University to make research materials from libraries and museums across Harvard freely available on the Internet.


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