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Tuesday, March 31

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  2. page WomensWork edited ... The books in this exhibit suggest just a few of the many forms and uses of account books in th…
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    The books in this exhibit suggest just a few of the many forms and uses of account books in this period. The Belasyse family account book (1577-8) provides an overview of life at an Elizabethan country estate, detailing sales and purchases of cattle, sheep, wool and corn, as well rents from tenant farmers, wages paid to agricultural laborers and domestic servants, and miscellaneous household expenditures. The Account of the Overseers of the Poor in the parish of Martin (1654-1691), by contrast, is an intimate record of the lives of the parish poor, relating their frequent struggles with illness and disability, homes in bad repair, cold winters and steep rents. The Overseers of the Poor (elected once each year) distributed the funds collected from all those who owned land to ease the burden on the parish’s least fortunate members. They offered a monthly pension, and subsidized rents, fuel, winter coats, and shoes.
    Account books also serve as a crucial archive for the study of poor and working class women, providing details about their lived experience and the ways in which these least-documented women were perceived and valued by others. In the kitchen of Newburgh Priory, the cost of one week’s worth of flour is a little greater than the cost of a washer woman’s wages, listed on the same page of the kitchen account book. In Martin Parish, the sum of Avice Whiting’s worldly possessions at her death seem to include just three movables: a chest, which is sold and the proceeds added to the parish coffers, a kettle and a crock, which are given to women of the parish as payment for “striping the corpse.” In the case of Avice Whiting the account book even takes on a narrative quality, recounting her failing health, increasing dependence, the news of her death, and the communal response to her passing.
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    Belasyse family. Account book, disbursements and receipts relating to the estates at Morton and Newburgh. Yorkshire, England. 1577-1578
    Henry Rawling. Records of the business of Henry Rawling, mercer of the city of London. 1639-1652
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Monday, March 30

  1. page Schedule2009 edited ... 9:45 Natasha Korda Wesleyan University ... Exhibit - Women's Work Account Books Chair:…
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    Natasha Korda Wesleyan University
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    Exhibit - Women's WorkAccount Books
    Chair: Julie Crawford Columbia University
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  2. page WomensWork edited Account Books: 1577-1691 Books Curator: Patricia Akhimie (Columbia University) This exhibit co…
    Account Books: 1577-1691Books
    Curator: Patricia Akhimie (Columbia University)
    This exhibit complements "Backstage in the Archive: Women's Work," Natasha Korda (Wesleyan University) abstract
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  3. page WomensWork edited ... Women and Work Bennett, Judith. Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changi…
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    Women and Work
    Bennett, Judith. Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600. New York: Oxford U P, 1996.
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    European Past."
    Feminist
    Feminist Studies 14.2
    ---. “Misogyny, Popular Culture, and Women’s Work.” History Workshop Journal 31 (1991): 166-88.
    Cahn, Susan. Industry of Devotion: The Transformation of Women's Work in England, 1500-1660. New York: Columbia U P, 1987.
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  4. page WomensWork edited ... McIntosh, Marjorie. Working Women in English Society, 1300-1620. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005…
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    McIntosh, Marjorie. Working Women in English Society, 1300-1620. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005.
    McNeill, Fiona. “Free and Bound Maids; Women's Work Songs and Industrial Change in the Age of Shakespeare.” Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts. Eds. Mary Ellen Lamb, Karen Bamford and Pamela Allen Brown. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.
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    1550-1720. Oxford: XXXClarendon P, 1998.
    Sharpe, Pamela. “The Female Labour Market in English Agriculture During the Industrial Revolution: Expansion or Contraction?” Agricultural History Review 47.2 (1999): 161-81.
    Sharpe, Pamela, ed. Women's Work: The English Experience 1650-1914. London: E. Arnold, 1998.
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  5. page WomensWork edited ... Women and Work Bennett, Judith. Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changi…
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    Women and Work
    Bennett, Judith. Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600. New York: Oxford U P, 1996.
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    European Past."
    Feminist Studies 14.2 (1988): 269-83.
    ---. “Misogyny, Popular Culture, and Women’s Work.” History Workshop Journal 31 (1991): 166-88.
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    Stretton, Tim. Women Waging Law in Elizabethan England. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge U P, 1998.
    Sullivan, Garrett. “'All Thinges Come into Commerce': Women, Household Labor, and the Spaces of Marston's The Dutch Courtesan.” Renaissance Drama 27 (1996): 19-46.
    Willen, Diane. “Women"Women in the
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    Urban Working Poor.”Poor." Sixteenth Century
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    19.4 (1988): 559-575.559-75.
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  6. page WomensWork edited ... Related Rare Materials in the Columbia Libraries' Special Collections Bibliography Account …
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    Related Rare Materials in the Columbia Libraries' Special Collections
    Bibliography
    Account Books, History of Accounting
    Alcock, N.W. Warwickshire Grazier and London Skinner: The Account Book of Peter Temple and Thomas Heritage. London and New York: Oxford UP, 1981.
    Beal, Peter. A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology: 1450-2000. New York: Oxford U P, 2008.
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    ---. “Some Topics in the History of Financial Accounting in England, 1500-1900.” Studies in Accounting Theory. Eds. William Baxter and Sidney Davidson. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1962.
    Yamey, Basil, Harold Edey, and Hugh Thomson. Accounting in England and Scotland, 1543-1800: Double Entry in Exposition and Practice. London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1963.
    Women and Work
    Bennett, Judith. Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600. New York: Oxford U P, 1996.
    ---. "'History That Stands Still': Women's Work in the European Past."
    Feminist Studies 14.2 (1988): 269-83.
    ---. “Misogyny, Popular Culture, and Women’s Work.” History Workshop Journal 31 (1991): 166-88.
    Cahn, Susan. Industry of Devotion: The Transformation of Women's Work in England, 1500-1660. New York: Columbia U P, 1987.
    Charles, Lindsey and Lorna Duffin, eds. Women and Work in Pre-Industrial England. London, Sydney and Dover: Croom Helm, 1985.
    Cioni, Maria. “Women and Law in Elizabethan England with Particular Reference to the Court of Chancery.” Diss. U of Cambridge, 1974.
    Clark, Alice. Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century. New York: A. M. Kelley, 1919.
    Cunningham, Karen. “’She Learns as She Lies’: Work and the Exemplary Female in English Early Modern Education.” Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 7.1 (1995 Spring): 209-33.
    Earle, Peter. "The Female Labor Market in London in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries." The Economic History Review, n.s. 42.3 (1989): 328-53.
    Erickson, Amy Louise. Women and Property in Early Modern England. London and New York: Routledge, 1993.
    Froide, Amy. Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford U P, 2005.
    Hanawalt, Barbara, ed. Women and Work in Preindustrial Europe. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1986.
    Harris, Barbara J. “Aristocratic and Gentry Women, 1460-1640.” History Compass 4.4 (2006): 668-86.
    Houlbrooke, Ralph. “Women’s Social Life and Common Action in England from the Fifteenth Century to the Eve of the Civil War.” Continuity & Change 1.2 (1986): 171-89.
    Howell, Martha. Women, Production, and Patriarchy in Late Medieval Cities. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1986.
    Hudson, Pat and W.R. Lee, eds. Women's Work and the Family Economy in Historical Perspective. Manchester: Manchester U P, 1990.
    Hunt, Margaret, The Middling Sort: Commerce, Gender, and the Family in England 1680-1780. Berkeley: U of California P, 1996.
    Jordan, William. Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Developing Societies. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1993.
    Korda, Natasha. “The Case of Moll Frith: Women's Work and the 'All-Male Stage.'” Women Players in England, 1500-1650: Beyond the All-Male Stage. Eds. Pamela Allen Brown and Peter Parolin. Burlington: Ashgate, 2005.
    ---. "Labors Lost: Women's Work and Early Modern Theatrical Commerce." Script to Stage in Early Modern England. Eds. Peter Holland and Stephen Orgel. Houndsmills and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
    Lane, Penelope, Neil Raven, and K.D.M. Snell, eds. Women, Work and Wages in England, 1600-1850. Rochester: Boydell, 2004.
    Laurence, Anne. “Women’s Work and the English Civil War.” History Today 42 (June 1992): 20-2.
    Lemire, Beverly, Ruth Pearson and Gail Campbell, eds. Women and Credit: Researching the Past, Refiguring the Future. Oxford and New York: Berg, 2001.
    McIntosh, Marjorie. Working Women in English Society, 1300-1620. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005.
    McNeill, Fiona. “Free and Bound Maids; Women's Work Songs and Industrial Change in the Age of Shakespeare.” Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts. Eds. Mary Ellen Lamb, Karen Bamford and Pamela Allen Brown. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.
    Mendelson, Sara and Patricia Crawford. Women in Early Modern England 1550-1720. Oxford: XXX 1998.
    Sharpe, Pamela. “The Female Labour Market in English Agriculture During the Industrial Revolution: Expansion or Contraction?” Agricultural History Review 47.2 (1999): 161-81.
    Sharpe, Pamela, ed. Women's Work: The English Experience 1650-1914. London: E. Arnold, 1998.
    Stretton, Tim. Women Waging Law in Elizabethan England. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge U P, 1998.
    Sullivan, Garrett. “'All Thinges Come into Commerce': Women, Household Labor, and the Spaces of Marston's The Dutch Courtesan.” Renaissance Drama 27 (1996): 19-46.
    Willen, Diane. “Women in the Public Sphere in Early Modern England: The Case of the Urban Working Poor.” Sixteenth Century Journal 19.4 (1988): 559-575.

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    1:39 pm
  7. page Garrard, Je. Book of disbursements “for my lady” edited ... Description: Manuscript on paper, unknown binding with ties; written in English On display: W…
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    Description: Manuscript on paper, unknown binding with ties; written in English
    On display: Wages paid to domestic servants. The book is repeatedly signed by Je. Garrard, who seems to have served as an accountant or clerk to his anonymous “lady.”
    Bibliography
    Servingwomen, Domestics
    Anderson, Linda. A Place in the Story: Servants and Service in Shakespeare's Plays. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2005.
    Burnett, Mark Thornton. Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture: Authority and Obedience. New York: St. Martin's P, 1997.
    Crawford, Patricia. “Rethinking the Familiar: Domestic Relations, Property, and Law in Early Modern England.” Journal of British Studies 35.3 (1996): 403-8.
    Evett, David. Discourses of Service in Shakespeare's England. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
    Fehrenbach, R. J. “A Letter Sent by the Maydens of London (1567).” English Literary Renaissance 14.3 (1984): 285-304.
    Gowing, Laura. “The Haunting of Susan Lay: Servants and Mistresses in Seventeenth-Century England.” Gender & History 14.2 (2002): 183-201.
    McIntosh, Marjorie. “Servants and the Household Unit in an Elizabethan Community.” Journal of Family History 9.1 (1984): 3-23.
    Newburgh Priory: Coxwold, York. <http://www.newburghpriory.co.uk/>
    Sarti, Raffaella. “Criados, Servi, Domestiques, Gesinde, Servants: for a Comparative History of Domestic Service in Europe (16th-19th Centuries).” Obradoiro de Historia Moderna 16 (2007): 9-39.
    Weil, Judith. Service and Dependency in Shakespeare's Plays. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge U P, 2005.
    Woodward, Donald. “Early Modern Servants in Husbandry Revisited.” Agricultural History Review 48.2 (2000): 141-50.

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  8. page Belasyse family. Account book edited ... Description: Manuscript on paper with vellum binding; written in English in multiple hands. O…
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    Description: Manuscript on paper with vellum binding; written in English in multiple hands.
    On display: From a section entitled “Plowmen herdes hyndes and women Sarvantes.” The full names of the “women servants” employed at Morton and Newburgh, with the amounts of their quarterly wages.
    Bibliography:Bibliography
    Servingwomen, Domestics
    Anderson, Linda. A Place in the Story: Servants and Service in Shakespeare's Plays. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2005.
    Burnett, Mark Thornton. Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture: Authority and Obedience. New York: St. Martin's P, 1997.
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