Theresa Jureka

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Camilla Collins, Burt Feintuch, Sallye Clark


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Department originally Modern Languages & Intercultural Studies

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Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

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Master of Arts


This study is a reconstruction of the Mrs. A. H. Taylor Dressmaking Company that existed in Bowling Green, Kentucky, from 1886 to 1927 and employed approximately 300 women. The reconstruction includes a description and diagram of the physical facility of the Taylor Company. It also includes various operational aspects of the job duties of the workers such as daily schedules, job descriptions, and the extent of the personal interaction between the workers. The study concludes with a consideration of the factors that contributed to the closing of the business. The reconstruction of the establishment is based primarily on the oral narratives of former customers and employees of the Taylor Company and is also supported by corroborative written data.


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