The Great Depression

Letter from the Executive Department to Department Heads Regarding Expenditures During the Depression

The stock market crashed in 1929, and it was still impacting budgets in 1931.

Letter from the Secretary of the Clerical and Administrative Employees of Somerville to All Department Heads, Regarding the Unemployment Relief Committee for Somerville

Those who were working looked out for those who weren't.

Resolution Against Employment by City of Married Women Whose Husbands are Working and Able to Provide for Them

Not employing married women was a common strategy to try to provide for families.