Paul Lukas, an ESPN columnist, is writing a series on Slate about a collection of permanent records he found in an old filing cabinet in the 90’s from a women’s trade school. The Manhattan Trade School for Girls ran in the early 20th century as a vocational school for young women to learn crafts, e.g. dressmaking. The records are incredibly detailed, and follow the women from their graduation through many of their years of employment. He’s been able to get in contact with the families of some of the girls featured in the records (and some of the women themselves), and is detailing a few of the women in his feature on Slate. It’s really an incredible find, and it provides a great look at life during the Depression, especially for daughters of mostly poor immigrant families.