University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Upcoming Exhibit

Goldstein Museum Gallery, McNeal Hall, Saint Paul Campus

How Secretaries Changed the 20th-Century Office:
Design, Image, and Culture

February 6 - May 23, 2010; Opening reception Friday February 5, 6-8 pm;
Curator's talk Thursday, February 18, 6 pm, 33 McNeal Hall

During the 20th century women poured into offices all over the U.S. to work as “typewriter girls,” stenographers, and secretaries. New spaces, furnishings, and clothing emerged to meet their needs, while popular culture glamorized them. The exhibition explores transformations in the workplace and women’s lives and features office equipment, furniture, fashions, magazines, and much more.

This exhibition and programs are supported by the Friends of GMD, the College of Design, and the Fashion Group Foundation of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Inc. GMD funding provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.


Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-624-7434 |

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