Helen Mattheson Laughlin (1883-1960) was the Dean of Women at UCLA. She supervised the working conditions and standards of
pay for the many women working part time at the university and was active in providing a housing service and vocational counseling
for them as well. The collection consists of scrapbooks compiled by Laughlin relating to her career as UCLA Dean of Women.
Laughlin was born on February 2, 1883 in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand; came to California; in 1910 became an instructor
in physical education at the Los Angeles State Normal School; in 1914 she served as head of practice teaching and Dean of
Women, and continued in the latter position when the school became the Southern Branch of the University of California and
then UCLA; as Dean, she was active in providing a housing service and vocational counseling, and supervising the working conditions
and standards of pay for the many women who were working part time; founded the Helen Matthewson Club, the oldest cooperative
college women's club in the country; helped in the establishment and growth of sororities; was active in the community as
director of the Red Cross, an active member of the Girl Scouts of America, and as a member of the Republican Women's Club
of California; served as a delegate to several Republican conventions; she died on August 26, 1960 in Los Angeles.
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