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Guide to the Northwestern University Settlement Association Food Client Records 1985/1986

Overview of the Collection

Northwestern University Settlement (Chicago, Ill.)

Title:

Northwestern University Settlement Association Food Client Records

Dates:

1985-1986

Dates:

Size:

3.00

Repository:

Northwestern University Archives

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Abstract:

The Northwestern University provided emergency assistance through its Emergency Food Pantry and Clothing Supply. This series consists of three boxes of client information files generated by the Settlement's emergency assistance program between Spring, 1985 and September, 1986. The records consist mainly of photocopies of identification presented by the clients in order to verify their residence within the Settlement's jurisdiction.

Note:

Other Information:

Historical Note

The Northwestern University Settlement Association was founded in 1891 by a group of administrators and faculty from Northwestern University in order to provide social services, educational programs, referrals, and emergency relief to a poor immigrant neighborhood on Chicago's near northwest side. In 1901, after three moves, the Settlement was established in the building at 1400 West Augusta where it continues to operate as a community center.

Early Settlement activities centered around acculturating the largely immigrant population of the 16th Ward and included a picture loan service, a small library, and dance and music classes. Shortly after its founding, though, the Settlement began to offer additional eleemosynary services relating to public health and hygiene. During the Great Depression, the Settlement suspended many of its regular programs in order to dispense food, fuel, clothing and medicine to needy families. During World War II, the Settlement became a draft registration center and played an active role in various home front activities. In the 1950s and 1960s the Settlement greatly expanded its network to civic, service, social, fraternal, veteran and church organizations and offered many more citizenship and English classes. In the early 1980's, a project to establish an online database for the Settlement program records was initiated. Prior to that time, all program records had been handwritten on index cards and filed in thousands of family files.

For additional historical background on the Settlement, see the historical summary which forms a part of the descriptive inventory for Series 41/1, the General Administrative Records. See also the informal history prepared for the Settlement's centennial, <emph render="italic">The Worn Doorstep</emph>, by Mark Wukas (Chicago: Northwestern University Settlement Association, 1991).

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Topical Term

Community-based social services--Illinois--Chicago

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The records were separated from Accession #90-160, donated to the University Archives by the Northwestern University Settlement via Executive Director Ron Manderschied and Doris Overboe on October 15, 1990.

Processing Information

Janet C. Olson, May 1997.

Separated Materials

A small amount of duplicate and extraneous material was discarded.

Conditions Governing Access

These Food Client Records may be consulted only with the permission of the University Archivist.

Related Materials

The records' original arrangement, in alphabetical order by subject, was retained, but several large, coherent categories were separated from the General Administrative Files, organized separately, and assigned their own series numbers.

Series 41/1: General Administrative Files, 1891-1995 (73 boxes)<lb/> Series 41/2: Case Files, 1908-1976 (79 boxes)<lb/> Series 41/3: Delinquent Boys Case Files, 1929-31, 1938-9 (5 boxes<lb/> Series 41/4: Financial Records, 1918-1971<lb/> Series 41/5: Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards, 1936-1953 (25 boxes)<lb/> Series 41/6: Photographs, 1890-1991 (8 boxes) <lb/> Series 41/7: Scrapbooks, 1892-1984 (20 boxes) <lb/> Series 41/8: Evanston Woman's Board, 1911-1990 (7 boxes) <lb/> Series 41/9: North Shore Junior Board, 1937-1992 (14 boxes) <lb/> Series 41/10: Lenora E. Clark Diary, 1906-1910 (1 box) <lb/> Series 41/11: Food Client Records, 1985-1986 (3 boxes)

Arrangement of Materials

The files are arranged roughly in alphabetical order by client name.

Scope and Contents

In addition to the many educational and recreational programs offered by the Northwestern University Settlement to the residents of the West Town neighborhood, the Settlement has also provided emergency assistance through its Emergency Food Pantry and Clothing Supply.

This series consists of three boxes of client information files generated by the Settlement's emergency assistance program between Spring, 1985 and September, 1986, arranged roughly in alphabetical order by client name.

The records consist mainly of photocopies of identification presented by the clients in order to verify their residence within the Settlement's jurisdiction. Forms of identification include driver's licenses, rent receipts, utilities bills, library cards, Medicaid and Public Aid cards, and other items that would establish the client's residence. Some of the identification materials are accompanied by Settlement “Intake Information Sheets” or “Application for Food” forms, which give details about the individual's situation. Files also include referral letters from other private and public agencies, as well as a few letters relating to other forms of assistance (referrals, drug counseling, legal advice) offered by the Settlement. Because identification was required each time a client requested assistance, many individuals are represented more than once. Each file has hand-written notations by the Settlement worker with the date and, often, a code indicating the assistance rendered.

INVENTORY

Box 1

Folder 1

A-J

1985-1986

Box 1

Folder 2

A-J

1985-1986

Box 1

Folder 3

A-J

1985-1986

Box 1

Folder 4

A-J

1985-1986

Box 1

Folder 5

A-J

1985-1986

Box 1

Folder 6

A-J

1985-1986

Box 1

Folder 7

A-J

1985-1986

Box 1

Folder 8

A-J

1985-1986

Box 1

Folder 9

A-J

1985-1986

Box 2

Folder 1

K-S

1985-1986

Box 2

Folder 2

K-S

1985-1986

Box 2

Folder 3

K-S

1985-1986

Box 2

Folder 4

K-S

1985-1986

Box 2

Folder 5

K-S

1985-1986

Box 2

Folder 6

K-S

1985-1986

Box 2

Folder 7

K-S

1985-1986

Box 2

Folder 8

K-S

1985-1986

Box 3

Folder 1

T-Z

1985-1986

Box 3

Folder 2

T-Z

1985-1986

Box 3

Folder 3

T-Z

1985-1986

Box 3

Folder 4

T-Z

1985-1986

Box 3

Folder 5

A-L, July

1986

Box 3

Folder 6

M-Z, July

1986

Box 3

Folder 7

A-M, August

1986

Box 3

Folder 8

N-Z, August

1986

Box 3

Folder 9

A-M, September

1986

Box 3

Folder 10

N-Z, September

1986