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Guide to the Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards 1886/1941

Overview of the Collection

Title:

Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards

Dates:

1886-1953

Collector:

Northwestern University Settlement Association

Size:

25.00

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:

This series comprises boxes of Attendance Cards for Northwestern University Settlement clubs and classes, and boxes of three-by-five individual Registration Cards.

Note:

Other Information

Over the course of its existence, the Settlement has sponsored a wide variety of clubs, classes, and programs for both children and adults. Activities for boys included Boy Scouts, gym, woodworking, chorus, dramatics, photography, gardening, and art. Activities for girls included Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, cooking, chorus, dancing, gardening, interior decorating, gym, dramatics, typing and sewing. There were many programs to help adults enhance their job skills, such as the Electricity Club, Bookkeeping Class, Dressmaking Class, and Typing. English and Citizenship classes were geared towards aiding new immigrants. Other adult programs included Fathers’ Club, Mothers’ Club, Pre-natal Care, and other special interest clubs such as the Oldtimers, Cooking, Good Neighbors, Work and Play, and Recreation.

Historical Information

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, vertran 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, The Worn Doorstep," by Mark Wukas (Chicago: Northwestern University Settlement Association, 1991).

Access Terms

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

Corporate Name:

Northwestern University Settlement Association

Topical Term:

Adult education--Illinois--Chicago

Boys--Societies and clubs

Family services--Illinois--Chicago

Girls--Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The main body of these records as well as the addition were separated from Accession #90-160, donated to the University Archives by Northwestern University Settlement’s Executive Director Ron Manderschied and Doris Overboe on October 15, 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Erlich, July 1996. Addition processed by Kaia L. Densch, June 11, 1997.

Separated Materials

None.

Conditions Governing Access

These records can only be consulted 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.

41/1: General Administrative Files, 1891-1995 (73 boxes)

41/2: Case files, 1908-1976 (79 boxes)

41/4: Financial Records, 1918-1971

41/5: Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards, 1936-1953 (25 boxes)

41/6: Photographs, 1890-1991 (8 boxes)

41/7: Scrapbooks, 1892-1984 (20 boxes)

41/8: Evanston Woman's Board, 1911-1990 (7 boxes)

41/9: North Shore Junior League, 1937-1992 (14 boxes)

41/10: Lenora E. Clare Diary, 1906-1910 (1 box)

41/11: Food Client Records, 1985-1986 (3 boxes)

Arrangement of Materials

The Clubs and Classes Attendance Cards are arranged by year; within each year the cards are divided by department; within each department the clubs are arranged alphabetically by name. Undated cards are filed separately but are labeled with an approximate date based on their original placement. The Registration Cards are arranged chronologically by year. Within each year the cards are grouped either by department, by club or class, or in a few instances, by streets. Some of the cards are arranged alphabetically by family name. The Registration Cards in Box 18 are not arranged in any systematic order.

Scope and Contents

The Clubs and Classes Attendance Cards date from 1928 to 1935. The following information is included on each card: department (girls, boys, little children, adult education, men, and women), club or class name, day and time of meeting, meeting place, the name, address, and phone number of the leader, year of card, and a list of the names, addresses, phone numbers, and ages of the participants with a record of their attendance.

The Registration Cards, 1886-1941, also include cards from 1949. The Registration Cards include the following information: department, family and relief file number, last name, first name, father’s name, mother’s name, address, telephone number, date of health examination, year of participation, age or birth date, and club or class, as well as school, grade, room, or type and place of work. Box 17 includes Employment Income Status cards. These cards contain information about the type of work, wages, hours, and living conditions of individual Settlement families.

The addition to the Northwestern University Settlement Records, Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards fills one archival box and spans the years 1895 to 1905 and 1951 to 1953. The records from 1895 to 1905 are in a record book titled “Attendance,” and include name and date of class as well as number of attendees. The records from 1951 to 1953 are arranged alphabetically by club or class card and chronologically by date within each folder. Information on cards typically includes the department, class name, leader name, day and time of meeting, name, address and telephone number of attendees, and the dates of attendance.

INVENTORY

Attendance Cards

Box 1

Folder 1

Girls

1928

Box 1

Folder 2

Girls

1928-1929

Box 1

Folder 3

Girls

1928-1929

Box 1

Folder 4

Boys

1928-1929

Box 1

Folder 5

Women and Men

1928-1929

Box 1

Folder 6

Girls, Women and Men

1929-1930

Box 1

Folder 7

Boys and Girls, Little Children, and Boys

1929-1930

Box 1

Folder 8

Boys and Girls

c.1928-1930

Box 1

Folder 9

Girls

c.1928-1930

Box 2

Folder 1

Girls

1930-1931

Box 2

Folder 2

Boys and Girls

c.1930-1931

Box 2

Folder 3

Boys, Boys & Girls, Women, and Men

1930-1931

Box 3

Folder 1

Adult Education

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 2

Boys

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 3

Girls

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 4

Girls

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 5

Girls

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 6

Girls

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 7

Girls and Boys

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 8

Little Children

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 9

Men

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 10

Women

1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 11

Boys, Girls, Boys and Girls

c.1931-1932

Box 3

Folder 12

Men, Women, and Little Children

c.1931-1932

Box 4

Folder 1

Boys

1932-1933

Box 4

Folder 2

Boys

1932-1933

Box 4

Folder 3

Boys

c.1932-1933

Box 4

Folder 4

Girls

1932-1933

Box 4

Folder 5

Girls

1932-1933

Box 4

Folder 6

Girls

c.1932-1933

Box 5

Folder 1

Boys and Girls, Little Children, and Women

1932-1933

Box 5

Folder 2

Boys

1933-1934

Box 5

Folder 3

Boys

1933-1934

Box 5

Folder 4

Girls

1933-1934

Box 5

Folder 5

Girls

1933-1934

Box 5

Folder 6

Little Children

1933-1934

Box 5

Folder 7

Boys and Girls, Men, and Women

1933-1934

Box 6

Folder 1

Girls, Boys, Girls & Boys, and Women

c.1933-1934

Box 6

Folder 2

Boys

1934-1935

Box 6

Folder 3

Boys

1934-1935

Box 6

Folder 4

Boys

1934-1935

Box 6

Folder 5

Boys and Girls, Girls, and Men

1934-1935

Box 6

Folder 6

Boys, Girls, Men, and Women

c.1934-1935

Box 6

Folder 7

Boys and Men

1935-1937

Registration Cards

Registration Cards

1886-1930

Registration Cards

1930-1932

Registration Cards

1932-1933

Registration Cards

1933

Registration Cards

1934-1935

Registration Cards

1935

Registration Cards

1935

Registration Cards

1936

Registration Cards

1936

Registration Cards

1936

Registration Cards

1937

Registration Cards

1937-1938

Registration Cards

1938

Registration Cards

1938

Registration Cards

1938-1941

Registration Cards

1941, 1949

Employment Income Status Cards

1930-1933; n.d.

Misc. Registration Cards

1930-1941

Addition

Note:

The 1951-1953 recors have sustained minor water damage.

Folder 1

Record of Attendance of Clubs and Classes

1895-1905

Folder 2

Little Children’s Department

1951-1952

Folder 3

Little Children’s Department

1952-1953

Folder 4

Saturday Play School

1951-1952

Folder 5

Saturday Play School

1952-1953

Folder 6

Summer Play School

1952

Folder 7

Summer Play School

1953