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Guide to the Northwestern University Settlement Association Records Scrapbooks 1917/1984

Overview of the Collection

Title:

Northwestern University Settlement Association Records Scrapbooks

Dates:

1917-1984

Collector:

Northwestern University Settlement Association

Size:

16.00

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 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.The scrapbooks in this series, compiled by different groups associated with the Northwestern University Settlement, typically contain newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, and other printed materials.

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

Personal Name:

Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948

Vittum, Harriet E. (Harriet Elizabeth), 1872-1953--Biography

Topical Term:

Presidents--United States--Election --1916

Social service--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc.

Social settlements--Illinois--Chicago

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

These scrapbooks were separated from Accession #94-70, donated to the University Archives by the Northwestern University Settlement via Executive Director Ron Manderschied and Doris Overboe on June 7, 1994.

Processing Information

Rachel Erlich, August 1996.

Separated Materials

None.

Conditions Governing Access

None.

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.

The following is a list of each separated series. Listed is the corresponding Series Number, Title, Dates, and Volume for each separation

41/1; General Administrative Files; 1891-1995; 76 boxes

41/2; Case Files; 1908-1976; 91 boxes

41/3; Delinquent Boys Case Files; 1929-31, 1938-9; 7 boxes

41/4; Financial Records; 1918-1971; 29 boxes

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 Board; 1937-1992; 14 boxes

41/10; Lenora E. Clark Diary; 1906-1910; 1 box

41/11; Food Client Records; 1985-1986; 3 boxes

Arrangement of 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.

Scope and Contents

The scrapbooks in this series, compiled by different groups associated with the Northwestern University Settlement, typically contain newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, and other printed materials. Additional material related to many of these scrapbooks can be found in series 41/1, the Northwestern University Settlement Association General Files.

Addition 1, Boxes 17-19

The fifteen scrapbooks in this addition are arranged by format, and span the years 1910-1950. With the exception of the three scrapbooks relating to the Charles Evans Hughes presidential campaign (described below), the scrapbooks contain black-and-white photographs, some taken by commercial photographers (mostly 8x10) and some candids ranging in size from 2x3 to 5x7. Subjects include individual and group photos of Settlement personnel and participants in Settlement programs; activities such as banquets, picnics, dances, and parades; and sites including the Settlement house and its west-side neighborhood, and rural retreats at Camp Channing and the House in the Woods. Many photographs are not identified, some photos have been removed, and some pages are mislabeled. The older scrapbooks are in poor condition, with crumbling pages and a number of glue-damaged photographs.

The scrapbooks in Box 17 provide a unique and personalized record of the 1916 presidential campaign of Charles Evans Hughes. The scrapbooks belonged to Harriet Vittum, longtime Head Resident at the Northwestern University Settlement, who headed the Chicago Republican Woman's Campaign for Hughes. Vittum was involved in the Woman's Campaign Train which crossed the country between October 2 and November 4, 1916, with prominent women stumping for Hughes at stops along the way. The three large scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and ephemera from across the United States. One scrapbook focuses on women's issues in relation to Hughes' campaign (including Vittum's work on the Woman's Campaign). The second contains materials relating to the Woman's Campaign train. In contrast to the other two, the clippings and other items in the third scrapbook illustrate the role of women's issues in the Woodrow Wilson presidential campaign.

Materials in Box 18 include three large, fragile albums filled with photographs dating from 1910 to 1919. One of these scrapbooks includes snapshots of army inductees from the neighborhood, circa 1916 to 1918, many with the recruit's name written beneath the photograph; more such snapshots are contained in folders 1 and 2, which were removed from a deteriorated scrapbook. A smaller scrapbook, with items dating from 1928 to 1930 and inscribed with a dedication to Miss Vittum, was compiled by a young man named Maloski, and is filled with photographs of his family's farm, Settlement activities, and the city of Chicago. A small scrapbook, probably from the 1940s, contains photographs of Settlement children, with a few newspaper clippings. Another small scrapbook holds eight pages of photographs of the Chicago apartment to which Harriet Vittum retired after forty years as Head Resident (Miss Vittum appears in two of the photographs). Several loose, undated scrapbook pages have pages from a book of nature poetry glued to them. One page shows a drawing of the Settlement House and a copy of its theme, song, and motto.

Box 19 holds four scrapbooks with photographs spanning the early years of Michael Rachwalski's Head Residency, 1947-1950 (some date to 1946). There are many 8x10 photographs of Settlement clubs, programs, and events. There are also a number of 3-1/2x5 and 5x7 photographs. Many of the pages are labeled, but photographs have been moved around and some placed on incorrect pages.

Addition 2, Box 20

This series consists of five scrapbooks and one plaque. The oldest scrapbook, labeled “Settlement Clippings, Book I” dates from shortly after the founding of the Settlement. Over fifty pages of newspaper clippings describe the Settlement and its goals and activities between 1892 and 1905. Clippings were taken from ten or fifteen different newspapers (mostly from Chicago, Evanston, and suburbs). Also included are a few announcement cards and a program, with dates as late as 1907.

A black scrapbook, embossed with red and gold Santa Clauses, is not labeled. It contains about twenty pages of Christmas, Valentine's Day, and other holiday cards, along with various postcards, advertising cards, and other mementos. Some are loose, some are pasted in; one or tow loose postcards are addressed to Harriet Vittum, but only one date – 1908 – is visible.

An untitled scrapbook documents the involvement of Northwestern University student volunteers at the Settlement between 1929 and 1934. The scrapbook is divided into categories, beginning with reports by students from various organizations. These are followed by a copy of a speech by Gordon McNicol, the student volunteer coordinator, recommending volunteer work to sociology students. There are lists of student club-leaders, several pages of typed “Settlement Stories,” reports by sociology student volunteers, and clippings about student volunteer work from the Daily Northwestern. The last twenty pages contain correspondence, mostly between McNicol and students. A loose photograph in the front of the scrapbook is identified as the Northwestern University Student Fellowship Board, 1919-20.

A scrapbook embossed “NUS” and “1937” contains the statement of purpose and membership signature pages for what is described on the title page as “The Order of Upsilon Sigma of Northwestern University Settlement.” This organization was connected with the Department of Boys' Work of the Settlement. Michael Rachwalski's name, along with fourteen others, appears on the first signature page, with the date May 11, 1937. New members totaled eleven over the next three years, and none signed on for 1942, the last typed page.

The scrapbook labeled “North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity,” belonged to Mrs. James Loring (Marion Field) Peirce. The North Shore Junior Board was founded in 1936 to arrange fundraising events to finance the Settlement's House-in-the-Wood camping facility, as well as to volunteer at the Settlement itself. Mrs. Peirce, a long-time board member, was president from 1942 to 1944. The scrapbook, however, covers a much longer time period, including newspaper clippings, programs, directories, and correspondence chronicling the activities of the Board between 1939 and 1957.

On November 1, 1958, Parent's Magazine awarded the Youth Group Achievement Award for Outstanding Service to the Community to the Junior Service League (Oak Park, IL) of the Northwestern University Settlement. The award is mounted on a 10″ x 13″ wooden plaque.

INVENTORY

Box 1

Northwestern University Settlement Neighborhood Guild Scrapbook

1931-1944

Box 2

Northwestern University Settlement Scrapbook of Addresses

1941

Box 2

Northwestern University Settlement Boys' Club Scrapbook of State Governor portraits, letters, and autographs

1931

Box 3

Northwestern University Settlement Publicity Scrapbook

1947-1950

Box 4

Northwestern University Settlement General Scrapbook

1945, 1950-1951

Note:

Note: Includes the 1945 Annual Report and the 1951 Chicago Council Heritage of Youth Program

Box 5

Camp House in the Woods Boy Scout Scrapbook

1952

Note:

Note: Includes Harriet Vittum

Box 5

National Federation of Settlements framed group photograph

1917

Box 6

Northwestern University Settlement Print Shop Scrapbook

1928-1939

Note:

Includes samples of work done for the Settlement

Box 7

Northwestern University Settlement Print Shop Scrapbook

1930-1937

Note:

Includes samples of work done for the Settlement

Box 8

Northwestern University Settlement Print Shop Scrapbook

1938-1945

Note:

Includes samples of work done for the Settlement

Box 9

Northwestern University Settlement Print Shop Scrapbook

1939-1942

Box 10

Evanston Woman's Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Scrapbook

1942-1953

Box 10

Evanston Woman's Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Scrapbook

1954-1978

Box 10

Evanston Woman's Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Scrapbook

1977-1984

Box 11

Northwestern University Settlement Junior Board, Publicity Scrapbook (Evanston and North Shore)

1939-1950

Box 12

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity Scrapbook

1952-1953

Box 13

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity Scrapbook

1960-1961

Box 13

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Scrapbook

1963

Box 13

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Antique Show Publicity Scrapbook

1965

Box 14

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity Scrapbook

1966-1967

Box 14

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity Scrapbook

1967-1968

Box 14

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity Scrapbook

1968-1969

Box 15

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Antiques Show Scrapbook

1971

Box 15

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Scrapbook

1972

Box 15

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity and Photograph Scrapbook

1977-1979

Box 15

North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity and Photograph Scrapbook

1981-1982

Box 16

Oak Park Junior Service Board Scrapbook

1928-1940

First Addition

None

Processing information

Janet C. Olson, May 1997.

Conditions governing access

None

Acquisition information

These scrapbooks were separated from Accession #94-160, donated to the University Archives by the Northwestern University Settlement via Executive Director Ron Manderschied and Doris Overboe on October 15, 1990.

Box 18

Untitled scrapbook, Northwestern University Settlement

1910-1920

Box 18

Untitled scrapbook, Northwestern University Settlement

1911-1918

Box 18

Untitled scrapbook, Northwestern University Settlement

1917-1918

Box 18

Scrapbook dedicated to Harriet Vittum

1928-1930 (?)

Box 18

Untitled scrapbook, Northwestern University Settlement

n.d. (1940s)

Box 18

Scrapbook: 53 East Elm Street, Chicago

n.d. (1940s)

Box 18

Folder 1

Pages from untitled scrapbook

1917-1919

Box 18

Folder 2

Pages from untitled scrapbook

1917-1919

Box 18

Folder 3

Scrapbook pages with nature poetry

n.d.

Box 18

Folder 4

Photocopies of articles

1912-1947

Box 19

Untitled scrapbook, Northwestern University Settlement

1946-1950

Box 19

Untitled scrapbook, Northwestern University Settlement

1947

Box 19

Untitled scrapbook, Northwestern University Settlement

1947-1948

Box 19

Untitled scrapbook, Northwestern University Settlement

n.d. (1940s)

Charles E. Hughes Campaign

Note:

Scrapbook 3: Clippings, etc., about women's issues in relation to Woodrow Wilson's campaign for President in 1916

Note:

Scrapbook 2: Clippings, etc., relating to the Woman's Campaign Train, which carried women across the country (October 2-November 4, 1916) to campaign for Hughes

Note:

Scrapbook 1: Clippings, etc., about women's issues in relation to Charles Evans Hughes' campaign for President in 1916 (including Harriet Vittum's work on the Chicago Woman's Campaign).

Note:

The three scrapbooks retain their original organization as follows:

Note:

In October 2000 the three scrapbooks relating to the Charles Evans Hughes campaign were treated by the Northwestern University Library Conservation Department. The pages of overlapping, yellowed and brittle newspaper clippings were removed from the scrapbooks, flattened, glued to acid-free paper, and photocopied onto acid-free paper; pages were numbered as they had been in the original volumes. Pamphlets and other items that had been glued in to the scrapbooks were removed and deacidified as necessary. Although the original clippings have been retained, the photocopied pages will be considered as the pages of record. Each scrapbook is contained in one folder, retaining the same page order as the original, with loose clippings, pamphlets, and other materials enclosed in smaller folders within each scrapbook. The materials removed from Scrapbook 3—pamphlets, itineraries, speeches, and other materials—have been enclosed in three smaller folders based on size.

Box 17

Charles E. Hughes Campaign: women's issues

1916

Box 17

Charles E. Hughes Campaign: Woman's Campaign Train

1916

Box 17

Charles E. Hughes Campaign: Woodrow Wilson

1916

Second Addition

None

Processor

Janet C. Olson, March 1997.

Conditions governing access

None

Acquisition information

These scrapbooks and plaque, part of the Northwestern University Settlement Records, were donated to the University Archives by Doris Overboe, on behalf of the Northwestern University Settlement, on June 7, 1994, as Accession 94-70.

Box 20

Scrapbook: Settlement clippings, Book I

1892-1907

Box 20

Scrapbook: Miscellaneous holiday cards, etc., collected by Harriet Vittum

1908

Box 20

Scrapbook: Northwestern University Student Volunteers At the Settlement

1929-1934

Box 20

Scrapbook: Order of Upsilon Sigma of Northwestern University Settlement

1937-1942

Box 20

Scrapbook: North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity

1939-1957

Box 20

Plaque: Parent's Magazine Youth Group Achievement Award Presented to the Junior Service League (Oak Park)

1958