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Florence Cross Kitchelt Papers, 1900-1959
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 86

Abstract:
Settlement house worker and social worker. Kitchelt's journals describe settlement work in New York and New Haven, CT. Correspondence includes descriptive letters to her parents; letters from settlement friends; letters from Sadie Rubin, an inmate at the New York State Reformatory for Women; and from members of the Laureate Literary Society, which Kitchelt founded and directed. Other materials include autobiographical pieces, articles, verses, and notes.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Journal kept at The College Settlement, 95 Rivington St., New York City, 1900

Journal kept at The College Settlement,
95 Rivington St., New York City, 1900

Florence Ledyard Cross Kitchelt was born in Rochester, New York, on 17 December 1874. She graduated from Wells College in 1897. For two years after college, she worked at the George Junior Republic, a self-governing community for troubled youth. From 1900-04, she worked at the New York College Settlement at 95 Rivington Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side and its summer location in Mt. Ivy, New York. In 1904, she returned to reform work as a volunteer probation officer for women with New York City's Essex Market Court. From 1904 to 1905, she worked at the Lowell House settlement in New Haven, Connecticut. She was the head worker in the Little Italy House in Brooklyn (1903) and another Italian American settlement, the "Housekeeping Center," in Rochester (1907-10). She married Richard Kitchelt in 1911. After her marriage, she was active in several civic and political causes. She volunteered and wrote articles for suffrage, trade union, socialist, and pacifist organizations in New York and Connecticut. She died in Wilberforce, Ohio on 4 April 1961.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Florence Cross Kitchelt Papers consist of .75 linear feet of diaries, writings, printed material, correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs. Most material is from 1900 to 1904 and covers Kitchelt's years at the College Settlement and Lowell House.

This collection is organized into three series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Florence Cross Kitchelt Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Florence Kitchelt donated her papers concerning settlement house work to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1959. After her death in 1961, her sister, Dorothy Cross Zeiger, donated some biographical items and articles.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Amanda Izzo, 2002.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. WRITINGS



Autobiographical typescripts,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
College settlement journals



95 Rivington St., New York,
Jun-Jul 1900

Box 1: folder 2
Summer House, Mount Ivy, NY,
Aug-Sep 1900

Box 1: folder 3
95 Rivington St.,
Sep 1900-Aug 1904

Box 1: folder 4-6
Lowell House, New Haven CT,
Oct 1904-Feb 1905

Box 1: folder 7
Notes on the journals,
1959

Box 1: folder 8
Address to the "King's Daughters,"
1902 [1904?]

Box 1: folder 9
"A Chapter in the History of Human Rights," Journal of Human Relations, [re: Susan B. Anthony],
Winter 1956

Box 1: folder 10
Verses,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
"Who" and "They Have Contributed": typescripts re: "Negroes" and segregation,
1959

Box 1: folder 12
SERIES II. CORRESPONDENCE



Outgoing to mother and sister,
1901, 1904

Box 1: folder 13
Incoming



Bonime, Ellis,
1902-03

Box 2: folder 1
Braun, Jacob,
1902-03

Box 2: folder 2
Bromberg, Abraham,
1901, 1903

Box 2: folder 3
Burstein, Sam,
1903

Box 2: folder 4
Cohen, Nathan
1902-05

Box 2: folder 5
Halperin, Jacob,
1902, 1904

Box 2: folder 6
Markham, Edwin,
1903

Box 2: folder 7
Rubin, Sadie,
1902-03

Box 2: folder 8
Wolf, Irving,
1902-03

Box 2: folder 9
SERIES III. SUBJECTS



College settlements: photographs of settlement houses (including 95 Rivington Street) and residents, clippings, and memorabilia,
1902-06, n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
Laureate Literary Society: memorabilia,
1901, 1903

Box 2: folder 11

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Subjects
  • Literature--Societies, etc.--New York (State)--New York--History--Sources
  • Kitchelt, Florence Ledyard Cross, 1874-1961
  • Social settlements--Connecticut--New Haven--History--Sources
  • Social settlements--New York (State)--New York--History--Sources
  • Social work with immigrants--United States--History--Sources
  • Women social reformers--United States--History--Sources


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