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Settlements Collection, 1883-1972
4 boxes; 6 volumes (1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 430

Abstract:
The Settlements Collection documents the social settlement movement and its contributions to poor and working-class urban communities from the 1880s through the first half of the 20th century. Documentation primarily relates to the College Settlement Association (later called the Intercollegiate Community Service Association), and the individual settlements affiliated with it: the College Settlement of Philadelphia, Denison House in Boston, the Smith Alumnae Chapter, and the Rivington Street Settlement in New York City. Types of material include articles, correspondence, clippings, historical writings, pamphlets, annual reports, minutes, newsletters, and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Permission is required to cite the papers or for quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Cover of pamphlet on Denison House settlement, undated

Cover of pamphlet on Denison
House settlement, undated

The Settlements Collection contains manuscript and printed material that primarily relate to the College Settlement Association, which later became the Intercollegiate Community Service Association, and the individual settlements affiliated with it, primarily the College Settlement of Philadelphia, Denison House in Boston, the Smith Alumnae Chapter, and the Rivington Street Settlement in New York City. The bulk of the material dates from the 1880s, when the settlement movement first emerged in the U.S., to the 1960s when, after the appearance of federal anti-poverty programs, many settlements closed their doors permanently.

The nineteenth century material in this collection includes both published and unpublished sources, such as articles, correspondence, newspaper clippings, promotional pamphlets, histories, and reports that document the emergence and evolution of the settlement movement in the 1880s and 1890s. It also illustrates both settlement founders' efforts to legitimize their work, and their increasingly successful endeavors to draw educated young women into the field of settlement work.

The twentieth century material is more varied and includes articles, commemorative booklets, correspondence, fundraising appeals, minutes, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, programs, and an unpublished thesis. These items document the thorough institutionalization of settlements in U.S. society between 1900 and the 1930s, the crucial contributions they made to poor and working-class communities, and the gradual decline that most settlements faced in the post-World War II period. The collection includes bound volumes of the annual reports of the College Settlement Association (1890-1913), as well as books and newsletters published by the CSA.


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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Permission is required to cite the papers or for quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

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

Settlements Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Materials in this "artificial" subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors. Some items may have been removed from other collections.

Accruals:

Periodic additions are expected.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English.