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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The nineteenth century material in this collection includes both published and unpublished sources, such as articles, correspondence, newspaper clippings, promotional pamphlets, histories, and reports that document the emergence and evolution of the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

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

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Contents


Box 1: folder 1
General: Bibliography of College, University and Social Settlements, and History of the Settlement Movement,
1893-1927

Box 1: folder 2
College settlements



General: clippings and pamphlets,
1899-1928

Box 1: folder 3
Andover House Association (Boston): report,
1893

Box 1: folder 4
College Settlement Association



"Cultural Hybrid in the Slums: the College Woman and the Settlement House,," by John P. Rousmaniere, American Quarterly,
1889-1894 1970

Box 1: folder 5
Pamphlets, theater scripts, and clipping,
1898-1915

Box 1: folder 6
Lists of subscribers,
1896-1906

Box 1: folder 7
Quarterly,
1915-1917

Box 1: folder 8
Smith Alumnae Chapter



Correspondence,
1915-1928

Box 1: folder 9
Pamphlets, annual reports, and notebook,
1909-1927

Box 1: folder 10
Intercollegiate Community Service Association (formerly College Settlement Association): annual reports,
1917-1926

Box 1: folder 11
Note:

[see also box 2 and volumes on shelf]

College Settlement News (New York),
1915-1916

Box 1: folder 12
College Settlement of Philadelphia



Anna Freeman Davies: book and publications,
1943-1957

Box 1: folder 13
General: annual reports, correspondence, photographs, and pamphlets,
1904-1995

Box 1: folder 14
Note:

[see also volumes on shelf]

Photographs, newsletters, annual reports, clippings, and correspondence,
1942-1972

Box 1: folder 15
College Settlement Association: annual reports,
1890-1913

Box 2: folder 1-7
Note:

[see also box 1 and volumes on shelf]

Dennison House (Boston)



General: correspondence, directory, pamphlets, annual reports, and clippings,
1903-1938

Box 3: folder 1
Annual reports,
1900, 1903, 1907-1915

Box 3: folder 2
Italian Department: reports and pamphlets,
1906-1913

Box 3: folder 3
Correspondence



George Washington Cable,
1904

Box 3: folder 4
Margaret Deland,
1898-1899

Box 3: folder 4
T.W. Higginson,
1847-1879

Box 3: folder 4
Julia Ward Howe,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Henry Irving,
1899

Box 3: folder 4
Julia C. Lathrop,
1912

Box 3: folder 4
Richard G. Moulton,
1904

Box 3: folder 4
Katherine A. Sanborn,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Isobel Strong,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Kate Douglas Wiggin-Riggs,
1910

Box 3: folder 4
95 Rivington St. (NYC)



The first year at the College Settlement by Jane E. Robbins,
1912

Box 3: folder 5
Pamphlets,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Annual reports,
1890, 1899-1900, 1901/1902, 1913/1914

Box 3: folder 7
Industrial settlements (Hartley House, NY): pamphlet,
circa 1897

Box 4: folder 1
Music settlements (Third St. Music School): annual reports, pamphlet, and manuscript,
1959-1965

Box 4: folder 2
Social settlements



General: pamphlet, articles, and thesis manuscript,
1892-1961

Box 4: folder 3
Dorothea Dix House (Boston): pamphlets,
1898-1901

Box 4: folder 4
Greenwich House (NYC): annual report (1921), clippings, and pamphlet (re: Mary Simkhovitch),
1921-1952

Box 4: folder 5
Henry St. Settlement (NYC): pamphlet,
1967

Box 4: folder 6
Hull House (Chicago): article (Smith College Monthly),
1894

Box 4: folder 7
Social Settlements and the Labor Question: pamphlet,
circa 1897

Box 4: folder 8
Volumes on shelf



College Settlements Association: annual reports



Note:

[duplicates - see also box 2]

(volumes 1-10)
1890-1899


(volumes 11-17)
1900-1906


1896-1897, 1900-1913


College Settlement News and News of the College Settlement of Philadelphia,
1895-1921


Reports of the College Settlement of Philadelphia,
1895-1920


St. Mary Street Settlement: Library and Settlement,
1886-1895



Search Terms
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Subjects
  • College Settlement Association--History--Sources
  • College Settlement Association. Smith Alumnae Chapter
  • Intercollegiate Community Service Association--History--Sources
  • Poor women--United States--History--20th century
  • Social settlements--Massachusetts--History--Sources
  • Social settlements--New York (State)--New York--History--Sources
  • Social settlements--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History--Sources
  • Social settlements--United States--History-Sources
  • Working class women--United States--History--Sources


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