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Grace Hoadley Dodge Papers, 1882-1995 (Bulk: 1882-1915)
3 Boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 603

Abstract:
Social welfare worker, Philanthropist, Educator. Papers are primarily related to her professional and public life and primarily include biographical writings about Grace Dodge and clipping scrapbooks containing articles by Grace Dodge and about her activities and concerns (1882-1914). The scrapbooks focus on Dodge's efforts on behalf of "working girls" in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century urban areas.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Works created by Grace Hoadley Dodge are now in the public domain. Copyright to other materials may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights, and 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

Grace Hoadley Dodge was born on May 21, 1856 in New York City into a wealthy family with a strong tradition of philanthropic and evangelical activity. She was the oldest of six children born to Sarah Hoadley and William Earl Dodge, Jr. Dodge received most of her education at home from private tutors, but spent two years at Miss Sarah Porter's School in Connecticut (1872-74).

On her return to New York City, she began teaching Sunday School at the Madison Square Chapel and later in industrial schools for the Children's Aid Society. Dodge's interactions with the evangelist Dwight L. Moody, who stayed with the Dodges during his 1876 campaign in New York City, had a profound effect on Grace's decision to dedicate her life to social service work. Her approach was committed and businesslike. She came to regard her work for a wide variety of causes and organizations as full-time employment, with a salary that had been "paid in advance" through her family's business successes.

"Miss Grace H. Dodge's Evening Chat," 1890

"Miss Grace H. Dodge's Evening Chat," 1890

Drawn to ventures that allowed for close personal association, Dodge often acted as a facilitator, but not a leader of informal clubs. In 1881 she formed a club with factory girls around her own age. Their weekly meetings for "fellowship and discussion" gradually came to include a headquarters, library, recreation rooms, and classes. Within a decade, the concept grew into a national Association of Working Girls' Societies. Her mantra was always to work with, rather than for, working women. Some of the friendships formed in this first club lasted throughout Dodge's life.

Dodge also worked to promote vocational education and practical training as a means of combating poverty. She founded the Kitchen Garden Association in 1880 which was reorganized into the Industrial Education Association in 1884. These groups offered classes in "household arts," manual training, and later, teacher training. The Industrial Education Association was eventually reorganized into Teachers College in 1889 with Dodge as its first Treasurer.

Dodge developed somewhat of a specialty of encouraging organizations with similar missions to join forces in order to increase their effectiveness. In 1906 she brought together two warring national associations of YWCAs to form a single national association. Grace Dodge served as the new Association's first president until her death.

Other organizations benefiting from these talents included the New York Travelers Aid Society, formed in 1907, and the American Social Hygiene Association in 1912.

Grace Dodge died suddenly in her home on December 27, 1914.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Grace Hoadley Dodge Papers consist of 1.25 linear ft. and are primarily related to her professional and public life, dating from 1882 to 1915. Types of materials include biographical materials, a small amount of correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, writings, and memorabilia.

Two types of material make up the bulk of the papers: biographical writings about Grace Dodge (1910-80), and clippings scrapbooks containing articles by Grace Dodge and about her activities and concerns (1882-1914). The biographical writings include many memorial tributes from 1915; Abbie Graham's 1926 biography, Grace H. Dodge: Merchant of Dreams; and Ester Katz' 1980 Ph.D. thesis, "Grace Hoadley Dodge: Women and the Emerging Metropolis, 1856-1914." In addition to these there are general biographical materials and memorabilia, small files on three organizations Dodge was involved with (Irene Club, Three P's Circle, and YWCA), photographs of Dodge, and a few of her other writings. The clippings scrapbooks focus on Dodge's efforts on behalf of "working girls" in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century urban areas. They include articles from a wide variety of newspapers and other periodicals.


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 without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Works created by Grace Hoadley Dodge are now in the public domain. Copyright to other materials may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights, and 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:

Grace Hoadley Dodge Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Grace Hoadley Dodge Papers came to the Sophia Smith Collection with the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records in 2002. They were a gift to the YWCA from Mrs. Cleveland Dodge in 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin, 2008


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

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

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Language
English
Sponsor
Processing of the Grace Hoadley Dodge Papers was made possible by the generous support of the National Historical Publications & Records Commission.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, MEMORABILIA, AND PHOTOGRAPHS



General
1910-95, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1-2
Association Monthly memorial issues
Mar 1915, May 1921

Box 1: folder 3
Thesis: "Grace Hoadley Dodge: Women and the Emerging Metropolis, 1856-1914" by Esther Katz, New York University
1980

Box 1: folder 4-7
Grace H. Dodge: A Woman of Creative Faith, reprint of the Mar 1915 memorial issue of the Association Monthly
1915

Box 1: folder 8
Grace H. Dodge: Merchant of Dreams by Abbie Graham
1926

Box 1: folder 9
Christmas cards
1914-15, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Death



General
1915

Box 2: folder 1
Memorial services
1914-15

Box 2: folder 2
Condolences and resolutions
1914-15

Box 2: folder 3
Family
1913-92, n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Memorabilia
1914, n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Photographs
1890, 1914, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
SERIES II. ORGANIZATIONS



Irene Club
1914, n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Three P's Circle
1910-14, n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
YWCA: annual letters to Club Girls' Council
1908-14

Box 2: folder 9
SERIES III. WRITINGS



General
1885-1911, n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
A Bundle of Letters to Busy Girls on Practical Matters
1887

Box 2: folder 11
Photocopy of selected articles by Grace Dodge in the 1882-1901 scrapbook in box 3


Box 2: folder 12
Scrapbooks of clippings (mostly articles by Grace Dodge)
1882-1901, 1905-14

Box 3: folder 1-2
OVERSIZE MATERIALS: memorial tributes
1914

Box 3: folder 3

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Subjects
  • Dodge, Grace H. (Grace Hoadley), 1856-1914
  • Kitchen-Garden Association--History
  • Manual training--United States--History
  • Moral education--United States--History
  • New York (N.Y.)--Civic improvement--History--Sources
  • New York Association of Working Girls Societies--History
  • Occupational training for women--United States--History--Sources
  • Philanthropists--United States--History--Sources
  • Teachers College (New York, NY)--History
  • Women domestics--United States--History--Sources
  • Women in charitable work--United States--History--Sources
  • Women philanthropists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women--Employment--History--Sources
  • Working class women--United States--History--Sources
  • Working-women's clubs--United States--History--Sources
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.-History


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