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Ellen Gates Starr Papers, 1659 - 1975 (Bulk: 1850-1970)
25 boxes, 19 volumes (9.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 151

Abstract:
Labor organizer; religious writer; settlement house worker; and founder, Hull House, Chicago. Papers represent 4 generations of the Starr family, primarily Ellen Gates Starr. Of particular interest is correspondence with Jane Addams pertaining to the founding of Hull House, as well as photographs and biographical information about Jane Addams. There is also extensive family correspondence and her writings on book binding and religion. Family material includes writings and letters of her aunt Eliza Allen Starr, sister Mary Houghton Starr Blaisdell, niece Josephine Starr, mother Susan Starr, and sea journals of her father, Caleb Allen Starr. Correspondents include Vida D. Scudder, Archibald MacLeish, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Thornton Wilder, Thomas J. Cobden-Sanderson, Alice Hamilton, and Sidney Hillman.

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 Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the papers of the Starr family members represented in this collection. Copyright to materials created by others 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. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Ellen Gates Starr, undated

Ellen Gates Starr, undated

Ellen Gates Starr was born near Laona, Illinois, the third of four children of Caleb Allen Starr and Susan Childs Gates Starr. She attended local schools and enrolled at Rockford Seminary, Rockford, Illinois, in 1877. She spent only one year at Rockford because her father could not afford the tuition. She taught at a country school in Mount Morris, Illinois, and in 1879 accepted a position at Miss Kirkland's School for Girls in Chicago where she taught a variety of subjects. Although religion was not part of her early upbringing, she spent much of her life in search of religious truth. She was greatly influenced by her aunt, Eliza Allen Starr, a devout Roman Catholic convert, writer, and lecturer. In 1884 Ellen joined the Episcopal Church.

During these years Starr was in frequent contact with Jane Addams, a close friend from Rockford Seminary. In 1888, while they were traveling in Europe, Addams confided her dream of establishing a settlement house. On their return they opened Hull House in Chicago in September 1889. Although Addams was the financial and executive force behind the establishment of Hull House, she depended on Starr's support and contacts in Chicago society. In an attempt to enlighten the lives of the immigrant population of Chicago, Starr established reading clubs, decorated Hull House with reproductions of great art, organized art history classes, and in 1894, founded and became the first president of the Chicago Public School Art Society. In the late 1890s she spent fifteen months in London studying bookbinding with T.J. Cobden-Sanderson. Although she was eager to teach the art of bookbinding on her return to the United States, she found that it was of little practical value to the people of Hull House.

Noting the prevalence of sweatshops, child labor, low wages, and long hours, she joined with Florence Kelley and others in the battle against child labor. She was a charter member of the Illinois branch of the National Women's Trade Union League and in 1896, 1910, and 1915 she came to the aid of striking textile workers. She delivered speeches, provided food and clothing, and marched in picket lines. She was arrested during a 1914 restaurant workers' strike. Starr was a close friend of Sidney Hillman and Jacob Potofsky and was made an honorary member of Hillman's Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. She joined the socialist party in 1916 and unsuccessfully ran for alderman in Chicago.

Her spiritual quest culminated in conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1920. Thereafter she spent much of her time writing and speaking about Catholic art and worship and her own conversion experience. She continued to be an occasional visitor to Hull House until 1929, when an operation to remove a spinal abscess left her paralyzed from the waist down. In 1930, she settled at the convent of the Holy Child in Suffern, NY, becoming an oblate of the Third Order of St. Benedict in 1939. She died in 1940 and was buried at the convent.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ellen Gates Starr Papers consist of 9.75 linear feet and date from 1659 to 1975. The bulk of the papers range from 1850 to 1970. Types of material include correspondence, writings, artwork, diaries, legal documents, photographs, printed material, memorabilia, biographical and genealogical material. They relate to Starr's personal and professional life, Jane Addams, and Hull House, and the Starr family. Of particular interest is material on Jane Addams including correspondence, photographs and biographical material. Jane Addams material can be found in SERIES I, II, and IV. The bulk of the papers, however, consist of those of Ellen Gates Starr and her family, dating from her grandfather Oliver Starr's family in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in the early 1800s to her grand niece Angela Starr Van Patten in 1971. There are large amounts of correspondence, writings and art relating to her sister, Mary Houghton Starr Blaisdell and her aunt, Eliza Allen Starr, and correspondence of her niece, Josephine Susanna Starr.

Always devoted to the liturgy and history of the church, Starr studied, wrote, and corresponded with the learned and interested, both lay and clerical, and correspondence and writings reflects this long and close devotion and the manner in which she shared it with others. Her socialist activism is illustrated by clippings and articles as well as correspondence concerning the Amalgamated Clothing Workers strike in Chicago in 1915. Letters from Sidney Hillman and Jacob Patofsky, heads of the Clothing Workers, attest to their admiration and appreciation of Starr's contribution to the cause of organized labor.


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 Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the papers of the Starr family members represented in this collection. Copyright to materials created by others 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. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

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

Ellen Gates Starr Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Ellen Gates Starr Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1960 by her niece, Josephine Starr, and grandniece, Angela Starr Van Patten. Johanna Doniat, a former Hull House associate, donated additional letters and articles on art, religion and bookbinding in 1966. In 1968, Mary Prentice Lillie Barrow donated a scrapbook of clippings which belonged to her mother, Frances Crane Lillie.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 2001.


Additional Information
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Language
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
(1659-1975)
2 linear feet

Although there is some material dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the bulk of this series dates from the mid 1800s to mid 1900s. It consists of three subseries: the Starr family, Jane Addams, and Lillie family.

The Starr family subseries contains general family records and material related to Ellen Gates Starr and other individual family members (Mary Houghton Starr Blaisdell, Caleb Allen Starr, Comfort Starr, Eliza Allen Starr, Jeanne Stutz Starr, Josephine Susanna Starr, Oliver Starr, Susan Gates Childs Starr, Wesley Starr, William Starr, Elizabeth Angela Starr Van Patten and Eunice Allen Starr Wellington). The general family material includes genealogical records (1781-1949) which contain biographical notes and articles giving the family background in Deerfield, Massachusetts before the family moved to Illinois in 1855.

The biographical material on Ellen Gates Starr consists of biographical notes by Josephine Starr (1960), three address books, one small diary (1938), her breviary and miscellaneous memorabilia. There is also financial material including bills and receipts (1938), correspondence (1937-39), and items related to her Hull House pension (1935-36). In addition there are clippings, speeches, writings and testimonials related to Starr's activity with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (1915-16); obituaries and memorials (1940); and her wills (1925-40).

In addition to general biographical material (wills, obituaries, clippings and memorabilia) related to other members of the Starr family, of particular interest are Mary Houghton Starr Blaisdell's diaries (1891-1933), sea journals of Caleb Allen Starr (circa 1840-60) and William Starr (1762), Jeanne Stutz Starr's childhood memories of Switzerland (1920), early deeds and guardianship papers of Oliver Starr (1806-88), and a copy of Life and Letters of Eliza Allen Starr.

The Jane Addams subseries contains obituaries, articles and tributes (1935-39), Hull House clippings and brochures (1935, 1967-69) and an annual financial report (1932), and material related to a tribute to Addams by the WILPF (1935).

The final subseries consists of memoirs and reminiscences of Starr's friend, Frances Crane Lillie (1913, 1967), and her daughter Mary Prentice Lillie Barrow (1970).

(1791-1975)
4.25 linear feet

Correspondence comprises the largest series in the Starr papers. It is arranged in two subseries, Family and Third Party. The first subseries begins with the primary correspondent, Ellen Gates Starr, followed by family members alphabetically. Where it applies, each person's correspondence is divided into two sections: family and friends and associates. Ellen's correspondence contains both incoming and outgoing letters filed together chronologically. Other family correspondence contains letters authored (i.e. outgoing) by that person. The friends and associates section contains both outgoing and incoming letters. Although Ellen's letters comprise the largest volume, there are substantial blocks of correspondence of Mary Houghton Starr Blaisdell, Albert Childs Starr, Eliza Allen Starr, Josephine Starr, Susan Gates Childs Starr, and Elizabeth Starr Van Patten.

Ellen Gates Starr's correspondence covers more than fifty years of her life and subjects such as the founding of Hull House, her work there, and her various trips to Europe. In addition it deals with her interest in literature, art and fine binding, and her religious life and final reception into the Roman Catholic Church in 1920.

Of particular interest is Ellen's correspondence with Deerfield photographers and cousins Mary and Frances Allen (1884-89). It includes two Allen photographs of Deerfield and Ellen's letter of September 15, 1889, in which she tells of Jane Addams and the opening of Hull House. Also of interest are three folders of correspondence with her aunt, Mary Starr Blaisdell, as well as letters to other family members that relate Hull House experiences.

The correspondence with Friends and associates is notable for the circa eighty letters between Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. These include a record book of copies of letters between Starr and Addams (1896), which also contains clippings about early Hull House. There are also letters from Addams to Starr from Rockford and Cedarville (1877-83) and Europe (1883-85). The correspondence continues to 1931, four years before Addams' death. There is also a letter from Starr to Jane's stepmother, Anna Addams (1888). These letters reveal their close friendship and wide interests and include letters in which the idea of Hull House is first mentioned, its purchase, final realization in 1889, and growth into a world renowned social settlement.

Starr's correspondents also include a number of Catholic priests (mostly of the Benedictine Order with which she was closely associated), nuns of the Order, other close personal friends, and early residents of Hull House, many of whom were influential men and women in Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington. Other notable correspondents are Frank and Frances Lillie and Mary Hawes Wilmarth, T.J. Cobden-Sanderson (founder and owner of the Dove Press in London, under whom she learned the art of fine binding), Frederic Delano, Harold Ickes, and Vida Scudder.

Friends who sent greetings on her eightieth birthday (1938) include Emily Greene Balch, Alice Hamilton, Harold Ickes, Jacob Potofsky, Ruth Sessions, Sidney Hillman, Vida Scudder, Thornton Wilder, and Emily Greene Balch. There are also letters about bookbinding from T.J. Cobden-Sanderson (1895-1916); condolence letters on Jane Addams' death (1935); letters from John Handly, a spiritual advisor and friend (1922-35); Alice Hamilton (1936); Sidney Hillman about the Amalgamated Clothing Workers strike (1915); Jane Addams' nephew James Webber Linn about a biography of Addams (1935); Vida Scudder (1915-29); her friend, Cora Vawter (1912-39) and two letters from Thornton Wilder (1930-35). There are also Wilder letters in the Third party subseries.

There are thirteen folders of correspondence with Charles H.A. Wager (1906-35), head of the English Department at Oberlin College about their shared intellectual and spiritual interests. Wager and Starr became friends when they were both teaching at Chautauqua in the early 1890s. He followed Starr's preparation for conversion to Catholicism with interest.

Correspondence with Frances Crane Lillie (1906-40), Johanna Doniat (1912-39), Mary Hawes Wilmarth (1905-16), Mrs. Carl Linden (1912-40), Jane Reoch (1907-23), Edward L. Burchard, and Caroline Urie (1936) includes Hull House related discussions and reminiscences.

Frances Crane Lillie was a devoted friend, benefactor and early associate at Hull House. These letters reflect Starr and Lillie's parallel interest in the Anglican Church. Lillie was also a convert to Roman Catholicism and the correspondence mostly reflects their mutual religious interests.

Other notable Starr family are those of Susan Starr who wrote letters to her husband Caleb during a prolonged visit to Deerfield with her four children in 1863, in which she describes farming and the attitude of rural New Englanders toward the Civil War; Mary Houghton Starr Blaisdell who wrote to her family up until 1931 including letters from Europe (1881-82), and Josephine Starr, whose letters reflect her close relationship with her aunt, Ellen Gates Starr.

There are also letters from Jane Addams to Blaisdell (1914, 1918).

Josephine Starr's correspondence includes nine letters from Jane Addams (1930-31). Subjects related to Ellen including the arts and crafts movement (1972), an exhibit at Hull House (1973-74), T.J. Cobden-Sanderson (1974), and condolence letters on Ellen's death, and the sale of her books (1973-75) are addressed in Josephine's correspondence. Notable correspondents include Florence Converse (1918-20), Jill Ker Conway (1964-75), Constance McLaughlin Green (1970), Lydia Bush -Brown Head (1959-74), Frances Crane Lillie (1938-39), Archibald MacLeish (1965), Laura Lord Scales (1968-73), and Vida Scudder (1918-50).

Third Party correspondence includes letters of Catherine Breshkovsky (1910-15), Johanna Doniat (1919-41), Cora Vawter (1918), and four letters from Thornton Wilder to Charles Wager (1917-18). The Breshkovsky correspondence includes published letters from Russia (1917) and typed copies of letters to Alice Stone Blackwell (1911, 1915). Letters of Johanna Doniat and Cora Vawter are about Ellen Gates Starr and Charles H.A. Wager. The letters from Thornton Wilder include comments on his college life, writings, and views on the war, a sonnet written to Charles Wager and a manuscript of a short Christmas playlet entitled "The Last Miracle Of The Graal."

(1841-1935)
2 linear feet

This series contains five subseries: Ellen Gates Starr, Mary Houghton Starr Blaisdell, Eliza Allen Starr, Jeanne Stutz Starr, and Thomas J. Cobden-Sanderson.

The works and writings of Ellen Gates Starr are arranged by subject: bookbinding, drawings, religion, Christian art, and miscellaneous writings and notes. The material on bookbinding includes articles by and about Starr and her craft (1897-1916). (See also Clark, T.J. The Arts and Crafts Movement in America, 1876-1916 located on the shelf). There are also photographs of her bindings and her studio at Hull House in SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS - Miscellaneous. Drawings are primarily flower studies. Additional studies are located in the flat file.

Starr's religious writings consist of published material (1909-37) on Catholicism, Protestantism, and spirituality generally: typescripts and notes (1928, n.d.); and notebooks containing meditations and notes (1897-1935, n.d.). In addition there are notes and printed material on Christian art (1906, n.d.). The miscellaneous writings and notes contain Starr's work on socialism and settlements. There is also a folder of undated notes on The Odyssey, John Ruskin, and William Morris.

Mary Houghton Starr Blaisdell's drawings and art (1882, n.d.) include diagrams for Ellen's books; and her travel notes and speeches (1899-1903), particularly her trip to Egypt, Palestine, Corfu, Rome and Spain, which were probably used as lectures. There is large body of Eliza Allen Starr's work, consisting of writings on art and religion (1841-1901), lectures and art courses (1883-97), poems and sketches, plus six volumes of poetry and religious writings. She also contributed to Girlhood's Hand-Book Of Woman edited by Eleanor Donnelly which is located in the Sophia Smith Collection's Women: Position and Progress collection.

The remaining subseries consist of Jeanne Stutz Starr's lectures on Faust (n.d.); and a folder of material on T.J. Cobden-Sanderson containing brochures and announcements and articles about the Dove Press. There is also a first sheet from Dove Press in the flat file.

(1862-1968)
1.5 linear feet

This series contains circa 250 photographs and is arranged in five subseries: Family, Friends and associates of Ellen Gates Starr, Family homes, Miscellaneous and Albums. The first subseries contains photographs of Ellen Gates Starr and Starr family members arranged alphabetically. The Friends and associates of Ellen Gates Starr subseries includes, among others, Jane Addams (1890-1920) and Thomas J. Cobden-Sanderson and his family (1888-99, n.d.). Family homes contains photographs of Eliza Allen Starr's home in Chicago and family homes in Deerfield and Conway, Massachusetts, and Durand, Illinois. The Miscellaneous photographs include Starr's bindings and her bindery at Hull House and crosses in Ireland photographed by her friend Cora Vawter in 1939. The three Albums (1886-1904; 1907-29; and 1904-14) are family photograph albums. The first is primarily of Josephine Starr; the second includes World War I photographs. There are photographs of Ellen Gates Starr throughout.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
(1659-1975)


Starr family



Miscellaneous



Genealogy,
1853-1909, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1-2
Records from family Bible,
1781-1949

Box 1: folder 3
Miscellaneous memorabilia,
1898, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Chicago residence of Ellen Gates Starr and Eliza Allen Starr
1883-1909

Box 1: folder 5
Starr, Ellen Gates



Notes by Josephine Starr,
1960

Box 1: folder 6
Address books, diary, and memorabilia,
1930-38, n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Financial material



Convent bills and receipts,
1938

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence and miscellaneous material,
1937-39

Box 1: folder 9
Hull House pension,
1935-36

Box 1: folder 10
Amalgamated Clothing Workers Strike, Chicago,
1915


Clippings from Mrs. Lillie's scrapbook,
1915?

Box 1: folder 11
Speeches, pamphlets, testimonials, and clippings,

[see also SERIES III. WRITINGS AND ARTWORK]

1915, 16, n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Obituaries, memorial, and miscellaneous clippings,
1897, 1940, n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Wills,
1925-40, n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
Blaisdell, Mary Houghton Starr



Diaries,
1891-1933

Box 2
Clippings and miscellaneous material,
1865-1935

Box 3: folder 1
Memorabilia,
1884-1925

Box 3: folder 2
Starr, Caleb Allen



Sea journals, ?
1840?-46

Box 4: folder 1
"In Memoriam: Caleb Allen Starr" by Ellen Gates Starr,
1915

Box 4: folder 2
Speeches,
1876-1908, n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Will and miscellaneous material,
1853-1913

Box 4: folder 4
Starr, Comfort: will 1659

[see also OVERSIZE MATERIALS]



Box 4: folder 5
Starr, Eliza Allen



Memorabilia,
1742, 1897-1905, 1973

Box 5: folder 1
Will and obituaries,
1901

Box 5: folder 2
Starr, Jeanne Stutz



Obituary and memorabilia,
1889-1949, n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
"Early memories of Roten, Canton, Lucerne, Switzerland,"
1920

Box 5: folder 4
Starr, Josephine Susanna: memorabilia and miscellaneous biographical material,
1913-91

Box 5: folder 5
Starr, Oliver: memorabilia,
1806-88

Box 5: folder 6
Starr, Susan Gates Childs: obituary,
1900

Box 5: folder 7
Starr, Wesley: obituary,
1866

Box 5: folder 8
Starr, William



Sea journal,
1762

Box 5: folder 9
"A Soldier of the Revolution of '76" (address by Eliza Allen Starr to the Pocomtuck Valley Memorial Association (1871) and deed,
1817

Box 5: folder 10
Van Patten, Elizabeth Angela Starr



"Angela, her book,"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 11
Memorabilia,
1915-21, n.d.

Box 5: folder 12
Wellington, Eunice Allen Starr: will,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 13
Jane Addams



Obituaries and miscellaneous articles and tributes,
1935-39

Box 6: folder 1
Hull House



"Hull House Association Annual Report,"
1932

Box 6: folder 2
Clippings,
1935

Box 6: folder 3
Hull House Association: clippings and articles,
1967-75

Box 6: folder 4
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom tribute,
1935

Box 6: folder 5
Lillie family,
1913, 1967

Box 6: folder 6
SERIES II. CORRESPONDENCE
(1791-1975)


Family



Starr, Ellen Gates



Family



Allen, Mary and Frances,
1884-93, n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
Blaisdell, Mary Starr,
1860s-1933

Box 7: folder 2
Starr, Albert and Jeanne,
1901-29, n.d.

Box 7: folder 3
Starr, Albert Childs,
1926-35

Box 7: folder 4
Starr, Caleb Allen and Susan Childs Gates Starr,
1885-1915

Box 7: folder 5
Starr, Eliza Allen and Eunice Starr Wellington,
1880-1914

Box 7: folder 6
Starr, Josephine,
1903-40

Box 7: folder 7-12
Van Patten, Elizabeth Angela Starr,
1916, 1920

Box 7: folder 13
Friends and associates



Addams, Anna H.,
1888

Box 8: folder 1
Addams, Jane



Record book of copies of letters between Ellen Gates Starr and Jane Addams,
1896

Box 8: folder 2
1878-1931

Box 8: folder 3-6
Condolence letters to Ellen Gates Starr,
1935

Box 8: folder 7
Amyot, Roland, O.S.S.,
1934

Box 8: folder 8
Birthday (80th) letters,
1939

Box 8: folder 9
Branham, Grace,
1927-36

Box 8: folder 10
Burchard, Edward L.,
1938

Box 8: folder 11
Busch, William,
1927-28

Box 8: folder 12
Clark, Daniel,
1927

Box 9: folder 1
Clark, Eleanor Grace,
1928-39

Box 9: folder 2
Cobden-Sanderson, T.J.,
1895-1916

Box 9: folder 3
Cook, Albert S.,
1900-17, 1927

Box 9: folder 4
Cutting, David W.,
1919

Box 9: folder 5
Delano, Frederic,
1938

Box 9: folder 6
Doniat, Johanna,
1912-39

Box 9: folder 7-9
Duncan, John,
1904-22

Box 9: folder 10
Feeney, Leonard, S.J.,
1935

Box 9: folder 11
Flint, Edith Foster,
1906-39

Box 9: folder 12
Hamilton, Alice,
1936

Box 9: folder 13
Handly, John,
1922-35

Box 9: folder 14
Hickey, James, C.S.P.,
1919

Box 9: folder 15
Hillman, Sidney,
1915

Box 9: folder 16
Huntington, Father James,
1893, 1915

Box 9: folder 17
Johnston, Jean,
1905?

Box 9: folder 18
Kilmer, Aline,
1924

Box 9: folder 19
Lillie, Frances Crane,
1906-40

Box 9: folder 20-24
Lillie, Frank R.,
1924, 1938

Box 9: folder 25
Lindin, Mrs. Carl Eric,
1912-40

Box 9: folder 26
Linn, James Weber,
1935

Box 9: folder 27
McGovern, Dr.,
1903

Box 9: folder 28
MacLean, Mrs.
1915

Box 9: folder 28
MacLeish, Martha H.,
1938

Box 10: folder 1
Mariotti, Eva,
1922

Box 10: folder 2
Massa, Helen,
1923

Box 10: folder 3
Merrill, William Stetson,
1938

Box 10: folder 4
Michel, Virgil,
1927

Box 10: folder 5
Officer, Harvey,
1921

Box 10: folder 6
Paul, Father, OSB,
1932-38

Box 10: folder 7
Reoch, Jane,
1907-32

Box 10: folder 8
Sargent, Daniel,
1936

Box 10: folder 9
Scholle, Hardinge,
1937

Box 10: folder 10
Scudder, Vida D.,
1915-29

Box 10: folder 11
Sedgwick, Mr.,
1928

Box 10: folder 12
Smothers, Edgar R.,
1927-28

Box 10: folder 13
Sturgis, Miss,
1927

Box 10: folder 14
Thuis, Columbian, OSB,
1935-38

Box 10: folder 15
Urie, Caroline,
1936

Box 10: folder 16
Vawter, Cora,
1912-39

Box 10: folder 17
Wager, Anna,
1921

Box 11: folder 1
Wager, Charles H. A.,



1906-21

Box 11: folder 2-9
1922-35

Box 12: folder 1-5
Walker, Charlton,
1937-38

Box 12: folder 6
Wilder, Thornton,
1930-35

Box 12: folder 7
Wilmarth, Mary Hawes,
1905-16

Box 12: folder 8
Woods, Robert A.,
1890-1915

Box 12: folder 9
Yeomans, Edward,
1931

Box 12: folder 10
Unidentified,
1926-37

Box 12: folder 11
Allen, George,
1874

Box 13: folder 1
Allen, Mary E. and Frances,
1918-37

Box 13: folder 2
Blaisdell, Mary Houghton Starr



Family



Starr, Josephine,
1911-31

Box 13: folder 3-7
Miscellaneous,
1856-1915

Box 13: folder 8-9
Friends and associates



Addams, Jane,
1914, 1918

Box 13: folder 10
Dana, John Cotton,
1898

Box 13: folder 11
Kuroda, Kato,
1915

Box 13: folder 12
Longfellow, Edith,
1876

Box 13: folder 13
Morikichi,
1912

Box 13: folder 14
Orcutt, Reginald,
1927

Box 13: folder 15
Ranger, H.W.,
1909-17

Box 13: folder 16
Sawyer, Mary Stebbins,
1865

Box 13: folder 17
Toyotaro,
1910-11

Box 13: folder 18
Washburn, Rev. A. H.,
1865-77

Box 13: folder 19
Gates, Horatio,
1896

Box 14: folder 1
Starr, Albert Childs



Family



Childs, Susan Gates and Mary H. Starr Blaisdell,
1896, 1913

Box 14: folder 2
Starr, Caleb Allen,
1844-1915

Box 14: folder 3-4
Starr, Josephine and Eliza A. Starr,
1911-14

Box 14: folder 5
Starr, Josephine,
1915-35

Box 14: folder 6-7
Starr, Eliza Allen



Family,
1845-1901, n.d.

Box 14: folder 8-10
Friends and associates



Addams, Jane,
1885

Box 14: folder 11
Blaisdell, Mary McConnell,
1871-1901

Box 14: folder 12
Brownson, Henry F.,
1889

Box 14: folder 13
Cabrini, M. Francis Xavier,
1900

Box 14: folder 14
Davis, Dr. and Mrs.
1880-95

Box 14: folder 15
McGovern, Dr.
1895

Box 14: folder 16
Miscellaneous,
1875-1900, n.d.

Box 14: folder 17
Perkins, Norman,
1877-89

Box 14: folder 18-19
Perkins, Robert A.,
1884-89

Box 14: folder 20
Phillips, Mary Elizabeth,
1895

Box 14: folder 21
Sherman, Ellen Ewing,
1886

Box 14: folder 22
Unidentified fragments,
n.d.

Box 14: folder 23
Starr, H.L.,
1848-49

Box 15: folder 1
Starr, Jeanne Stutz



Family



Blaisdell, Mary H.,
1895-1906

Box 15: folder 2
Starr, Josephine,
1912-48

Box 15: folder 3
Starr, Josephine and Elizabeth A.,
1908

Box 15: folder 4
Starr, Josephine Susanna



Family



Blaisdell, Mary H. Starr,
1910-18

Box 15: folder 5-6
Starr, Albert C.,
1912-27

Box 15: folder 7
Starr, Jeanne Stutz,
1948-49

Box 15: folder 8
Van Patten, Angela Starr,
1943

Box 15: folder 9
Friends and associates



Addams, Jane,
1930-31

Box 15: folder 10
Andrews, Donald H.,
1969-72

Box 15: folder 11
Chapin, Russell,
1965-66

Box 15: folder 12
Collingwood, Ava,
1970-73

Box 15: folder 13
Converse, Florence,
1918-20

Box 15: folder 14
Conway, Jill Ker,
1964-75

Box 15: folder 15
Corwin, Virginia,
1973

Box 15: folder 16
Doniat, Johanna,
1940

Box 15: folder 17
Flint, Edith Foster,
1918-47

Box 15: folder 18
Glenn, Mary W. and John M.,
1930-49

Box 15: folder 19
Green, Constance McLaughlin,
1970

Box 15: folder 20
Head, Lydia Bush-Brown,
1959-74

Box 15: folder 21
Hill, Ruth,
1940s-53

Box 15: folder 22
Lillie, Frances Crane,
1930-39

Box 15: folder 23
MacLeish, Archibald,
1965

Box 15: folder 24
McLeod, Rev. George,
1967

Box 15: folder 25
Miscellaneous,
1938-71

Box 15: folder 26
Orcutt, Reginald,
1911-13

Box 15: folder 27
Pabke, Marie Schmiedel,
1924-27

Box 15: folder 28
Scales, Laura Lord,
1968-73

Box 15: folder 29
Scudder, Vida D.,
1918-50

Box 15: folder 30
Vawter, Cora,
1940, 1960

Box 15: folder 31
Wager, Charles H. A.,
1921

Box 15: folder 32
About Ellen Gates Starr,



1972

Box 16: folder 1
Cobden-Sanderson letters,
1974

Box 16: folder 2
Condolence letters on Ellen Gates Starr's death,
1940

Box 16: folder 3
Conway, Jill Ker
1964-65

Box 16: folder 4
Exhibit at restored Hull House,
1973-74

Box 16: folder 5
Sale of Ellen Gates Starr's books



Samuel Murray,
1974-75

Box 16: folder 6
Newberry Library,
1973-75

Box 16: folder 7
Starr, Lovina Allen,
1857-63, n.d.

Box 16: folder 8
Starr, Lucy,
1849, n.d.

Box 16: folder 9
Starr, Oliver,
1845-67

Box 16: folder 10-11
Starr, Susan Gates Childs



Family,
1863

Box 16: folder 12
Blaisdell, Mary H. Starr,
1860, 1900

Box 16: folder 13
Starr, Wesley,
1862

Box 16: folder 14
Starr, William Wesley,
1866-88

Box 16: folder 15
Van Patten, Elizabeth Angela Starr,
1910-29

Box 16: folder 16-17
Van Patten, Emerson,
1929-30, 1957

Box 16: folder 18
Van Patten, Angela Starr,
1968-71

Box 16: folder 19
Wellington, Charles W. W. and family,
1791-97, 1842-58

Box 17: folder 1
Wellington, Eunice Allen Starr,
1879-1903

Box 17: folder 2
Miscellaneous letters to Starr family,
1818-1905

Box 17: folder 3
Third party



Breshkovsky, Catherine,
1910-15

Box 17: folder 4
Doniat, Johanna



Clark, Eleanor,
1919

Box 17: folder 5
Dewey, Ethel,
1941

Box 17: folder 6
Francl, Blanche,
1940

Box 17: folder 7
Todd, Arthur J.,
1941

Box 17: folder 8
Vawter, Cora,
1918-61

Box 17: folder 9
Wilder, Thorton,
1917-18

Box 17: folder 10
SERIES III. WRITINGS AND ART WORK
(1841-1935)


Starr, Ellen Gates



1897-1916, n.d.

Box 18: folder 1
n.d.

Box 18: folder 2
Religious



Published articles,
1909-37, n.d.

Box 18: folder 3-5
Transcripts and notes,
1928, n.d.

Box 18: folder 6
Notebooks of meditations and notes,
1897-1935, n.d.

Box 19: folder 1-3
Christian art,
1906, n.d.

Box 19: folder 4
Miscellaneous writings and notes,
1896, n.d.

Box 19: folder 5
Notes on The Odyssey, John Ruskin and William Morris,
n.d.

Box 19: folder 6
Blaisdell, Mary Houghton Starr



Drawings and art,
1882, n.d.

Box 20: folder 1
Travel notes and speeches,
1899-1903

Box 20: folder 2
Starr, Eliza Allen



Writings on art and religion,
1841-1901, n.d.

Box 20: folder 3
Lectures and art courses,
1883-97, n.d.

Box 20: folder 4
Poems and sketches,
1871-1901, n.d.

Box 20: folder 5
Poems, Philadelphia, H. McGrath,
1867

Box 20
Songs Of A Life-Time, Chicago, St. Joseph Cottage,
1887

Box 20
Pilgrims and Shrines, Chicago, Union Catholic Publishing Co. (2v), 2 copies,
1883

Box 21
Patron Saints, Baltimore, John B. Piet & Co., 2v (first and second series),
1883

Box 21
Starr, Jeanne Stutz: lectures on Faust,
n.d.

Box 22: folder 1
Cobden-Sanderson, Thomas J.,

[see also OVERSIZE MATERIALS]

1911-16, n.d.

Box 22: folder 2
SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS
(1862-1968)


Family



Starr, Ellen Gates,
1886-1932

Box 22: folder 3
Blaisdell, Charles,
n.d.

Box 22: folder 4
Blaisdell, Mary Houghton Starr, circa
1851-87

Box 22: folder 5
Starr, Albert Child,
1863-1934

Box 22: folder 6
Starr, Caleb Allen,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 1
Starr, Eliza Allen,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 2
Starr, Jeanne Stutz and Stutz family, circa
1890, n.d.

Box 23: folder 3
Starr, Josephine, circa

[see also OVERSIZE MATERIALS]

1898-1968

Box 23: folder 4
Starr, Lavinia and Oliver,
1865

Box 23: folder 5
Starr, Susan Childs,
1862, n.d.

Box 23: folder 6
Starr, William Wesley, circa
1862, n.d.

Box 23: folder 7
Van Patten, Angela Starr,
1951

Box 23: folder 8
Van Patten, Elizabeth Angela,
1907-29

Box 23: folder 9
Wellington, Eunice Allen Starr,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 10
Miscellaneous,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 11
Friends and associates



Jane Addams,
1880-1920, n.d.

Box 23: folder 12
Cobden-Sanderson family,
1898-99, n.d.

Box 23: folder 13
Miscellaneous,
1878-88, n.d.

Box 23: folder 14-15
Family homes



Eliza Allen Starr house, Chicago, n.d


Box 24: folder 1
Conway and Deerfield, MA, Durand, IL
1946, n.d.

Box 24: folder 2
Miscellaneous



Book binding,
n.d.

Box 24: folder 3
Ireland photographs by Cora Vawter,
1939

Box 24: folder 4
Albums


Box 25
1886-1904

Box 25
1904-14

Box 25
1907-29

Box 25
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Starr, Comfort: copy of will, 1659


Flat File
Starr, Ellen Gates



Flower studies,
1931-32

Flat File
Drawing of Eliza Allen Starr,
n.d.

Flat File
Cobden-Sanderson, T.J: first sheet from Dove Press, inscribed to Ellen Gates Starr by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson


Flat File
Starr, Josephine: portrait, circa
1899

Flat File
BOOKS ON SHELF



Carrell, Elizabeth Hutcheson, Reflections In A Mirror: The Progressive Woman And the Settlement Experience. PhD dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. (2v),
1981


Clark, Robert Judson, ed. The Arts and Crafts Movement In America, 1876-1916; an exhibition organized by the Art Museum, Princeton University and the Art Institute of Chicago. Princeton, N.J, Princeton University Press,
1972


Cook, Albert S., ed. Specimen Letters, Boston, Ginn,
1905


Gordon, Anna A., The Beautiful Life of Frances E. Willard, a memorial volume. Chicago, Ill., Women's Temperance Publishing Association,
1898


Morgan, Emily Malbone, Letters To Her Companions, ed. by Vida Dutton Scudder, Adelynrood, South Byfield, Mass., Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross,
1944


Starr, Eliza Allen, The Life and Letters of Eliza Allen Starr, edited by James J. McGovern, Chicago, Lakeside Press,
1905



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Subjects
  • Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
  • Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America--History--Sources
  • Benedictines--United States--History--Sources
  • Blaisdell, Mary Houghton, 1849-1934
  • Bookbinding--History--Sources
  • Cabrini, M. Frances Xavier, Saint, 1850-1917--Correspondence
  • Catholic converts--United States--History--Sources
  • Catholics--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Clothing workers--Labor unions--United States--History--Sources
  • Cobden-Sanderson, T.J. (Thomas James), 1840-1922
  • Converse, Florence, 1871- --Correspondence
  • Female friendship--United States--History--Sources
  • Hillman, Sydney, 1887-1946--Correspondence
  • Hull House (Chicago, Ill.)--History--Sources
  • Lillie, Frank Rattray, 1870-1947--Correspondence
  • MacLeish, Archibald, 1892- --Correspondence
  • Scudder, Vida Dutton, 1861-1954--Correspondence
  • Social settlements--United States--History--Sources
  • Socialism--United States--History--Sources
  • Starr family
  • Starr, Albert Childs, 1861-1935
  • Starr, Caleb Allen, 1822-1915
  • Starr, Eliza Allen, 1824-1901
  • Starr, Ellen Gates
  • Starr, Jeanne Josephine Stutz, 1866-1949
  • Women bookbinders--United States--History--Sources
  • Women in labor movement--United States--History--Sources
  • Women social reformers--United States--History--Sources
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom--History--Sources
  • Women--Religious life--United States--History--Sources


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