Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930

Records of Denison House, 1890-1984, folders 72-77

Denison House, creator
Minutes, annual reports, day books, photos, scrapbooks, clippings, pamphlets, posters, and invitations comprise the collection. The records are incomplete; there are gaps in the annual reports, 1920-1934 and 1943-1948, and very few records from 1949-1960; much financial information is lacking, and there is almost no correspondence. Also included are reminiscences by Vida Scudder and a 1980 slide show.
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2.96 linear feet. (2 cartons, 1 folio box) plus 1 folio folder, 2 folio+ boxes, 4 folio+ folders, 3 oversize folders, 124 slides, 10 photograph folders, 5 folio photograph folders.
Annual reports.
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Books and documents
Addams, Jane
Balch, Emily Greene
Cheever, Helen
Dougherty, Park
Dudley, Helena Stuart
Earhart, Amelia
Hudson, Edward W
Prince, Lucinda Wyman
Scudder, Vida Dutton
Taylor, Graham
Boston Council of Social Agencies.
College Settlement Association.
Denison House.
Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc.
Massachusetts Association of Women Workers.
Wellesley College--Faculty
Athletic clubs--Massachusetts--Boston
Adult education--Massachusetts--Boston
Amateur theater
Asian Americans--Sports--Massachusetts--Boston
Community centers--Massachusetts--Boston
Ethnic neighborhoods--Massachusetts--Boston
Handicraft--Study and teaching--Massachusetts--Boston
Home economics--Study and teaching--Massachusetts--Boston
Italian Americans--Massachusetts--Boston--Societies, etc
Social settlements--Massachusetts--Boston
Social work with immigrants--Massachusetts--Boston
Social workers--Massachusetts--Boston
Sports for women--Massachusetts--Boston
Teenagers--Massachusetts--Boston--Societies and clubs
Labor unions--United States
Vocational education--Massachusetts--Boston
Women athletes--Massachusetts--Boston
Women social workers--Massachusetts--Boston
Women labor union members--Massachusetts--Boston
Women volunteers in social service--Massachusetts--Boston
Boston (Mass.)--Social conditions
Arranged in three series: I. History. II. Administration. III. Program.
Denison House Records. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Available on microfilm (M-141, 6 reels, 35 mm.) from Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, through interlibrary loan.
Founded in 1892 in Boston's South End by a small group of college-educated women, Denison House was a settlement house that offered camps, clubs, sports for girls and boys, classes, a library and clinic, union organization, and other services for the neighborhood's mixed nationalities. In 1942 the House was moved to the Dorchester-Roxbury area and in 1965 it merged with three other settlements to form Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses. Organizers included Emily Greene Balch, Helen Cheever, Vida Scudder, and Helena Dudley, who was head worker between 1893 and 1912. For nearly two years, beginning in 1926, Amelia Earhart was a social worker and resident, working with children and adults as a teacher and home visitor.
Unpublished finding aid; most Schlesinger Library finding aids are also available in the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States (Chadwyck-Healey, 1984- ).
Electronic finding aid available
Open Collections Program at Harvard University
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
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