UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS RESOURCES
Special Collections, Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
In addition to the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Collection that is housed at Hull-House on UIC’s campus, the University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Library Special Collections maintains an extensive archive of papers related to Jane Addams, the Hull-House settlement and the social reformers of the Progressive era. These include: photographs, letters, and manuscripts which speak to the Near West Side neighborhood experience, the Bowen Country Club, and the influential lives of Hull-House Resident reformers. As a state institution, the library is open to the public, and the reference librarians accept research requests. For contact information, visiting hours, information for how to purchase image rights, direct reference questions, and online source material follow the link to the Special Collections website. Their research guide to the history of Hull-House is the best place to start. Their list of Finding Aids is a great place to start for information related to specific historic figures.
Urban Experience (This website is currently under maintenance for upgrades as of February 2019)
This phenomenal website was created by the Hull-House Museum historian staff as an entryway into Hull-house history. It contains a wealth of information: photographs, documents, maps, biographies, teacher resources, etc. Do not be dissuaded by the error message that initially will pop up upon clicking the link, the website does indeed work with any browser.
This website analyzes the history of the UIC neighborhood. Created by the University, it provides maps, essays, and images detailing the many transformations the Hull-House community has experienced. Do not be dissuaded by the initial blank screen, click the "enter" text to continue to the main website.
Changing Neighborhoods: Photographs of Social Reform from 7 Chicago Settlement Houses
Photographs and documents in this online exhibit are from the Special Collections Department at the Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago. The materials featured here represent only a small portion of what is available in the individual collections. An additional database of Settlement photographs is available.
JANE ADDAMS COLLECTIONS
Swarthmore Peace Collection
Swarthmore College maintains Jane Addams’ own library, and many resources connected to her life and work. Addams supported the library's social justice mission, and requested her effects be maintained by this institution. Please follow the link to unearth countless artifacts of international pacifist importance.
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College in Northampton, MA maintains many of Jane Addams’ personal letters and documents. Addams once dreamed of attending Smith College, a prestigious women’s college. Although her path diverged from this institution, she held them in great esteem, and her presence is felt today through this extensive collection.
Jane Addams Papers Project
Created in 1976, the Jane Addams Papers Project has sought to bring everything about Addams under one cover. The project published an excellent compilation of Addams’ works, and a comprehensive microfiche version as well. The website includes many online materials, and contains information for obtaining the entirety of the papers. Any Jane Addams researcher would do well to explore this accessible publication.
The Jane Addams Papers Project at Ramapo College of New Jersey
The new home of the Jane Addams Papers Project, housed at the Salemeno School of Humanities and Global Studies (SSHGS), aims to digitize and make accessible all documents from the years 1901-1935. At the moment, the project is in the process of publishing the papers online, but the website itself is highly informative and provides Jane Addams researchers with a searchable database with links to other collections.
Chicago History Museum
Formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society, this institution has maintained a wealth of city historical documents since its founding in 1856. In addition to the museum exhibit space, the reading rooms and online archives are excellent sources for information. The digital collection referenced on the main page contains mostly images of historic fashion, as the CHM houses the second largest collection of historical costumes in the country. Follow the Research links to find more materials related to other subjects.
This near north beauty has been a treasure trove of information since its founding in 1877. Midwestern and Chicago history are the heart of the institution. For digital resources, and information on visiting hours, please follow the link.
Encyclopedia of Chicago
Created by the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, and the University of Chicago, this is an excellent resource for any level of historian. For a well-researched introduction to countless Chicago topics and themes, this encyclopedia is also the best place to start for History Fair projects.
Chicago Area Women’s History Council
Founded in 1971, this organization explores the history of women in Chicago. These knowledgeable historians produced the biographical dictionary, Women Building Chicago, which includes many Hull House resident reformers. This organization would be an excellent resource for the enterprising researcher.
Cedarville Historical Society
As the birthplace of Jane Addams, this small town in Northwestern Illinois maintains strong pride for their historical connection. The historical society has a small collection connected to Hull-House history. Additional sites nearby include the Stephenson County Historical Society, for wider county history, Jane Addams’ family Cedarville home (a private home today, but worth a look from the outside), and Rockford College, where Jane Addams studied as an undergraduate and was inspired to be an agent for change.
Jane Addams Peace Association
This organization was founded in 1948 "to foster a better understanding between the people of the world toward the end that wars may be avoided and a more lasting peace enjoyed." They award exceptional works of children’s literature every year in order to inspire every generation in the spirit of Jane Addams.
Hull-House Songs of Eleanor Smith
Compiled by Graham Cassano and Jessica Payette, this website includes a collection of songs by Hull-House Music School Director Eleanor Smith. From 1900-1915, Smith composed a series of social protest songs that residents in turn used for political organizing. Sound recordings of the songs, alongside future performance announcements, are included on this informative site.
Toynbee Hall was established London, England in 1884 as the first settlement house. Toynbee Hall inspired Jane Addams to create Hull House, and inspired the international settlement movement. Toynbee Hall is an excellent example of a historic space that continues as a modern-day institution in the struggle for social justice. Other examples of historic settlement houses that have continued into the modern day in Chicago include Benton House and Christopher House. Examples of other organizations that grew out of Addams’ inspiration include the Jane Addams Resource Corporation and the Mary Crane Center.