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Edith and Grace Abbott, Papers

Title: Edith and Grace Abbott, Papers

Creator: Abbott, Edith, 1876-1957

Creator: Abbott, Grace, 1878-1939

Dates: 1905-1976

Quantity: 20 boxes (10 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0129

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Edith and Grace Abbott, Papers (MS 0129). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

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Biography:

Edith Abbott was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, in 1876. She received her A.B. from the University of Nebraska in 1901 and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1905. From 1906 to 1908, she continued post-graduate studies in economics and political science at the University of London. In 1908, Edith returned to Chicago and became a resident of Hull House until 1920. Between 1908 and 1920, she served as Associate Director of the Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy at the University of Chicago. Edith was a member of the University of Chicago faculty from 1913 to 1953, Dean from 1924 to 1942 and Dean Emeritus from 1942 to 1957. She was the first female dean of any graduate school in the United States when appointed as the Dean of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She pioneered college courses for social workers, which emphasized the importance of formal education in social work and the need to include field experience as part of that training. During her professional career, Edith published more than 100 articles and books on juvenile delinquents, women in industry, problems in the penal system, rights of children, child labor laws, and social workers' education. She spent her last years at the family home in Grand Island, Nebraska. Edith died of pneumonia on July 28, 1957.

Grace Abbott was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, in 1878. She received a degree from Grand Island College in 1890 and attended the University of Nebraska. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1909. Grace continued to study law while intermittently teaching secondary school. Like her sister Edith, she became a resident of Hull House and became involved with social issues. In 1915, she became the first director of the newly organized Immigrant's Protection League formed to protect immigrants from exploitation and to assist in their adjustment to American life. In 1917, she was appointed to a position in the Child Labor Division of the United States Children's Bureau and served as chief of the bureau from 1921 to 1934. Through the use of motion pictures and radio, she sought to inform mothers about the best methods of child care and to keep the public informed about state responsibility for child welfare. In 1929, in response to the depression, she became an advocate for federal aid and relief. Grace served as the official representative of the United States on the League of Nations' advisory committees on traffic in women and on child welfare. In 1931, Good Housekeeping magazine named her one of the twelve greatest living American women. She was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1976. Grace joined Edith at the University of Chicago and, from 1934 to 1939, served as Professor of Public Welfare and Editor of the Social Service Review. Until her death, Grace chaired international labor conferences and state committees dealing with child labor and remained involved in peace movements and women's rights. She died in Chicago on June 19, 1939 due to conditions relating to tuberculosis.

In the press, Edith and Grace where known as the "Abbott Sisters from Nebraska." They had two brothers, Othman A. Abbott, Jr. and Arthur O. Abbott. Their father, Othman A. Abbott, was a Civil War veteran officer who became the state's first Lieutenant Governor as well as a member of the Nebraska State Senate. Their mother, Elizabeth Griffin Abbott, was an early leader of the Nebraska Women's Suffrage Movement and helped to establish the Grand Island Public Library system.

Scope and Content:

The papers of Edith Abbott contain professional and personal correspondence, lecture notes for courses taught at the University of Chicago School of Social Administration (SSA), articles, the draft of the unfinished biography of Grace Abbott, and biographical materials. The papers reflect Edith's interests centered on the status of women in industry and the establishment of high professional standards in social work education. The papers of Grace Abbott contain personal and professional correspondence, articles, speeches, radio broadcasts, biographical material, and materials relating to the United States Children's Bureau and the the Child Labor Amendment of 1924-25. Grace devoted her career to the conditions of child labor and to maternal and child health issues. Both sisters shared an interest in the problems of the immigrant and the public assistance programs of the New Deal. Within the collection, correspondents include Jane Addams, Sophonisba Breckinridge, Julia Lathrop, Frank Norris, Frances Perkins, Samuel Ratcliffe and Julius Rosenwald. Subjects include child labor laws, child welfare, immigration, philanthropy, and public welfare administration.

Subjects:

Abbott, Edith, 1876-1957

Abbott, Grace, 1878-1939

Addams, Jane, 1860-1935

Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston, 1866-1948

Child Labor -- Law and Legislation

Immigrations -- Law and Legislation

Social Reformers -- United States

Social Service -- History

Social Work Education

Women Social Reformers -- United States

Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.)

University of Nebraska -- Alumni

Series Description: Series 1: Correspondence and Biographical Materials, Edith Abbott Box 1

This series contains correspondence written to or by Edith Abbott, including letters from family and friends, with some relating to Grace's death. The majority of family letters are from her brother, Arthur O. Abbott, which provide details on their parents health and farm activities. The professional correspondence addresses issues concerning legal, legislative, and educational work that Edith was involved with during her career. This series also includes biographical materials and the honorary degrees Edith received.

Series 2: Teaching Materials, Edith Abbott Boxes 2-8

Includes Edith's lecture notes for teaching at the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) at the University of Chicago. Among the topics for the classes are social work, state welfare, immigration, and public assistance. The teaching files include bibliographies, topic lists, typed lectures with notes and marginal comments, questions for class discussion, and related government documents. There is a set of student papers created for Edith's classes in the spring of 1950 and 1951.

Series 3: Research Files, Edith Abbott Boxes 8-12

The series includes Edith's research files that reflect the same topics she focused on in her teaching. Many of the files contain typed notes similar to those Edith used for teaching. Additional topics and individuals represented include the status of women, women and trade unions, John S. Mill, Benjamin Rush, and Louisa L. Schuyler.

Series 4: Writing and Publications, Edith Abbott Boxes 12-14

This series includes Edith's personal and professional writings. Within the personal writings is a typescript memoir about her childhood, her siblings, and their home. Another manuscript titled "The Treeless Plains" focuses on the Nebraska landscape. There are several boxes of Edith's professional articles written from 1905-1950. Each article is outlined in the container list for the collection.

Series 5: Correspondence and Biographical Materials, Grace Abbott Boxes 15-16

A small collection of personal and professional correspondence of Grace Abbott is included in this series, both letters written by Grace and sent to her. Many of the letters are those she wrote to her sister Edith. The memorials and tributes are those to Grace after her death, many are testimonials presented in the United States Congress. Other materials include pamphlets and articles on the Grace Abbott Homes, part of the Chicago Housing Project, the dedication of the SS Grace Abbott liberty ship, the Abbott Children's Center and the Nebraska Hall of Fame inclusion of Grace in 1978. There is a numbered set of postcards gathered by Grace during her European travels.

Series 6: Professional Materials, Grace Abbott Boxes 16-18

This series contains Grace's professional correspondence during her service as Chief of the Children's Bureau, United States Department of Labor. A scrapbook created of her work with the Children's Bureau includes radio scripts, memos, press releases, minutes, and publicity materials. The files include information on the development of the Child Labor Amendment and the Wagner-Lewis Bill on economic security. There are records pertaining to the White House Children's Conference of 1934. The professional articles written by Grace span the years 1927-1933. The subjects include child welfare, child labor, child care, and maternity.

Series 7: Abbott Family History Box 18

The majority of correspondence in this series are letters written by Arthur Abbott to "Dear Edith and Grace," or "Dear E and G." There are occasional letters to O.A. Abbott senior and to his granddaughter Charlotte Abbott. The correspondence includes information on Elizabeth Abbott, the family home in Grand Island, Nebraska, and some resources on the Abbott family law firm. An autograph album presented to O.A. Abbott for serving as the first lieutenant governor of Nebraska, dated February 1877, includes the signatures of senators in the Nebraska legislature.

Series 8: Photographs and Artifacts Boxes 19-20

Photographs of Edith, Grace, their niece Charlotte, their parents, brothers, and the Abbott family home are a part of this series. Additonal items include photographs of Sophonisba Breckinridge, one photograph of early immigrants, and a photograph of President Theodore Roosevelt "turning sod" for the Grand Island Public Library, Grand Island, Nebraska, in 1905.

Container List: Series 1: Correspondence, Edith AbbottBox 1. Folder 1. Personal correspondence, Edith Abbott, 1905-1939 Box 1. Folder 2. Personal correspondence, Edith Abbott, 1940-1942 Box 1. Folder 3. Personal correspondence, Edith Abbott, 1943-1944 Box 1. Folder 4. Professional correspondence, Edith Abbott, 1906-1936 Box 1. Folder 5. Professional correspondence, memorials, 1939 Box 1. Folder 6. Professional correspondence, Edith Abbott, 1942-1953 Box 1. Folder 7. Biographical materials, Edith Abbott, 1941 Box 1. Folder 8. Honorary degrees, Edith AbbottItem 1. University of Nebraska, Litteraram Doctor, 1917 Item 2. Oberlin College, Doctor of Laws, 1937 Box 1. Folder 9. Awards and honorary degrees, Edith AbbottItem 1. Illinois Welfare Association, Citation for Public Service, 1945 Item 2. Cook County Department of Welfare, First Honorary Life Member of Advisory Board, 1951 Box 1. Folder 10. Awards and honorary degrees, Edith AbbottItem 1. University of Denver, Doctor of Humanities, 1952 Item 2. University of Denver, photograph with Chancellor, 1952 Item 3. Delta Gamma Fraternity, Order of the Delta Gamma Rose, Kappa Chapter, 1952 Series 2: Teaching Materials, Edith AbbottBox 2. Folder 1. Lecture notes, Social Service Administration (SSA) 320, immigration Box 2. Folder 2. Lecture notes, SSA322, immigration laws and policies Box 2. Folder 3. Lecture notes, SSA322, immigration Box 2. Folder 4. Lecture notes, SSA350, grant-in-aid Box 2. Folder 5. Lecture notes, SSA353, nationality of women Box 2. Folder 6. Lecture notes, SSA354, services for crippled children Box 2. Folder 7. Lecture notes, SSA357, Stephen Girard Box 2. Folder 8. Lecture notes, SSA357, federal government reorganization Box 2. Folder 9. Lecture notes, SSA357, public assistance Box 2. Folder 10. Lecture notes, SSA357, civil service 1 Box 2. Folder 11. Lecture notes, SSA357, civil service 2 Box 2. Folder 12. Lecture notes, SSA357, civil service 3 Box 3. Folder 1. Lecture notes, SSA357b, state welfare Box 3. Folder 2. Lecture notes, SSA357b, American prisons Box 3. Folder 3. Lecture notes, SSA361, American philanthropy Box 3. Folder 4. Lecture notes, SSA361, social welfare in America 1 Box 3. Folder 5. Lecture notes, SSA361, social welfare in America 2 Box 3. Folder 6. Lecture notes, SSA361, social welfare in America 3 Box 3. Folder 7. Lecture notes, SSA361, History of Social Welfare in the U.S. Box 3. Folder 8. Lecture notes, SSA361, History of Social Welfare in the U.S. Box 4. Folder 9. Lecture notes, SSA361, History of Social Welfare in the U.S. Box 3. Folder 10. Lecture notes, SSA361, immigration Box 4. Folder 1. Lecture notes, SSA361, juvenile offenders Box 4. Folder 2. Lecture notes, SSA361, American philanthropy 1 Box 4. Folder 3. Lecture notes, SSA361, American philanthropy 1a Box 4. Folder 4. Lecture notes, SSA361, American philanthropy 1b Box 4. Folder 5. Lecture notes, SSA361, colonial criminal law reform Box 4. Folder 6. Lecture notes, SSA361, crime and punishment 1 Box 4. Folder 7. Lecture notes, SSA361, crime and punishment 2 Box 4. Folder 8. Lecture notes, SSA364, almshouses, workhouses Box 4. Folder 9. Lecture notes, SSA364, English philanthropy 1 Box 4. Folder 10. Lecture notes, SSA364, English philanthropy 2 Box 5. Folder 1. Lecture notes, SSA364, Carey, Mathew, 1760-1839, humanitarian Box 5. Folder 2. Lecture notes, SSA364, English philanthropy, history of, 18 Box 5. Folder 3. Lecture notes, SSA365, British social insurance Box 5. Folder 4. Lecture notes, SSA365, English philanthropy 4 Box 5. Folder 5. Lecture notes, SSA369, British public health services Box 5. Folder 6. Lecture notes, SSA369, English philanthropy 5 Box 5. Folder 7. Lecture notes, SSA395, subsidies 1 Box 5. Folder 8. Lecture notes, SSA464, subsidies 2 Box 6. Folder 1. Lecture notes, SSA461, social work in America, 1874-1879 Box 6. Folder 2. Lecture notes, SSA461, American prisons 1 Box 6. Folder 3. Lecture notes, SSA461, American philanthropy 2 Box 6. Folder 4. Lecture notes, SSA461, housing Box 6. Folder 5. Lecture notes, SSA461, American philanthropy 3 Box 6. Folder 6. Lecture notes, SSA464, English philanthropy 2 Box 6. Folder 7. Lecture notes, SSA464, housing and public health Box 6. Folder 8. Lecture notes, early English philanthropy, poverty Box 6. Folder 9. Lecture notes, early English philanthropy, new poor law Box 7. Folder 1. Lecture Notes, early English philanthropy Box 7. Folder 2. Lecture Notes, History of Social Politics Box 7. Folder 3. Subject Files, term papers, no. 1 Box 7. Folder 4. Subject Files, term paper, no. 2 Box 7. Folder 5. Subject Files, term paper, no. 3 Box 7. Folder 6. Subject Files, term paper, no. 4 Box 8. Folder 1. Subject Files, term paper, no. 5 Box 8. Folder 2. Subject Files, term paper, no. 6 Box 8. Folder 3. Subject Files, term paper, no. 7 Series 3: Research Files, Edith AbbottBox 8. Folder 4. Addams, Jane, memorial service program, 1935 Box 8. Folder 5. American Association of Schools of Social Work Conference, reports (1), 1950 Box 8. Folder 6. American Association of Schools of Social Work Conference, reports (2), 1950 Box 8. Folder 7. Apprenticeship (colonial) Box 8. Folder 8. Bentham, Jeremy, 1746-1832 Box 8. Folder 9. Blind, 1746-1832 Box 8. Folder 10. Booth, Charles, 1840-1916 Box 8. Folder 11. Breckinridge, Sophonisba P. Box 8. Folder 12. Research articles, Breckinridge, Sophonisba P. Box 8. Folder 13. Brinkerhoff, Roeliff, 1828-1911 Box 8. Folder 14. Carpenter, Mary, 1809-1877 Box 8. Folder 15. Chartism Box 8. Folder 16. Child care, Scottish Advisory Council, reports, 1950 Box 8. Folder 17. Children in prisons Box 8. Folder 18. Children's Emergency Fund Box 9. Folder 1. Civil League of Lexington, Kentucky, minutes, 1900-1912 Box 9. Folder 2. Civil service history, 1940-1944 Box 9. Folder 3. Deaf-mute reports Box 9. Folder 4. Deportation bill Box 9. Folder 5. Dix, Dorthea, 1802-1887 Box 9. Folder 6. Eddy, Thomas, 1758-1829 Box 9. Folder 7. Education and charities Box 9. Folder 8. Endowments Box 9. Folder 9. English poor laws Box 9. Folder 10. English poor laws, newspaper clippings Box 9. Folder 11. English poor laws, charities Box 10. Folder 1. Hampton, Virgil, Social Service Review, 1942 Box 10. Folder 2. Home for the friendless Box 10. Folder 3. Howe, Samuel Box 10. Folder 4. Hunger, disease, poverty Box 10. Folder 5. Insane, care of 1 Box 10. Folder 6. Insane, care of 2 Box 10. Folder 7. Insanity Box 10. Folder 8. Irish poor laws Box 10. Folder 9. Immigration, German Box 10. Folder 10. Letchworth, William P. Box 10. Folder 11. Ludwich, Christopher Box 10. Folder 12. Massachusetts charities, 1864-1873 Box 10. Folder 13. Maternity and infancy, 1934-1940 Box 10. Folder 14. Mill, John S., 1806-1873 Box 10. Folder 15. Oglethorpe, Edward, 1695-1785 Box 10. Folder 16. Orphan Asylum Society, 1806-1896 Box 10. Folder 17. Orphan asylums, 1801 Box 11. Folder 1. Pensions Box 11. Folder 2. Poor laws, before 1800 Box 11. Folder 3. Poor laws, 1800-1834 Box 11. Folder 4. Prisons, penal systems, South Carolina, 1866-1916 Box 11. Folder 5. Public health, 1834-1852 Box 11. Folder 6. Public welfare Box 11. Folder 7. Red Cross and Clara Barton Box 11. Folder 8. Rush, Benjamin, 1745-1813 Box 11. Folder 9. Schuyler, Louisa L., 1837-1926 Box 11. Folder 10. Social work education Box 11. Folder 11. State relief funds, 1932-1944 Box 11. Folder 12. Transportation, 1606-1709 Box 11. Folder 13. Tuckerman, Joseph, 1778-1840 Box 11. Folder 14. Unionizing public employees Box 11. Folder 15. Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940, public health nursing, 1941 Box 11. Folder 16. Wesley, John Box 11. Folder 17. White House conference, 1947 Box 11. Folder 18. Women's movement, economic foundation, 1914 Box 11. Folder 19. Women, trade unions Box 11. Folder 20. Young, A., 1741-1820 Box 11. Folder 21. Research pamphlets, 1810-1827 Box 11. Folder 22. Research pamphlets, 1829-1841 Box 11. Folder 23. Research pamphlets, 1843-1851, 1872, 1896, 1900 Box 12. Folder 1. Research pamphlets, occasional papers, 1906-1907, 1908 Box 12. Folder 2. Research pamphlets, 1910-1920s Box 12. Folder 3. Research pamphlets, 1920-193os Box 12. Folder 4. Research pamphlets, 1940s Series 4: Writings and Publications, Edith AbbottBox 12. Folder 5. Typescript, "The Treeless Plains," two versions, 1945 Box 12. Folder 6. Typescripts, "Grace Abbott, Her Sister's Story of Her Life and Work," on childhood, 1947-1950 Box 12. Folder 7. Typescripts, "Grace Abbott, Her Sister's Story of Her Life and Work" on Hull House, 1948-1950 Box 12. Folder 8. Typescript, "American Immigration Legislation, History and Present Policies" Box 12. Folder 9. Typescript, American Immigration Legislation, chapter 2, part 1 Box 12. Folder 10. Typescript, American Immigration Legislation, chapter 2, part 2 Box 12. Folder 11. Typescript, American Immigration Legislation, chapter 3, part 1 Box 13. Folder 1. Typescript, American Immigration Legislation, chapter 3, part 2 Box 13. Folder 2. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1905-1908Item 1. "The Wages of Unskilled Labor in the United States 1850-1900," Journal of Political Economy, 1905, June Item 2. "Woman Suffrage Militant: the New Movement in England," Independent, 1906, Nov. 29 Item 3. "Employment of Women in Industries Twelfth Census Statistics," Journal of Political Economy, 1906 Item 4. "Municipal Employment of Unemployed Women in London," Journal of Political Economy, 1907, Nov. Box 13. Folder 3. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1911Item 1. "English Poor-Law Reform," Journal of Political Economy, 1911, Jan. Item 2. "Women in Industry: The Chicago Stockyards," Journal of Political Economy, 1911, Oct. Item 3. "The School and the Working-Child: A Plea for Employment Supervision in City Schools. (with Sophonisba P. Breckinridge)," Finding Employment for Children Who Leave the Grade Schools to go to Work, 1911, Dec. Item 4. "Public Care of Working-Children in England and Germany: Some Notes on Juvenile Labour Exchanges," Finding Employment for Children Who Leave the Grade Schools to go to Work, 1911, Dec. Box 13. Folder 4. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1915Item 1. "Progress of the Minimum Wage in England," Journal of Political Economy, 1915, Mar. Item 2. "Education for Social Work," Report of the Commissioner of Education, 1915, June 30 Item 3. "Are Women A Force for Good Government? An Analysis of the Returns in the Recent Municipal Election in Chicago," 1915 Item 4. "Crime in Chicago," New Republic, 1915 Item 5. "Field Work and the Training of the Social Worker," Reports and Address of the National Conference of Charities and Correction, 1915 Item 6. "The Real Jail Problem," Juvenile Protective Agency of Chicago, 1915 Item 7. "Statistics Relating to Crime in Chicago," Report to the City Council on Crime of the City of Chicago, 1915 Item 8. "Women's Wages in Chicago: Some Notes on Available Data," Journal of Political Economy, 1915(?) Box 13. Folder 5. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1916-1917Item 1. "The Woman Voter and the Spoils System in Chicago," National Municipal Review, 1916, July Item 2. "The One Hundred and One County Jails of Illinois and Why They Ought to be Abolished,"Juvenile Protective Agency of Chicago, 1916 Item 3. "Charles Booth, 1840-1916," Journal of Political Economy, 1917, Feb. Item 4. "War and Women's Work in England," Journal of Political Economy (2), 1917, July Item 5. "Field Work Training with Social Agencies," Report of the Association of Urban Universities (2), 1917, Nov. Item 6. "Experimental Period of Widow's Pension Legislation," Reports and Address of the National Conference of Social Work, 1917 Box 13. Folder 6. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1918-1919Item 1. "Crime and the War," Journal of American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology (2), 1918, May Item 2. "Democracy and Social Progress in England," University of Chicago War Papers (2), 1918 Item 3. "The Social Case Worker and the Enforcement of Industrial Legislation," National Conference of Social Work (2), 1918 Item 4. "Probation and Suspended Sentence,"American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology (2), 1919 Item 5. "Labor and Labor Organizations," Review of Books, 1919 Box 13. Folder 7. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1921-1922, 1924Item 1. "The Administration of the Aid-to-Mothers Law in Illinois," (with Sophonisba Breckinridge) Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, 1921 Item 2. "Recent Statistics Relating to Crime in Chicago," Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (2), 1922, Nov. Item 3. "Immigration Legislation and the Problems of Assimilation," Proceedings of the National Conference of Social Work, 1924, June Box 14. Folder 1. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1929-1930Item 1. "A Message to the Alumni, University of Chicago," Graduate School of Social Service Administration, 1929, June Item 2. "Report of the Dean of the School of Social Service Administration 1929-1930, President's Report," University of Chicago, 1930 Item 3. "Convocation Address: The University and Social Welfare," The University Record, 1930, October Item 4. "The University and Social Welfare," The University Record, 1930, October Item 5. "Report of the Dean of the School of Social Service Administration 1930-1931, President's Report," University of Chicago, 1931 Box 14. Folder 2. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1933-1936Item 1. "The Crisis in Relief," The Nation (2 copies), 1933, Oct. Item 2. "Evictions During the Chicago Rent Moratorium Established by the Relief Agencies, 1931-1933," with Katherine Kiesling, 1933 Item 3. "Abolish the Pauper Laws," The Social Service Review, 1934, Mar. Item 4. "'Work Relief' Before the Courts: Selected Court Decisions," The Social Service Review, 1934 Item 5. "Work Relief and Workmen's Compensation: Selected Court Decisions II," The Social Service Review, 1935, June Item 6. "The Pauper Laws Still Go On," The Social Service Review, 1935, Dec. Item 7. "Notes and Comment Federal Grants-in-Aid for Home Relief," The Social Service Review, 1935, Dec. Item 8. "Don't Do It, Mr. Hopkins!," The Nation, 1935 Item 9. "Public Welfare and Politics," The Social Service Review, 1936, Sept. Box 14. Folder 3. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1937Item 1. "Tenements of Chicago: 1908-1935," American Economic Review, 1937, Sept. Item 2. "Public Assistance – Whither Bound?,"National Conference of Social Work, 1937, Sept. Item 3. "Some American Pioneers in Social Welfare" University of Chicago Press, 1937 Box 14. Folder 4. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, "Grace Abbott, A Sister's Memories," The Social Service Review, 1939, Sept. Box 14. Folder 5. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, "Unemployment Relief A Federal Responsiblity," The Social Service Review, 1940, Sept. Box 14. Folder 6. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, "Twenty-One Years of University Education for Social Services, 1920-1941," A Report to the Alumni, University of Chicago, 1942 Box 14. Folder 7. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, 1947-1950Item 1. "The Work of Thomas H. Gallaudet and the Teaching of the Deaf," American Social Welfare History Select Documents, The Social Service Review, 1947 Item 2. "Grace Abbott and Hull House 1908-1921," The Social Service Review, 1950, Dec. Box 14. Folder 8. Article reprints, Edith Abbott, undatedItem 1. "The Wage-Earning Woman and the State A Reply to Miss Minnie Bronson" (with Sophonisba Breckinridge) Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government Item 2. "A Forgotten Minimum Wage Bill" Item 3. "Progess of the Minimum Wage in England" Item 4. "The English Working-Woman and the Franchise" Series 5: Correspondence and Biographical Materials, Grace AbbottBox 15. Folder 1. Personal correspondence, Grace Abbott, 1909-1935 Box 15. Folder 2. Professional correspondence, Grace Abbott, 1920-1939 Box 15. Folder 3. Biographical materials, Grace Abbott Box 15. Folder 4. Will and testament, Grace Abbott, 1932, 1942 Box 15. Folder 5. Memorials, testimonies, Grace Abbott Box 15. Folder 6. Memorials, Grace Abbott Box 15. Folder 7. Honorary degreesItem 1. Grand Island College, Honorary Degree of Law, 1931 Item 2. University of Nebraska, Doctor of Law, 1931 Item 3. Mount Holyoke College, Litterarum Doctoris, 1935 Item 4. University of Wisconsin, Doctor of Law, 1932 Box 15. Folder 8. Program, SS Grace Abbott liberty ship program, 1942 Box 16. Folder 9. Newspaper clippings, Abbott Children's Center, Peoria, Illinois, 1950 Box 15. Folder 10. Pamphlet, newspaper clippings, Abbott Homes of Chicago Housing Project, 1954 Box 15. Folder 11. Program, newspaper clippings, Nebraska Hall of Fame, 1978 Box 16. Folder 1. Postcards, European travels, numbers 1-55, 1925 Box 16. Folder 2. Postcards, European travels, numbers 56-113, 1925 Box 16. Folder 3. Postcards, European travels, numbers 114-185, 1925 Series 6: Professional Materials, Grace AbbottBox 16. Folder 4. Scrapbook, Children's Bureau, 1921-1934 Box 17. Folder 1. Children's Bureau- U.S. Dept. Of Labor, 1920-1930 Box 17. Folder 2. Rights of Children, 1928-1930 Box 17. Folder 3. Children's Bureau Communication, Child Labor Amendment, 1924-1925 Box 17. Folder 4. Children's Bureau pamphlets, undated Box 17. Folder 5. Children Labor Amendment #2, opposition, 1925 Box 17. Folder 6. Children Labor Amendment, proposal, 1922-1924 Box 17. Folder 7. Economic Security, No. 1, Wagner-Lewis Bill, outline, 1934-1936 Box 17. Folder 8. Economic Security, No. 2, Wagner-Lewis Bill, Economical Security Advisory Committee, 1934-1935 Box 17. Folder 9. Economic Security, No. 3, Wagner-Lewis Bill, economical security, unemployment compensation, 1934-1935 Box 17. Folder 10. Article reprints, Grace Abbott, 1930Item 1. "Federal Government in Relation to Maternity and Infancy" American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 1930 Box 17. Folder 11. Article reprints, Grace Abbott, 1927-1939Item 1. "Developing Standards of Rural Child Welfare," 1927 Item 2. "Social Security Act and Relief," University of Chicago Law Review, 1936 Item 3. "Federal Regulation of Children Labor," Social Security Review, 1939 Box 18. Folder 1. Annual reports, Children's Bureau, 1927-1931Item 1. Annual reports, Children's Bureau, 1922-1931 Box 18. Folder 2. Statements, maternity and infanctsItem 1. "Statements, Extension of Protection of Maternity and Infant Act," 1926 Item 2. "Statements, Federal Government in Relations to Maternity and Infant Act," 1930 Box 18. Folder 3. "Survey of Boston Settlements and Neighborhood Houses," 1934 Series 7: Abbott Family MaterialsBox 18. Folder 4. Personal correspondence, Edith and Grace, 1903-1939 Box 18. Folder 5. Family correspondence, 1944-1950, undated Box 18. Folder 6. Family correspondence, professional, 1897-1941 Box 18. Folder 7. Abbott family history Box 18. Folder 8. Abbott Family Reunion, 1939, June 15 Box 18. Folder 9. Autograph album, Nebraska Senate, presented to O. A. Abbott, 1877 Series 8: PhotographsBox 19. Folder 1. Photographs, Edith Abbott, 1876-1940 Box 19. Folder 2. Photographs, Grace Abbott, 1878-1939 Box 19. Folder 3. Photographs, Edith and Grace Abbott, 1920-1939 Box 19. Folder 4. Photographs, Charlotte Abbott, 1930-1939 Box 19. Folder 5. Photographs, Abbott Family Box 19. Folder 6. Photographs, Abbott family home, Grand Island, Nebraska, 1876-1939 Box 19. Folder 7. Photographs, academic settings of Edith and Grace, 1920-1942 Box 19. Folder 8. Photographs, S. P. Breckinridge, 1866-1948 Box 19. Folder 9. Photographs, early immigrants, 1900 Box 19. Folder 10. Photographs, President Theodore Roosevelt, Grand Island, Nebraska, 1905 Box 19. Folder 11. Photographs, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 75th Anniversary, program, misc. Box 20. Photographs, miscellaneous oversize, 1924 (please see audio/visual materials)
Related Material and Resources: The University of Chicago Library houses selected papers of Edith and Grace Abbott, including correspondence, speeches, academic and professional materials, and biographical information. Access to the finding aid for the collection is available from the Special Collections Research Center. In addition, papers relating to the Abbott Family, and a finding aid, can be located at the Nebraska State Historical Society.



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