Louise de Koven Bowen Papers

Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-2742
Date: 1911-1957
Extent: .5 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Louise de Koven Bowen (1859-1953) was a Chicago philanthropist, social reformer and benefactor of Hull-House. She was the director of the Woman's Club of Chicago and served as Hull-House Treasurer and president of the Board of Directors. She also served as the first president of the Juvenile Protective Association where she supervised research examining such issues as working conditions, racial prejudice, prostitution and popular entertainment and their effects on young people. In 1912, she donated a seventy-two acre summer campsite to Hull-House which became the Bowen Country Club, a country retreat for families from the neighborhood.

Scope and Content Note:
The papers contain correspondence with Ada and Robert Hicks as well as articles, newspaper clippings and a Ph.D. thesis. The correspondence chronicles Bowen's later life, including Hull-House, Bowen Country Club, and daily life in Bar Harbor, Maine. Correspondents include Lea Taylor, Lillie Peck, Russell Ballard, and Alma Petersen.

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