Hull House Oral History Collection

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: 1974-2002
Extent: 7 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Hull-House, founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, was the first social settlement in Chicago. The settlement was incorporated in March 1895, with a stated purpose to "provide a center for higher civic and social life, to initiate and maintain educational and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago." From 1889 to 1963, Hull-House operated a wide-ranging program from its complex of buildings at 800 S. Halsted St. In 1963, when the settlement vacated the complex on Halsted Street to provide space for the new campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Hull-House decentralized and began operating settlement programs in a number of neighborhood locations, and the house was reorganized into the Hull-House museum.

Scope and Content Note:
The Hull-House Oral History Collection documents a variety of experiences and memories of Hull-House programs and Jane Addams from community members. The collection includes oral history recordings in several media formats, including CDs, cassette tapes, and reel formats. For the vast majority of interviews, the collection also includes transcripts of the dialogue.

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