National Federation of Settlements, Training Center at Hull-House Records

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1960-1971
Extent: 16.75 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
The Training Center at Hull-House was founded in Chicago (Ill.) in 1960 by the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (NFSNC), and some of its programs were co-sponsored by the Hull House Association. It operated until 1971 and over the years was known also as the National Federation of Settlements Training Center and as the Training Center of the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers. It offered specialized, supplemental short courses and conferences to further the professional education of new social workers as well as more experienced settlement house workers and persons moving into executive positions with neighborhood centers. Sessions were taught by settlement house leaders from throughout the country and housing was provided for program attendees. Arthur Hillman served as director of the center. During this period, the original building of the Hull-House settlement house in Chicago became a restored house and museum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (eventually named the Jane Addams' Hull-House Museum). Meanwhile, the Hull-House social settlement continued to operate as the Hull House Association or Jane Addams' Hull House Association with sites in several neighborhoods. By 1967, the Hull House Association included the Jane Addams Center at 3212 North Broadway; an Uptown Center; a Senior Center; the Henry Booth House at 2328 South Dearborn; and Parkway Community House at 500 East 67th Street.

Scope and Content Note:
Correspondence, course applications, teaching and survey materials, newsletters, announcements, newspaper clippings, administrative and financial records, reports, publications, and other records of the Training Center at Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.), sponsored by the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers. The majority of the collection relates to studies conducted and courses offered by the training center for social workers and leaders of community centers. Some programs were co-sponsored by the Hull House Association. Topics include urbanization, urban renewal, race relations, neighborhoods, childcare, delinquency, employment, poverty, and family planning, primarily involving community centers in large U.S. cities. Also present are the office files of Arthur Hillman, director of the Training Center; a survey report on race relations in the United States, by St. Clair Drake, and research for the report; and a report on Chicago schools, by Mary J. Herrick.

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