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Guide to the Northwestern University Settlement Association
Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards, 1886-1953
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Guide to the Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and
Registration Cards
Collection Title: Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and
Registration Cards
Dates: 1886-1953
Identification: 41/5
Creator: Northwestern University Settlement (Chicago, Ill.)
Extent: 25 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This series comprises boxes of Attendance Cards for Northwestern University Settlement
clubs and classes, and boxes of three-by-five individual Registration Cards.
Note: Other Information:Over the course of its existence, the Settlement has sponsored a wide
variety of clubs, classes, and programs for both children and adults. Activities for boys
included Boy Scouts, gym, woodworking, chorus, dramatics, photography, gardening, and
art. Activities for girls included Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, cooking, chorus, dancing,
gardening, interior decorating, gym, dramatics, typing and sewing. There were many
programs to help adults enhance their job skills, such as the Electricity Club, Bookkeeping
Class, Dressmaking Class, and Typing. English and Citizenship classes were geared
towards aiding new immigrants. Other adult programs included Fathers’ Club, Mothers’
Club, Pre-natal Care, and other special interest clubs such as the Oldtimers, Cooking,
Good Neighbors, Work and Play, and Recreation.
Acquisition Information: The main body of these records as well as the addition were separated from Accession
#90-160, donated to the University Archives by Northwestern University Settlement’s
Executive Director Ron Manderschied and Doris Overboe on October 15, 1990.
Processing Information: Processed by Rachel Erlich, July 1996. Addition processed by Kaia L. Densch, June 11,
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: These records can only be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.
Related Materials: The records’ original arrangement, in alphabetical order by subject, was retained, but
several large, coherent categories were separated from the General Administrative Files,
organized separately, and assigned their own series numbers.41/1: General
Administrative Files, 1891-1995 (73 boxes)41/2: Case files, 1908-1976 (79 boxes)41/4:
Financial Records, 1918-197141/5: Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration
Cards, 1936-1953 (25 boxes)41/6: Photographs, 1890-1991 (8 boxes)41/7: Scrapbooks,
1892-1984 (20 boxes)41/8: Evanston Woman's Board, 1911-1990 (7 boxes)41/9: North
Shore Junior League, 1937-1992 (14 boxes)41/10: Lenora E. Clare Diary, 1906-1910 (1
box)41/11: Food Client Records, 1985-1986 (3 boxes)
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354
Biographical/Historical Information
The Northwestern University Settlement Association was founded in 1891 by a group of administrators and faculty from
Northwestern University in order to provide social services, educational programs, referrals, and emergency relief to a poor
immigrant neighborhood on Chicago's near northwest side. In 1901, after three moves, the Settlement was established in
the building at 1400 West Augusta where it continues to operate as a community center.
Early Settlement activities centered around acculturating the largely immigrant population of the 16th Ward and included a
picture loan service, a small library, and dance and music classes. Shortly after its founding, though, the Settlement began
to offer additional eleemosynary services relating to public health and hygiene. During the Great Depression, the Settlement
suspended many of its regular programs in order to dispense food, fuel, clothing and medicine to needy families. During
World War II, the Settlement became a draft registration center and played an active role in various home front activities. In
the 1950s and 1960s the Settlement greatly expanded its network to civic, service, social, fraternal, veteran and church
organizations and offered many more citizenship and English classes. In the early 1980's, a project to establish an online
database for the Settlement program records was initiated. Prior to that time, all program records had been handwritten on
index cards and filed in thousands of family files.
For additional historical background on the Settlement, see the historical summary which forms a part of the descriptive
inventory for Series 41/1, the General Administrative Records. See also the informal history prepared for the Settlement's
centennial, The Worn Doorstep, by Mark Wukas (Chicago: Northwestern University Settlement Association, 1991).
Scope and Content
The Clubs and Classes Attendance Cards date from 1928 to 1935. The following information is included on each card:
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