Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081 U.S.A.





Papers, 1838-date
(bulk 1880-1935)


Scope and Contents

The bulk of the Jane Addams Collection consists of correspondence, as well as Rockford Seminary notebooks, diaries, engagement calendars, writings and speeches by and about Addams, passports, visiting cards, reviews of her books, reference files, death notices, condolences, descriptions of memorial services, photographs, the Nobel Peace Prize medal, and memorabilia. Also of note is a very large quantity of mounted clippings (1892-1935) about Addams and material related to the operation of Hull-House. Assorted papers of her father, John Huy Addams, and of the Addams, Weber and Reiff families are also part of the collection. Current articles and reference works on Jane Addams update the collection continually. The personal library of Addams of books on the subjects of peace and international relations forms a separate special collection in the SCPC.

The correspondence of Addams includes letters written to many of the most influential figures of her generation. Emily Greene Balch, a WILPF official and former Wellesley College professor, and Mary Rozet Smith, a Hull-House resident and intimate friend, each wrote hundreds of letters to her.

A sampling of Addams' correspondents includes Edith Abbott, Grace Abbott, Katherine Devereux Blake, Edward Bok, Louise de Koven Bowen, Carrie Chapman Catt, Dorothy Detzer, John Dewey, Madeleine Z. Doty, Helena Stuart Dudley, Richard Theodore Ely, Alice Hamilton, Herbert Hoover, Maney O. Hudson, Hannah Clothier Hull, Harold L. Ickes, Ada L. James, William James, David Starr Jordan, Florence Kelley, Paul Underwood Kellogg, Frances Alice Lochner, Ida C. Lovett, Robert Morss Lovett, Lucia Ames Mead, Margaret Dreier Robins, Theodore Roosevelt, Rosika Schwimmer, Amelia Sears, Anna Garlin Spencer, Ellen Gates Starr, Alzina Parsons Stevens, Ida Minerva Tarbell, Graham Taylor, Lee Demarest Taylor, Lillian D. Wald, Julia Grace Wales, Woodrow Wilson, Amy Woods, and Mary Emma Wooley.

Among the foreign correspondents are Gertrud(e) Baer, Henrietta Octavia Barnett, Kathleen D. Courtney, Camille Drevet, Vilma Glücklich, Yella Hertzka, Lida Gustava Heymann, Aletta H. Jacobs, Tano Jodai, Catherine E. Marshall, Beatrice Potter Webb, and Sidney James Webb.

Further information about Jane Addams can be found in published autobiographies, as well as other secondary material owned by the SCPC. See also comments on traveling and working with Addams (1915, 1919, 1922) by Lucy Biddle Lewis in her papers owned by the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College.


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For more information contact Wendy Chmielewski, Curator, at wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu or call 610-328-8557.



This page written by Anne Yoder, Archivist. Last updated January 2005.