In Her Own Right

Jane Addams Collection

Date created 1838-
Creator Jane Addams (1860 - 1935)
Abstract 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.
Description For this project, papers related to Addams's connections to Philadelphia were surveyed. She attended Woman's Medical College in Philadelphia for one year, although her time there is not extensively documented. Her work in the peace movement especially brought her into contact with Philadelphia activists; her principal correspondents in the city were fellow Woman's Peace Party/Women's International League for Peace and Freedom members Hannah Clothier Hull and Lucy Biddle Lewis. However, these materials are scattered, and most of them come not from the Addams papers themselves but from the Hull, WILPF, and other collections.
Research interest As a suffragist, peace activist, and founder of Hull House, Jane Addams's significance to the history of women's activism is tremendous. Ramapo College is in the process of digitizing a small portion of the correspondence from the published microfilm edition of the Jane Addams Papers. For those interested in the stories of activists in and around Philadelphia, the papers of some of her correspondents are more consistently valuable.
Size 130 lf / 82 reels
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Contributing institution Swarthmore College Peace Collections
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