American Women's History: A Research Guide
Settlement Houses
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Barbuto, Domenica M., comp. The American Settlement Movement: A Bibliography. Bibliographies and Indexes in American History, no. 42. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999. 123p.
The 185 annotated citations to monographs are organized into six chapters: "English Antecedents," "General Surveys and Studies," "Settlement-Focused Studies," "Autobiographies, Biographies, Memoirs," "Settlement Workers' Research and Case Studies," and "Reference Guides." Highly informative annotations.

Papachristou, Judith. Bibliography in the History of Women in the Progressive Era. [Bronxville, N.Y.]: Sarah Lawrence College, 1985.

Biographical Sources and Encyclopedias

Many of the works cited in the general biographical section include an appendix which lists women covered by field of importance.

Barbuto, Domenica M. American Settlement Houses and Progressive Social Reform: An Encyclopedia of the American Settlement Movement. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx Press, 1999. 270p.
Barbuto provides biographical profiles, descriptions of settlement houses and their programs, summaries of important publications, and topical entries (e.g., "Mother's Pensions").

Buenker, John D., and Edward R. Kantowicz, eds. Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era, 1890-1920. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1988. 599p.
Includes short biographical profiles of women who played key roles in the period, such as Jane Addams, Emily Balch, and Mary K. Simkhovitch.

Primary Sources: Archives

Archives and Manuscript Collections Relating to Women in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library [online]. New York: Columbia University Library, updated 25 October 1999 [cited 25 July 2000]. Available from: Collections described include records of settlement houses and the papers of Lillian Wald.

The Record Collections of New York City's Settlement Houses: A Guide to Repositories [online]. [Long Island City, NY: LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, 2000]. Available from:

Social Welfare History Archive, University of Minnesota []

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

An Exhibit of Photographs of Jane Addams, Her Family, and Hull-House [online]. Swarthmore, PA: Swarthmore College Peace Collection, updated April 2000 [cited 3 April 2002]. Available from:

Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and Its Neighborhoods, 1889-1963 [online]. Chicago: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the College of Architecture and the Arts, the University of Illinois at Chicago, n.d. [cited 14 February 2003]. Available from:

Visual Information Access [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.]: Harvard University Library, 1999- .
Search for portraits of settlement founders and workers (Alice Hamilton, Jane Addams); the database also includes numerous photographs from the North Bennet Street Industrial School Records.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Archives of the Settlement Movement. The National Federation of Settlements and Sucessors, 1899-1958. Woodbridge, Conn.: Research Publications, 1991.
Reviewed by Judith Ann Trolander in Journal of American History 79 (March 1993): 1699-1700.

Denison House Records. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1998. 6 microfilm reels.

Jane Addams Papers, 1860-1960. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1984. Online description from the publisher:

Lillian Wald Papers. Woodbridge, Conn.: Research Publications, 1991.
Reviewed by Doris Groshen Daniels in Journal of American History 79 (March 1993): 1701-1702.

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Hull-House Maps and Papers: A Presentation of Nationalities and Wages in a Congested District of Chicago Together with Comments and Essays on Problems Growing Out of Social Conditions, by Residents of Hull-house a Social Settlement. New York: Arno Press Inc. and the New York Times, 1970.

Sicherman, Barbara. Alice Hamilton: A Life in Letters. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1984.
See in particular the chapter, "Hull House, 1897-1907."

Talking About Women's History

Bryan, Mary Lynn McCree, and Esther Katz. Women's Activism and Social Change: Documenting the Lives of Margaret Sanger and Jane Addams [Lecture online]. Library of Congress, 24 March 2003. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State University Library