Juvenile Welfare Association.


Juvenile Welfare Association records




CPL- Harold Washington Library Center


9.0 Linear feet



Historical note

The Juvenile Welfare Association was founded in 1921 by Bertha G. Lyons. It was incorporated in 1923 as a non-profit agency through the efforts of Victor Arnold, a judge of Chicago's Juvenile Court. The Association maintained that its mission was educational, not charitable. It sought to provide free classes in self-development: music, dancing, dramatics, deportment, manners, speech, etiquette, and social skills important in making a person successful to children orphaned or homeless. These classes were generally offered through institutions where these children were housed, including the Chicago Home for the Friendless, the Morgan Park Home for Dependent Children, Marcy Center, St. Hedwig's Orphanage, Union Avenue Parish House, and DePaul Settlement. The Association maintained an independent and non-sectarian status, offering its services to Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish organizations. Financial support was from private donations of members.

Scope and Contents note

This collection is arranged in four series: Records of the Juvenile Welfare Association, files relating to Bertha Lyons' Self-Development Course, Self-Development Course Recitations, and Bertha Lyons Personal Papers. The collection also includes seven photographs, listed at the end of the Box and Folder Inventory.

Related Archival Materials note

Citizens Committee on the Juvenile Court (Chicago, Ill.) Records - Chicago History Museum

Custodial History note

The papers in this collection were donated to the Special Collections Department of The Chicago Public Library in October, 1990.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 July 27 by Lisa Calahan and Andrew Steadham.