Louise de Koven Bowen papers




University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library


0.5 Linear feet




Bowen, Louise de Koven, 1859-

Biographical note

Louise de Koven Bowen (1859-1953) was a Chicago philanthropist, social reformer and benefactor of Hull-House. She was the director of the Woman's Club of Chicago and served as Hull-House Treasurer and president of the Board of Directors. She also served as the first president of the Juvenile Protective Association where she supervised research examining such issues as working conditions, racial prejudice, prostitution and popular entertainment and their effects on young people. In 1912, she donated a seventy-two acre summer campsite to Hull-House which became the Bowen Country Club, a country retreat for families from the neighborhood.

Scope and Contents note

The papers contain correspondence with Ada and Robert Hicks as well as articles, newspaper clippings and a Ph.D. thesis. The correspondence chronicles Bowen's later life, including Hull-House, Bowen Country Club, and daily life in Bar Harbor, Maine. Correspondents include Lea Taylor, Lillie Peck, Russell Ballard, and Alma Petersen.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 16 by Bergis Jules and Lisa Calahan.

Related Archival Materials note

Within this repository: Chicago Woman's Aid records, Hull House Association records, Hull House Collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Correspondence in this collection was gathered from several sources in the 1970s and 1980s. Correspondence to Lea D. Taylor and Lillie M. Peck originated in the Lea Taylor papers. Robert and Ada Y. Hicks correspondence originated in the Robert and Ada Hicks papers. Russell Ward Ballard correspondence was originally restricted, after his death the restriction was lifted. All letters and other material directly related to Jane Addams were removed from this collection.