Chicago Woman's Aid.


Chicago Woman's Aid records




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


24.0 Linear feet



Historical note

The Chicago Woman’s Aid was founded in 1882 as the Young Ladies Society to provide civic, philanthropic, literary, educational, and social welfare programs. The organization was divided into several departments including the Civics and Philanthropy Department, the Educational Department, and the Art and Literature Department. It was active in such areas as public housing, public health, child welfare, and arts education.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, minutes, and photographs dating from 1903 to 1988. The materials pertain to such issues as birth control, child welfare, public housing, immigration, racial discrimination, and juvenile delinquency. The collection includes correspondence with Hull-House residents and friends including Rachelle Yarros, Louise de Koven Bowen, and Charlotte Carr.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 17 by Bergis Jules and Lisa Calahan.

Related Archival Materials note

Within this repository: Louise de Koven Bowen Papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from the Chicago Woman’s Aid Society.