Founded in 1892 in Boston, Massachusetts, Denison House was created by affluent women who sought a "democracy" between the leisure class and the working class. To this end, the house served primarily as an outreach program center and worked to engage the neighborhood in many activities: classes in home nursing, English literature, and dancing; clubs and sports for boys and girls; and relief programs, such as a milk station and coal distribution.
Emily Greene Balch was a founding member of the executive committee, and for nearly two years, Amelia Earhart was a social worker and resident in the house. She worked with children and adults as a teacher and home visitor while devoting her weekends to flying -- once dropping leaflets over Boston to advertise a House benefit.
Three series comprise this important collection:
History-Scrapbooks, radio show transcripts, papers
Administrative-Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes and reports, annual meeting documents, miscellaneous committee reports, some financial records. In chronological order.
Program-Documents Denison House activities and services. Consists of reports by College Settlement Association, resident workers, committee members, and others about daily activities and programs. Also includes scrapbooks of mostly printed material (reports, pamphlets, newsletters, clippings, etc.). Each segment chronological.
Number of reels: 6