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The National Federation of Settlements was founded in 1911 by a group of distinguished social workers. Jane Addams of Hull House (Chicago) served as the first president of the organization which created new initiatives, pioneered new services and addressed itself to specific problems such as housing, unemployment and squalid living conditions in many of the poor communities in early 20th-century America. Archives of the Settlement Movement is one of the richest and most diverse sets of records available covering issues of fundamental concern to Americans during the past century.
Part One contains minutes (1910-1961), annual reports (1946-1961) and conference papers (1911-1961).
Issues examined in Part Two include:
Parts Three to Five contain files detailing specific examples of project work and major initiatives by all the city federations, as well as projects and initiatives of the leading settlements such as Hull House, East Side Settlement House and the College Settlements Association.
- Civil rights, civil liberties and the "Americanization" of immigrants in the settlements
- The Peace Movement and the role of settlements in the National Defense effort
Part One: Minutes, Reports & Proceedings of Central Policy Making Groups
Part Two: Domestic Programs: Project Files on Public Policy and Social Issues, 1911 - 1961
Part Three: National Federation of Settlements & Successors, Domestic Programs: Selected Files of NFS Member Houses & City Federations, 1800-1961
Part Four: International Activities of the National Federation of Settlements & Successors, 1920-1960
Part Five: Major Figures of the Settlement Movement: Correspondence, Speeches, & Articles, 1899-1958
Complete collection: 74 reels