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Edith and Grace Abbott, Social Work Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0129

Scope and Contents

The papers of Edith Abbott contain professional and personal correspondence, lecture notes for courses taught at the University of Chicago School of Social Administration (SSA), articles, the draft of the unfinished biography of Grace Abbott, and biographical materials. The papers reflect Edith's interests centered on the status of women in industry and the establishment of high professional standards in social work education. The papers of Grace Abbott contain personal and professional correspondence, articles, speeches, radio broadcasts, biographical material, and materials relating to the United States Children's Bureau and the the Child Labor Amendment of 1924-25. Grace devoted her career to the conditions of child labor and to maternal and child health issues. Both sisters shared an interest in the problems of the immigrant and the public assistance programs of the New Deal. Within the collection, correspondents include Jane Addams, Sophonisba Breckinridge, Julia Lathrop, Frank Norris, Frances Perkins, Samuel Ratcliffe and Julius Rosenwald. Subjects include child labor laws, child welfare, immigration, philanthropy, and public welfare administration.


  • 1905-1976



20.00 Boxes

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Related Materials

RG 05-10-01, Samuel Avery, Correspondence, 1908-1928, on honorary degree for Edith Abbott at University of Nebraska RG 31-01-06, on Abbott collection RG 12-22-10, James M. Reinhardt, Papers, reference to Edith Abbott RG 32-01-01, Erwin H. Barbour, Papers, reference to Edith Abbott, 1904, 1905

Original finding aid created by Ginger Uzendoski; Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Karen Anderson (2008) and Ginger Uzendoski (2006), University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries 2004
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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
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