Guide to the Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards

Collection Title: Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards
Dates: 1886-1953
Identification: 41/5
Creator: Northwestern University Settlement (Chicago, Ill.)
Extent: 25 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This series comprises boxes of Attendance Cards for Northwestern University Settlement clubs and classes, and boxes of three-by-five individual Registration Cards.
Note: Other Information:Over the course of its existence, the Settlement has sponsored a wide variety of clubs, classes, and programs for both children and adults. Activities for boys included Boy Scouts, gym, woodworking, chorus, dramatics, photography, gardening, and art. Activities for girls included Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, cooking, chorus, dancing, gardening, interior decorating, gym, dramatics, typing and sewing. There were many programs to help adults enhance their job skills, such as the Electricity Club, Bookkeeping Class, Dressmaking Class, and Typing. English and Citizenship classes were geared towards aiding new immigrants. Other adult programs included Fathers’ Club, Mothers’ Club, Pre-natal Care, and other special interest clubs such as the Oldtimers, Cooking, Good Neighbors, Work and Play, and Recreation.
Acquisition Information: The main body of these records as well as the addition were separated from Accession #90-160, donated to the University Archives by Northwestern University Settlement’s Executive Director Ron Manderschied and Doris Overboe on October 15, 1990.
Processing Information: Processed by Rachel Erlich, July 1996. Addition processed by Kaia L. Densch, June 11, 1997.
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: These records can only be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.
Related Materials: The records’ original arrangement, in alphabetical order by subject, was retained, but several large, coherent categories were separated from the General Administrative Files, organized separately, and assigned their own series numbers.41/1: General Administrative Files, 1891-1995 (73 boxes)41/2: Case files, 1908-1976 (79 boxes)41/4: Financial Records, 1918-197141/5: Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards, 1936-1953 (25 boxes)41/6: Photographs, 1890-1991 (8 boxes)41/7: Scrapbooks, 1892-1984 (20 boxes)41/8: Evanston Woman's Board, 1911-1990 (7 boxes)41/9: North Shore Junior League, 1937-1992 (14 boxes)41/10: Lenora E. Clare Diary, 1906-1910 (1 box)41/11: Food Client Records, 1985-1986 (3 boxes)
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Northwestern University Settlement Association was founded in 1891 by a group of administrators and faculty from Northwestern University in order to provide social services, educational programs, referrals, and emergency relief to a poor immigrant neighborhood on Chicago's near northwest side. In 1901, after three moves, the Settlement was established in the building at 1400 West Augusta where it continues to operate as a community center.

Early Settlement activities centered around acculturating the largely immigrant population of the 16th Ward and included a picture loan service, a small library, and dance and music classes. Shortly after its founding, though, the Settlement began to offer additional eleemosynary services relating to public health and hygiene. During the Great Depression, the Settlement suspended many of its regular programs in order to dispense food, fuel, clothing and medicine to needy families. During World War II, the Settlement became a draft registration center and played an active role in various home front activities. In the 1950s and 1960s the Settlement greatly expanded its network to civic, service, social, fraternal, veteran and church organizations and offered many more citizenship and English classes. In the early 1980's, a project to establish an online database for the Settlement program records was initiated. Prior to that time, all program records had been handwritten on index cards and filed in thousands of family files.

For additional historical background on the Settlement, see the historical summary which forms a part of the descriptive inventory for Series 41/1, the General Administrative Records. See also the informal history prepared for the Settlement's centennial, The Worn Doorstep, by Mark Wukas (Chicago: Northwestern University Settlement Association, 1991).

Scope and Content

The Clubs and Classes Attendance Cards date from 1928 to 1935. The following information is included on each card: department (girls, boys, little children, adult education, men, and women), club or class name, day and time of meeting, meeting place, the name, address, and phone number of the leader, year of card, and a list of the names, addresses, phone numbers, and ages of the participants with a record of their attendance.

The Registration Cards, 1886-1941, also include cards from 1949. The Registration Cards include the following information: department, family and relief file number, last name, first name, father’s name, mother’s name, address, telephone number, date of health examination, year of participation, age or birth date, and club or class, as well as school, grade, room, or type and place of work. Box 17 includes Employment Income Status cards. These cards contain information about the type of work, wages, hours, and living conditions of individual Settlement families.

The addition to the Northwestern University Settlement Records, Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards fills one archival box and spans the years 1895 to 1905 and 1951 to 1953. The records from 1895 to 1905 are in a record book titled “Attendance,” and include name and date of class as well as number of attendees. The records from 1951 to 1953 are arranged alphabetically by club or class card and chronologically by date within each folder. Information on cards typically includes the department, class name, leader name, day and time of meeting, name, address and telephone number of attendees, and the dates of attendance.

Arrangement of Materials

The Clubs and Classes Attendance Cards are arranged by year; within each year the cards are divided by department; within each department the clubs are arranged alphabetically by name. Undated cards are filed separately but are labeled with an approximate date based on their original placement. The Registration Cards are arranged chronologically by year. Within each year the cards are grouped either by department, by club or class, or in a few instances, by streets. Some of the cards are arranged alphabetically by family name. The Registration Cards in Box 18 are not arranged in any systematic order.


Corporate Name

National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers

Northwestern University Settlement (Chicago, Ill.)


Adult education--Illinois--Chicago

Boys--Societies and clubs

Girls--Societies and clubs

Container List / Contents

  • Attendance Cards
    • Girls, 1928Box 1, Folder 1
    • Girls, 1928-1929Box 1, Folder 2
    • Girls, 1928-1929Box 1, Folder 3
    • Boys, 1928-1929Box 1, Folder 4
    • Women and Men, 1928-1929Box 1, Folder 5
    • Girls, Women and Men, 1929-1930Box 1, Folder 6
    • Boys and Girls, Little Children, and Boys, 1929-1930Box 1, Folder 7
    • Boys and Girls, c.1928-1930Box 1, Folder 8
    • Girls, c.1928-1930Box 1, Folder 9
    • Girls, 1930-1931Box 2, Folder 1
    • Boys and Girls, c.1930-1931Box 2, Folder 2
    • Boys, Boys & Girls, Women, and Men, 1930-1931Box 2, Folder 3
    • Adult Education, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 1
    • Boys, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 2
    • Girls, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 3
    • Girls, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 4
    • Girls, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 5
    • Girls, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 6
    • Girls and Boys, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 7
    • Little Children, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 8
    • Men, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 9
    • Women, 1931-1932Box 3, Folder 10
    • Boys, Girls, Boys and Girls, c.1931-1932Box 3, Folder 11
    • Men, Women, and Little Children, c.1931-1932Box 3, Folder 12
    • Boys, 1932-1933Box 4, Folder 1
    • Boys, 1932-1933Box 4, Folder 2
    • Boys, c.1932-1933Box 4, Folder 3
    • Girls, 1932-1933Box 4, Folder 4
    • Girls, 1932-1933Box 4, Folder 5
    • Girls, c.1932-1933Box 4, Folder 6
    • Boys and Girls, Little Children, and Women, 1932-1933Box 5, Folder 1
    • Boys, 1933-1934Box 5, Folder 2
    • Boys, 1933-1934Box 5, Folder 3
    • Girls, 1933-1934Box 5, Folder 4
    • Girls, 1933-1934Box 5, Folder 5
    • Little Children, 1933-1934Box 5, Folder 6
    • Boys and Girls, Men, and Women, 1933-1934Box 5, Folder 7
    • Girls, Boys, Girls & Boys, and Women, c.1933-1934Box 6, Folder 1
    • Boys, 1934-1935Box 6, Folder 2
    • Boys, 1934-1935Box 6, Folder 3
    • Boys, 1934-1935Box 6, Folder 4
    • Boys and Girls, Girls, and Men, 1934-1935Box 6, Folder 5
    • Boys, Girls, Men, and Women, c.1934-1935Box 6, Folder 6
    • Boys and Men, 1935-1937Box 6, Folder 7
  • Registration Cards
    • Registration Cards, 1886-1930
    • Registration Cards, 1930-1932
    • Registration Cards, 1932-1933
    • Registration Cards, 1933
    • Registration Cards, 1934-1935
    • Registration Cards, 1935
    • Registration Cards, 1935
    • Registration Cards, 1936
    • Registration Cards, 1936
    • Registration Cards, 1936
    • Registration Cards, 1937
    • Registration Cards, 1937-1938
    • Registration Cards, 1938
    • Registration Cards, 1938
    • Registration Cards, 1938-1941
    • Registration Cards, 1941, 1949
    • Employment Income Status Cards, 1930-1933; n.d.
    • Misc. Registration Cards, 1930-1941
  • Addition
      Note:  The 1951-1953 recors have sustained minor water damage.
    • Record of Attendance of Clubs and Classes, 1895-1905Folder 1
    • Little Children’s Department, 1951-1952Folder 2
    • Little Children’s Department, 1952-1953Folder 3
    • Saturday Play School, 1951-1952Folder 4
    • Saturday Play School, 1952-1953Folder 5
    • Summer Play School, 1952Folder 6
    • Summer Play School, 1953Folder 7