Guide to the Helen A. Paddock (1892-1965) Scrapbook

Collection Title: Helen A. Paddock (1892-1965) Scrapbook
Dates: 1910-1915
Identification: 31/6/64
Creator: Paddock, Helen Abigail, 1892-1965
Extent: 1 Volumes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The materials in the Helen Paddock scrapbook date between 1910 and 1915 and document her social, academic, and family life at Northwestern University. Included are photographs, newspaper clippings, dance cards, and other memorabilia.
Acquisition Information: This scrapbook was transferred to the Northwestern University Archives by Eden Pearlman, Evanston Historical Society as Accession #00-202 on June 22, 2000.
Processing Information: Kate Mazurek; July 2000.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: Helen Paddock Truesdell's Alumni Biographical File: Series 51/2, Box 30
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Helen Abigail Paddock was born April 2, 1892 in Evanston, IL, the daughter of William E. and Mary Paddock of 1830 Sheridan Road. Paddock attended Evanston Township High School in Evanston, graduating in June 1910. She entered Northwestern University as an undergraduate student in September of 1910, and earned her M.A. in 1915. Paddock worked as an adoption advocate throughout much of her life.

While at Northwestern, Paddock was a member of both Gamma Phi Beta, a social sorority, and Phi Beta Kappa, a honors sorority. Paddock was also an active member in the Young Women's Christian Association, the Evanston Women's Club, and the League of Women Voters. In March of 1913, Paddock received an invitation to join the Helen Club, an exclusive social club for co-eds named Helen. In addition, Paddock remained an active member in the First Congressional Church of Evanston throughout her years attending Northwestern. She graduated in June 1914 from the College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After completing her thesis entitled Observation on the Otherworld of the Arthurian Romances, as a Land Beyond or Beneath the Water, Paddock received her Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University in June 1915.

Paddock married Lt. Col. Stephen Riggs Truesdell in 1916. She was actively involved in adoption work throughout her life. She supported the Evanston Cradle Society, a society formed in 1923 to help prepare babies for adoption. Her son, William P. and her daughter, Margaret Hall, were two of the first children to be adopted from the Cradle Society. Helen Paddock Truesdell died on March 28, 1965 in Skokie, IL.

Scope and Content

The materials in the Helen Paddock scrapbook date between 1910 and 1915 and document her social, academic, and family life at Northwestern University. Included are photographs, newspaper clippings, dance cards, and other memorabilia.

The scrapbook is entitled “The College Girls Record: A Chronicle of Memories.” On the title page, it states “Being a Register of Statistics, A History of Impressions and Events in Four Years of College Life.” It was published by Paul Elder and Company, San Francisco. In addition to the material inserted by Helen Paddock, the book also contains printed drawings, humorous poems, and lists of colleges' colors, mottoes, cheers, etc.

The scrapbook contains pre-printed pages on which the owner could record specific information. These sections were filled in by Paddock, providing details about her friends, schooling, and extracurricular activities. These pages include My Alma Mater, First Impressions, My Studies, and Classmates. Most of the scrapbook is loosely organized according to pre-printed page headers such as Societies, Vacations, and Athletics. Paddock filled these pages with photographs, short captions, newspaper clippings, dance programs, invitations, and letters.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)

Personal Name

Paddock, Helen Abigail, 1892-1965

Subjects

Scrapbooks--Specimens