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Scrapbook: Northwestern University Student Volunteers At the Settlement, 1929 - 1934

 Item — Box: 20, Item: 3
Identifier: Item 3

Scope and Contents

From the Series: This series consists of five scrapbooks and one plaque. The oldest scrapbook, labeled “Settlement Clippings, Book I” dates from shortly after the founding of the Settlement. Over fifty pages of newspaper clippings describe the Settlement and its goals and activities between 1892 and 1905. Clippings were taken from ten or fifteen different newspapers (mostly from Chicago, Evanston, and suburbs). Also included are a few announcement cards and a program, with dates as late as 1907.

A black scrapbook, embossed with red and gold Santa Clauses, is not labeled. It contains about twenty pages of Christmas, Valentine's Day, and other holiday cards, along with various postcards, advertising cards, and other mementos. Some are loose, some are pasted in; one or tow loose postcards are addressed to Harriet Vittum, but only one date – 1908 – is visible.

An untitled scrapbook documents the involvement of Northwestern University student volunteers at the Settlement between 1929 and 1934. The scrapbook is divided into categories, beginning with reports by students from various organizations. These are followed by a copy of a speech by Gordon McNicol, the student volunteer coordinator, recommending volunteer work to sociology students. There are lists of student club-leaders, several pages of typed “Settlement Stories,” reports by sociology student volunteers, and clippings about student volunteer work from the [i]Daily Northwestern.[/i] The last twenty pages contain correspondence, mostly between McNicol and students. A loose photograph in the front of the scrapbook is identified as the Northwestern University Student Fellowship Board, 1919-20.

A scrapbook embossed “NUS” and “1937” contains the statement of purpose and membership signature pages for what is described on the title page as “The Order of Upsilon Sigma of Northwestern University Settlement.” This organization was connected with the Department of Boys' Work of the Settlement. Michael Rachwalski's name, along with fourteen others, appears on the first signature page, with the date May 11, 1937. New members totaled eleven over the next three years, and none signed on for 1942, the last typed page.

The scrapbook labeled “North Shore Junior Board of the Northwestern University Settlement, Publicity,” belonged to Mrs. James Loring (Marion Field) Peirce. The North Shore Junior Board was founded in 1936 to arrange fundraising events to finance the Settlement's House-in-the-Wood camping facility, as well as to volunteer at the Settlement itself. Mrs. Peirce, a long-time board member, was president from 1942 to 1944. The scrapbook, however, covers a much longer time period, including newspaper clippings, programs, directories, and correspondence chronicling the activities of the Board between 1939 and 1957.

On November 1, 1958, [i]Parent's Magazine[/i] awarded the Youth Group Achievement Award for Outstanding Service to the Community to the Junior Service League (Oak Park, IL) of the Northwestern University Settlement. The award is mounted on a 10″ x 13″ wooden plaque.


  • 1929 - 1934

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From the Collection: 16.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US