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Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards

Identifier: 41/5

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1886-1953


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


25.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



This series comprises boxes of Attendance Cards for Northwestern University Settlement clubs and classes, and boxes of three-by-five individual Registration Cards.

Arrangement Note

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.

Method of Acquisition

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.

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, 1918-1971 41/5: 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)

Separated Materials


Other Descriptive 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.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Erlich, July 1996. Addition processed by Kaia L. Densch, June 11, 1997.

Guide to the Northwestern University Settlement Association Clubs and Classes Attendance and Registration Cards
Rachel Erlich
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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