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Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement Records

Title
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement Records, 1891-1990.
Author
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (New York, N.Y.)
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Description
23 linear feet (46 boxes).
Subjects
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Source (note)
  • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
Biography (note)
  • Social settlement founded in 1891 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan by "The King's Daughters," an organization of Episcopal church women, and Jacob A. Riis. Incorporated in 1898 as "The King's Daughters Settlement" the institution was rededicated as Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in 1901. In its early years the settlement sponsored clubs, classes, health care and summer camping. In 1942 the settlement collaborated with the New York City Board of Education to provide social services from a public school facility in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Later that decade and during the 1950s the settlement developed programs for residents of public housing projects in Brooklyn, Harlem and Queens. Eventually all activities were consolidated at the New York City Housing Authority's Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens. During the 1990s programs included meals for senior citizens, youth counseling, tutoring and educational enrichment, athletics and summer camp.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Unpublished finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 1542
Author
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (New York, N.Y.)
Title
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement Records, 1891-1990.
Summary
The records include annual reports, correspondence, financial records, membership lists, memos, minutes, newsclippings, reports, photographs, and publications. They document the institution from its origins in the benevolent work of The King's Daughters and Jacob A. Riis during the 1890s, to its activities a century later providing social services to residents of the Queensbridge Houses. The records offer a unique view of the first wave of the settlement house movement in America, and document social conditions, demographic change, philanthropy and social welfare programs, as well as providing insight on the careers of such major Progressive-era reform figures as Jacob A. Riis and Theodore Roosevelt.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Social settlement founded in 1891 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan by "The King's Daughters," an organization of Episcopal church women, and Jacob A. Riis. Incorporated in 1898 as "The King's Daughters Settlement" the institution was rededicated as Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in 1901. In its early years the settlement sponsored clubs, classes, health care and summer camping. In 1942 the settlement collaborated with the New York City Board of Education to provide social services from a public school facility in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Later that decade and during the 1950s the settlement developed programs for residents of public housing projects in Brooklyn, Harlem and Queens. Eventually all activities were consolidated at the New York City Housing Authority's Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens. During the 1990s programs included meals for senior citizens, youth counseling, tutoring and educational enrichment, athletics and summer camp.
Indexes
Unpublished finding aid available in repository and on Internet.
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Added Author
Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
LCCN
ms 71000354
Research Call Number
MssCol 1542
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