Jane Addams’ unpublished writings are in the public domain, as are all of her published works written before 1923.

Unpublished documents – letters, diaries, speech texts — written more than 70 years from the death of the author are in the public domain. This holds for Jane Addams, who died in 1935. This also holds true of any of her correspondents who died before 1946.

Some of Addams’ published writings (book, journal and newspaper articles) may still be under copyright.

Details on the copyright holder or status of specific individuals, will be posted in the Jane Addams Digital Edition.

For more on copyright, see the Library of Congress’s resource page.

We are actively seeking copyright permission for Addams’ correspondents. If you are the rights holder or have information about the rights holder of the people named below, please contact us!


Abbott, Leonard Dalton (1878-1953)

Argentina (Consul General)

Bardoux, J. (?-?) (France)

Bartel, Cora Patterson (1888-1971)

Berhman, S. (?-?)

Blaine, Anita McCormick (1866-1954)

Bowen, Robert Adger (1868-1972)

Breckinridge, Sophonisba P. (1866-1948)

Buckstaff, Florence Griswold (1866-1948)

Chicago Boys Club

Chicago City Homes Association

Civic League of Terre Haute

Corporation Tramways

DeKnatel, Frederick H. (1864-1949)

Dickinson, Francis R. (?-?)

Hamilton, Alice (1869-1970)

Hammond, H. O. (?-?)

Hill, Mary Dorsey Anderson (1848-1958)

Hoblitt, Margaret (?-?)

Holmer, Carl L. (?-?)

Howard, Earl Dean (1876-1956)

Howells, John Mead (1868–1959)

Hulbert, Esther Margaret Linn (1880-1955)

Jones, Edward David (?-?)

Kent, Elizabeth Thacher (1868-1952)

Kilmer, Angelique (1869-?)

King, William Lyons Mackenzie (1874–1950)

Knodle, Edith L. (1873-?)

Larson, Lewis E. (1874-?)

Lindsay, Samuel McCune (1869-1959)

Love, Charles A. (1873-?)

Macarthur, James (?-?)

Marsh, Edward C. (?-?)

The Macmillan Company

McCormick, Stanley Robert (1874-1947)

McCulloch & McCulloch

Murphy, Annie (1877?-?)

Nelson, A. H. (?-?)

Newton, Joseph F. (1879-1958)

Noyes, Frank Brett (1863-1948)

Orleans, C.K. (?-?)

Rice, Harriet Alleyne (1866-1958)

Robins, Raymond (1873-1954)

Robson, Sarah C. (1868-1953)

Scudder, Vida Dutton (1861-1954)

Selfridge, Harry Gordon (1858–1947)

Shaw, Albert (1857-1947)

Sinclair, Upton (1878-1968)

Smith, Elsie Madiera (1882-?)

Speed, James (?-?)

Starr, Western (1854-?)

Thomas, William A. (1890-1966)

Weller, Charles Frederick (1870-1957)

Wolfe, William A. (1862-?)

Yeomans, Charles (?-?)