Document Search

We are always looking for “new” Jane Addams documents! Some are still privately held by the descendants of Addams’s friends and correspondents, others are in archives that haven’t been cataloged or that we might have missed.

If you know of a document or a collection not listed on our Collections tab, please let us know. Email Cathy Moran Hajo @ We do not need original documents, but will scan them and return them to you.

Document Search

The editorial team that worked on the Jane Addams Microfilm conducted an extensive search for documents from 1976 to 1985. For the digital edition, we will include documents on the microfilm, but will also conduct a new search, taking advantage of digital databases, online finding aids, newspapers, and archives, websites, and catalogs now available.

A listing of all known repositories holding Addams documents will be published as part of the digital edition. If you know of any archives or private collections that contain Addams material (from any year), please contact the project so that we can work to include the documents in the digital edition.

The following archival collections are currently on our search list. If you live near one of these collections and would be willing to undertake a search for documents, please contact the project.

We also occasionally need new scans because the image quality from the scanned microfilm is not good enough to read the text.

To Be Searched:


Atlanta University Center – Robert W. Woodruff Library

Neighborhood Union (Atlanta, Ga.). Lugenia Burns Hope files, 1908-1933. 28 folders. The collection consists of the personal papers of Lugenia Burns Hope from 1908-1933. These records document Mrs. Hope’s activities outside of the Neighborhood Union. Includes correspondence, brochures, pamphlets, programs, clippings, speeches and lectures, printed material, and rosters. Of particular interest are materials relating to her work with the Red Cross Colored Advisory Commission during the 1927 Mississippi Valley Flood and the YWCA’s War Work Council’s Hostess House program during World War I. Notable correspondents include Jane Addams, Will W. Alexander, Eva Bowles, W.E.B. Du Bois, Herbert Hoover, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Mary E. McDowell, Robert R. Morton, and Margaret Murray Washington.


Kansas State Historical Society

Johnston, Lucy Browne, 1846-1937.  Lucy B. Johnston papers, 1887-1937.  3 ft. (7 boxes + oversize) Personal papers, business & club communications, account & record books, biographical sketches, reports, and addresses relating to a wide variety of political and social causes, particularly traveling libraries; conservation, especially the West Side Forestry Club; historic sites, especially Pawnee Rock (present Pawnee Rock State Historic Site) (Pawnee Rock, Kan.) & Pike’s Pawnee Village (present Pawnee Village State Historic Site) (Republic, Kan.); national & state women’s clubs including the alumnae organization of her alma mater, Western Female Seminary (Oxford, Ohio); Prohibition; state institutions & hospitals, particularly the Kansas State Industrial School for Girls (present Beloit Juvenile Correctional Facility) (Beloit) & the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women (Lansing); social reform legislation; World War I Liberty Loans; and women suffrage, including the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Kansas Equal Suffrage Association, & Men’s League for Equal Suffrage. Correspondents include Jane Addams; Susan B. Anthony; Clara Barton; Alice Stone Blackwell; Helen Eaker; Julia Perry; Mary Rengrose; Anna Shaw; Governors Walter R. Stubbs of Kansas & John F. Shafroth of Colorado; Stella Stubbs, wife of the governor; Eugene F. Ware & his wife, Jeanette; and Booker T. Washington & his wife, Margaret James Murray Washington.



Radcliffe College – Schlesinger Library

Blake Family Papers, 1876-1920.   1 folder.  Photocopies of a scrapbook and other papers of Blake include clippings, and correspondence with Anna Howard Shaw, Jane Addams, and Woodbridge N. Ferris, among others.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Massachusetts Branch. Records, 1915-1977 (inclusive).  2 linear ft. This collection primarily contains correspondence, newsletters, financial records, membership lists, minutes of board meetings, and flyers of the Massachusetts branch of WILPF, with some papers of local branches throughout the state. Also included are correspondence, newsletters, and minutes of the WILPF national branch in Washington (and later in Philadelphia), and flyers and newsletters of other Massachusetts organizations with which the Massachusetts branch has cooperated, including the Greater Boston Peace Action Coalition, the Coalition to Fight Political Repression, and People’s Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Smith College – Neilson Library

Lloyd, Lola Maverick, 1875-1944. Papers, 1903-1944. Smith College – Neilson Library .25 linear ft. (1 box) This small collection of Lola Maverick Lloyd’s papers documents her peace-related activities, during and after World War I, through correspondence and published pamphlets, newsletters, and clippings.

Nancy Cox-McCormack Cushman papers  Sculptor, author, and traveler. This collection documents Cushman’s professional life, artistic works, and her wide social network, particularly in Chicago in the 1910’s and Europe in the 1920’s. The subjects of Cushman’s sculptures include Benito Mussolini, Ezra Pound, Italian architect Giacomo Boni, Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera, Mohandas K. Ghandi, Clarence Darrow, and Jane Addams. All are represented to some extent in the collection as are other notables such as Stephen Vincent Benét, Sarah Bernhardt, Lauro De Bosis, Alice Gerstenberg, Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones, Grace Hegger Lewis, Dorothy Shakespeare Pound, Eunice Tietjens, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Types of materials include correspondence, writings, photographs, clippings, biographical materials, artwork, and memorabilia.

Peace Collection, 1825-1984.  13.25 linear ft. (28 boxes; 7 volumes; oversized items) The Peace Collection is comprised largely of published materials documenting the work of women’s peace activism from the early nineteenth century to the 1980s. The bulk of the collection dates from 1925 to 1977 and focuses on U.S. and international peace organizations, and individual women leaders in peace movements. Types of material include organizational records, newspaper clippings, articles, periodicals, pamphlets, flyers, biographical articles, writings, correspondence, newsletters, conference materials, minutes, reports, manuals, books, photographs, and videotapes. A substantial portion of the collection documents the activities of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and individual members, circa 1919-1977. Other organizations represented include the National Congress of Women, Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Another Mother for Peace, National Committee for the Cause and Cure of War, Order of the Unicorn, Women’s Peace Party.

Wellesley College

Addams, Jane, 1860-1935. Typed letter signed Jane Addams to: My dear Mrs. Elliott September 2, 1930 1 p.


University of Michigan Libraries

Woods, Amy.  Letter, 1924 Jan. 4, Washington, D.C., to William C.[sic] Hobbs, Ann Arbor, Mich.  1 p. On behalf of [Jane] Addams, who is ill, states position of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom toward taking a pledge such as that of the Women’s Peace Party.

Western Michigan University

Crane, Caroline Bartlett, 1858-1935. Caroline Bartlett Crane collection, 1895-1935.  26 cu. ft. Papers of Caroline Bartlett Crane (1858-1935). The collection contains material about her personal and public life as a Unitarian minister, founder of The People’s Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a social and urban reformer, suffragist, and conservationist. Papers include correspondence, speeches, sermons, articles, travel journals, scrapbooks, autobiographical material and photographs. Papers about women’s issues of the early twentieth century include correspondence with suffragists, Anna Howard Shaw, Susan B. Anthony, and Jane Addams. Information on the Kalamazoo Civic Improvement League, League of Women Voters, health, visiting nurses, and sanitation, divorce laws and women in the church and rural life in the mid 1920s. Material about social reform issues includes prison and poorhouse investigations and reform, juvenile delinquency, legislative reform of meat inspection, municipal sanitary surveys, the Salvation Army in England, old age security, and unemployment.


Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association records, [microform]. 1894-1923.  Correspondence, minutes and other record books, subject files, printed materials, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and miscellany of this organization formed to promote equal voting rights for women. Most post-date 1900.

New York

Cornell University Libraries

International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. Secretary-Treasurer. Joseph Schlossberg Secretary-Treasurer correspondence, 1914-1929, 1915-1925 (bulk).  10 linear ft. Correspondence documenting Joseph Schlossberg’s tenure in the ACWA during the period 1914-1929, particularly in his capacity as secretary-treasurer. Much of the correspondence concerns the formation and early struggles of the ACWA. Among the subjects documented in these letters are: union organizing efforts in the U.S. and Canada, especially in Boston, Cincinnati, Montreal, Philadelphia, Rochester, N.Y., and Toronto; individual locals of the ACWA, relations with other garment workers’ unions; strikes and lockouts, particularly in Cincinnati; the role of women in the union; and the often tense relations among the Jewish, Italian, German and various Slavic clothing workers.

International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. President’s Office.  ILGWU. Benjamin Schlesinger papers, 1914-1923.  2 linear feet. Correspondence, form letters, circulars and subject files relating to Schlesinger’s term, June 1914 to January 1923. Topics covered in these materials include union organizing; strikes, labor disputes, working conditions, and other labor issues in the women’s garment industry, particularly in New York City; inter-union relations; relations between manufacturers’ associations and the union; efforts by Schlesinger and others to form an alliance of garment workers’ unions; discussions with foreign garment workers’ unions; education for workers in New York City; and Jewish war relief efforts during World War I.

New York State Historical Association.

Blanche W. Walton papers, 1914-1932.  0.25 cu. ft. Letters, from Lillian Wald, Jane Addams, and Oswald Garrison Villard, among others, regarding Walton’s interest in World War I peace efforts and her recuperation hospital for soldiers in her home in Hartsdale, New York, 1917-18; and photograph album of World War I soldiers, many identified.

Syracuse University – Special Collections Research Center

Mabel Vernon Papers 1933-1947  54 items (SC). Papers of the American suffragist, feminist, pacifist (1883-1975). Collection includes incoming correspondence to Mabel Vernon in her capacity as a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and campaign director of its committee, the People’s Mandate to Governments to End War (later re-named the People’s Mandate Committee for Inter-American Peace and Cooperation. Notable correspondents include Grace Abbott, Jane Addams, Frank Aydelotte, Irene Bailey, Newton Baker, Pearl S. Buck, Rafael Calderón Guardia, Samuel P. Cadman, Arthur Capper, Carrie Catt, Raymond Clapper, Jacqueline Cochran, Josephus Daniels, Norman H. Davis, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Abraham Flexner, Zona Gale, Virginia Gildersleeve, Meta Glass, Frank Graham, Inez Irwin, Alfred Landon, Sinclair Lewis, Clare Boothe Luce, Gabriela Mistral, Caroline O’Day, Ruth Owen, Galo Plaza Lasso, Nelson Rockefeller, Leo Rowe, Laurence Steinhardt, Lowell Thomas, M. Carey Thomas, Oswald Villard, Lillian Wald, Wendell

Vassar College.

New York State Historical Documents Autograph file: A-I, 1783-1983. 4 cubic ft. Letters with some manuscripts, speeches, poems, and other items, primarily resulting from an official connection with Vassar College, written by Vassar students, faculty or staff, or of historical and cultural significance. Letters of note include W.I. Cutter on her missionary work in India, 1852-1854; John Quincy Adams on Paris peace treaty and national politics, 1783; Elizabeth Blackwell on excessive practice of ovariotomy and dangers to women from syphilitic husbands, 1896; Thomas Boyd on work as screen writer in Hollywood (1931), being a father, World War I experiences, and other issues, 1918-1934; Pearl S. Buck’s correspondence with Alma Lutz on equal rights amendment and Buck’s writing and speaking work, 1938-1967; Ruth Crippen on Red Cross work in France, 1918; Bette Davis on using women’s rights pioneers as film material, 1944; Anna E. Dickenson on her speaking engagements and personal news, 1863-1888; Frederick Douglass on John H. Raymond’s activities on behalf of fugitive

North Carolina

Duke University – David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Livezey, Josephine E. Papers, 1828-1913 ; (bulk 1876-1896). 204 items. Family correspondence, including descriptions of travel and of resorts from Virginia to Maine; parties given by the Du Pont family in Wilmington, Del., 1886; the illness of Jane Addams, 1910; conversations of Bernard N. Baker (Josephine’s brother-in-law) with William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gifford Pinchot, 1910; and the mercantile business of John Ely in Attleboro, Pa., 1843.

Gow, J. H. Diaries, 1896 Sept. 28-1897 June 13.  2 v. (.2 linear ft.) Entries describe a trip from England to Canada and the United States to visit settlement houses, especially in Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. Miss Gow’s longest stay was in Chicago where she went to Hull House and met with Jane Addams. In New York City she described the bad conditions in the tenements and a stop at a Labor Bureau. She also visited kindergartens, hospitals, clubs, and sweat shops. Other stops were in Montreal and Guelph in Canada; Norwich, Conn.; Cape Cod, Niagara Falls, and Hamilton.


Western Reserve Historical Society

Harper, Ann Austin, 1863-1935. Papers, 1864-1908.  0.2 linear ft. Letters, financial receipts, a death certificate, poems, recipes, home remedies, and miscellaneous lists. A letter from Jane Addams responds to a proposal by Harper to board delinquent or ill children in her home.


Haverford College – Quaker and Special Collections

Wood, L. Hollingsworth (Levi Hollingsworth), 1874-1956. L. Hollingsworth Wood Collection.  81 boxes. Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, lists, press releases, transcripts, notes, photographs, clippings, drafts of articles and speeches, financial and legal papers, brochures, pamphlets and other printed items, account books and other papers. Primarily correspondence and other papers related to the many organizations Wood was involved with, including: American League to Limit Armaments, American Union Against Militarism, American Commission on Conditions in Ireland, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Booker Washington Institute of Liberia, Fisk University, Five Years Meeting, Friends Ambulance Unit, Friends World Conferences, Happy Grove School, Haverford College, International Rescue Committee, National Urban League, New York Colored Mission, Peace Association of Friends in America, Young Friends, etc.

Philadelphia Public Ledger

Two newspaper clippings from April or May 1926 about a Peace Council Luncheon. One was “sensational” and the other, published the next day issued a correction (missing enclosures)


Brigham Young University – Harold B. Lee Library.

Addams, Jane, 1860-1935. Autograph and meeting program, ca. 1910. 2 items (3 p.) ; 3 photocpies (3 p.) American author and social reformer


Fisk University – Fisk University Library and Media Center,

Jones, Thomas Elsa. Thomas Elsa Jones collection (1-71), 1925-1947 (bulk, 1926-1946). 30.53 cubic ft. Personal materials consist of biographical information and correspondence with family and friends, including a few financial records and insurance policy materials. General correspondence contains three subseries: College/University Correspondence, Resignation, and Work Camps. Correspondents include Jane Addams, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Eleanor Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Augusta Savage. The College/University correspondence contains mostly incoming and outgoing letters from presidents and deans at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, with some folders on other educational institutions. The Resignation subseries includes information on Jones’s tentative resignation in 1941, and his final official resignation in 1946. The Work Camp subseries includes information on the Whiteville Work Camp, in which students were engaged in assisting the residents of rural Whiteville, Tenn., in a project to build schools.

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Cox-McCormack, Nancy, 1885-1967. Nancy Cox-McCormack papers, 1911-1965. 600 items and 4 v. Correspondence, photographs, and memoirs relating to Nancy Cox-McCormack’s commissions as a sculptor of images of prominent Europeans and Americans. Her subjects included Jane Addams, Giacomo Boni, Lauro De Bosis, Edward Ward Carmack, Rev. John Cavanaugh, Charles Upson Clark, Clarence Darrow, Rudulph Evans, Henry P. Fletcher, Mahatma Gandhi, Alice Gerstenberg, Dr. Laurence M. Gould, Charles Haubiel, Marian MacDowell, Benito Mussolini, Harold Noice, Max Pam, Ezra Pound, Lola Ridge, and Eunice Tietjens. The papers include two volumes of photographs of these sculptures as well as letters and memoirs related to the execution of the commissions. Other correspondence focuses on sixteen months spent in Italy (1952-1954) by Cox-McCormack and her husband, Charles T. Cushman, and on descriptions of post-World War II France by the family of Maurice Triand of Bordeaux. Approximately 300 letters (1948-1963) from Margaret Storrs Grierson (Archivist, Smith College) concern the Sophia Smith


University of Virginia

Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. Papers of William Dean Howells, 1866-1919.  342 items. The papers of William Dean Howells,1866-1919, include reviews, stories, and poems, letters, and portraits.


McMasters University

Bertrand Russell Archives


Oxford University, Bodleian Library

Archive of Emily Hobhouse. Photocopies of letters and papers relating to Hobhouse’s visit to GermanyIncludes correspondence with Herr von Romberg, the German Ambassador in Bern, Gottlieb von Jagow, the German Foreign Secretary, and letters to Jane Addams and Aletta Jacobs, Hobhouse’s fellow committee members on the International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace.

Archive of Gilbert Murray.

Archive of Roundell Cecil Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne

Archive of Ethel Sidgwick