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Name of Creator:United South End Settlements
Title:United South End Settlements records
Date:1891-2010 (bulk 1980-2005)
Reference Code:M126
Location Code:59/1-4, 60/4, 64/3, 55/4, 42/1, 118/3, FF5/D5, FF6/D9, RS11/S1, RS11/S3
Extent:99.3 cubic ft. (95 boxes, 2 flat file drawers, and 2 rolled tubes)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents the history of United South End Settlements prior to 1960, specifically the formation of the Federation of South End Settlements and the creation of the Children's Art Centre. Documentation includes the reasons for and actions taken by the head workers of the settlement houses and the Children's Art Centre to form the Federation of South End Settlements, as well as the purpose of establishing a children's museum in the South End. Records date from 1892-1963 and include minutes of the South End Planning Group, the minutes of the Federation's directors meetings, and correspondence to and from the South End Area Planning Group regarding the implications of the Community Fund survey and possible action plans. Records also include meeting minutes of the Museum Settlement Association, annual reports of the Children's Art Centre from 1922-1963; and the Children's Art Centre's annual report précises from 1915-1959; by-laws of Andover, Hale, and Lincoln houses; scrapbooks; and annual reports of the South End House. Records from 1960-2010 document United South End Settlement's efforts to provide safe, accessible spaces where residents of the South End and Lower Roxbury gathered for recreational, cultural, and educational activities. United South End Settlement's role in urban renewal and in developing housing and economic opportunities during the 1960s and 1970s is also documented. Topics covered are the history of settlement houses in Boston's South End, urban renewal, and non-profit social service delivery. In addition, oral histories of several residents provide the history and culture of the South End from the 1920-1990s, and the role of settlement houses, in particular the South End House, and United South End Settlements. Other topics documented include adult education and employment training, children's art education, community development, services to the elderly, residential and summer day camp programming, and minority artists. The collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, proposals, grants and contracts, financial statements, budgets, audits, newspaper clippings, program descriptions, property descriptions, artwork, photographs and slides, scrapbooks, VHS and MiniDV cassettes, and DVDs.
Historical Abstract:United South End Settlements is a non-profit social service agency located in the South End of Boston, Massachusetts, whose mission is to foster well-being, nurture personal growth and development, build a sense of community, and maintain an environment where all can thrive. In 1950, five settlement houses (South End, Lincoln, Hale, Harriet Tubman, and Ellis Memorial) and the Children's Art Centre, agreed to share their resources and formed the Federation of South End Settlements. In 1960, Ellis Memorial left the group which was renamed the United South End Settlements.
Language and Scripts:English
System of Arrangement:Organized into seven series: 1. Pre-merger; 2. Governance; 3. Executive Staff; 4. Programs; 5. Development Office; 6. Business Office and Public Grants and Contracts; and 7. Audio-Visual and Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Crite, Allan Rohan, 1910-2007
  • Tubman, Harriet, 1820?-1913
  • Woods, Robert Archey, 1865-1925

  • Ammarell, Natalie
  • Brown, Kenneth
  • Cochrane, F. Douglas
  • Garcia, Frieda
  • Guadulesa
  • Knight, Lucy
  • Morton, Helen
  • Sears, John
  • Woods, Robert

  • Camp Hale
  • Federation of United South End Settlements
  • Hale House
  • Harriet Tubman House
  • Lincoln House
  • Federation of United South End Settlements
  • South End House
  • United South End Settlements
  • Adult education -- United States
  • African American women artists
  • Art Therapy -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Children's art -- United States -- Exhibitions
  • Community centers
  • Community centers -- Massachusetts -- Children and Youth
  • Community development -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Roxbury
  • Community development, Urban -- Massachusetts -- South End (Boston)
  • Community organization -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Development projects -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Roxbury / South End
  • Development projects -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Back Bay -- Issues
  • Employment training -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Literacy
  • Lodging-houses -- South End Settlements -- Massachusetts -- South End (Boston)
  • Minority artists -- United States
  • Neighborhood -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Neighborhood -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Relocation of Families and Individuals
  • Non-profit organizations -- Massachusetts -- South End (Boston)
  • Older people -- Education
  • Older people -- Recreation
  • Outdoor recreation -- Management
  • Recreation -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Children and Youth
  • Social Services -- Massachusetts -- Elderly
  • Social Services -- Massachusetts -- South End (Boston)
  • Social Settlements -- Massachusetts
  • Summer Jobs Programs -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Tenant's associations -- Massachusetts -- History
  • Vocational education -- Programs -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Urban Renewal -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
Conditions Governing Access:Files containing client information are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation. Please contact the University Archivist for more information.
Technical Access: The Archives does not have the equipment to view the 1" reel-to-reel films in Series 7. Audio-Visual and Memorabilia.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Related Archival Materials:

Helen Morton papers, 1920-1984, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.United South End Settlements records, 1892-1973, University of Minnesota Social Welfare History Archives.South End House, 1890-1950, Houghton Library, Harvard University.South End House Association records, 1909-1944. Simmons College Archives.The Archives and Special Collections Department capture the website content of the United South End Settlements, which is accessible at:*/

Processor: Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds and Archive Staff, February 16, 2007; updated by Migyeong Geum, November 2012; updated by Cheryl Ostrowski, January 2014; updated by Andrew Begley, June 2015.