Barbara Shipps' Hull-House collection

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Shipps, Barbara
Barbara Shipps' Hull-House collection
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Linear feet
The Barbara Shipps Hull-House Collection contains materials pertaining to Shipps' great aunts Eleanor and Gertrude Smith who served as Directors and Teachers at the Hull-House music school.

Preferred Citation

Barbara Shipps' Hull-House collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Barbara Shipps was the great niece of Eleanor and Gertude Smith, who served as Hull-House residents and Music School teachers. Eleanor Sophia Smith was born in 1858 to Willard and Matilda Smith. In 1987, she moved into Hull-House to direct the recently established Music School. Her sister Gertrude joined her shortly thereafter. Gertrude composed music and taught until Eleanor retired, at which time she took over direction of the Music School. Shipps collected family mementos and transferred the collection to Special Collections in 2000.

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Scope and Contents

This collection reflects some aspects of Hull-House work, as well as Gertrude and Eleanor Smith's involvement with Settlement work. The collection primarily includes invitations, correspondence, brochures, clippings, and articles.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives July 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607

Restrictions on Access


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Related Materials

Related Material

Researchers should be advised to consult the Eleanor and Gertrude Smith Papers held here in Special Collections.

Restrictions on Use


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Controlled Access Headings


  • Hull-House and Settlement House History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Barbara Shipps' Hull-House Collection 

Box Folder

Correspondence - Gertrude Smith from Flora Cooke, 1942 

1 1

Correspondence - Helen Shipps from Julia Lathrop, 1920 

1 2

Autobiography - Eleanor Smith, undated 

1 3

Obituary - Eleanor Smith [clipping], 1942 

1 4

Memorial Booklet - Eleanor Smith, 1942 

1 5

Lyric Booklet - The Merman's Bride, undated 

1 6

Attendance Roster - Girl Scouts, 1936 

1 7

Print - Hull-House Dining Hall Exterior by Nora Hamilton, undated 

1 8

Print - Hull Mansion Parlor, artist unknown, undated 

1 9

Print - Hull House Fireplace by Morris Topschevsky, 1961 

1 10

Christmas Cards - Hull-House Courtyard, undated 

1 11

Christmas Cards - Singing Children, undated 

1 12

Article - Adena Miller Rich as New Head Resident of Hull-House [clippings], undated 

1 13

Invitations - Immigrants' Protective League, 1946 

1 14

Invitations - Immigrants' Protective League Annual Meeting, 1944-1946, 1951 

1 15

Brochure - Immigrants' Protective League, undated 

1 16

Article - Alice Hamilton [clipping], 1969 

1 17

Article - Jane Addams, 1960 

1 18

Article - The Lady of Hull House, 1960 

1 19

Article - Reformer with a Heart, 1978 

1 20

Photo - Sweden's Princess Ingrid visits Hull-House, undated 

1 21

Yearbook - Hull-House, 1939 

1 22

Articles - written by Adena Rich, 1927-1949 

1 23

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