Dorothy Sigel Papers

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

Collection Summary

Creator:Dorothy Sigel
Title:Dorothy Sigel Papers
Abstract: Dorothy (Mittelman) Sigel (1900-2000) was an actress and social activist with a long association with Hull-House.This collection reflects Dorothy Sigel's relationship to Jane Addams, Edith de Nancrede, and the Hull-House Theater.
Quantity: 1 linear foot
Identification: DSigel

Biographical Sketch

Dorothy (Mittelman) Sigel (1900-2000) was an actress and social activist with a long association with Hull-House. She began her acting career in 1904 at the age of four when she participated in the Hull-House theater program. She later met her husband Louis Sigel at Hull-House. Sigel was a long-time member of the Hull-House Actor's Guild and performed in Hull-House theatrical productions until she was in her sixties. During her time at Hull-House, Dorothy Sigel was heavily influenced by both Jane Addams and Edith de Nancrede, whom she considered mentors and friends. Her work outside of Hull-House is consistent with the values held by these two individuals. Sigel went on to direct and produce festival plays at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe. As a social activist for the Jewish community, Sigel did public relations and fund raising event planning for the Jewish Federation of Chicago. She also served on the boards of the Jewish United Fund and North Shore Congregation Israel and as the first president of the North Shore Chapter of Hadassah in the early 1950s.

Scope and Contents

This collection reflects Dorothy Sigel's relationship to Jane Addams, Edith de Nancrede, and the Hull-House Theater. The collection contains correspondence, minutes, pamphlets, programs, newspaper clippings, photocopied articles, photographs, and magazines containing articles about Hull-House.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
De Nancrede, Edith --Sources.
Hull-House Theatre (Chicago, Ill.) --Sources.
Jewish actresses --Illinois --Chicago --Biography --Sources.
Sigel, Dorothy, 1900-2000 --Archives.
Hull-House and Settlement House History
Midwest Women's History

Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Series I

01Photographs and postcards, 1912-1914
2Hull-House Theater - programs and playbills, 1929-1964
3Hull-House - pamphlets and correspondence, 1933-1954
4Hull-House Year Book, 1934
5Hull-House Theater - scripts - The Fountain, Fair Exchange, 1934
6Newspaper clippings - Hull-House Theater, 1935-1971
7DeNancrede, Edith and Gertrude Madeira Smith. Mother Goose Dances. Chicago: H. T. Fizsimons Co, 1940
8Order of Service - "Service to Honor the Memory of Eleanor Smith, Founder of Hull-House Music School", 1942
9Hull-House Association - miscellaneous, 1946-1974
10Hull-House Association - miscellaneous, 1947-1989
11Offprint -- Kelley, Nicolas. "Early Days at Hull-House." The Social Service Review v. 28, no. 4, 1954.
12Sigel, Dorothy - correspondence, 1955-1998
13Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - pamphlets, undated
14Sigel, Dorothy - charitable causes, 1960-1987
15Jane Addams Centennial materials, 1960-1991
16Newspaper clippings - death notices and obituaries, 1960-1996
17Gilroy, Frank D. Who'll Save the Plowboy? A drama in two acts. New York: Samuel French, 1962
18Newspaper clippings, 1963-1996
19Cashin, Jack, 1966
20Hull-House Association - pamphlets, 1968-1996
21Hull-House - list of residents, undated
22Hull-House Association - Executive Committee Meeting - minutes, 1972-1974
23Hull-House Association - Executive Committee Meeting - minutes, 1973-1974
24Magazines containing articles about Hull-House, 1989-1990
25"The Many Faces of Hull-House: the Photographs of Wallace Kirkland" exhibit, UIC, 1989
26North Shore Senior Center, 1995
27Jackson, Shannon "Civic Play-Housekeeping: Gender, Theater, and American Reform" Theater Journal 48, 1996.
28Biographical materials, 2000-2002