Eri Baker Hulbert III papers
MSHulb69

 An Inventory of the collection at UIC

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Hulbert, Eri, 1905-1955
Title
Eri Baker Hulbert III papers
ID
MSHulb69
Date [inclusive]
1934-1965
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The first part of the collection (folders 1-36) consists primarily of correspondence and legal documents chronicling the death of Jane Addams and the struggle of her heirs a) to determine how the copyright percentages should be divided among themselves and b) to persuade others that they had the authority to authorize a dramatization of Jane Addams' life and the work of Hull House. The second part of the collection (folders 37-53) consists mostly of material documenting the struggle of the Near West Side Hull House Neighborhood to first upkeep their neighborhood and later to keep the area from being taken over by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Its materials include meeting proceedings, informational material, Eri Hulbert memorial booklet, newspaper clippings, fact sheets, position papers, and correspondence.

Preferred Citation

Eri Baker Hulbert III papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biography of Eri Baker Hulbert III

Eri Baker Hulbert III was born in 1905 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was the son of Charles Eri Hulbert and Esther Margaret (Linn) Hulbert ( a niece of Jane Addams). He moved to Chicago with his family the following year. Hulbert spent several years as a resident of Hull House and was an active participant and later drama director of its theater programs. He later attended Chicago high schools, then the Lewis Institute, and the University of Chicago where he received his Ph.B. in 1932. He married Margaret Hodges Brown in 1941. They had no children.

Eri Hulbert had an active and varied career. He was a teacher at Piedmont Junior High School in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1927-1928. He was an actor and director at the Chicago Art Theater from 1928-1931. He was a farmhand in Thief River Falls, Minnesota from 1932-1933. From 1934-1935, Hulbert worked as director of research, supervisor, and emergency relief administrator for Transient Service in Cheyenne Wyoming. He was a case supervisor and teacher for the Kansas Emergency Relief Commission in Topeka, Kansas from 1935-1937. From 1937-1940, he was counselor and head of tenant selection for Jane Addams Houses for the Chicago Housing Authority. And from 1940-1942, he served as an associate counselor for the Tenant Relations branch of the U.S. Housing Authority. After his marriage, Hulbert returned to Chicago and took a job as Chief of Project Services for the Federal Public Housing Authority from 1942-1946. From 1946-1947, he served as chief regional representative for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in the Kwangsi Province of Liuchow, China. When he returned from China, he became the executive secretary (employed by Hull House) for the Temporary Organizing Committee for the Redevelopment of the Near West Side, 1948-1949. From 1949 until his death on May 3, 1955, Eri Hulbert was the Director of the Near West Side Planning Board.

In connection with his career as teacher, social worker, and activist, Hulbert was also the author of several articles and pamphlets on tenant selection, race relations, relocation, and urban renewal. He also gave lectures on housing and planning at the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University.

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Scope and Contents

The Eri Hulbert Papers cover the years from 1934 to 1965. The first part of the collection (folders 1-36) consists mostly of correspondence and legal documents chronicling the demise of Jane Addams and the struggle of her heirs a) to determine how the copyright percentages should be divided among themselves and b) to persuade others that they had the authority to authorize a dramatization of Jane Addams' life and the work of Hull House. The second part of the collection (folders 37-53) consists mostly of material documenting the struggle of the Near West Side Hull House Neighborhood to first upkeep their neighborhood and later to keep the area from being taken over by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Its materials include meeting proceedings, informational material, Eri Hulbert memorial booklet, newspaper clippings, fact sheets, position papers, and correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2003-09-30

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Related Materials

Separated Material:

This collection is part of a larger collection donated by Mrs. Eri Hulbert in 1972. Publications, photographs, and artifacts of Jane Addams were separated out with the material being filed in the small manuscript collection, the Jane Addams photo collection, and the rare books collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Near West Side (Chicago, Ill.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Addams, Jane, (Death and burial), 1860-1935
  • Addams, Jane, (Estate), 1860-1935
  • Hulbert, Eri, 1905-1955 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Hull-House and Settlement House History.

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Bibliography

"Eri Hulbert Memorial Meeting Hull House Garden, May 19, 1955" program from Russell Ward Ballard Papers - Supplement I Folder 21

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Eri Baker Hulbert III Papers 1934-1965 

Box Folder

Photocopy of the second page of Jane Addams' will, 1934 

1 1

Telegram to Eri Hulbert from his mother [Esther Linn Hulbert] notifying him of his great-aunt Jane Addams' impending death, May 1935 

1 2

Correspondence with Eri Hulbert during his employment with the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, [Includes a letter from Eri Hulbert to Dr. Charles Gilkey praising his tribute to Jane Addams at her memorial service.], 1935 

1 3

Draft of a letter from Eri Hulbert to Thomas A. Beacom, Jr. [President of the Hull House Association) regarding the dramatization of the life of Jane Addams and the work of Hull House, 30 December 1944 

1 4

Unsigned copies (2 each-6 total) of general release contracts between Alice Haldeman-Julius Smith, Henry Haldeman-Julius, Josephine Haldeman-Julius and the Hull House Association concerning Jane Addams literary and dramatic licensing rights, 1945 

1 5

Correspondence with Eri Hulbert during his employment with the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, [Includes a letter from Eri Hulbert to Dr. Charles Gilkey praising his tribute to Jane Addams at her memorial service.], 1935 

1 6

Five copies of a "Resume of Ownerships of Copyrights to Books by Jane Addams and to the Official Biography by James Weber Linn", ca. 1945 

1 7

Two copies of an unsigned contract giving the Hull-House Association 80% and those represented by Eri Hulbert 20% of literary and dramatic net revenues, 1945 

1 8

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Hull House residents regarding the annual dinner, 18 May 1945 

1 9

Letter to Eri Hulbert from Albert Swanson of the MacMillan Publishing Company regarding photostatic copies of contracts previously requested by Hulbert, 21 May 1945 

1 10

Letter from Eri Hulbert to unnamed family members regarding the role of Hull House in promoting the dramatization of Jane Addams' life, 26 May 1945 

1 11

One copy of an unsigned agreement naming Eri Hulbert as agent for the Linn family, 12 June 1945 

1 12

One handwritten letter with five typewritten copies of a letter to Eri Hulbert from Alice [Haldeman-Julius Smith] which includes a refusal to sign a waiver but offering support for the idea of dramatizing Jane Addams' life, 31 May 1945 

1 13

Letter to Eri Hulbert from lawyers [Sonnenschein, Berkson, Lautmann, Levinson, and Morse] regarding the disposition of the Jane Addams copyright, 12 June 1945 

1 14

One handwritten letter and five typewritten copies of a letter to Eri Hulbert from Henry Haldeman-Julius which includes a refusal to sign a waiver and expressing his concern over the misrepresentation of the press concerning facts about the Cedarville farm, 21 June 1945 

1 15

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Alice [Haldeman-Julius Smith], Joey [Josephine Haldeman-Julius Roselle], and Henry [Haldeman-Julius] summarizing the reasons for opposition given by the three of them for refusing to sign a waiver and suggesting a compromise.[The second page of this letter is missing.]; Also includes notes on attached envelope proposing a new division of profits among previously excluded family members, ca. 1945 

1 16

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Elizabeth Allen, Esther Hulbert, Mary Linn, Stanley Linn, and Jane Rogers concerning what legal work needs to be completed so that a dramatization of Jane Addams' life could be attempted, 1 July 1945 

1 17

Letter from to Eri Hulbert from Mary Linn regarding her support of Eri as the agent of representation for the Linn family, July 6,[1945?] 

1 18

Two signed copies of a contract assigning 80% to the Hull House Association and 20% to Eri Hulbert (as the Linn family representative) of net revenues of Jane Addams' MacMillan Co. literary publications and dramatic licensing rights, 1945 

1 19

Two signed copies of releases (waivers) between 1) Winthrop Allen and the Hull House Association dated December 11, 1945 and 2) Sarah Addams Young and the Hull House Association dated December 14, 1945; Also a letter to Eri Hulbert from lawyers (Sonnenschein, Berkson, Lautmann, Levinson, and Morse) saying that they are sending him the five releases for the Haldeman-Julius family, 1945 

1 20

Correspondence between Swarthmore College and the Linn family (and from Eri Hulbert to Alma S. Peterson, president of the Hull-House Association) regarding the disposition of Jane Addams' papers, 1949-1950 

1 21

Letter to Eri Hulbert from a former employer of Winthrop Allen stating that Allen's current address was unknown to them, 15 August 1949 

1 22

Letter from Eri Hulbert to a lawyer ,Samuel R. Rosenthal of Sonnenschein, Berkson, Lautmann, Levinson, and Morse, regarding changes in copyright holders, 15 August 1950 

1 23

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Jane [Addams-Linn Morse], Myra [Reynolds Linn Peck], and Mary [Linn Wallace] concerning copyright paperwork, 15 August 1950 

1 24

Letter to Eri Hulbert from a lawyer, Samuel R. Rosenthal of Sonnenschein, Berkson, Lautmann, Levinson, and Morse, concerning changes in copyright holders, 30 August 1950 

1 25

Letter to U.S. Bureau of Copyright from Eri Hulbert enquiring about the possibility of copyrighting the Jane Addams name in order to regulate its use, 11 September 1950 

1 26

Letter to Eri Hulbert from Anna M. Penn, principal of Jane Addams School in Chicago in which she is attempting to locate a photo of Jane Addams to hang in the school, 26 March 1952 

1 27

Letter from J. George Bragin, attorney to Thomas H. Beacom, August 25, 1952 and Eri Hulbert's response to Bragin, October 6, 1952 regarding "the names of public figures who have one time or another come under the influence of Jane Addams", 1952 

1 28

Correspondence to and from Thomas H. Beacom, First National Bank of Chicago, concerning the production of a motion picture based on the life of Jane Addams and her work at Hull House (5 letters total), 1954 

1 29

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Bipps [Elizabeth Linn Allen] and Jane [Addams Linn] regarding the division of family copyright percentages, 10 August 1954 

1 30

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Bipps [Elizabeth Linn Allen] and Jane [Addams Linn] regarding the division of family copyright percentages, 10 August 1954 

1 30

Correspondence between Thomas H. Beacom and Ned Brown, Music Corporation of America regarding copyright issues concerning making a motion picture on Jane Addams' life, 7 letters total, 1954 

1 31

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Mrs. Donald Crisp regarding family input into a possible Jane Addams' motion picture, 6 October 1954 

1 32

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Ned Brown, Music Corporation of America regarding the absence of signed waivers for some next of kin, 8 October 1954 

1 33

Letter from Eri Hulbert to Jane [Addams Linn] and Bipps [Elizabeth Linn Allen] regarding family copyright percentages, 8 October 1954 

1 34

Draft of a letter from Thomas H. Beacom to Ned Brown, Music Corporation of America, notifying him that "Hull House intends to authorize a contract with another writer and will do so within the month of January unless there is immediate action on the part of Mrs. Crisp to accept the terms that have been discussed with her and to make payment promptly,", January, 1955 ; includes a letter to Eri Hulbert dated January 10, 1955 seeking his opinion of the draft, and the final draft of the letter dated January 13, 1955, January 1955 

1 35

Letter to Eri Hulbert from his mother [Esther Linn Hulbert] containing family news, undated 

1 36

Proceedings of the Fifth Anniversary Meeting of the Near West Side Planning Board at Bowen Hall, Hull House, Chicago on, 27 October 1953 

1 37

Blocks that Blight booklet by the Near West Side Planning Board, ca. 1953 

1 38

"Eri Hulbert Memorial Meeting" announcement card and program, 9 May 1955 

1 39

Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection newspaper clippings, ca. 1961 

1 40

Anti Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection fact sheet, undated 

1 41

"Dream Come True or Nightmare?" [Anti Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection position paper], undated 

1 42

Letter sent to Senator Douglas concerning Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection (This copy was sent by Florence Scala to Maggie Hulbert), undated 

1 43

Notes protesting Anti Harrison-Halsted as the U of I Chicago site, author unknown, undated 

1 44

Hull House Association meeting summary (anti Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection), 8 February 1961 

1 45

Handout promoting anti Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection, author unknown, undated 

1 46

Letter to Mayor Richard J. Daley from Jessie F. Binford and Florence Scala protesting the Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection, 22 February 1961 

1 47

Letter from Corienne Robinson Morrow, a Housing and Urban Problems Associate with Research and Action Associates, to Maggie Hulbert regarding Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection, 14 March 1961 

1 48

Photocopy of Title I of the Housing Act of 1949 section 110 subsection (c) item (6) Non-Residential Uses sent by Florence Scala to Mrs. Eri Hulbert, March 20, 1961 

1 49

Correspondence from Robert C. Weaver, Administrator at the Housing and Home Finance Agency, Washington, DC to Mrs. Eri Hulbert regarding urban renewal of the Near West Side, March 22, 1961 ; President's Message on "Our Nation's Housing", 1961 

1 50

Excerpts from Weaver and Morrow correspondence regarding their reaction to the University of Illinois Chicago site selection of the Near West Side, undated 

1 51

Summary of a meeting between Florence Scala (representing the Harrison-Halsted Community Group) and lawyers (representing Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill) regarding Harrison-Halsted U of I Chicago site selection, 6 April 1961 

1 52

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) materials including the WILPF Record, "Jane Addams and the Unions" brochure, undated, and a Jane Addams centennial of birth advertisement, 1960-1965 

1 53

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