Esther Loeb Kohn Papers

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




Collection Summary

Creator:Kohn, Esther Loeb
Title:Esther Loeb Kohn Papers
Dates:1896/1965
Abstract: Esther Loeb Kohn (1875-1965) was a Hull-House resident, social reformer and lobbyist for progressive child labor laws in Illinois. The collection contains personal correspondence, clippings and photographs as well as records of Chicago area social service agencies including the Immigrants Protective League, the Chicago Housing Authority, the National Child Labor Committee and Michael Reese Hospital.
Quantity: 13 linear feet
Identification: EKohn

Biographical Sketch

Esther Loeb Kohn (1875-1965) was a Hull-House resident, social reformer and lobbyist for progressive child labor laws in Illinois. After graduating from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Esther Loeb married Alfred D. Kohn, a physician. Dr. Kohn was a member of the Chicago Board of Education and was instrumental in founding the first nutrition program in the Chicago public schools. After her husband's death in 1909, Kohn moved into Hull-House in 1911 where she would continue to live for thirty years.

At Hull-House, Kohn was placed in charge of children's activities and worked with the Bowen Country Club in Waukegan, Illinois. While a resident of Hull-House, Kohn helped to found a trade school for girls who left public school in search of employment. This program was then adopted by the Chicago Public Schools. She was also active in the Immigrant's Protective League, headquartered at Hull House, and served on the Board of Directors.

Kohn was very active in the movement for restrictive child labor laws in Illinois. She was a member of the Illinois Child Labor Committee and as such, conducted investigations into the street trades in Illinois. She was a special delegate to the 1930 White House Conference on Child Welfare. Kohn was also active in the field of medical social work. She was on the Board of Directors of Michael Reese Hospital where she organized a volunteer medical social work program for patients.

As a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Esther Loeb Kohn attended the Vienna Peace Conference at the conclusion of the First World War with Jane Addams. Later, she accompanied fellow Hull-House reformer Julia Lathrop to Russia to witness the socialist experiment first hand.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal correspondence, clippings and photographs as well as records of Chicago area social service agencies including the Immigrants Protective League, the Chicago Housing Authority, the National Child Labor Committee and Michael Reese Hospital.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Subjects:
Chicago Housing Authority--Sources.
Immigrants' Protective League (Chicago, Ill.)--Sources.
Kohn, Esther Loeb--Archives.
Michael Reese Hospital--Sources.
National Child Labor Committee (U.S.)--Sources.
Social workers--Illinois--Biography--Sources.
Hull-House and Settlement House History
Midwest Women's History


Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Series I

BoxFolder
01Abbott, Grace - "Grace Abbott for Secretary of Labor", 1930
2Addams, Jane - correspondence, 1916-1935
3Alfred K. Kohn Elementary School, 1956-1965
4Alternative Social and Political Forms -A Study, undated
5American Association of Medical Social Workers, 1937
6American Association for the United States - Illinois and Greater Chicago Divisions, 1949-1955
7American Public Welfare Association - Conference on the Maintenance of Welfare Standards, 1932
8American Public Welfare Association - correspondence, 1932-1942
9Americans for Democratic Action, 1946-1947
10"An Analysis of the Function of the Social Worker at Michael Reese Hospital" - study, 1937
11"The Cardiac Work of Sunset Camp Service League" - a study, 1927
12Case of Hedwig Lidenthal, Camilla and Marianne Kuffner, 1941-1942
13Central Service for the Chronically Ill - agendas of the Administrative Committee, 1947-1954
14Central Service for the Chronically Ill - agendas of board meetings, 1951-1958
15Central Service for the Chronically Ill - by-laws, undated
16Central Service for the Chronically Ill - "Chronic Illness in Metropolitan Chicago" - study, 1947
17Central Service for the Chronically Ill - financial reports, 1946-1955
18Central Service for the Chronically Ill - minutes of Administrative Committee, 1946-1951
19Central Service for the Chronically Ill - minutes of the Administrative Committee, 1951-1954
20Central Service for the Chronically Ill - minutes of the Board Meeting, 1955-1962
21Central Service for the Chronically Ill - correspondence, 1945-1952
22Central Service for the Chronically Ill - correspondence, 1952-1965
23Central Service for the Chronically Ill - correspondence, undated
24Central Service for the Chronically Ill - planning for the establishment of a nursing home, undated
25Central Service for the Chronically Ill - proposed budgets, 1947-1959
26Central Service for the Chronically Ill - study, 1947
27Chicago Bar Association - Committee on Civil Rights, undated
28Chicago Board of Education, 1929-1931
29Chicago Committee Against Rearming Europe, undated
30Chicago Committee on Displaced Persons - minutes of meetings, 1947
31Chicago Committee for Jewish Refugees - The Budget Committee, 1941-1943
32Chicago Committee for Jewish Refugees - Constitution and by-laws, undated
33Chicago Committee to Oppose Peacetime Conscription, 1945-1948
34Chicago Committee for the President's Court Plan, 1937
35Chicago Housing Authority - minutes of the Advisory Committee, 1954-1961
36Chicago Housing Authority - correspondence, 1950-1960
37Chinese Young Women's Christian Association of Hong Kong - annual report, 1924
38City Club of Chicago - report, 1939
39Civil Service Commission of Cook County, 1941-1942
40Child labor - history, undated
41Cincinnati Anti-Tuberculosis League - report, 1945
42Cincinnati Public Health Federation - A Study of Housing Population Growth in our 25 Largest American Cities, 1945
43Committee on War Problems - minutes, 1942
44Conditions in Germany - correspondence, 1933
45Cook County Board of Commissioners, 1928-1951
46Cook County Bureau of Public Welfare - The Advisory Board, 1933-1943
47Cook County Bureau of Public Welfare - Agendas of Advisory Board Meetings, 1936-1943
48Cook County Bureau of Public Welfare - Minutes of the Advisory Board, 1933-1943
49Cook County Bureau of Public Welfare - correspondence, 1932-1942
50Cook County Hospital - History, 1935
51Cook County Hospital - modernization program, 1957
52Cook County Hospital - reports on accomplishments, 1947-1954
53Cook County Public Health Units - minutes of the advisory board, 1940-1942
54Cook County School of Nursing - agendas of board meetings, 1952
55Cook County School of Nursing - Agendas of the Education Committee, 1948-1955
56Cook County School of Nursing - Agendas of the Education Committee, 1948-1955
57Cook County School of Nursing - Agendas of Social Service Committee, 1934-1957
58Cook County School of Nursing - Agreement of formation, undated
59Cook County School of Nursing - Annual reports of the director, 1935-1951
60Cook County School of Nursing - Annual reports of the director, 1952-1956
61Cook County School of Nursing - Annual reports of the director, 1957
62Cook County School of Nursing - Annual reports of the Social Service Committee, 1936-1964
63Cook County School of Nursing - Annual reports of the Social Service Committee, 1935-1961
64Cook County School of Nursing - Background information, 1963
65Cook County School of Nursing - 1958 budget recommendations, 1958
66Cook County School of Nursing - Contract with the County of Cook, 1939
67Cook County School of Nursing - History of the Recruitment Program, 1955
68Cook County School of Nursing - Lists of Board and Committee, 1937-1965
69Cook County School of Nursing - Material Pertaining to Budgets of Various Committees, 1937-1963
70Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of the Education Committee, 1949-1955
71Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of the Executive Committee, 1953-1954
72Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of the Executive Committee of the Faculty, 1953
73Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of board meetings, 1935-1942
74Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of board meetings, 1942-1952
75Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of board meetings, 1952-1954
76Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of board meetings,, 1955-1958
77Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of board meetings, 1958-1963
78Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of board meetings, 1964-1965
79Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of board meetings, 1936-1961
80Cook County School of Nursing - minute of the Social Service Committee, 1935-1941
81Cook County School of Nursing - minutes of the Social Service Committee, 1942-1963
82Cook County School of Nursing - correspondence, 1925-1940
83Cook County School of Nursing - correspondence, 1941-1950
84Cook County School of Nursing - correspondence, 1951-1956
85Cook County School of Nursing - correspondence, 1956-1965
86Cook County School of Nursing - correspondence, undated
87Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1936-1939
88Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1940-1942
89Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1942-1948
90Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1949-1950
91Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1950-1951
92Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1951-1952
93Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1952-1956
94Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1956-1957
95Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the director, 1957-1959
96Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports if the committee on social service, 1961-1965
97Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports the Social Service Department, 1936-1950
98Cook County School of Nursing - monthly reports of the Social Service Department, 1950-1958
99Cook County School of Nursing - The Personnel Policy Committee, 1946-1947
100Cook County School of Nursing - quarterly reports of the social service department, 1955-1962
101Cook County School of Nursing - report of the citizens' committee to study cook county hospital, 1964
102Cook County School of Nursing - reports for the nursing school office, 1935-1936
103Cook County School of Nursing - report of the sub-committee on recruitment, 1957
104Cook County School of Nursing - revised by-laws, 1952
105Cook County School of Nursing - statistical reports, 1960-1962
106Cook County School of Nursing - A Study of Convalescent and Chronically Ill Patients, 1940
107Cook County School of Nursing - Treasurers Report, 1936-1951
108Cook County School of Nursing - Treasurers Report, 1951-1955
109Cook County School of Nursing - Treasurer's Report, 1956-1964
110The Council of Social Agencies of Chicago, 1932-1946
111Crime Prevention, Inc., undated
112Displaced Persons, 1923-1950
113Educational and Vocational Guidance Bureau, undated
114Example of Activity of Medical Social Consultant in a Public Medical Care Program - report, undated
115Facts about the Jewish Charities of Chicago - report by the Women's Division, 1947
116Family Welfare Association of America, 1935-1937
117German Refugee Children, 1931-1940
118"Hasten the Dawn" - Ben Aronin, undated
119Health Data Book - The Chicago Board of Health and Tuberculosis Institute of Cook County, 1939
120Hull-House - correspondence, 1911-1922
121Hull-House - correspondence, 1922-1926
122Hull-House - correspondence, 1927-1929
123Hull-House - correspondence, 1929-1933
124Hull-House - correspondence, 1933-1939
125Hull-House - correspondence, 1940-1963
126Hull-House - correspondence, undated
127Hull-House, 1911-1928
128Hull-House, 1928-1938
129Hull-House, 1938-1965
130Hull-House, undated
131Hull-House, undated
132Hull-House Scholarship Loan Fund Committee - agendas, 1940
133Hull-House Scholarship Loan Fund Committee - minutes, 1939
134Hull-House Scholarship Loan Fund Committee - correspondence, 1939-1951
135Illinois Board of Public Welfare Commissioners - radio speech, 1931
136Illinois Child Labor Committee - bylaws, undated
137Illinois Child Labor Committee - history and origin, 1953
138Illinois Child Labor Committee - minutes of meetings, 1931-1958
139Illinois Child Labor Committee - correspondence,, 1917-1960
140Illinois Child Labor Committee - correspondence, 1922-1960
141Illinois Commission on Children, 1955-1956
142Illinois Committee on Child Welfare Legislation - minutes of Meetings, 1932-1937
143The Illinois Committee on Child Welfare Legislation - correspondence, 1926-1939
144The Illinois Conference on Social Welfare - annual sessions, 1934-1941
145Illinois Department of Labor, 1934-1953
146Illinois League of Women Voters - minutes of Board Meetings, 1926
147Illinois League of Women Voters - correspondence, 1924-1927
148Illinois League of Women Voters - correspondence, 1928-1961
149Illinois Public Aid Commission, 1948-1950
150Illinois Women's Joint Legislative Forms, 1928
151Immigrants Protective League - annual meetings, 1947-1963
152Immigrants Protective League - financial statements, 1925-1959
153Immigrants Protective League - history and organization, 1941-1956
154Immigrants Protective League - lists, 1950-1955
155Immigrants Protective League - lists of contributions, 1936-1952
156Immigrants Protective League - minutes of board meetings, 1958-1959
157Immigrants Protective League - minutes of the executive committee, 1955-1958
158Immigrants Protective League - minutes of the program planning committee, 1958-1959
159Immigrants Protective League - correspondence, 1918-1939
160Immigrants Protective League - correspondence, 1939-1953
161Immigrants Protective League - correspondence, 1954-1963
162Immigrants Protective League - correspondence, undated
163Immigrants Protective League - reports of the director, 1932-1956
164Intake Study of Parole Violators from the Illinois State Training School for Girls at Geneva, Illinois
165The Jane Addams Centennial, 1960
166The Jewish American Joint Distribution Committee - bulletins, 1939-1940
167The Jewish American Joint Distribution Committee - correspondence, 1927-1941
168The Jewish Charities - manual for volunteers, 1942
169The Jewish Charities - Summary of Organization and Activities, undated
170The Jewish Charities - Women's Division - manual, 1943
171The Jewish Charities - Women's Division - minutes of Board meetings, 1943-1948
172The Jewish Charities - Women's Division - minutes of Executive Committee, 1941-1943
173The Jewish Charities - Women's Division - correspondence, 1934-1941
174The Jewish Charities - Women's Division - correspondence, 1941-1947
175Jewish Federation of Chicago - Women's Division, 1949
176Jewish Social Service Bureau - agendas of Board meetings, 1926
177Jewish Social Service Bureau - minutes of monthly and annual board meetings, 1934-1939
178Jewish Social Service Bureau - correspondence, 1924-1937
179Jewish Social Service Bureau - correspondence, 1938-1941
180Jewish Social Service Bureau - monthly financial reports, 1937-1940
181Jewish Social Service Bureau - monthly statistical reports, 1937-1940
182Jewish Social Service Bureau - proposed by-laws, 1921
183Jewish Social Service Bureau - 1939 Report of the Home Economics Department, 1940
184Jewish Social Service Bureau - yearly statistical reports, 1935-1941
185Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - agendas of Board meetings, 1940-1954
186Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - agendas of Research Committee, 1954
187Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - annual reports, 1940-1942
188Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - budgets, 1942-1943
189Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - material for board meeting, 1936
190Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - material for board meeting, 1936
191Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - material for board meeting, 1936
192Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - material for board meeting, 1936
193Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - minutes of board meetings, 1937-1955
194Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - minutes of Personnel Committee meetings, 1941
195Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - minutes of Special Board Survey Committee, 1942-1947
196Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - correspondence, 1936-1940
198Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - correspondence, 1940-1956
199Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - office manual, 1941
200Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - proposal for a diagnostic vocational center, 1954
201Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - development of the Jewish Vocational Service in Chicago, 1941
202Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - Report on Refugee Activity, 1939
203Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - Staff qualifications and duties, undated
204Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - Vocational guidance for elementary school children, undated
205Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center - "Your Job", undated
206Joint Committee on Public School Affairs of Chicago, 1932-1937
207Joint Library Committee of the Jewish Charities, 1940-1943
208Juvenile Protective Association, 1936
209Kohn, Alfred D. - published articles, 1906-1908
210Kohn, Alfred D. - speeches, articles and death certificate, 1909
211Kohn, Esther Loeb - correspondence, 1909-1928
212Kohn, Esther Loeb - correspondence, 1929-1938
213Kohn, Esther Loeb - correspondence, 1939-1957
215Kohn, Esther Loeb - death, birth certificates, 1875-1965
216Kohn, Esther Loeb - honors and awards, 1932-1965
217Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1896-1906
218Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1907-1909
219Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1909-1911
220Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1912-1917
221Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1918
222Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1919-1920
223Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1920-1921
224Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1921-1924
225Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1924-1927
226Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1927-1931
227Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1932-1937
228Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1937-1955
229Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, 1956-1966
230Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, undated
231Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, undated
232Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, undated
233Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, undated
234Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file, undated
235Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file - greeting cards, 1905-1956
236Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file - greeting cards, undated
237Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file - greeting cards, undated
238Kohn, Esther Loeb - personal file - greeting cards, undated
239Kohn, Esther Loeb - speeches and articles, 1924-1952
240Kohn, Esther Loeb - speeches and articles, undated
241Kohn, Esther Loeb - speeches and articles, undated
242The Macaroni Wage Board Report - minutes of public hearing, 1935
243Michael Reese Hospital - annual reports of the Social Service Department, 1953-1954
244Michael Reese Hospital - annual treasurer's report of the Women's Board, 1958
245Michael Reese Hospital - attendance reports, 1932-1940
246Michael Reese Hospital - Bylaw of the Women's Auxiliary Board, undated
247Michael Reese Hospital - Department of Psychiatry - annual reports, 1936
248Michael Reese Hospital - Diabetic Camp Reports, 1938
249Michael Reese Hospital - lists of projects in need of financial support, 1947
250Michael Reese Hospital - manual for clinic secretaries, 1939
251Michael Reese Hospital - manual for the Woman's Board, undated
252Michael Reese Hospital - medical evaluations for 1941
253Michael Reese Hospital - minutes of the clinic committee, 1945
254Michael Reese Hospital - correspondence, 1923-1941
255Michael Reese Hospital - correspondence, 1942-1960
256Michael Reese Hospital - social service fund, 1937-1940
257Michael Reese Hospital - study of the 1938 Active Clinic Case Load, 1941
258Michael Reese Hospital - study of the Mental Hygiene Clinic, 1935
259Michael Reese Hospital - study of the 1938 One-Visit Patients, 1941
260Miscellaneous speeches and lectures, 1920-1952
261Miscellaneous, undated
262National Child Labor Committee - annual report, 1934
263National Child Labor Committee - minutes of the Board of Trustees annual meeting, 1933
264National Child Labor Committee - correspondence, 1924-1947
265National Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, 1934-1940
266National League of Nursing Education - a survey of Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing, undated
267National League of Women Voters - a Kit on Maternity and Infancy Hygiene Legislation, 1931
268National League of Women Voters - correspondence, 1924-1931
269National League of Women Voters - correspondence, 1931-1947
270National League of Women Voters - tenth anniversary convention, 1930
271The Near Web Side Planning Board, 1949-1951
272Newspaper clippings, undated
273Note book, undated
274Notes on child labor, undated
275Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee, 1940
276"A Practical Program of Public Health" - and address by Dr. Thomas Parran, 1936
277A Preliminary Study on the Industrial Workshops - Schwarzman, Appleman, and Kouperman, 1935
278Preliminary Study of Jewish Chronic Sick in Chicago - Samuel A. Goldsmith, 1932
279Progressive Citizens of America - confidential memorandum to state directors, 1947
280"A Question for Americans" - A Study by Chicago Committee to Oppose Peacetime Conscription, undated
281Report of Medical Social Service - United States Public Health Service, undated
282Report of a Study of the Abuse of Free Medical Service - Chicago Medical Society, 1935
283Report of Twenty-Two Non-Partisan Civic Agencies in Chicago, undated
284Review and Proposals for Modification of Clinic-Agency Procedures and Techniques, 1941
285Saint Charles School for Boys, 1928
286The Seventh Pan-American Child Congress, 1935
287Scholarship Association for Jewish Children, 1923-1929
288Socialism and Leveling Down -A Study, undated
289The Socialist Position on War - A Statement, 1936
290Social Service Employees Union - "About the Dictatorship at Michael Reese Hospital", undated
291Social Service Employees Union - correspondence, 1937-1945
292Social Statistics in the Research Program of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, 1934
293Some Community Opinions toward Public Support of Local Jewish Relief Needs - a study, 1936
294State of Illinois - Department of Public Welfare, 1928-1952
295State Training School for Girls, Geneva Illinois - bylaws, undated
296State Training School for Girls, Geneva Illinois - correspondence, 1950-1953
297Stevenson, Adlai - correspondence, 1948-1960
298Stevenson, Adlai - correspondence with E. L. Kohn, undated
299Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District - Report and recommendations, 1948
300Textbook Commission, 1943
301Universal Military Training, 1916-1953
302Universal Military Training, undated
303University of Chicago clinics - the Auxiliary Committee, 1938-1964
304University of Chicago clinics - Auxiliary Committee Minutes, 1937-1944
305University of Chicago Law School - Conference on Youth, the Law and the Courts, 1952
306University of Chicago - correspondence, 1924-1958
307University of Chicago - Preliminary report on Social Workers, 1933
308University of Illinois - Agreement for Affiliation of the Hospital Schools of Nursing, 1949
309University of Illinois - Report Concerning the Program in Nursing, 1951
310U.S. Department of Labor, 1922-1938
311U.S. Department of Labor, -- Division of Labor Statistics, 1936
312White House Conferences, 1929-1932
313Youthful Offenders - A Report, 1952
314Photographs - personal, 190-1965
315Photographs - Hull-House, Bowen Country Club - album, 1915
316Photographs - Hull-House, Bowen Country Club - album, 1923
317Photographs and negatives- Hull-House, Bowen Country Club - album, 1923
318Photographs - Puerto Rico, 1922
319Photographs - India, 1924
320Photographs - Orient, 1924
321Photographs - Russia, 1929
322Photographs - Pan American Child Welfare Conference, 1935
323Silhouette - trees, undated