Frances Molinaro papers
MSMoli75

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

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Molinaro, Frances, 1896-1986
Title
Frances Molinaro papers
ID
MSMoli75
Date [inclusive]
1900-1985
Extent
4.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Social worker Frances Molinaro (1896-1986) had a forty-seven year involvement with the Hull-House settlement house in Chicago, first as a volunteer and later as an employee. collection includes a photograph album containing photos taken in and around the University of Chicago settlement house, ca. 1900, newspaper clippings collected by Molinaro commemorating Jane Addams and Hull-House, correspondence, Hull-House publications, and two photographs.

Preferred Citation

Frances Molinaro papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Social worker Frances Molinaro (1896-1986) had a forty-seven year involvement with the Hull-House settlement house in Chicago, first as a volunteer and later as an employee. Molinaro was introduced to Hull-House at the age of three, when her mother Caroline was invited by Hull-House co-founder Jane Addams to demonstrate traditional textile craftwork in the settlement Labor Museum. Young Frances accompanied her mother and joined in Hull-House activities while her mother wove and spun for visitors to the museum.

A tailor's apprentice at thirteen, Molinaro studied design and tailoring in high school, intending a career in design. In September of 1920, she took what she believed would be a temporary job at Hull-House. However, she remained at the settlement, serving in a variety of positions including receptionist, housekeeper, tour guide, nurse's aide, secretary, and home visitor. When Hull-House moved from its Halsted Street location on the Near West Side of Chicago, Molinaro continued to work at the new Hull-House Association headquarters at 3212 Broadway.

Molinaro retired in 1967 and moved to Mt. Prospect, Illinois. After seeing an article calling for volunteers written by another former Hull-House resident Mary A. Young, Molinaro began volunteer work with a suburban senior citizen organization. In March 1968, she was elected to the Chicago Senior Citizen's Hall of Fame and in 1969, she was awarded the Jane Addams Medallion at Hull-House Association's 79th Annual Meeting and Dinner. Molinaro died on November 15, 1986.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes a photograph album containing photos taken in and around the University of Chicago settlement house, ca. 1900, newspaper clippings collected by Molinaro commemorating Jane Addams and Hull-House, correspondence, Hull-House publications, and two photographs. The materials are arranged in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/22/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.).
  • University of Chicago. Settlement. -- Pictorial works

Personal Name(s)

  • Molinaro, Frances, 1896-1986 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Hull-House and Settlement House History.
  • Midwest Women's History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Frances Molinaro Papers 

Box Folder

Photographs - Molinaro; Bryn Mawr students, undated 

1 1

Caroline Williamson's photo album, ca. 1900s 

1 2

List of Hull-House Residents, 1889-1929, c. 1930 

1 3

Correspondence - re: request for Jane Club members assistance, 1932 

1 4

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Jane Addams death, 1935 

1 5

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Molinaro, 1949-1970 

1 6

National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers, "The Round Table", 1959 

1 7

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Jane Addams' 100th Anniversary celebration, 1960 

1 8

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) -Jane Addams' legacy, 1960-1977 

1 9

"Good Ol' Hull-House" - summary of programs and finances, 1962 

1 10

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Paul Jans, 1963 

1 11

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Hull-House Art and Music Camp, 1964 

1 12

Correspondence, 1966-1985 

1 13

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) -Hull-House Museum, 1967-1978 

1 14

Press release - Jane Addams' Medallion, 1969 

1 15

Newsletter - Hull-House Association, 1969-1970 

1 16

Molinaro awards and honors, 1969-1975 

1 17

Report - Hull House Association income and expense, 1975 

1 18

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Molinaro honors and awards, 1976 

1 19

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Benny Goodman, 1976-1985 

1 20

Program - "Second Annual Jane Addams' Birthday Banquet", 1977 

1 21

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Hull House Association, 1978 

1 22

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Hull House Association 90th Anniversary, 1979 

1 23

Annual Report - Hull-House Association, 1980-1981 

1 24

Flyer - Jane Addams Center 20th anniversary, 1983 

1 25

Newspaper clippings (photocopies) - Jane Addams Center Tot Lot, 1986 

1 26
Oversize

Archival copies of folders 5,6,8,9,11,12,14,19,20,22,23,26 1935-1986 

Folder 27

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