Dame Henrietta Barnett papers
MSBarn64

 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
Barnett, Henrietta, Dame, 1851-1936
Title
Dame Henrietta Barnett papers
ID
MSBarn64
Date [inclusive]
1897-1935
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Part of the Jane Addams Memorial Collection. Part of the Midwest Women's Historical Collection. Together with her husband, Canon Samuel Barnett, Henrietta Barnett (1851-1936) founded the world's first settlement house, Toynbee Hall in London in 1844. In addition to her settlement work, Henrietta Barnett was interested in housing and helped found a model garden suburb at Hamstead. She collaborated on some of her husband's books, notably Practicable Socialism, (1888) and wrote his biography (1918). In 1924, she became Dame Commander of the British Empire. This collection consists primarily of correspondence with Jane Addams. It also includes correspondence with Mary Rozet Smith as well as newspaper clippings about Jane Addams. All letters from Jane Addams are photocopies. Acquired from Mrs. Elizabeth Linn Murray.

Preferred Citation

Dame Henrietta Barnett papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biography of Dame Henrietta O. Barnett

Dame Henrietta O. Barnett was born at Clapham in England on May 4, 1851 to Alexander William Rowland and his wife, Henrietta Monica Margaretta Ditges. Henrietta married Samuel A. Barnett, a curate at St. Mary's church, Bryanston Square, when she was twenty-one years old. She is best known for her work at Toynbee Hall, the first university settlement, founded by her husband in the St. Jude's parish of Whitechapel in 1884. Named after the eminent historian and economist, Arnold Toynbee (1852-1881), the purpose of the settlement was for those who possessed wealth and education to share their knowledge and provide assistance to the poor. Canon Barnett also expected the new residents "to learn as much as to teach; to receive as much as to give," and thus hoped to influence changes in how the privileged elite of Britain related to the rest of the population.

Toynbee Hall spawned several new organizations, e.g., the Children's Country Holiday Fund (1884), the Worker's Education Association (1903), and the Youth Hostel Association (1931) among others. Many eminent figures in British progressive circles had links to Toynbee Hall including the economist, William Beveridge (1879-1963), and the Labour Prime Minister, Clement Attlee (1883-1967). Jane Addams was inspired to found Hull-House in Chicago after a visit to Toynbee Hall.

Henrietta O. Barnett was active in many different projects of Toynbee Hall and its affiliated organizations. She was manager of the Forest Gate district school, 1875-1897. Dame Henrietta co-founded the Children's Country Holiday Fund and the London Pupil Teachers' Association, serving as the latter organization's president from 1891 to 1907. She helped her husband found the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1901 and became a lifelong trustee. Her interest in nature and art led her to raise money to preserve Hampstead heath with the establishment of the Hampstead Garden Surburb Trust in 1903. This pioneering effort in urban planning sought the physical integration of different social classes into a single community with houses of different size on adjacent grounds, public buildings for worship, recreation, and education as well as extensive green space.

Henrietta Barnett assisted the propagation of the settlement idea in the United States and was elected honorary president of the 480 strong American Federation of Settlements in 1920. Henrietta O. Barnett was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1924. She then took up painting at the age of seventy-two producing a work considered good enough to hang in the Royal Academy and later died at Hampstead on June 10, 1936.

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Scope and Contents

Most of the Dame Henrietta O. Barnett Collection consists of correspondence between Dame Henrietta O. Barnett and Jane Addams. Other items include published material by Jane Addams, an obituary for Jane Addams printed in a report of the Women's international League for Peace and Freedom, memoranda regarding a proposed visit to America by Barnett, and some newspaper and magazine clippings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2003-11-10

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/23/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

Mrs. Elizabeth Linn (Robert A.) Murray donated these materials to the University of Illinois in September 1964.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Addams, Jane, 1860-1935 -- Correspondence
  • Barnett, Henrietta, Dame, 1851-1936 -- Archives
  • Smith, Mary Rozet, d. 1934 -- Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Hull-House and Settlement House History.

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Bibliography

The Dictionary of National Biography. 1931-1940. London: Oxford University Press, 1949.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Dame Henrietta Barnett Papers 1897-1935 

Box Folder

Letter from Jane Addams, September, 17, 1897 

1 1

Letter from Jane Addams, May 30, 1899 

1 2

Letter to Barnett from Jane Addams, March 25, 1903 

1 3

Telegram to from Jane Addams, July 30, 1913 

1 4

Part of letter from Jane Addams, November 1, 1913 

1 5

Letter from Jane Addams, June 4, 1919 

1 6

Letter from Jane Addams, June 18, 1919 

1 7

Telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), December 02, 1919 

1 8

Telegram from Jane Addams, February 03, 1920 

1 9

Copy of telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), March 1, 1920 

1 10

Telegram from Jane Addams, March 20, 1920 

1 11

Fragment of telegram from Jane Addams, April 1920 

1 12

Telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), April 15, 1920 

1 13

Telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), April 24, 1920 

1 14

Telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), May 20, 1920 

1 15

Telegram from Jane Addams, May 26, 1920 

1 16

Telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), June 19, 1920 

1 17

Telegram from Jane Addams, June 26, 1920 

1 18

Telegram to Jane Addams from Janes B. Pond, July 1, 1920 

1 19

Telegram from Jane Addams, July 11, 1920 

1 20

Telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), July 19, 1920 

1 21

Letter from Jane Addams, October 15, 1920 

1 22

Letter from Jane Addams, October 26, 1920 

1 23

Letter from Jane Addams, November 11, 1921 

1 24

Letter from Jane Addams, January 1921 

1 25

Telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), March 9, 1921 

1 26

Telegram from Jane Addams, April 2, 1921 

1 27

Telegram from Jane Addams, April 22, 1921 

1 28

Telegram to Jane Addams (unsigned), May 09, 1921 

1 29

Telegram from Jane Addams, May 18, 1921 

1 30

Telegram from Jane Addams, June 1, 1921 

1 31

Telegram from Jane Addams, July 27, 1921 

1 32

Letter from Jane Addams, July 27, 1921 

1 33

Telegram to Jane Addams, August 2, 1921 

1 34

Letter from Jane Addams, December 4, 1922 

1 35

Letter from Jane Addams, December 11, 1922 

1 36

Letter from Jane Addams, December 13, 1922 

1 37

Letter from Jane Addams, December 22, 1922 

1 38

Letter from Jane Addams, February 27, 1923 

1 39

and Telegram to Prof. Lyon, January 5, 1923 May 31, 1923 

1 40

Letter [from Jane Addams?], August 7, 1923 

1 41

Letter from Jane Addams, October 5, 1923 

1 42

Letter from Jane Addams, April 19, 1924 

1 43

Letter from Jane Addams, 1926 

1 44

Letter from Jane Addams, 1926 

1 44

Letter from Jane Addams, January 30, 1926 

1 45

Letter from Jane Addams, July 1, 1926 

1 46

Letter from Jane Addams, July 27, 1926 

1 47

Letter from Jane Addams, August 2 [1926?] 

1 48

Letter from Jane Addams, September 16, 1926 

1 49

Letter from Jane Addams, January 19, 1928 

1 50

Telegram from Jane Addams, July 6, 1929 

1 51

Letter from Henrietta Barnett to Jane Addams?, November 28, 1929 

1 52

Telegram to Jane Addams, June 3, 1930 

1 53

Telegram from Jane Addams, March 11, 1930 

1 54

Letter from J.J. Mallon, March 19, 1930 

1 55

Letter from Jane Addams, June 25, 1930 

1 56

Letter from Jane Addams, September 18, 1930 

1 57

Letter from Jane Addams, September 24, 1931 

1 58

Telegram to the Editor of The Daily Mail, December 12, 1931 

1 59

Letter from Jane Addams, March 30, 1933 

1 60

Telegram from Jane Addams, February 9, 1934 

1 61

Telegram from Jane Addams, January 10, 1935 

1 62

Telegram to Jane Addams, July 7, 1930 

1 63

Telegram to Jane Addams, July 30, 1928 

1 64

; letter from William Byron, July 3, 1920 March 18, 1925 

1 65

Telegram to Jane Addams, July 19, 1929 

1 66

Addams, Jane."A Belated Industry." The American Journal of Sociology, n.d. 

1 67

"The Irish Committee at Work." The Nation. 111, No. 2888, n.d. 1897-1935 

1 68

; Letter from Jane Shill, March 10, 1896 March 10, 1896 September 1, 1896 

1 69

Correspondence with Spencer Miller, Jr., April 18, 1921 - August 31, 1923 

1 70

20th Annual Report of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom with obituary for Jane Addams, 1936 

1 71

Correspondence with Mary Rozet Smith, letters dated February 20 and September 17 (year?) 1897-1935 

1 72

; Telegram to Mademoiselle Bassot December 29, 1922 January 1, 1923 

1 73

Article about Jane Addams written by Henrietta Barnett, ca. 1925 

1 74

Correspondence with Harold Spender, March 1923 

1 75

Correspondence regarding tributes to Jane Addams, 1919-1935 

1 76

Memoranda to Rev. W. Hudson Shaw regarding proposed visit of Barnett to America from Arnold Shaw, December 19, 1935 

1 77

Telegram from G.H. Grubb, May 17, 1920 

1 78

Newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Jane Addams, 1923-1936 

1 79

Trans-Atlantic Talk materials, December 24, 1934 

1 80

Correspondence with William and Dorothy Williams, tribute and newspaper clippings regarding Jane Addams, June 1935 

1 81

Jane Addams Memorial Service materials, June 1935 

1 82

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