Helen Culver Ewing Breasted Papers

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




Collection Summary

Creator:Breasted, Helen
Title:Helen Culver Ewing Breasted Papers
Dates:1931-2000
Abstract: Helen Culver Ewing [Breasted] and her sister Katherine Everts Ewing [Hocking] worked as volunteers at the Hull-House settlement house in Chicago during the winter of 1931-1932. This collection consists of photocopies of eleven letters written by Helen Culver Ewing to her parents Mary Everts Ewing and Charles Hull Ewing.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Identification: HBreasted

Biographical Sketch

Helen Culver Ewing [Breasted] and her sister Katherine Everts Ewing [Hocking] worked as volunteers at the Hull-House settlement house in Chicago during the winter of 1931-1932. The two young women were relatives of Charles J. Hull, who built the original home in which the settlement was founded and great-nieces of Helen Culver, who had inherited the property from Charles Hull. Culver donated and sold parts of the property to Jane Addams for the settlement house and became a Board member and frequent financial donor. At Hull House, Helen and Kay (Katherine) did "door duty" - answering questions from neighborhood visitors and giving referrals to various social services and agencies. They also assisted Edith DeNancrede with her children's theatre productions. Both women continued to have an active social life during their stay at Hull-House. Helen treasured the memories of her experience at Hull-House and she continued to re-read the letters she had written home into her final years. Helen Culver Ewing Breasted died in 2000 at the age of 90.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopies of eleven letters written by Helen Culver Ewing to her parents Mary Everts Ewing and Charles Hull Ewing. The correspondence dates from November 10, 1931 to May 11, 1932. Written permission to quote from these letters must be obtained from Helen Culver Ewing Breasted's heirs.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Permission must be obtained from heirs to photocopy.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Subjects:
Breasted, Helen Culver Ewing --Correspondence.
Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.) --Sources.
Hull-House and Settlement House History
Midwest Women's History


Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Helen Breasted Collection

BoxFolder
11Correspondence, 1931-1932
2Photograph - Helen Culver Ewing Breasted with Nicole Jordan, 1993
3Tribute to Helen Culver Ewing Breasted delivered by Prof. Nicole Jordan at the Second Annual Hull-House Conference, September 2000