Hull-Culver Family Papers

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




Collection Summary

Creator:Hull-Culver Family
Title:Hull-Culver Family Papers
Dates:1848-1948
Abstract: Businesswoman Helen Culver, acting in the name of her deceased cousin, Charles Jerold Hull, made substantial philanthropic contributions to several Chicago institutions. The collection consists of photocopies of correspondence, newspaper clippings and reports about the business affairs of Charles Hull, his children and his relationship with Helen Culver.
Quantity: 0.75 linear feet
Identification: HullCulver

Biographical Sketch

Businesswoman Helen Culver, acting in the name of her deceased cousin, Charles Jerold Hull, made substantial philanthropic contributions to several Chicago institutions. Charles Hull was a real estate developer who invested heavily in the Near West Side of Chicago. He built a family home there in 1856. After the death of his wife in 1860, Hull's cousin, Helen Culver moved into their household on South Halsted Street. Culver cared for the Hull children and assisted Charles Hull in his real estate office. Upon his death in 1889, Culver inherited his home, business, and fortune.

In 1889, Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr sublet the Hull family home from Culver in order to open the Hull-House settlement house. Through the years, Culver became a major donor to Hull-House, contributing land and money to the settlement, and a member of the Hull-House Board of Trustees. In 1896 Culver financed the building of four biology laboratories for the University of Chicago.

Culver continued to run a successful real estate practice until her retirement in 1900. Retirement did not dim her interest in reform issues and she financed a study by University of Chicago political scientist Charles E. Merriam and the publication of The Polish Peasant by University of Chicago sociologist W.I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki. Culver died in 1925 in Sarasota, Florida. Her nephew, Charles Hull Ewing, inherited the family business and continued to be involved with the Hull-House settlement.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photocopies of correspondence, newspaper clippings and reports about the business affairs of Charles Hull, his children and his relationship with Helen Culver. It also contains materials pertaining to Hull-House fundraising, activities and residents.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Subjects:
Culver, Helen C., 1832-1925 --Archives.
Hull, Charles J. (Charles Jerald), 1820-1889 --Archives.
Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.) --Sources.


Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Series I

BoxFolder
11Addams, Jane - Civic dinner honoring Jane Addams, 1927
2Addams, Jane - Letters to A. M. Welch, 1927
3Addams, Jane - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1930-1931
4Addams, Jane - Letters to Mary Everts Ewing, 1930
5Ballard, Russell - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1949
6Blair, Helen McCormick - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1949
7B. C. C. News - periodical, 1949
8Bowen, Louise DeKoven - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1931-1950
9Bowen, Louise DeKoven - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1931-1950
10Bradley, William Aspinwall - Poem about Jane Addams, undated
11Carr, Charlotte - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938
12Crawford, Randall - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938
13Culver, Helen - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1893-1908
14Culver, Helen - Letters to Charles Jerold Hull, 1873-1880
15Culver, Helen - Letters to "Dear Nelly", 1891
16Culver, Helen - Letters to "My Dear Sue", 1881
17Culver, Helen - Letters to William Rainey Harper, 1895
18Culver, Helen - Obituaries, 1925-1926
19Culver, Helen - Speech on opening of Boys Club at Hull-House, undated
20Dobbs, Harrison Allen - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1937-1938
21Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Alma Petersen, 1950
22Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Britton I. Budd, 1948
23Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Charlotte Carr, 1938
24Ewing, Charles Hull-Letters to Elaine Switzer, 1947
25Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Elizabeth McManus, 1931
26Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Father, 1885
27Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Harriet Welling, 1938
28Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Harrison Allen Dobbs, 1938
29Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Helen Culver, 1908
30Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Helen McCormick Blair, 1949
31Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Jane Addams, 1927-1931
32Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Louise DeKoven Bowen, 1931-1950
33Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Mary Rozet Smith, 1931
34Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to R. T. Miller, Jr., 1938
35Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Russell Ballard, 1944-1950
36Gigliotti, Cairoli - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1931
37Harper, William Rainey - Letters to Helen Culver, 1895-1897
38Hocking, Katherine - Letters to "My Precious Angels", 1932
39Hull, Charles - Letters to "Dearest People", 1870
40Hull, Charles - Letters to Fredrika Bremer Hull, 1866-1869
41Hull, Charles - Letters to Helen Culver, 1867-1876
42Hull, Charles - Letters to Jebez Loomis, 1848
43Hull, Charles - Letters to W. A. Loomis, 1881
44Hull, Fredrika Bremer - article about Fredrika Hull, undated
45Hull, Fredrika Bremer - Letters to Helen Culver, 1860
46Hull-House - Announcements of activities, 1935
47Hull-House - Annual report, 1948
48Hull-House - Financial report, 1938
49Hull-House - Fresh Air Endowments for Hull-House Children, 1938-1948
50Hull-House -- Letters of solicitation for funds, 1938
51Hull-House - Miscellaneous papers, 1931
52Hull-House - Quarterly Reports, 1944
53Loomis, W. A. - Letters to Charles Hull, 1889
54Luebey, George - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1948
55McManus, Elizabeth - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1931
56Miller, R. T. - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938
57Petersen, Alma - Letters and receipts to Charles Hull Ewing, 1943-1950
58Rich, Adena Miller - Letters to A. B. Dick, 1930
59Rich, Adena Miller - Letter to Joel Hunter, 1930
60Robins, Margaret Drier - Letters to Mary Everts Ewing, 1939-1940
61Smith, Mary Rozet - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1925-1932
62Treat, Charles Payson - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938
63Welling, Harriet - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938
64Culver, Helen - notes, undated
65Culver, Helen - death and will - newspaper articles, 1925
66Hull, Charles Jerold - article, undated
67Hull, Charles Jerold - letters to, 1848-1871
68Hull, Charles Jerold - will, 1889
69American flag, undated
70Turners, Fred. "Hull House Has Lasting Fame, But Who, Pray Tell, Was Hull?" - newspaper clipping, 1964.