Hull-Culver Family papers
MSHull64

 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
Hull-Culver Family
Title
Hull-Culver Family papers
ID
MSHull64
Date [inclusive]
1848-1948
Extent
0.75 Linear feet
Language
English
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.

Preferred Citation

Hull-Culver Family papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-12-14

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/16/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.).

Family Name(s)

  • Hull-Culver Family -- Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • Culver, Helen C., 1832-1925 -- Archives
  • Hull, Charles J. (Charles Jerald), 1820-1889 -- Archives

Subject(s)

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

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Hull-Culver Family Papers 

Box Folder

Addams, Jane - Civic dinner honoring Jane Addams, 1927 

1 1

Addams, Jane - Letters to A. M. Welch, 1927 

1 2

Addams, Jane - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1930-1931 

1 3

Addams, Jane - Letters to Mary Everts Ewing, 1930 

1 4

Ballard, Russell - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1944-1955 

1 5

Blair, Helen McCormick - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1949 

1 6

B. C. C. News - periodical, 1949 

1 7

Bowen, Louise DeKoven - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1949-1950 

1 8

Bowen, Louise DeKoven - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1931-1950 

1 9

Bradley, William Aspinwall - Poem about Jane Addams, undated 

1 10

Carr, Charlotte - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938 

1 11

Crawford, Randall - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938 

1 12

Culver, Helen - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1893-1908 

1 13

Culver, Helen - Letters to Charles Jerold Hull, 1873-1880 

1 14

Culver, Helen - Letters to "Dear Nelly", 1891 

1 15

Culver, Helen - Letters to "My Dear Sue", 1881 

1 16

Culver, Helen - Letters to William Rainey Harper, 1895 

1 17

Culver, Helen - Obituaries, 1925-1926 

1 18

Culver, Helen - Speech on opening of Boys Club at Hull-House, undated 

1 19

Dobbs, Harrison Allen - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1937-1938 

1 20

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Alma Petersen, 1950 

1 21

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Britton I. Budd, 1948 

1 22

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Charlotte Carr, 1938 

1 23

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Elaine Switzer, 1947 

1 24

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Elizabeth McManus, 1931 

1 25

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Father, 1885 

1 26

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Harriet Welling, 1938 

1 27

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Harrison Allen Dobbs, 1938 

1 28

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Helen Culver, 1908 

1 29

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Helen McCormick Blair, 1949 

1 30

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Jane Addams, 1927-1931 

1 31

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Louise DeKoven Bowen, 1931-1950 

1 32

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Mary Rozet Smith, 1931 

1 33

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to R. T. Miller, Jr., 1938 

1 34

Ewing, Charles Hull - Letters to Russell Ballard, 1944-1950 

1 35

Gigliotti, Cairoli - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1931 

1 36

Harper, William Rainey - Letters to Helen Culver, 1895-1897 

1 37

Hocking, Katherine - Letters to "My Precious Angels", 1932 

1 38

Hull, Charles - Letters to "Dearest People", 1870 

1 39

Hull, Charles - Letters to Fredrika Bremer Hull, 1866-1869 

1 40

Hull, Charles - Letters to Helen Culver, 1867-1876 

1 41

Hull, Charles - Letters to Jebez Loomis, 1848 

1 42

Hull, Charles - Letters to W. A. Loomis, 1881 

1 43

Hull, Fredrika Bremer - article about Fredrika Hull, undated 

1 44

Hull, Fredrika Bremer - Letters to Helen Culver, 1860 

1 45

Hull-House - Announcements of activities, 1935 

1 46

Hull-House - Annual report, 1948 

1 47

Hull-House - Financial report, 1938 

1 48

Hull-House - Fresh Air Endowments for Hull-House Children, 1938-1948 

1 49

Hull-House - Letters of solicitation for funds, 1938 

1 50

Hull-House - Miscellaneous papers, 1931 

1 51

Hull-House - Quarterly Report, 1944 

1 52

Loomis, W. A. - Letters to Charles Hull, 1889 

1 53

Luebey, George - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1948 

1 54

McManus, Elizabeth - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1931 

1 55

Miller, R. T. - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938 

2 56

Petersen, Alma - Letters and receipts to Charles Hull Ewing, 1943-1950 

2 57

Rich, Adena Miller - Letters to A. B. Dick, 1930 

2 58

Rich, Adena Miller - Letter to Joel Hunter, 1930 

2 59

Robins, Margaret Drier - Letters to Mary Everts Ewing, 1939-1940 

2 60

Smith, Mary Rozet - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1925-1932 

2 61

Treat, Charles Payson - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1872 

2 62

Welling, Harriet - Letters to Charles Hull Ewing, 1938 

2 63

Culver, Helen - notes, undated 

2 64

Culver, Helen - death and will - newspaper articles, 1925 

2 65

Hull, Charles Jerold - article, undated 

2 66

Hull, Charles Jerold - letters to, 1848-1871 

2 67

Hull, Charles Jerold - will, 1889 

2 68

American flag, undated 

2 69

Turners, Fred. "Hull House Has Lasting Fame, But Who, Pray Tell, Was Hull?" - newspaper clipping, 1964. 

2 70

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