Summary Information
Title: Kingsley Association Records
Collection Number: AIS.1970.05
Creator: Kingsley Association.

Collection Dates: 1894-1980
Extent: 6.88 linear feet (14 boxes)

Language: English

The Kingsley Association was formed in 1893 by George Hodges as a Pittsburgh settlement house. The collection includes: administrative and annual reports, books, brochures, budget information, case studies, clippings, correspondence, directories, minutes, photos and surveys spanning intermittent years from 1894-1980. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
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Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:


Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center staff. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process on August 28, 2002.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002


The Kingsley Association was named in honor of Charles Kingsley, English Christian Socialist and author. The Association was formed in 1893 and was the result of efforts by Reverend Dr. George Hodges to establish a Pittsburgh settlement house on Penn Avenue. In 1901, house operations were transferred to a mansion purchased by industrialist Henry Clay Frick in the Lower Hill District at Fulton and Bedford Streets. In 1903, the Kingsley Association opened a "fresh air farm" at Valencia known as Lillian Home on land purchased by industrialist Charles L. Taylor, which remains in operation today. By 1919, the Hill District experienced an African-American population growth as a result of wartime labor needs; settlement house operations were the responsiblity of the American Baptist Association and became known as Morgan Memorial House. The results of a 1919 survey conducted by the University of Pittsburgh recommended that the Association relocate its settlement house to East Liberty where it continues to operate.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

The materials include various administrative (annual) reports, brochures, budget information, by-laws, case studies, clippings, constitution, correspondence, directories, inventories, minutes, publications, scrapbooks, and surveys; dates range from 1894 to 1980 and are intermittent.

Series I contains the administrative records of the Kingsley Association. The registration books in Series II offer family information about the children (name, age, address, religious affiliation, ethnicity and parent occupations) served by the settlement house when it was located in the Lower Hill District.

Series III contains correspondence to Director Charles C. Cooper from Francis Tyson and J. K. Folsom. There are also photocopies of letters from Andrew Carnegie pledging support of the Kingsley Association. Series IV contains solicitations for funds and case studies.

Series V contains an undated speech by Judge Joseph Buffington regarding the Association's history of service and a draft of meeting proceedings held in conjunction with a reunion circa 1950. Series VI contains the 1919 University of Pittsburgh East Liberty Social Survey.

Series VII consists of publications, for example, brochures that feature the settlement house, Lillian Home and convalescent rest. The Kingsley Association annual reports offer organizational and procedural information about the settlement house and the Lillian home.

Series VIII contains scrapbooks of Kingsley House clippings, brochures and forms. There are also bound volumes of press clippings of various Kingsley Association activities from Pittsburgh newspapers, 1911-1949.

For more information on the Kingsley Association, see also: Thirty Years at Kingsley House, by Phillip Rosen (MPub 200), Study of Social Settlement Workers in Pittsburgh, 1893 to 1927, by Elizabeth A. Metzger (Mms 30), Neighborhood Centers Association (ais 64:28), African Service Institute (AIS.1963.01) and Eliot Papers (AIS.1969.02).

The Kingsley Association photographs span 1900-1970. Early 20th century photographs are a vital part of the collection which depict many views of the Hill District and East Liberty. Portraits include Thomas Bigelow, Joseph Guffey and H. J. Heinz; a signed engraving of John A. Brashear, and a signed print of Judge Joseph Buffington. An album of photographs were taken by Kingsley House Director, William H. Matthews. Photographs and depict various activities and construction at the Lillian Home and Kingsley House. There are also photo albums from various Lillian Taylor Camp outings in the 1940's and 1950's. Photographs are housed in the Media Collections at the Archives Service Center; a selection are available online at

Subject Terms

  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Corporations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Ethnic groups -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Social settlements -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Social surveys -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Corporate Names
  • Kingsley Association.

Personal Names
  • Buffington, Joseph, 1855-1947
  • Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919
  • Cooper, Charles C.
  • Folsom, Joseph K. (Joseph Kirk), 1893-1960
  • Hodges, George
  • Kingsley, Charles, 1819-1875
  • Matthews, William Henry, 1873-1946

  • East Liberty (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Lillian Home (Valencia, Pa.)
  • Lillian Taylor Camp (Valencia, Pa.)
  • Montooth Mansion (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Valencia (Pa.)

  • Associations
  • Ethnic groups
  • Social action

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Deposited by the Kingsley Association, East Liberty, in 1970 and 1980.

Alternate Format:

Box 3, Folder 5, contains photocopies of correspondence from Andrew Carnegie; the originals have been retained by the Kingsley Association.

Digital reproductions of selected photographs are available at

Preferred Citation:

Kingsley Association Records, 1894-1980, AIS.1970.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Kingsley Association, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1894-1980, ais 70:5, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh Libraries

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff in 1970.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Michael O'Malley on August 28, 2002. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1408122.


Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Administration

Box 1
Folder 1 Constitution and By-Laws, 1917, 1944
Folder 2 Board of Trustees Minutes, 1894-1910
Folder 2A President's Report, Minutes, Board of Managers, 1957, 1962-1972, (intermittent)
Folder 3 Budgets, 1967-1971

Series II. Registration Books

Volume 1-3 Girls served by the Kingsley House, 1912-1915

Box 2
Volume 4-5 Girls served by the Kingsley House, 1916-1919
Volume 6-8 Boys served by the Kingsley House, 1911-1915

Box 3
Volume 9-11 Boys served by the Kingsley House, 1916-1919

Series III. Correspondence

Box 4
Folder 4 Charles C. Cooper, Director
Folder 5 Andrew Carnegie

Series IV. Solicitations for Funds

Folder 6 Solicitations For Funds, Lillian Rest Stories (case studies)
Folder 7-23 Letters of Appeal, 1923-1946

Series V. Addresses and Proceedings

Folder 24 Public Addresses - Judge Joseph Buffington speech, meeting proceedings

Series VI. Survey

Folder 25 East Liberty Social Survey, July-August 1919

Series VII. Publications

Folder 26-28 Annual Reports of the Kingsley Association, 1894-1903, 1905-1909, 1911-1919 ([Removed and added to AIS Book Collection: HV4196.P6K52])

Box 5
Folder 29 Annual Reports of the Kingsley Association, 1920-1940 ([Removed and added to AIS Book Collection: HV4196.P6K52])
Folder 30-33 Kingsley House Record, 1904-1951 (intermittent)
Folder 34 Kingsley House Stimulus, 1937
Folder 35-37 Kingsley House Broadcaster, 1929-1931 (intermittent)
Folder 38-40 Brochures - Settlement house (1903-1980), Lillian Home (1921-1979), Convalescent rest (1927-1938)

Box 6
Folder 41 Art and Music at Your Doorstep, February-March 1960
Folder 42 Reverend Dr. George Hodges, The Settlement--Its Necessity
Folder 43 Kingsley House and the Settlement Movement, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1933
Folder 44 William H. Matthews, The Meaning of the Social Settlement Movement, Pittsburgh: Kingsley House, 1909
Folder 45 Charles C. Cooper, Settlement Finance, Boston: National Federation of Settlements, 1923
Folder 46 Directory of the Philanthropic, Charitable, and Civic Agencies of the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh: Kingsley House, 1913
Folder 47 Directory of the Philanthropic, Charitable, and Civic Agencies of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1928
Folder 48 Directory of Settlements Affiliated with the National Federation of Settlements, January 1929
Folder 49 Bibliography of Studies of Social Conditions in the Pittsburgh Area, 1920-1930, Pittsburgh: Bureau of Social Research, 1931
Folder 50 Middle of a Century, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1943
Folder 51 Kingsley Association, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1949
Folder 52 A Kingsley Portrait, 1893-1952, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1952
Folder 53 75 Salutes for Kingsley, Peoples' Natural Gas Company, VOICE, 1968
Folder 54 Renovation Study, Ross Association, 1975
Folder 55 The Kingsley Association, 1893-1968

Series VIII. Press Clipping and Scrapbooks

Subseries 1. Scrapbooks, 1894-1916

Box 7
Folder 56 Kingsley House Clippings, 1894-1907
Folder 57 Kingsley House Brochures and Forms, 1911-1916

Subseries 2. Press Clippings, 1911-1980

Box 8
Volume 1-2 1911-1913

Box 9
Volume 3-4 1913-1916

Box 10
Volume 5-6 1916-1921

Box 11
Volume 7 1923-1930

Box 12
Volume 8 1930-1939

Box 13
Volume 9 1939-1949
Folder 58-60 1951-1954, 1960-1980

Series IX. Photographs

Box 14
Folder 61-85 Photographs