Guide to the Kingsley Association Records, 1894-1980 AIS.1970.05

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ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Kingsley Association Records
Creator
Kingsley Association.
Collection Number
AIS.1970.05
Date
1894-1980
Extent
6.88 linear feet (14 boxes)
Abstract
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.

Preferred Citation

Kingsley Association Records, 1894-1980, AIS.1970.05, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

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.

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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 http://historicpittsburgh.org/collection/kingsley-association-records.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 1970

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

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.

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

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

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.

Existence and Location of Copies

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 http://historicpittsburgh.org/collection/kingsley-association-records.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kingsley Association.

Geographic Name(s)

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

Personal Name(s)

  • 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

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

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

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

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Administration 

  BoxFolder
Constitution and By-Laws, 1917, 1944 11
  Folder
Board of Trustees Minutes, 1894-1910 2
  Folder
President's Report, Minutes, Board of Managers, 1957, 1962-1972, (intermittent) 2A
  Folder
Budgets, 1967-1971 3

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Series  II. Registration Books 

  Volume
Girls served by the Kingsley House, 1912-1915 1-3
  BoxVolume
Girls served by the Kingsley House, 1916-1919 24-5
  Volume
Boys served by the Kingsley House, 1911-1915 6-8
  BoxVolume
Boys served by the Kingsley House, 1916-1919 39-11

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Series  III. Correspondence 

  BoxFolder
Charles C. Cooper, Director 44
  Folder
Andrew Carnegie 5

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Series  IV. Solicitations for Funds 

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

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Series  V. Addresses and Proceedings 

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

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Series  VI. Survey 

  Folder
East Liberty Social Survey, July-August 1919 25

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Series  VII. Publications 

  Folder
Annual Reports of the Kingsley Association, 1894-1903, 1905-1909, 1911-1919    [Removed and added to AIS Book Collection: HV4196.P6K52] 26-28
  BoxFolder
Annual Reports of the Kingsley Association, 1920-1940    [Removed and added to AIS Book Collection: HV4196.P6K52] 529
  Folder
Kingsley House Record, 1904-1951 (intermittent) 30-33
  Folder
Kingsley House Stimulus, 1937 34
  Folder
Kingsley House Broadcaster, 1929-1931 (intermittent) 35-37
  Folder
Brochures - Settlement house (1903-1980), Lillian Home (1921-1979), Convalescent rest (1927-1938) 38-40
  BoxFolder
Art and Music at Your Doorstep, February-March 1960 641
  Folder
Reverend Dr. George Hodges, The Settlement--Its Necessity 42
  Folder
Kingsley House and the Settlement Movement, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1933 43
  Folder
William H. Matthews, The Meaning of the Social Settlement Movement, Pittsburgh: Kingsley House, 1909 44
  Folder
Charles C. Cooper, Settlement Finance, Boston: National Federation of Settlements, 1923 45
  Folder
Directory of the Philanthropic, Charitable, and Civic Agencies of the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh: Kingsley House, 1913 46
  Folder
Directory of the Philanthropic, Charitable, and Civic Agencies of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1928 47
  Folder
Directory of Settlements Affiliated with the National Federation of Settlements, January 1929 48
  Folder
Bibliography of Studies of Social Conditions in the Pittsburgh Area, 1920-1930, Pittsburgh: Bureau of Social Research, 1931 49
  Folder
Middle of a Century, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1943 50
  Folder
Kingsley Association, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1949 51
  Folder
A Kingsley Portrait, 1893-1952, Pittsburgh: Kingsley Association, 1952 52
  Folder
75 Salutes for Kingsley, Peoples' Natural Gas Company,  VOICE, 1968 53
  Folder
Renovation Study, Ross Association, 1975 54
  Folder
The Kingsley Association, 1893-1968 55

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Series  VIII. Press Clipping and Scrapbooks 

Subseries  1. Scrapbooks, 1894-1916 

  BoxFolder
Kingsley House Clippings, 1894-1907 756
  Folder
Kingsley House Brochures and Forms, 1911-1916 57

Subseries  2. Press Clippings, 1911-1980 

  BoxVolume
 1911-1913 81-2
  BoxVolume
 1913-1916 93-4
  BoxVolume
 1916-1921 105-6
  BoxVolume
 1923-1930 117
  BoxVolume
 1930-1939 128
  BoxVolume
 1939-1949 139
  Folder
 1951-1954, 1960-1980 58-60

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Series  IX. Photographs 

  BoxFolder
Photographs 1461-85

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