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Guide to the Julia Lathrop Papers (microfilm produced by the Rockford University Archives in 1990)

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Lathrop, Julia Clifford, 1858-1932
Title: Julia Lathrop Papers, 1880-1932
Microfilm Produced 1990
Quantity: 6 reels
Abstract: Microfilm set of the Lathrop Papers held by the Rockford University Archives in Rockford, Illinois.

Biographical Note

Julia Lathrop, Vassar Class of 1880, was a noted Progressive Era reformer who focused particularly on child welfare. She was born in 1858 in Rockford, Illinois, where she attended the Rockford Seminary (now Rockford University) along with Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. After graduation from Vassar, Lathrop worked in her father's law office. In 1890, she moved to Chicago to work with Addams, Starr, Grace Abbott, and others at Hull House. It was the start of a long and active career in social reform. She was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Charities, became the director of the U.S. Children's Bureau, and spent her retirement years as the president of the Illinois League of Women Voters, and a member of the League of Nations' Child Welfare Committee. Lathrop died in 1932.

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Access and Use


This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained from the Rockford University Archives in Rockford, Illinois.

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Subject Headings


  • Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.)
  • League of Women Voters of Illinois
  • Rockford College
  • Vassar College -- Alumni and alumnae


  • Abbott, Grace, 1878-1939
  • Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
  • Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961
  • Beers, Clifford Whittingham, 1876-1943
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962


  • Child welfare -- United States
  • Social Reformers -- United States

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Encoding Information

Encoded Auguest 2015.

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Location of Originals

Rockford University Archives

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Microfilm reader required

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

Collection processed by the Rockford University Archives.

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Content Listing

Photograph- Julia Lathrop portrait
Photograph- award from Warsaw, Poland, 1920
Photographs - [relatives of Julia Lathrop?]
Correspondence with Sarah Anderson
Vassar Graduation, 1880
Hull House, 1894
Correspondence - State Home for Juvenile Female Offenders 1895
Spoils System, 1895
Correspondence with parents, 1897-1909
Notes on Domestic Science, 1899
Meeting of State Board of Charities, 1899
Correspondence with Jane Addams, 1897-1922
Correspondence, 1900 Nov-Dec
Correspondence, 1901
Correspondence - Position in Domestic Science at Rockford College, 1902
Miscellaneous papers, 1902
Correspondence, 1902-1906
Miscellaneous papers, 1903
Miscellaneous papers and clippings, 1906
Correspondence, 1907
Newspaper clippings, 1907 Jan-Jun
Correspondence, 1908
Charitable Institutions Legislation, 1908
Correspondence with Clifford Beers, 1908-1912
Correspondence, 1909
Correspondence, 1910
Committee on Occupational Standards - St. Louis Convention, 1910
Juvenile Psychopathic Institute, 1910-1912
Correspondence, 1911
Illinois Society for Mental Hygiene, 1911-1912
Correspondence, 1912
Correspondence, 1913
Miscellaneous papers, 1915
Miscellaneous papers, 1918
Correspondence, 1920
European voyage, 1920
Correspondence, 1921
Correspondence, 1922-1923
Addams Nomination to 1922 Conference of Social Work 1922-1923
National Consumers’ League, 1922-1924
Child Labor, 1922-1924
Correspondence with William Maddox, 1922-1931
Correspondence, 1923
League of Women Voters, 1923
Speaking engagements refused, 1923
Joint Committee on Methods of Prevention of Delinquency, 1924
Correspondence, 1924
Newspaper clippings - Child Labor, 1924-1925
Speaking Engagements, 1924-1925
Speaking Engagements Refused, 1924
League of Women Voters, 1924
Correspondence, 1925
Jane Addams Social Service Chair at Rockford College, 1925
Child Labor, 1925
Correspondence with Eleanor Roosevelt - child labor, 1925
Correspondence with Grace Abbott, 1925-1932
Correspondence, 1926
Infant Mortality, 1926
Speaking Engagements, 1926-1927
Correspondence, 1927
Child Labor, 1927-1928
Miscellaneous, 1927
Correspondence, 1928
Correspondence, 1929
Correspondence, 1930
Correspondence, 1931
Correspondence and death of Florence Kelley, 1932
Lathrop's death - Clippings, tributes, and memorials, 1932
Lathrop's death- Memorial programs
Lathrop's death
Lathrop's death - Letters to family
Lathrop's death - Journal article, 1932
Miscellaneous notes, speeches, clippings, and photographs (5 folders)
Julia Lathrop and Rockford College
Memorabilia (2 personal checks)
Bibliography of Lathrop items in Rockford College Publications
Case, Anne (Lathrop)
Correspondence with Emily G. Balch
Envelopes and stamps
Notebooks - miscellaneous
Book - My Friend Julia Lathrop by Jane Addams
Medals - Award given to Julia Lathrop by The National Institute of Social Sciences
Medals - The Orther of the White Lion of the Czechoslovakian Republic presented by President Masarych to Miss Julia Lathrop
Medals - 2 brown medals with images of Robert M. LaFollette. Buton K. Wheeler
Medals - Two religious medals - one with an angel image and the other with an angel and two persons, Rio de Janeiro, 1922

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