NU Libraries Acquires the Historical Records of United South End Settlements
Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce the acquisition of the historical records of United South End Settlements. This material contributes to the University Archives and Special Collection Department's collecting focus on the records of private, non-profit, community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues and that serve the African American, Chinese, Latino, or gay and lesbian communities.
United South End Settlements was founded in 1960 as the merger of four settlement houses—South End House, Lincoln House, Hale House, Harriet Tubman House— and the Children's Art Centre, all which had been founded in the 1890s. Settlement houses were tied to low-income neighborhoods, and their goal was to provide educational and recreational services and to bring about social reform. Early settlement workers lived in these houses to develop a friendly relationship with the neighbors whom they sought to help. Thus the name "settlement houses" refers to individuals from outside of the neighborhood residing or "settling" in the agency; these outsiders later became know as "social workers." United South End Settlements serves individuals of all ages by offering, for example, art classes, GED examination preparation, computer access and training, pre-school and after-school programs, adult literacy classes, and chess clubs.
The material, dating from 1892-2000 documents United South End Settlements' predecessor organizations in addition to current programs in art, education, technology, and social services, which serve individuals of all ages. The records include correspondence, board and committee minutes, reports, photographs, contracts, annual budgets, and newspaper clippings.