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The Playground, a Vacant Lot, Hale House, Boston, Mass., c1903, Social Museum Collection, Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museum.
"The Playground, a Vacant Lot," Hale House, Boston, Mass., c1903, Social Museum Collection, Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museum.

Francis Goodwin Peabody established the Social Museum at Harvard University in 1903 "to promote investigations of modern social conditions and to direct the amelioration of industrial and social life." Peabody was a leader in social reform, teaching popular courses on social ethics as early as the 1880s and forming the Department of Social Ethics in 1906.

Peabody's team assembled a large collection of photographs, diagrams, and publications related to the then burgeoning international social reform movement. Harvard students and scholars had access to this "Social Museum," displayed in Emerson Hall, through at least the 1930s.

Women Working includes selected documentary photographs in three major groups: social settlements in US cities; welfare, recreation, and housing programs of companies; and education, charitable organizations, and health and recreation.

Browse social settlements images

  All Social Museum images (inclusive)
Association of Neighborhood Workers, NY, NY

Children's Aid Society, Boston, MA
Christodora House, NY, NY
Christopher House, Chicago, IL
College Settlement, Philadelphia, PA
Gads Hill Centre, NY, NY
Warren Goddard House, NY, NY
Hale House, Boston, MA
Hiram House, Boston, MA
Hull House, Chicago, IL
Kingsley House, New Orleans, LA
  Log Cabin Social Settlement, Hindman, NY
Neighborhood House, Boston, MA

Noel House, Washington, DC
Pittsburgh Survey, Pittsburgh, PA
Provident Association, St. Louis, MO
Roxbury Neighborhood House, Boston, MA
South End House, Boston, MA
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association, SF, CA
Union Settlement, NY, NY
University Settlement, NY, NY
Wesley House, Atlanta, GA
Young Women's Union, Philadelphia, PA

Browse images of welfare, recreation, and housing programs of companies

  H.C. Frick Coke Co., Westmoreland County, PA
Greenpoint Settlement, Brooklyn, NY

Greenwich House, NY, NY
H.J. Heinz, Pittsburgh, NY
Ludlow Manufacturing Association, Ludlow, MA
National Biscuit Co., NY, NY
National Cash Register, Dayton, OH
  Nelson Manufacturing Co., Leclaire, IL
Niagara Development Company, Niagara Falls, NY
Nurses Settlement, New York, NY
Peacedale Manufacturing Company, Peacedale, RI
Plymouth Cordage Co., N. Plymouth, MA
Royal Worcester Corset Co., Worcester, MA

Talbot Mills, N. Billerica, MA

Browse other topics

  Calhoun Colored School, Calhoun, AL
Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL
Lowell tenements, Lowell, MA
  Charitable organizations
Health (public health)
Recreation (parks and playgrounds)

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