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Charles Lionel Chute papers, 1899-1913

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0225
Bib ID 4078606 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Chute, Charles Lionel, 1882-1953
Title Charles Lionel Chute papers, 1899-1913
Physical Description 1.5 linear feet (1.5 linear feet 3 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Material is arranged into five series: Series I: Child Labor, 1904-1913; Series II: The Street Trades: Newsboys, Night Messengers, 1899-1912; Series III: Industrial Accidents, 1909-1910; Series IV: Welfare, Civic and Educational Interests, 1907-1916; Series V: Biographical Items



Reports, articles, case histories, and clippings representing a partial record of the anti-child labor movement. To a large extent, these documents are the work of Charles Lionel Chute.

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Charles Lionel Chute papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Surveyed Christina Hilton Fenn 05/03/89.

Revision Description

2012-12-06 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Child labor Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Child labor -- Law and legislation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Children -- Social conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social problems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social work with children Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social workers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Mr. Chute's long and successful career in social work began in 1910, soon after graduation from The New York School of Social Work, when he was appointed special agent for the National Child Labor Committee. Two years later he became executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Child Labor Association. During this period Mr. Chute drafted a uniform child labor law, and led many campaigns for the enactment of labor laws that would protect children from exploitation.

The studies, and reports of investigations, include valuable source material. They represent primary sources, the factual data about child labor conditions, principally in glass, mining, and textile industries, and in the street trades. As might be expected, these investigations were carried on in highly industrialized states such aa Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois, during the years 1911 - 1913.

For students who may wish to trace evidence of early use of the community organization method, these documents will be an important historical source. It is indeed interesting that, fifty years ago, Charles L. Chute and other pioneer leaders who worked with him in the child labor movement, planned community-wise on state and local levels, to achieve social action goals. Specific references to the Pennsylvania campaign present evidence of the community planning process at work in 19131

To the research worker, the collection of 100 clippings will be a rich source of reporting on action and reaction trends during the Pennsylvania campaign of 1913. Mrs. Audrey S. Chute has written an excellent description and interpretation of these clippings, which is included in the annotated bibliography of the whole collection.