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Series I: Everett P. Wheeler Papers
Series VI: Audio-Visual Materials
At a Glance
Arranged in 7 series.
The records include addresses, annual reports, correspondence, memos, minutes, program files, newsclippings, administrative records, photographs, video tape, and film. They include material dating from the decades prior to the establishment of the settlement which shed light on the philosophy and motivation of its founders, and offer a unique view of the first wave of the settlement house movement in America. The records document social conditions, demographic change, political activity and philanthropy in New York City. Addresses by East Side House founder Everett P. Wheeler, included in Series I, document his family history and career as a lawyer and civic reformer prior to the founding of East Side House. Wheeler's correspondence details his role in establishing the settlement and managing it during its first decades.
Administrative files in Series II on the East Side Club, the Webster Free Library and John Jay Park fill in the picture of East Side House during its early years. This series continues through the early 1990s and includes records of special events, fundraising, and other administrative matters.
Annual reports and minutes in Series III offer the most comprehensive view of the spectrum of settlement programs and services from its founding in 1891 to the 1990s.
The bulk of records in Series IV are from the period 1960-1990, and document East Side House's work in the South Bronx from the point of view of its executive staff. There are only a few items of correspondence from earlier periods in this series.
Program records in Series V also focus on the Bronx era, and include reports, participant statistics, and correspondence on such activities as youth recreation and employment counseling, senior citizen centers, and day care.
Photographs, films and video tape in Series VI document settlement program activities and participants, as well as board members and staff.
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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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); East Side House records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
See: Settlement House Records Registers
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Records Added to RLIN HR 05/10/2002.
2010-01-28 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Social settlement founded in 1891 by Everett P. Wheeler and other members of the Church Club of the City of New York on Manhattan's East Side. Moved to the Bronx in 1963.