Scope and arrangement
The Florence Kelley papers document her professional career in social reform and family life as a single mother. The collection is an important resource for the history of governmental responsibility for social welfare, 1890 to 1930. The collection provides insight into the background of the Progressive-era reform movement in European socialism and in the abolitionist, suffragist tradition of Quakerism. Kelley's papers contain important documents on women's education, child labor, and evidence of Kelley's activities at Hull House in Chicago, as chief factory inspector under Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld, and as general secretary of the National Consumers League after 1899. Materials include personal and professional correspondence of Kelley and her parents William Bartram Kelley and Caroline Bonsall, manuscripts and typescripts, address books, news clippings; scrapbooks; photographs; and a few items of ephemera.
The Florence Kelley papers are arranged in five series:
Florence Kelley's correspondence is arranged in two subseries; A. General correspondence, 1881-1932, B. Family correspondence, 1836-1903
The Personal Miscellany is divided into six subseries: IIIA. Address Books, 1926-1930; IIIB. Clippings, 1906-1934; IIIC. Diary of Margaret Hicks, 1868; IIID. Financial and legal documents, 1895-1931; IIIE. Printed ephemera, 1882-1927; IIIF. Scrapbooks, 1894-1924.
The Family Papers are divided into two subseries, IVA. William Darrah Kelley, 1836-1878, n.d.; IVB. Caroline Bonsall Kelley, 1845-1903, n.d.
The photographs, arranged alphabetically, include black and white albumen prints, cartes-de-visite and modern silver prints. There are photographs of the Kelley family including childhood portraits of both of Kelley and her sister Anna in Philadelphia. The images of Jane Addams date from a 1923 tour of Japan. The series also includes etchings of William Darrah Kelley. The unidentified photographs appear to have been taken in Brooklin, Maine or at Nicholas Kelley's home in Narragansett, Rhode Island.